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.

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College Counseling Newsletters

Application Resources

College Application Timelines
 
College Search Websites
 
Testing
 
Test Optional Admission
Check out this article from November 2022 on test optional admission
 
 
 
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

Check back soon for upcoming events!
 
 

Past College Counseling Event Videos

College Admissions Panel
Thursday, April 25, 2024
The College Counseling Offices of GFS and Boys Latin hosted a panel of college admissions representatives who shared advice and dispelled myths related to the college application process. View the recording here.
 
Junior College Kickoff
Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The College Counselors provided details on what juniors should be focusing on and what they can expect this year as they embark on their college admissions process. Watch the recording.

A Look at Testing in the Changing Landscape of College Admission
November 15, 2023
Phil Pine, Founder and Director of Capital Educators, shared insight on standardized testing in the ever-changing college admission process. Due to technical issues, we do not have a recording of that night's event, but here is a recording of a similar presentation conducted by Mr. Pine.
 
AIMS Paying for College Night
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
We heard from Chad Spencer, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Centre College, who has over 25 years of experience in college admissions and financial aid. He provided an overview of the college financial aid process. View the recording here. Passcode: tFpm6F3
 
12th Grade College Night 
September 13, 2023
Click here to access the recording (Passcode:  h=d0@@7g). The GFS College Counselors  discussed the college application process and what to expect during this year of transition.
 
Athletics Recruiting Chalk Talk
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
 

Explore Careers and Interests

FAQ's

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.
 
Need help decoding a financial aid award letter? Take a look at this sample annotated award letter that breaks down the critical components of a school's financial aid offer.

Recommended Reading

The Black Family's Guide to College Admission. Herndon-Brown, Shereem and Fields, Timothy L., 2022

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

 

Interview Tips

 
University of Richmond blog post
 
Union College blog post
 
Hamilton College blog post
 
Tufts University blog post
 
Northwestern University video
 
Advice from Bentley University 
 

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!
 
Khan Academy is a great tool for keeping high school skills and topics sharp over the summer or learning concepts in greater depth. 
 
Try expanding your mind into higher education with these sites offering free, college level courses.
These are Massive Online Open Courses (also known as MOOC’s):
Udacitywww.udacity.com
Courserawww.coursera.org
NovoEd:  www.novoed.com
Yale University Open Online Courses: oyc.yale.edu/