Application Season Underway
October – Our seniors this month are finalizing applications for early action and early decision to top universities around the nation. It’s a busy and stressful time, especially in the new and uncertain landscape of college admissions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the juniors are beginning to evaluate their options and just took the PSAT. Last year, the graduating Class of 2020 earned more than 160 college offers. The acceptance list included small liberal arts colleges, large universities and elite tech schools, including Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, NYU, Bowdoin College, Skidmore College, Colorado College, Pepperdine University, Boston College, Bard College, Reed College, and more.
Click the PDF below to view the full list of college acceptances:
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.
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, via video chat, to share information about their schools. We look forward to welcoming them back to campus again in the future.
For more information, contact College Counselor, Fred Alvarez: email@example.com; (805) 646-5593 x2314