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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Application Resources

College Search Websites
 
Testing
 
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 updates!
 

Past College Counseling Event Videos

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.

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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.

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!