The College Counseling Office believes that the process of applying for college should be one of positive self-discovery. Done right, it fully engages students, parents and counselors. We help students assess their individual abilities, talents, interests and aspirations, and then we provide the knowledge, guidance and support for students to identify and seek admission to appropriate colleges and universities. Our aim is to enhance students’ chances for admission to the college or university of their choice. It is also important for them to consider carefully a range of “good matches,” creating the best possibility not only for acceptance, but also for success once enrolled.
College counseling begins when a student enters WRA. Our small size allows our counseling staff to know students well and thus provide effective, individualized counseling. Throughout their WRA careers, students receive counseling about making course selections, building a strong academic and extracurricular profile and standardized testing. Our counseling staff meets with freshman and sophomores in group settings and then individually with juniors to prepare a preliminary list of colleges that fit each student's ability, interests, and goals. Students continue to meet with their counselor on a regular basis throughout senior year as they navigate the latter stages of the process.
The College Counseling Office maintains a strong rapport with college admission officers across the country. The counseling staff travels extensively throughout the year visiting college campuses and attending conferences. Additionally, our students have the unique opportunity to meet with nearly 100 college admission representatives who visit our campus every fall. The college counseling staff works hard to build and maintain strong relationships with the admission offices of America’s selective colleges and universities. Such relationships not only ensure that Reserve’s strengths are well known and understood, but also facilitate discussion of individual candidates, when appropriate.