Very few schools are fortunate enough to have the small college counselor to student ratio enjoyed by Holland students. Three College Counselors attend to the needs of a class of 71 seniors, affecting a ratio of approximately 1:23. (According to The National Association of College Admission Counselors’ most recent report the national average is 395 students per counselor.) In addition to extensive senior year counseling, juniors at Holland Hall attend Junior Seminar, a spring semester course covering everything they need to know in order to navigate the college selection and admissions process. College counselors will meet with groups of freshmen and sophomores periodically to inform them of a new curriculum designed to introduce a framework for college choice.
Our counselors also visit dozens of college campuses annually, meeting with admission officials and establishing valuable contacts. In turn, over 100 representatives from top colleges and universities come to Holland Hall’s Upper School yearly to meet with our students. We also host Deans of Admissions at our annual Deans’ Event in February; again building rapport with them and allowing them to see first hand the advantages Holland Hall offers its students.
In addition to having solid academics, Holland Hall student’s applications are greatly enhanced by their involvement in athletics, the arts, community service, student government and extracurricular activities. Involvement is at the heart of a Holland Hall education. Holland Hall students are valued for their individuality, their integrity and their enthusiasm for learning. The College Counseling department works continually to make sure universities recognize our students’ academic and extracurricular strengths.
All this leads to quality and in-depth counseling with each student and his or her family. Our counselors develop a specific college search plan with each student, partnering with the student and parents to seek the best “fit,” that is, the most suitable college. The success of this program can be seen in the fact that seniors are accepted at four out of five colleges to which they apply.