2014-2015 College Acceptances

  • American University
  • Arizona State University
  • Art Institute of Tennessee at Nashville
  • Ave Maria University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arizona
  • Babson College
  • Baylor University
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bucknell University
  • Chapman University
  • Clark University
  • Clemson University
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • DePaul University
  • Duke University
  • Duquesne University
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Denver
  • Eckerd College
  • Emerson College
  • Emory University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • FAU – Harriet Wilkes Honors College
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • Grinnell College
  • Hofstra University
  • IDC Herzliya – Raphael Recanati International School
  • Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • University of Louisville
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • New College of Florida
  • New York University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of North Florida
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pace University
  • Penn State University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rider University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers University
  • San Diego State University
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • University of South Florida at St. Petersburg
  • University of South Florida at Tampa
  • St. John’s University
  • Stetson University
  • Stonehill College
  • Suffolk University
  • Syracuse University
  • Tel Aviv University
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Vermont
  • Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Washington College
  • Washington State University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • University of West Florida
  • West Virginia University
  • Williamette University
  • University of Wisconsin

College Counseling

Current families should visit the Student/Parent tab for additional college counseling information.

At University School, College Counseling is an important part of the educational experience. Our goal is to help students and families make the right college choice decisions based on their interests and goals. Our counselors meet and develop a relationship with each student and family beginning in 8th grade, providing practical and emotional support during the college search, application, and decision process.

As liaisons between University School and college admissions officers, our counselors communicate college admissions trends and developments and provide timely information about the admission process. They provide admissions officers with documentation of student records and recommendations for acceptance, as well as advocate for students when appropriate.

As you will see in the list below, our interaction with each student is valuable and the College Counseling and Academic Counselors collaborate to develop a four year course plan based on an individual’s academic abilities and goals. The myriad additional activities and events provide invaluable information to help your child make informed college choice decisions and achieve future goals.

Naviance
Naviance, a computer-based program through which students can explore and identify their strengths and interests, and possible career plans, is introduced in 8th grade. Each new University School student will meet for a Naviance training session during the first semester of the school year.

Nuts and Bolts of the College Application
In addition to their individual meetings with their counselor, juniors will attend University School’s Nuts and Bolts of the College Application Process presentation, which reviews the entire college admissions process with junior students and parents. During this presentation, the college counselors will complete an actual college application so that students and parents have a better understanding of how to complete one. 

College Trips
Beginning in 9th grade, students have the opportunity to visit local universities through organized class trips, where they are addressed by deans of admission and get a taste of what to expect in college. These trips help reinforce the importance of maintaining strong grades and being an active, involved student in the Upper School. Students in grades 10-12 are invited to participate in our annual regional fall college trip, during which students visit the campuses of several universities in a particular region. Students attending the trip are able to see a variety of college campuses (i.e. small liberal arts, rural, suburban, urban, large state schools, medium sized private schools, etc.). Students participate in guided tours of the campuses, see lecture halls, athletic facilities, and residence halls, ultimately offering students a better understanding of college life. This year, students visited Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Boston University, Tufts University, Johns Hopkins and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

College Admissions Information Sessions
Many colleges and universities will visit University School and present information sessions for our students regarding academic and social aspects of their schools. All juniors and seniors are welcome to attend these information sessions.

College Fair
Each year, the College Counseling office hosts a private college fair for University School’s Upper School families. More than 140 admissions representatives are in attendance each year, and students and parents in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to speak with them on an individual basis. This enables students to learn about a wide variety of colleges and universities from throughout the country.

College Night
College Night, a bi-annual event for University School students and parents in grades 8-12, features a panel of deans of admission from a select group of universities throughout the United States. Students and parents who attend College Night learn first-hand about current college admission trends.

Relationship Building
The college counseling department attends several national and regional conferences throughout the year, including NACAC, SACAC, and College Board. Through these conferences, our college counselors continue to remain informed of current admissions trends, and further foster strong relationships with college admissions deans.

Junior and Senior Year
The college counseling process accelerates junior year as students are assigned counselors. During a student’s senior year, they will have continuous support from the college counselors in completing applications, creating resumes, reviewing essays, preparing for interviews, applying for financial aid and scholarships, and selecting an appropriate college list. Students involved in the performing and visual arts departments will receive support in creating portfolios for applications, if needed, and student-athletes will be guided in creating athletic profiles, completing NCAA eligibility forms, and contacting college coaches.