Oak Hall School

College Counseling

As you begin to think about choosing a college, you are about to make one of the most important decisions you have made up to this point in your life. The selection of the right college can be confusing, challenging, and frustrating, but ultimately, deeply rewarding. Unfortunately, there is no magic formula for the college admission process. While applying to college can be scary, it is manageable. To paraphrase a Hindu proverb, "a journey of a thousand miles is made up of a series of discrete steps."

Oak Hall's college counseling program is designed to help students and their parents in every phase of the search and application process. The college counselors will accompany you on the journey. The entire counseling staff is here to help you. Use us; use the College Counseling Guidebook.

College counseling begins in the ninth grade and continues throughout the Upper School. The college counselors hold group meetings, which stress the importance of proper course selection and strong academic priorities, responsible citizenship, standardized test preparation and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. In the junior year, students are assigned a college adviser. Individual counseling sessions begin in the eleventh grade as students commence in college search process. Group and individual meetings continue during the senior year as the emphasis changes to application preparation.

Parents and students are encouraged to schedule individual conferences with a college counselor at any time in the Upper School to discuss specific needs, questions and concerns. It is our goal to help you with this important decision in any way we can.

Financial Aid Night - Nov. 16th

College Central

To register to attend an informational session for a visiting college, log in to Naviance here: Naviance

From the College Counseling Office

College Application Reminders for Seniors

For any seniors who have submitted an application to UF, the Self-Reported Academic Record must be submitted by December 1st. Please see Ms. Simpson if you need help with the Self-Reported Academic Record before you submit it to UF. 

The following colleges and universities have upcoming deadlines for scholarships and honors programs: 

  • Johnson Scholarship Program (Washington & Lee) – 12/1 (Applicants must submit a completed admissions application and an application for the Johnson Scholarship to be considered for this)
  • Richmond Scholars Program (University of Richmond) - 12/1 (Applicants must submit a completed admissions application to be considered for this)
  • University of Southern California – 12/1 (Applicants must submit a completed admissions application to USC to be considered for merit scholarships)
  • Wake Forest University (including the Reynolds, Carswell, Stamps, and Gordon scholarships) -12/1  (Applicants must submit a completed admissions application to be considered for these awards)
  • Calhoun Honors College (Clemson University) - 12/8 (Students must apply to Clemson by 12/1 and submit an application to the Honors College by 12/8)
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College Night II

September 25, 2017

2017-18 School Profile

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The focus is on the journey (Upper School) rather than the destination. While acknowledging that there will be a destination point for our students (college), our goal is to help students immerse themselves in their Upper School experience by focusing on their academics, building relationships with their teachers and peers, and becoming involved in the life of the school community, all of which will have relevance during the college application process in the senior year.
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