Very few schools are fortunate enough to have the small college counselor to student ratio enjoyed by Holland Hall students. Three College Counselors attend to the needs of a class of approximately 80 seniors, affecting a ratio of 1:26. (According to The National Association of College Admission Counselors’ most recent report the national average is 395 students per counselor.)
Our counselors also visit a number of college campuses annually, meeting with admission officials and establishing valuable contacts. In turn, admission representatives from top colleges and universities across the country come to Holland Hall’s Upper School yearly to meet with our students. We also host Deans of Admission at our annual Deans’ and Directors’ Event early in the spring semester; again building rapport with them and allowing them to see first-hand the advantages Holland Hall offers its students.
Involvement is at the heart of a student’s 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 partner with the student and parents to seek the best “fit,” that is, the most suitable colleges.
College Counseling Handbook
The best curriculum any student could have in order to succeed in the college search process is the strong academic one offered in classrooms at Holland Hall. College Admission directors and deans repeatedly advise students to take the most challenging courses in which they can succeed. At the core of our curriculum are teachers who, in addition to classroom activities, invite students to take advantage of office hours for personal help with the work they are assigned. Learning to take responsibility in asking for the help they need is central to their success in college.
In addition to this strong foundation, College Counseling adds these components:
During the freshman year, College Counseling visits wellness classes to talk about goal setting and expectations. We visit with students about the importance of a strong transcript and how to calculate grade point averages. In the spring semester, we return with copies of their individual transcripts and work with students in Freshman Wellness to create a four-year curriculum plan.
Another key component of the college counseling curriculum is familiarizing our students with standardized testing. All freshmen take the PreACT in October. Students will take the PreACT again in the spring of their sophomore year so we can track benchmark scores.
During the fall semester of the sophomore year, students are enrolled in a one semester course, Sophomore Wellness, that is shared between College Counseling and the Wellness Team. The curriculum includes personality and career assessments, in addition to college application case studies. During the spring semester, College Counseling meets with the sophomore class to discuss the importance of leadership, maintaining a strong curriculum, a solid grade point average, and encourages them to begin visiting college campuses. A College Counselor is assigned to each sophomore student after the student’s fall semester.
Regarding testing preparation, all sophomores take the PSAT in October and the PreACT in late spring of the 10th grade year. We want all our students to see both preliminary forms of the SAT and the ACT to be informed about their testing options.
In the spring semester, junior students are in enrolled in College Seminar. This semester-long course offers classes in all aspects of the college search process, including resume building, personal statement writing, Common Application and college admission case studies. We ask junior students to register for and take a December or February ACT, or a December or March SAT, depending on the individual’s curriculum and extracurricular activities. Additional tests are available throughout the spring and summer.
In August, just before the 12th grade year, College Counseling offers an optional “College Boot Camp.” These rising seniors complete the Common Application, update their resume, and write their college personal statements and essays. Boot Camp has proven to be an exceptional benefit toward helping reduce the stress of a very busy fall semester! Ideally, testing is complete, however, some seniors may need to test in September or October. Seniors are required to meet with their assigned college counselor once per cycle in the fall semester until all applications are complete and submitted. This meeting time affords both student and counselor the opportunity to monitor the application process and to get all questions answered.
We look forward to welcoming you to our campus and to Tulsa.
Our calendar is now available by searching for Holland Hall at: www.scoir.com Making appointments in SCOIR is a free service to you. SCOIR also provides its college advising and document management platform free to Title 1 eligible high schools to facilitate the admissions process and expand college access. Their admission essential solutions are available to every college at no cost. Holland Hall encourages your institution to sign up with SCOIR!
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To find the Upper School building, enter through the main gate on the south side of East 81st Street, between Yale and Sheridan. A directional sign will be on your right. The Upper School is color-coded YELLOW. Watch for directional signs in yellow. You will follow the road all the way to the first stop sign. Take a left at the stop sign. The Upper School building will be on your right. Take the first left into the parking lot. Visitor parking is on your right. Walk back toward the Upper School and look for the single glass-door entrance with a sign to its left that reads, “Upper School / Visitor Entrance / Administrative Offices / Admissions.” Enter through this door and register with the receptionist at the front desk. Please have a valid driver’s license with you for registration purposes. Someone from College Counseling will meet you and show you to our offices.Please note: Holland Hall is a completely smoke-free, nicotine-free campus.
Holland Hall Deans’ and Directors’ Event, sponsored by the College Counseling office, and the first program of its kind in Oklahoma, has a wonderful and rich history. Dating back to 1985, this event hosts top college admission professionals from across the United States.
These experts in their field will discuss overall current trends in college admission, talk a bit about their own institutions, and answer any questions you might have.
Plan to join us Monday evening, March 27, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. for our 37th Annual Deans' Event in the Walter Arts Center Holliman Gallery on the Holland Hall campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Colorado State University, Heather Daniels
Case Western Reserve University, Bob McCullough
Trinity University, Justin Doty
No event due to Covid-19 precautions
University of Richmond, Gil Villanueva
Yale University, Jeremiah Quinlan
University of South Carolina, Mary Wagner
Washington University in St. Louis, Ronné Turner
The University of Tulsa, Casey Reed
Tulane University, Jeff Schiffman
Tufts University, Karen Richardson
The University of Denver, Todd Rinehart
Oklahoma State University, Kyle Wray
Austin College, Nan Davis
Johns Hopkins University, Ellen Kim
Clemson University, Robert Barkley
New York University, Shawn Abbott
Boston University, Kelly Walter
Northwestern University, Chris Watson
Rhodes College, Jeff Norris
Case Western Reserve University, Bob McCullough
Cornell University, Shawn Felton
Elon University, Greg Zaiser
Occidental College, Sally Stone Richmond
University of Chicago, James Nondorf
University of Oklahoma, Matt Hamilton
University of Georgia, Nancy McDuff
College of Charleston, Suzette Stille
Southern Methodist University, Wes Waggoner
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stephen Farmer
St. Olaf College, Michael Kyle
Rice University, Dan Warner
Indiana University, Mary Ellen Anderson
The George Washington University, Katherine Napper
Vanderbilt University, Doug Christiansen
Brown University, Jim Miller
University of Michigan, Ted Spencer
Davidson College, Christopher Gruber
University of Kansas, Lisa Pinamonti Kress
Princeton University, Janet Lavin Rapelye
Texas Christian University, Ray Brown
Colorado College, Mark Hatch
Columbia University, Peter Johnson
Trinity University, Christopher Ellertson
Sewanee: University of the South, David Lesesne
Pitzer College, Arnaldo Rodriguez
University of Pennsylvania, Lee Stetson
University of Southern California, Tim Brunold
Sweet Briar College, Ken Huus
Carleton College, Paul Thiboutot
University of Texas, Bruce Walker
Willamette University, Robin Brown
DePauw University, Madeleine Eagon
University of Missouri, Barbara Rupp
The University of Notre Dame, Dan Saracino
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# April 18 – An ACT district test (Holland Hall students only) will be administered at Holland Hall during the school day. This test is optional (there is a fee) and will be given to 11th grade students who choose to test. No registration is needed for this test, only a reservation with College Counseling.
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