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COLLEGE COUNSELING

When students are encouraged to find the right-fit college, and not just the "big name" college, they match their ambitions with the school that will help them achieve their goals, leading to a more fulfilling college experience.

Flint Hill graduates have completed a rigorous program while pursuing their passions. Yet, we take a holistic, balanced approach so our students don't burn out before they matriculate. Our four full-time college counselors are devoted to helping students and families evaluate schools, understand how to identify the colleges that suit them best and pursue the ones that represent a balance between their high school achievements and future long-term goals.

9-12 PROCESS

College Counseling Year by Year

In recent years, the college search process has changed, and our College Counseling program has changed with it. Students are able to engage in the program as early as ninth grade, so they can begin the process of self-assessment, which is critical for a successful college search. From there, we offer developmentally appropriate programming at each grade level in the Upper School to lay the groundwork for a successful college search. And of course, our academic program provides our students with a sound foundation for their college experience.

From small liberal arts colleges and state schools, to HBCUs, “Ivies” and U.S. military academies, our focus is on helping every student find their best fit. The result is a college list that reflects the wide-ranging talents and interests of each graduating class. During the college counseling process, we encourage students to think critically about how they learn, the academic environments that will serve them best, and their potential areas of study, and then use that information to provide them with options that align with who they are and what they want to achieve.

Here is what Upper School students can expect each year.

Ninth Grade

Alumni College Panel Video Discussion 

Each year we welcome recent alumni to participate in a panel discussion with current students and parents about how Flint Hill prepares students for college. Ninth graders watch a recording of the panel and discuss the ideas and advice offered by the panelists with their advisor.

Online Personality Inventory

Students complete an online inventory in the winter of freshman year. The students share their results with the College Counseling office and can refer back to them throughout the college search process. While the results of this activity don’t necessarily dictate the direction of a student’s college search, they can provide additional insight into the qualities that might be beneficial in a college environment to encourage the student’s success.

Tenth Grade

SCOIR

Sophomores are given access to SCOIR, the powerful college search platform we use to facilitate the college search and application processes. Once they register, students can begin exploring college options based on academic program, location, setting and extracurricular opportunities, among other characteristics.

YouScience 

Each spring, sophomores complete a YouScience profile, an online interest and aptitude inventory. The interactive results help students understand themselves, their strengths and their interests in a deeper, more meaningful way.

Standardized Testing 

Students create College Board/Khan Academy and ACT Academy accounts, which may be used to begin preparing for the standardized tests they will take during the 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Sophomores take the PSAT in the fall and the Pre-ACT in the spring to provide exposure to and practice for the testing required in the college application process.

The GPA Game 

Each fall, 10th graders “play” the GPA Game with a college counselor to explore the various components which impact an admission decision. This activity helps students understand the importance of not only their academic record — which includes both their grades and course selection — in the admission process but also their investment in the community.

Preview of Junior Year 

Each spring, the college counselors present an overview of junior year and the activities planned to help guide them through the college search process.

Eleventh Grade

Junior Seminars 

Juniors participate in a seminar series that takes place during the school day. The seminar topics include: Introduction to College Admissions; Identifying Priorities and Determining Preferences; Researching Colleges, Part I and II; Campus Visits and Interviews; Building the College List and The College Essay: a Head Start.

School Day and Evening Programs 

The College Counseling Office hosts a Junior Family College Night each November to provide an overview of and guidance for the college search process. Each spring, students participate in the College Conference for Juniors, an event during the school day that brings college admissions officers to Flint Hill to share their expert advice for conducting an effective college search and application process.

Family Conference 

In January, every junior family is contacted by the college counselor who will support them during the college search and application process. Between February and April, each family meets individually with their counselor to discuss their student’s needs and interests and the family’s college search parameters. Guidance regarding standardized testing, teacher recommendations and senior year course selection are also important topics for discussion.

Standardized Testing 

All juniors take the PSAT in October as the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Students sit for the SAT and/or ACT throughout the spring semester.

Twelfth Grade

Our programming for seniors is designed to help students manage the multi-faceted application process and begin to prepare for the next step in their educational journey.

Application Review 

The summer before senior year, the College Counseling Office sends each senior family a packet of pertinent and helpful information to guide them through the year. In addition to organizational support and advice, the packet includes our application review calendar. One of the most valuable services that our college counselors provide is to review all applications prior to submission. This resource enables students to leverage our previous experience in college admission to refine their applications. Drawing on their past professional experience as college admission officers, our college counselors meet with each senior individually to review their applications and provide feedback to enhance the presentation of their accomplishments and goals.

Evening Programs 

Senior year starts with our annual Senior/Parent College Night each September. This event provides an overview of the application process and the support we have in place to guide families. Each spring, we sponsor the Community of Care: Transition to College Workshop, which features a presentation by an expert in the field of successfully acclimating to college life.

Application List Building and Planning 

Each senior works with their college counselor to finalize the list of colleges they will apply to and the admission plan they will use. Based on the student’s academic record, testing needs and interests, the college counselor will advise the student on how and when to apply to maximize their chances for admission.

COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES

Alderson Broaddus University

Allegheny College

American University

Arizona State University (Main Campus)

Arizona State University (Polytechnic)

Auburn University

Babson College

Bard College

Baylor University

Belmont University

Bentley University

Boston College

Boston University

Bowdoin College

Bridgewater College

Brown University

Bryant University

Bucknell University

Butler University

California State University (Bakersfield)

California State University (Long Beach)

Carleton College

Case Western Reserve University

Catawba College

Centre College

Christopher Newport University

Clark Atlanta University

Clemson University

Coastal Carolina University

Colgate University

College of Charleston

College of William & Mary

Colorado State University (Fort Collins)

Columbia University

Cornell University

Dartmouth College

DePaul University

Delaware State University

Denison University

Dickinson College

Drexel University

Duke University

East Carolina University

Eckerd College

Elon University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Emerson College

Emory University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida International University

Fordham University

Franklin & Marshall College

Frostburg State University

Furman University

George Mason University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Gettysburg College

Gonzaga University

Grove City College

Hamilton College

Hampden-Sydney College

Hampton University

Harvard University

Haverford College

High Point University

Holy Cross College

Hood College

Indiana University (Bloomington)

Iowa State University

Ithaca College

James Madison University

John Carroll University

Kansas State University

Lafayette College

Lehigh University

Lewis & Clark College

Liberty University

Lipscomb University

Louisiana State University

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola Universiy Maryland

Marymount Manhattan College

McDaniel College

Messiah College

Miami University (Oxford)

Michigan State University

Montclair State University

Morehouse College

New York University

Norfolk State University

North Carolina State University

Northeastern University

Northwestern University

Nova Southeastern University

Oberlin College

Ohio University

Old Dominion University

Pace University (New York City)

Pennsylvania State University (Altoona)

Pennsylvania State University (Main Campus)

Point Park University

Presentation College

Princeton University

Providence College

Purdue University

Radford University

Randolph-Macon College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rhodes College

Rice University

Roanoke College

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rutgers University (New Brunswick)

Saint Joseph’s University

Salisbury University

San Diego State University

Santa Clara University

Savannah College of Art and Design

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Sewanee: The University of the South

Skidmore College

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Southern Illinois University (Carbondale)

Southern Methodist University

Spelman College

Stanford University

SUNY University at Buffalo

Stevenson University

Susquehanna University

Swarthmore College

Syracuse University

Temple University

Texas Christian University

The Ohio State University (Main Campus)

The University of Alabama

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Montana

The University of Tampa

The University of Tennessee (Main Campus)

Towson University

Tufts University

Tulane University

Union College

University of Arizona

University of California Berkeley

University of California Davis

University of California Irvine

University of California Los Angeles

University of California Riverside

University of California San Diego

University of California Santa Barbara

University of California Santa Cruz

University of Chicago

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Connecticut

University of Delaware

University of Denver

University of Georgia

University of Glasgow

University of Hawaii at Hilo

University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Iowa

University of Kansas

University of Kentucky

University of Lynchburg

University of Mary Washington

University of Maryland

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Mississippi

University of New Hampshire

University of New Haven

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Dakota

University of Notre Dame

University of Oklahoma

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh (Main Campus)

University of Portland

University of Richmond

University of Rochester

University of San Francisco

University of South Carolina

University of South Florida

University of Southern California

University of Surrey

University of Vermont

University of Virginia

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin

University of Wyoming

University of the West of England

Ursinus College

Vassar College

Villanova University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Wake Forest University

Washington & Jefferson College

Washington University in St. Louis

West Virginia University

Westminster College

Whitman College

Wingate University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Yale University

Adelphi University

Allegheny College

American University

Arizona State University

Assumption College

Auburn University

Baylor University

Belmont University

Beloit College

Bluefield College

Boston College

Boston University

Bradley University

Brigham Young University

Bucknell University

Butler University

California Institute of Technology

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University

Catholic University of America

Champlain College

Chapman University

Christopher Newport University

Clarkson University

Clemson University

Colgate University

College of Charleston

College of William & Mary

College of the Holy Cross

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado State University

Columbia College, Chicago

Columbia University

Connecticut College

Cornell University

Davidson College

Denison University

Dickinson College

DePauw University

Drexel University

Duke University

East Carolina University

Elon University

Emerson College

Emory University

Fairfield University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida International University

Fordham University

Franklin & Marshall College

Furman University

George Mason University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Gettysburg College

Hampden-Sydney College

Hampton University

High Point University

Hofstra University

Howard University

Illinois Institute of Technology

Indiana University (Bloomington)

James Madison University

Johns Hopkins University

Juniata College

Kansas City Art Institute

Lafayette College

Lebanon Valley College

Lehigh University

Liberty University

Lipscomb University

Louisiana State University A&M

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University Maryland

Manhattan College

Marymount University

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

McDaniel College

Merrimack College

Messiah College

Miami University of Ohio, Oxford

Michican State University

Middlebury College

Mississippi State University

Morehouse College

Muhlenberg College

New York University

North Carolina State University

Northeastern University

Nova Southeastern University

Occidental College

Ohio Wesleyan University

Old Dominion University

Oxford College of Emory University

Pennsylvania State University (Abington)

Pennsylvania State University (Altoona)

Pennsylvania State University (Beaver)

Pennsylvania State University (Berks)

Pennsylvania State University (Erie-Behrend)

Pennsylvania State University (Harrisburg)

Pennsylvania State University (Worthington Scranton)

Pennsylvania State University

Pepperdine University

Purdue University

Queen’s University

Radford University

Randolph College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ringling College of Art and Design

Roanoke College

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rollins College

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Rowan University

Rutgers University, New Brunswick

SUNY at Binghamton

Saint Francis University

Salisbury University

Sarah Lawrence College

Savannah College of Art and Design

Sewanee: The University of the South

Skidmore College

Southern Methodist University

Spelman College

St. John’s University, New York

Stetson University

Stevenson University

Syracuse University

Temple University

Texas Christian University

The College of Saint Rose

The Ohio State University

The University of Alabama

University of Tampa

University of Tennessee

University of Texas at Austin

Towson University

Trinity University

Tufts University

Tulane University of Louisiana

Union College

University of Arizona

University of British Columbia

University of California Berkeley

University of California Davis

University of California Los Angeles

University of California Riverside

University of California San Diego

University of California Santa Barbara

University of California Santa Cruz

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Connecticut

University of Dayton

University of Delaware

University of Denver

University of Florida

University of Hartford

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Iowa

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville

University of Mary Washington

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Mississippi

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

University of Oklahoma

University of New Hampshire

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh (Bradford)

University of Pittsburgh

University of Richmond

University of San Francisco

University of South Carolina

University of Southern California

University of Toledo

University of Toronto

University of Utah

University of Vermont

University of Virginia

University of Wisconsin (Madison)

Utah State University

Vanderbilt University

Villanova University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Military Institute

Virginia Tech

Wake Forest University

Washington University in St. Louis

West Virginia University

Wilkes University

Williams College

Winthrop University

Wofford College

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Wright State University

Xavier University of Louisiana

Adelphi University

Adrian College

The University of Alabama

Albright College

American University

Amherst College

Arcadia University

Arizona State University

The University of Arizona

Auburn University

Bard College

Bates College

Baylor University

Belmont University

Beloit College

Bentley University

Boston College

Boston University

Brandeis University

Bridgewater College

University of British Columbia

Bucknell University

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Barbara

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University

Catawba College

The Catholic University of America

College of Charleston

Christopher Newport University

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Clemson University

Coastal Carolina University

Colgate University

University of Colorado at Boulder

Colorado State University

Columbia University

Connecticut College

Cornell University

Davidson College

University of Dayton

University of Delaware

University of Denver

Dickinson College

Drexel University

East Carolina University

Eckerd College

Elon University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach

Emory University

Fairfield University

Ferrum College

Florida Atlantic University

Florida State University

University of Florida

Fordham University

Franklin & Marshall College

Furman University

George Mason University

The George Washington University

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Southern University

University of Georgia

Gettysburg College

Goucher College

Hampden-Sydney College

High Point University

Hofstra University

Hollins University

Howard University

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Indiana University at Bloomington

Ithaca College

James Madison University

Johns Hopkins University

University of Kansas

University of Kentucky

Lafayette College

Lake Forest College

Lawrence University

Lehigh University

Louisiana State University

Loyola University Maryland

Lynchburg College

University of Maine

Marist College

Marquette University

University of Mary Washington

Maryland Institute College of Art

University of Maryland, College Park

Marymount University

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Massachusetts, Boston

McDaniel College

McGill University

Mercyhurst University

Miami University, Oxford

University of Miami

Michigan State University

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

University of Mississippi

Morgan State University

University of New Hampshire at Durham

New York University

North Carolina A & T State University

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

North Carolina State University

University of North Florida

Northeastern University

Northwestern University

NYU Shanghai

Old Dominion University

Oxford College of Emory University

Pace University, NYC

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Pennsylvania State University

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

University of Pittsburgh

Providence College

Purdue University

Quinnipiac University

Radford University

Randolph-Macon College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rhodes College

Rice University

University of Richmond

Ringling College of Art and Design

Roanoke College

Rochester Institute of Technology

University of Rochester

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Saint Anselm College

Saint Francis University

Saint Joseph’s University

Saint Michael’s College

University of San Francisco

Savannah College of Art and Design

Sewanee: The University of the South

Shepherd University

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Skidmore College

Smith College

University of South Carolina

Southern Methodist University

Spelman College

St John’s University – Queens Campus

St Lawrence University

Stony Brook University

Suffolk University

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Syracuse University

Temple University

Tennessee State University

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The University of Texas, Austin

The Ohio State University

University of Toledo

Towson University

Trinity College

Tulane University

United States Air Force Academy

Unity College

University of St Andrews

Ursinus College

Vanderbilt University

Vassar College

University of Vermont

Villanova University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Tech

Virginia Wesleyan University

University of Virginia

Wagner College

Washington and Jefferson College

Washington and Lee University

Washington College

Washington University in St Louis

University of Washington

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wesley College

West Virginia University

West Virginia Wesleyan College

College of William and Mary

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Xavier University

York College of Pennsylvania