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.

Meet Our College Counseling Team

Mary Ann Thompson
Director of College Counseling

Catherine Courtney
Director of Academic Advising

College Acceptances

  • American University
  • Ave Maria University
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston College
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Christendom College
  • Clemson University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • Duquesne University
  • Elon University
  • Emory University
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Fordham University
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • Hillsdale College
  • Indiana University
  • James Madison University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lehigh University
  • Marymount University
  • Mount St. Mary’s University
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Princeton University
  • Providence College
  • Purdue University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • St. John’s College
  • Syracuse University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • The College of William & Mary
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • United States Coast Guard Academy
  • United States Military Academy
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Virginia
  • Villanova University
  • Virginia Commonweath University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington and Lee University
  • 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 at Georgetown University
  • Begin Common Application essays in spring of junior year

Grade 12

  • Personalized guidance throughout college admissions process
  • College Application Workshop for seniors held in the fall
  • Leadership workshop topics: navigating your freshman year in college, social media & the college application process and networking with inspiring female leaders

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.

Junior and Senior College Days

Juniors visit a university in the spring and experience life on a college campus, obtain advice from admissions officers, and learn more about responsibilities, opportunities, and expectations for college students.

In addition to the summer Common Application Workshop, another college day occurs in October, providing an opportunity for one-on-one guidance with any applications and essays that may remain.

College Rep Visits

Each fall, over 50 selective college and university admissions representatives 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.
CEEB Code : 470989

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.

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