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The right fit and the best school for your future.

Holy Cross girls attend top colleges and universities in the nation and around the world. The goal of the College Counseling program is to help each girl find her right fit for life after Holy Cross. Our college counseling staff works intensively with each girl and her family beginning in December of the junior year, meeting as often as she wants to ensure she experiences a successful college admission process. With each student, our college counselors offer enthusiasm and individual attention, giving as much assistance as each girl needs. They write individual recommendation letters for each student—and these aren’t form letters. No, they truly get to know each girl’s best qualities, her aspirations, her dreams, and most importantly, how to communicate them to a college representative.

Holy Cross college counselors visit dozens of college campuses around the globe every year and maintain relationships with college admission representatives. Because of these connections, college admission representatives value and trust our counselors’ recommendations. As a result of these relationships, Holy Cross welcomes approximately 150 colleges to campus in the fall each year. Our girls are able to explore opportunities and gather firsthand information from the admission officers.

At Holy Cross, our college counseling philosophy inspires each girl to pursue admission to the college that provides the best fit for her unique intellectual abilities, passions, talents, and personal values.

Holy Cross uses Naviance, a comprehensive college and career readiness website, beginning in our students' freshman year as a way to explore academic and career interests and post-secondary options.

Every summer, rising seniors are encouraged to participate in “Application Academy” at Holy Cross, a multi-day workshop where our girls meet one-on-one with college admission representatives, practice their interview skills, and polish their resumes. Application Academy gives our girls a head start on the application process and removes stress from their busy senior year.

The Class of 2018 earned over $14 million in college scholarship awards.

Holy Cross sends out a monthly scholarship newsletter with information on outside funding sources for college tuition.

College counseling by grade.

Freshman Year

  • Grades count. Your freshman year grades form the foundation of your cumulative GPA.
  • Get involved. Colleges want to see you find and follow your passions.
  • Practice time management. It’s a skill you’ll need later in high school, in college, and in life.
  • Get help. Seek assistance from teachers and begin to develop relationships with them.
  • Keep a tally. Make a list of your activities and accomplishments at the Academy; you don’t want to forget anything.

Sophomore Year

  • Seek leadership roles. Colleges prefer quality of involvement over quantity, so take an active role in your favorite activities.
  • Challenge yourself. Take demanding courses where appropriate.
  • Practice. You’ll take the PSAT for the first time in October.
  • Subject tests. Consider taking additional SAT Subject Tests toward the end of the year (if necessary).
  • Update your list of activities. Keep your list of awards, activities, and accomplishments updated.

Junior Year

  • Practice again. Take the PSAT and practice ACT tests in the fall.
  • Meet and greet. You’ll meet as a family and one-on-one with your college counselor to discuss your interests and make a plan.
  • List your schools. Keep a list of colleges in which you’re interested.
  • Testing. Plan to take at least one round of standardized testing by June.
  • Visit. Take a road trip and see the schools on your list in person.

Senior Year

  • Apply. Apply to the schools on your list.
  • Essays. Get assistance on your college essays from teachers or college counselors.
  • Testing. Take your final rounds of standardized testing in the fall.
  • Meet deadlines. Your counselor will help you stay on top of all the application and scholarship deadlines for your schools.
  • The fun part. Narrow your list, visit schools, and choose your next home!

Class of 2019 Acceptances

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American Business School of Paris
Amherst College
Boston College
Boston University
Bucknell University
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Chicago
College of Charleston
University of Delaware
Fairfield University
Fordham University
Georgetown University
University of Georgia
Johns Hopkins University
Johnson & Wales University
Loyola University Chicago
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Miami
University of Michigan
New York University

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Northeastern University
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
Pepperdine University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Saint Michael’s College
Savannah College of Art and Design
Smith College
University of St Andrews, Scotland
Syracuse University
Vanderbilt University
University of Virginia
Virginia Tech
University of Washington
Wellesley College
College of William and Mary
College of Wooster

Meet the Office

Kelly Tarini

Director of College Counseling

Meighan Avalos

Associate Director of College Counseling

Marissa Mills

College Counseling, Senior Project Coordinator

College Counseling Fax

(301) 962-1293


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