College Counseling Mission & Philosophy

Our College Counseling team partners with Oakcrest families and faculty to guide Upper School students through the college search and application process. Informational and practical workshops and the ongoing assistance of our college counselors help each student grow in self-knowledge, identify her interests, and find her best college match.
Beginning in 9th grade and continuing through senior year, students are presented with opportunities to learn more about their strengths and interests. By engaging early in the process, structuring a timeline, and making sure to keep in contact with the college counselors, students can make the process their own. Being an active participant in the university search process empowers the student and helps her to sort through her priorities, strengths and weaknesses, dreams and goals.
Director of College Counseling Miranda Johnson explains how Oakcrest works with each student to help her find her best college fit.
Dean of Students Meghan Hadley '06 on how Oakcrest prepared her for college
Alumna Giorgina Agostini '15 on how Oakcrest prepared her for college
Alum parent Ana Maria Bobbio on how Oakcrest prepared her daughter Lourdes '11 for college

College Counseling Office

Miranda Johnson
Director of College Counseling

College Counseling Parent Night
How to Help Your Daughter Thrive in College

College Acceptances 2016-2021

American University
Aquinas College
Arizona State University-Tempe
Auburn University
Ave Maria University
Baylor University
Belmont Abbey College
Belmont University
Benedictine College
Berklee College of Music
Boston College
Boston University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic University of America
Cedarville University
Christendom College
Christopher Newport University
Clemson University
Colgate University
College of Charleston
Columbia University 
Cornell University
DeSales University
Drexel University
Duke University 
Duquesne University
Elon University
Emory University
Fairfield University
Fordham University
Franciscan University of Steubenville
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Harvard College
High Point University
Hillsdale College
Howard University
Indiana University-Bloomington
Iowa State University
James Madison University 
Johns Hopkins University
La Salle University
Lehigh University
Liberty University
Louisiana State University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Maryland
Marymount University
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)
Miami University-Oxford
Michigan State University 
Middlebury College
New York University
Northeastern University
Ohio State University
Ohio University-Main Campus

Old Dominion University
Pace University-New York
Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Princeton University
Providence College
Purdue University
Randolph-Macon College
Rice University
Saint Joseph's University
Saint Mary's College
Saint Vincent College
Salve Regina University
Santa Clara University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Southern Methodist University 
St. John's College
St. John's University
St. Mary's College of Maryland
Syracuse University
Texas A&M University
Thomas Aquinas College
Thomas More University
Tufts University
Tulane University 
United States Air Force Academy
United States Coast Guard Academy
United States Military Academy
Universidad de Navarra
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of California-Davis
University of California-Los Angeles
University of Dallas
University of Georgia
University of Illinois 
University of Kentucky
University of Lynchburg
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland 
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania 
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Carolina-Columbia
University of Texas
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Tech 
Washington & Jefferson College
West Virginia University
William and Mary
Xavier University

Grades 9 & 10

  • Understand the college admissions process
  • Maximize the Oakcrest experience
  • PSAT testing in the fall
  • Practice ACT Test held at Oakcrest
  • Guidance for course options, summer plans and internships

Grade 11

  • Opportunities to attend university/college visits on campus
  • Guidance for course options, summer plans and internships
  • Junior College Day 
  • Begin Common Application essays in spring of junior year
  • Opportunity to take the SAT on campus during the spring 

Grade 12

  • Personalized guidance throughout college admissions process
  • College Application Workshop for seniors held in the fall
  • Individualized college essay review and workshopping  

College Night

College Night highlights the vision of our college counseling program and sheds light on important university insights. The theme of the night alternates each year between a look at the admissions process from the perspective of university representatives and an alumnae parent panel which focuses on acclimating to and navigating university life.

College Days

In the spring of junior year, students spend an entire day being introduced to the different aspects of their college application. They also have the opportunity to take the SAT on Oakcrest's campus during the spring of junior year. Another college day occurs in October of their senior year.

College Rep Visits

Each fall, Oakcrest invites admissions representatives from selective colleges and universities to schedule meetings to speak with our students. These sessions are an excellent opportunity for students, beginning in eleventh grade, to learn about a particular school and hear from someone who spends considerable time on campus and often is an alumna/us of the school. Students are encouraged to attend these small meetings and make personal connections with the admissions representatives.
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Kelly Sprissler, Mother of Kyla '20

One of the most valuable services provided at Oakcrest, and a feature that sets Oakcrest apart from other high schools, is its college counseling process. I cannot overstate how helpful it has been for our family to meet with a college counselor each year of high school in preparation for our daughter’s upcoming application season.