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Upper School Four-Year College Counseling

Our unique approach to college counseling helps students find the school that fits them perfectly.

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Our Approach

Our college counseling philosophy is simple: the more students understand who they are and what they want to do, the better able they are to recognize the colleges where they’ll learn and thrive.

In ninth grade, we pair every student with a college counselor who works with them individually for all four years. These professionals listen and learn about each of their students, formulating a thoughtful plan that ultimately includes every aspect of the college search:

  • In freshman year, we encourage students to jump into the life of the Upper School inside and outside the classroom. We talk with them about their courses and their study habits, their extracurriculars and their community interests, and we lay the foundation for our four-year counseling relationship.
  • We ask sophomores what they learned about themselves as freshmen and how they want to use that information to move forward. We listen for their academic strengths, talk about how to shore up weaknesses, discuss new activities and interests, and work on time management. We encourage them to drop into a college representative’s school presentation, to attend a college fair, to sit for the PSAT, to see a few colleges during a school vacation. And we plan with them for the all-important junior year.
  • We meet with juniors in groups and individually to make sure they’re on top of the key college admissions details that will affect their lives. That means more conversations about what they’re taking and why, how they use their nonacademic time, and what dreams for their future are beginning to take shape. We prepare their college lists, clarify the characteristics of SATs and ACTs, discuss which tests to take and when to take them, explain how to use college visits to their advantage, and how the Challenge Experience and Community Service projects can serve them well.
  • We are the seniors’ constant companions, working with them on their applications, their resumes, their interviews, their essays from beginning to end. We help them decide whom to ask for recommendations, which scores to send, how to maintain a balanced college list, when to apply for scholarships and financial aid, and how to stay sane in the process. We are often also in touch with parents, who tend to have many of their own questions!

By the time students make their final decisions, they’ve gone through a thorough process of self-discovery. They know what matters to and motivates them, and most importantly, they are ready.


Meet our College Counselors

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of the class received National Merit Recognition*


ACT composite score*

*Class of 2024

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Visiting College Representatives

Every year, Seven Hills hosts representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities around the country and the world. 

American University
Babson College
Bates College
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bucknell University
Butler University
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Centre College
Colby College
Colgate University
College of Charleston
College of William & Mary
Colorado College
Columbia University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Denison University
DePaul University
DePauw University
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke Kunshan University (China)
Duke University
Earlham College
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Florida Southern College
Furman University
Goucher College
Grinnell College
Hamilton College
Hampden-Sydney College

Hanover College
High Point University
Hillsdale College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Indiana University at Bloomington
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Johns Hopkins University
Kalamazoo College
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
Lehigh University
Loyola University Chicago
Macalester College
Miami University, Oxford
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Ohio Institute of Allied Health
Ohio Northern University
Ohio University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Pomona College
Purdue University
Rhodes College
Rice University
Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Saint Louis University
Saint Michael’s College
Salem College
Samford University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
Sewanee: The University of the South
Skidmore College
Southern Methodist University

St. Lawrence University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
The College of Wooster
The George Washington University
The University of Akron
The University of Alabama
The University of Western Australia
Transylvania University
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College
University of California, Berkeley
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Dayton
University of Denver
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Louisville
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Missouri Columbia
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of South Carolina – Columbia
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Vermont
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Villanova University
Wabash College
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wesleyan University
Williams College
Wittenberg University
Wofford College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University
Yale University