College Counseling
Parent & Student Resources

This is your hub for all things College Counseling. Here you will find relevant articles and recommended books, scholarship information, application resources, upcoming events, and more. Please reach out to College Counseling should you have any questions about any of the information on this page!

Looking for a volunteer or academic enrichment opportunity? Be sure to regularly check the Enrichment Opportunities section of the GFS website! College Counseling regularly updates this page with opportunities we hear about that may interest our students. Many of these opportunities are available over the summer, but some occur during the school year.


Application Resources

College Search Websites
How to Handle Waitlist Decisions
If you find yourself on a waitlist, College Counseling can help talk you through next steps. We also recommend these articles to reference:
What To Do If You're Waitlisted (College Board's BigFuture)
Final College Decision
Need help weighing the pros and cons for each school where you gained admission? Use this document to help you make your final college decision.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 28, 7:00-8:30 PM:
Calvert Hall College Fair
Calvert Hall College High School
All students and parents are invited to join Calvert Hall for their annual college fair. Over 130 colleges will be in attendance. View the list of participating colleges and universities here. Calvert Hall is located in Towson, at 8102 LaSalle Road.
Thursday, September 29, 7:00 PM:
Ways to Pay for College
Broadcast on Maryland Public Television and Facebook Live
Join host Mario Armstrong as he guides you through the many twists and turns of finding money for college. Find out how to fill out the FAFSA and hear from financial aid counselors from McDaniel College as they explain government and private aid, from grants to scholarships and loans. More information is available here.
Tuesday, November 15, 7:00-8:30 PM: 
A Look at Testing in the Changing Landscape of College Admission
Middle School Auditorium
We welcome Phil Pine, Founder and Director of Capital Educators, for an evening program where he will share insight on standardized testing in the ever-changing college admission process.
Tuesday, December 6, 7:00-8:00 PM: 
Junior College Kickoff
Middle School Auditorium
The College Counselors will provide information about the college search process and planning ahead. All juniors and their parents/caregivers are strongly encouraged to attend.

Past College Counseling Event Videos

AIMS Paying for College Night
September 21, 2022
For families who were unable to join us, here is a recording (Passcode: AIMSPaying) of the AIMS Paying for College Night, featuring Chad Spencer, Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid and Director of Financial Aid at Davidson College. Chad provided an overview of the college financial aid process. Topics included: how to apply for aid, what do colleges look for when determining need, and the difference between grants, scholarships, and need-based aid. 
12th Grade College Night 
September 15, 2022
For parents and students who were unable to join us, here is our presentation where we discuss the college application process and what to expect during this year
of transition. Our guest speaker was Susie Hanks, Director of Admissions at Union College.
College Night for Parents  of Sophomores and Freshmen
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
For parents who were unable to join us, watch our presentation which details what to expect in the next few years as your student prepares for life after GFS. Features a keynote address by Ms. Molly Boegel, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Director of Admissions Programs and Services at Dickinson College.
Athletics Recruiting Chalk Talk
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
For parents of scholar-athletes who were unable to join us, here is the presentation by Jessy Morgan, Athletic Director, and Elizabeth Almeter, Director of College Counseling. Together, they chatted about summer recruitment planning and expectations


11th Grade College Admissions Panel
Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

For 11th Grade students and parents who were unable to join us on January 11, watch this recording of our event which featured admissions representatives from several different colleges who discussed current admissions trends and shared tips for navigating the college admissions process.

A Look at Testing in the Changing Landscape of College Admission
Tuesday, November 16th, 2021
For 10th and 11th Grade students and parents who were unable to join us on November 16, watch this recording of our event which featured Phil Pine, Founder and Director of Capital Educators, who shared valuable insight on standardized testing in the ever changing college admission process.

Explore Careers and Interests


Relevant Articles

Paying for College

Scholarship Search Sites
If you are a Maryland resident and think you may attend college in-state, check out the Maryland Higher Education Commission for state and local scholarship opportunities.
Be sure to refer to our Money Matters Guide for suggestions on how to research scholarship opportunities and apply for financial aid.

Recommended Reading

Who Gets In And Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. Selingo, Jeffrey, 2020

The Price You Pay for College. Lieber, Ron, 2021

College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step. Mamlet, Robin & Christine Vandevelde. Three Rivers Press, 2011

Where You Go is Not Who You Will Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. Bruni, Frank, 2015

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. Lythcott-Haims, Julie. 2015

The Fiske Guide to Colleges. Fiske, Edward B., 2020

I’m Going to College—Not You! Delahunty, Jennifer, 2010

Colleges that Change Lives. Pope, Loren. Penguin Books, 2012

Looking Beyond the Ivy League. Pope, Loren. Penguin Books, 2007

Harvard Schmarvard: Getting beyond the Ivy League For The College That is Best for You. Matthews, Jay. 2003

The Gate Keepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College. Steinberg, Jacques. 2003


Virtual Campus Tours

YouTube can be a great place to search for virtual college tours

Internships and Academic Enrichment

How to Find a High School Internship U.S. News & World Report
InternWorks: Virtual and On-site Internship Programs
Looking for a volunteer or academic enrichment opportunity? Be sure to regularly check the Enrichment Opportunities section of the GFS website!