HELPING EACH GIRL FIND THE RIGHT FIT
At Oldfields, we know the college application process can overwhelm many families, and that is why we are here to help every step of the way! College counseling is an in-depth, detailed process which helps each student find the college, university, gap year, or post-graduate career path that fits her best. Along with the college counselor, each Oldfields senior takes responsibility for her higher education plan.
SELECTING A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY
College preparation begins early in high school. We get to know your daughter and help her develop skills needed to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. All students have access to Naviance, an internet-based college and career readiness program, and families are provided with accounts to enable them to log into their daughter’s account. Students can complete learning style inventories, explore careers, and more. We use this program extensively with juniors and seniors to guide students and track their progress through the college search and application process as well as for scholarship applications and awards.
Admissions representatives from 50+ colleges and universities visit Oldfields each year. These visits are listed on Naviance and on Oldfields’ College Calendar as well as announced to students during morning meetings. All high school students are encouraged to attend these, as it allows students to quickly and easily learn about the types of schools and the vast opportunities available to them.
During the freshman and sophomore years, we guide students to develop good study habits, get involved in extra-curricular activities, build leadership skills, and discover what they’re passionate about. We also talk to students about summer enrichment opportunities that would allow them to explore and develop interests and talents. Ninth and tenth graders take the PSAT in October to practice taking standardized testing. We identify trends where they can focus their studying.
College counseling formally begins in junior year when students meet regularly with the Director of College Counseling. During group seminar meetings, students explore educational and career interests, create resumés, learn about different types of colleges, and discuss elements of the application process including interviewing, standardized testing, essays, and the components of applications. Juniors will take the PSAT again during this year when it also serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. We will use the scores from this year as a baseline when students search for appropriate schools, and together with the college counselor, students will make a plan for their official standardized testing. Students develop balanced college lists that represent their academic, social, academic, athletic, religious, and/or financial needs. By the end of junior year, students leave for summer break with a specific list of colleges and universities in which they are interested.
During senior year, students meet with the college counselor in seminars, one-on-one meetings, and for an application workshop in October. The college counselor’s door is always open, and support is available throughout the process, including for financial aid, scholarships, choosing a school in the spring, and even completing the paperwork such as for class or dorm selections.
Open and frequent communication with parents and families is also essential. Parents may attend a Fall Family Weekend college session, schedule on-campus meetings with the college counselor, or communicate by phone or email.The college counseling office door is always open, and we look forward to working with your family during this exciting time in your daughter’s life!
College Counseling Office:
Director of College Counseling