Finding the Right Fit
At OVS, the College Counseling Office provides guidance to students and their families as they navigate the complex landscape of college admissions, starting in the freshman year and leading all the way through senior year as students fill out applications, write essays and ultimately decide where to attend.
We emphasize “right fit” in every step of the college application process. For us, it matters not the “name” of that college of choice. The most important service we can provide is to help our students find the colleges that “fit” them best, to identify and explore those schools that are going to fuel their ambitions, sharpen their talents, and shape their futures.
To that end, it is our duty and privilege to walk alongside students and their families through this process, helping them build their college lists, seek financial aid, prepare for the SAT and ACT, and provide feedback as they write persuasive and personal application essays that reflect who they are as students and contributors to their communities.
College admission and selection can be a stressful endeavor, but it is a rewarding one as well, one strengthened and made better by the teamwork of student, parent, and college counselor. It is a pursuit that engages the heart and mind with hope and anticipation, and one best tackled with investigation, preparation and a healthy dose of good humor.
Recent college acceptances include UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSB, Brown University, George Washington University, NYU, Mount Holyoke, Boston University, and more.
We’re proud of the fact that over the years the vast majority of OVS students, once they make their college choices, end up graduating from those schools they selected as high school seniors. It tells us we’re doing something right when it comes to helping them find the “right fit,” and that through this process they have discovered colleges that support their interests, passions and learning for the long term.
College Rep Visits
NYU. Babson. Savannah College of Art and Design. UC Santa Barbara. What do they all have in common? OVS grads have matriculated to these schools in recent years, and each has proven to be an excellent fit for those students. These schools share another common feature: each has faithfully sent a representative to speak to our Upper Campus students in the fall. This year, we will welcome dozens of college reps to share information about their schools. Here’s the current calendar of visits:
|Sept. 5||LMU (10:00)|
|Sept. 13||Landmark College (2:00)|
|Sept. 16||NYU (9:00)|
|Sept. 17||Denison University (12:40)|
|Sept. 18||Lafayette College (12:30)|
|Sept. 20||Chapman University (8:10)|
|Sept. 20||Columbia University (2:00)|
|Sept. 23||American University of Paris (11:30)|
|Sept. 23||Gettysburg College (12:15)|
|Sept. 23||High Point University (2:00)|
|Sept. 24||Wheaton College (TBA)|
|Sept. 27||University of Oregon (8:30)|
|Sept. 30||Babson College (11:30)|
|Sept. 30||Bard College (2:30)|
|Oct. 1||University of Laverne/Cal Poly Pomona (9:30)|
|Oct. 1||Hult International School of Business|
|Oct. 1||Whittier College (2:00)|
|Oct. 2||Suffolk University (8:10)|
|Oct. 2||UC Riverside (9:00)|
|Oct. 3||Savannah College of Art and Design (10:00)|
|Oct. 3||Pacific Northwest College of Art (11:45)|
|Oct. 7||Case Western Reserve (8:10)|
|Oct. 7||UC Santa Barbara (10:55)|
|Oct. 8||Carroll College (9:30)|
|Oct. 9||The New School (8:15)|
|Oct. 14||Soka University (11:00)|
|Oct. 21||Grinnell College (9:30)|
|Oct. 23||Bucknell College (8:10)|
|Oct. 24||Linden Tours (multiple colleges visit @ 2:30)|
|Oct. 28||Salve Regina University (11:00)|
|Oct. 29||Saint Mary’s College of California (12:30)|
|Oct. 31||Mills College (10:45)|
|Nov. 5||University of Redlands (9:30)|