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 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

Thursday, February 23, 6:30 PM:
HBCU Night
This in-person event will take place at the Bryn Mawr School and is open to all area independent school students and families. Come learn more about Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Hear from Mr. Timothy Fields, Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Emory University and Morehouse College alumnus, who co-authored the new book, The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions. There will also be a breakout session focusing on current college students' experiences at HBCU's.
 
Sunday, April 16 (Time TBA):
AIMS College Fair
This in-person event will take place at the UMBC Event Center. Open to any students who attend an AIMS school, and their families.
 
Tuesday, April 25, 7:00-8:30 PM:
College Admissions Panel
Garland Theater
Students and their families are invited to hear from a panel of college admissions representatives who will discuss current trends in college admissions and offer advice and answer questions about the college application process in general.

Past College Counseling Event Videos

Junior College Kickoff
December 6, 2022
Access the recording here. The College Counselors provided detailed information about the college search process and planning ahead. 
 
A Look at Testing in the Changing Landscape of College Admission
November 15, 2022
Here is a recording of this program which featured Phil Pine, Founder and Director of Capital Educators, where he shared insight on standardized testing in the ever-changing college admission process.
 
Preparing for the Future of Digital Admission Testing (an exclusive event for AIMS families)
November 2, 2022
In cased you missed it, here is a recording of this virtual event presented by experts at Compass Education Group, who led a thoughtful and pragmatic discussion of the future of college admission testing. The presentation addresses College Board's sweeping overhaul to the SAT suite of assessments. Starting in the fall of 2023, paper-based administrations of the PSAT and SAT will be completely replaced by an adaptive, computer-based format. The introduction of a digital assessment comes at a poignant time in today's admission context, where colleges are actively interrogating the value of standardized testing in students' applications. And while nearly all schools adopted test optional policies in the wake of the pandemic, admission offices have demonstrated varying preferences for test scores. 
 
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
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
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
January 11, 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.

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Paying for College

Upcoming Scholarship Opportunities
For current Seniors: First Financial Federal Credit Union Scholarship. First Financial is offering the chance for one graduating senior from every high school within the communities it serves to win a $3,000 college scholarship. TO APPLY: The student must be a member in good standing with First Financial Federal Credit Union at the time of application as well as meet the criteria listed on the application. If a student is opening a new account with First Financial, please open the account prior to the February 1 deadline. Please submit the completed scholarship application, ONLINE along with the items listed in the application, directly to the College Counseling Office at Garrison Forest School by Tuesday, February 1, 2023. 
 
For current Juniors: The Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement. Yale's Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM) will bestow this award on a select number of juniors in the United States (class of 2024). More information, as well as the application, are available here. The application will close on February 1, 2023.
 
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

 

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!