When students think about college acceptance, they usually focus on their academic achievements. However, college acceptance is a complex process that goes beyond grades and test scores. It requires thorough research, strategic planning, and effective communication with an admissions counselor. That is where college counseling plays a vital role.
At Randolph-Macon Academy, college counseling is an integral part of the academic program. Our college counselor helps students navigate the college admission process, from exploring potential schools to submitting applications and essays.
College counseling at Randolph-Macon Academy has several features that set it apart and help students achieve their goals. Here are some of the ways college counseling at our school boosts college acceptance rates.
Our Personalized Approach Helps Students Pick the Perfect College for Them
Our college counselor recognizes that every student has unique strengths, interests, and goals. That is why they provide personalized guidance to each student based on their individual needs and aspirations. Whether a student is interested in a liberal arts college or a STEM-focused university, the college counselor at our private boarding school helps them identify schools that align with their academic and personal goals. We provide guidance on course selection, extracurricular activities, standardized tests, and summer programs.
In addition to this, each student at R-MA is paired with a faculty or staff mentor who offers the student one-on-one advice and assistance throughout the academic year. Students are entitled to regular meetings with their mentors, where they find engagement on topics such as their college aspirations, class schedules, and time management. Mentors are also authorized to take students on lunch dates off-campus, and many students take the opportunity to explore their dream colleges up close.
College Planning Begins Early at R-MA
The college admission process can be overwhelming, especially for students who are not familiar with it. That is why the college counselor at Randolph-Macon Academy starts working with students as early as the 9th grade. By the time students reach their senior year, they typically have a clear understanding of what they need to do to achieve their college goals.
To help our students locate the best academic, social, and financial fit for them and their families, we have devised a College Counseling Guidebook along with a personalized College Readiness Plan for each student. R-MA promotes a pervasive Going-to-College culture on our campus, which encourages students to work strategically with all parties involved in helping them achieve their college goals.
Through Campus Visits and College Fairs
One of the most critical aspects of college selection is visiting campuses. The college counselor at R-MA helps students plan and organize campus visits, both virtually and in person. Campus visits at our coed private school allow students to experience the campus culture, meet with professors and current students, and get a sense of whether the school is a good fit for them.
Beyond this, R-MA welcomes University Admission Representatives from some of the nation’s top universities for annual University Fairs. During the fairs, students get to speak one-on-one with college representatives, gather informational brochures and pamphlets, and learn more about the admissions process, academic programs, and campus life of their dream colleges. Our University Fairs offer a valuable opportunity for students to get a sense of what different colleges and universities are looking for in their applicants, establish valuable connections, and explore what it would be like to attend different schools.
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