Welcome to College Counseling

At the Vermont Academy College Counseling Office, we strive to help our students find the colleges that match their abilities and interests and where they can be successful. From the moment they join our tight-knit community, we work closely with our students to determine the right balance of academic challenge and extracurricular activity to serve them well on the road ahead. Finding the right college fit is an important journey in self-awareness and one that asks our students to seek direction. We are committed to providing them with the expertise, guidelines, and resources to make that process run both smoothly and effectively.

The College Counseling Process by Each Grade Level

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  • 9th Grade

    • Develop good study habits
    • Work with your teachers and advisor to get good grades
    • Look into the various extracurricular programs available and of interest to you – volunteer experiences, work, clubs, sports, performing arts, etc.
    • Keep a list of any awards and honors you have received, and activities or community service you have been involved in
    • Participate in summer activities that keep your academic skills fresh
  • 10th Grade

    • Talk to your advisor or the college counseling office to make sure you are on track to satisfy VA graduation and college admission requirements
    • Take the most challenging courses you can reasonably manage
    • Take the PSAT on campus
    • Start to think about fields of study and careers you might be interested in. Take electives that reflect your career goals if possible.
    • Continue extracurricular activities and update your list from ninth grade. Also continue tracking any honors and awards you receive.
    • If you aspire to play Division I or II athletics, familiarize yourself with academic qualification and register with the NCAA eligibility center
    • Visit a college or two that are close to home
    • Choose enriching summer activities such as getting a job, volunteering, participating in an academic enrichment program/camp
  • 11th Grade

    • Take the most rigorous courses you can reasonably manage
    • Maintain good grades
    • Ensure that you are signed up for the ACT or SAT tests in the spring. You may want to take them again in the fall of your senior year. Prepare for the standardized tests; look for tutoring as needed
    • Think about the clubs, activities and work experience you have had and also what you need to add to your profile to be a stronger college candidate
    • Attend College Seminar classes and meet with your college counselor
    • Use available resources to develop college lists and to learn more about the schools on your list. Rank the features of colleges that are most important to you
    • Narrow your list of colleges of interest and determine what it takes to be accepted. Your list should contain 8-12 colleges
    • Research financial aid options as needed
    • Use vacation times to visit schools – register online for info sessions and tours
    • Review your ACT/SAT test scores when they arrive to see areas where you might want to improve
    • Ask two of your teachers for letters of recommendation.
    • Add any new awards or honors to your file
    • Create a common application account
      Take AP exams (if applicable)

    • Explore summer activities related to your career goals. If possible, you may also want to explore potential internships
    • Participate in an academic enrichment or leadership program, camp, college, etc
    • If you will be looking for accommodations in college, most will require current (within three years) cognitive and achievement testing for LD/ADHD accommodations; take these over the summer
    • Visit colleges and go to interviews
    • Maintain contact with your college advisor
  • 12th Grade/Postgraduate

    • Maintain good grades and stay focused
    • Take the most rigorous courses you can reasonably manage
    • Meet with your college counselor to provide college updates
    • Talk about ED/EA with your college counselor
    • Finalize college essay
    • Check deadline dates on all college applications
    • Submit applications by November deadlines
    • Continue to research and apply for scholarships
    • Submit applications for December deadlines
    • Work with family to complete Financial Aid Forms 
    • Submit applications by January deadlines
    • Submit college deposit by May 1
    • Take AP exams (if applicable)
    • Notify College Counseling office of final decisions

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  • Matriculation List

    Four-Year Matriculation List (2019-2023)

    Alderson Broaddus University
    Anna Maria College (2)
    Arizona State University-Tempe
    Assumption University
    Bates College
    Baylor University
    Bentley University (2)
    Binghamton University
    Bishop’s University (2)
    Boston College
    Boston University (7)
    Bryn Mawr College
    Butler University
    Champlain College
    Clark University
    Colby College
    Colby-Sawyer College
    Colgate University
    Colorado Mesa University
    Columbia College Chicago
    Concordia University – Montreal (5)
    Cornell College
    Curry College
    Denison University
    Elmhurst University
    Elon University
    Emerson College (4)
    Florida Gulf Coast University
    Franklin Pierce University
    George Mason University
    Gettysburg College (2)
    Goucher College
    Hartwick College
    High Point University
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges (4)
    IE University - Madrid
    Jacksonville University
    Johns Hopkins University
    Knox College
    Lawrence University
    Lebanon Valley College
    Lehigh University (2)
    Lesley University
    Liberty University
    Long Island University (2)
    Loyola University - Chicago
    Lycoming College
    Lynn University
    Macalester College
    Manhattanville College
    Marist College
    Merrimack College
    Michigan State University
    Millersville University
    Mississippi State University
    Missouri State University
    Missouri Western State University
    Morehouse College
    Nazareth College (2)
    New York University (3)
    Norwich University (3)
    Ocean County College
    Paul Smith’s College
    Pennsylvania State University
    Pensacola State College
    Plymouth State University
    Pratt Institute
    Providence College (2)
    Purdue University
    Quinnipiac University (2)
    Recording Arts Canada, Montreal
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2)
    Roger Williams University
    Royal Military College of Canada
    Sacred Heart University
    Saint Michael’s College (5)
    Salem State University
    Salisbury University
    Salve Regina University
    Sierra Nevada University
    Smith College
    Springfield College (2)
    St Catherine University
    St. Lawrence University (2)
    Stevenson University
    Stony Brook University
    Suffolk University
    SUNY at Fredonia
    SUNY Buffalo State
    Syracuse University (6)
    Temple University
    The University of Alabama
    The University of the South
    The University of West Florida
    Trinity College (4)
    Tufts University
    Union College (NY) (2)
    United States Military Academy
    University at Albany
    University of Bridgeport
    University of California-San Diego
    University of Central Florida
    University of Colorado-Boulder
    University of Connecticut
    University of Denver (3)
    University of Florida
    University of Hartford
    University of Illinois at Urb-Champ (2)
    University of Kansas
    University of Maine
    University of Mary Washington
    University of Maryland (2)
    University of Massachusetts
    University of New England (3)
    University of New Hampshire (2)
    University of New Haven
    University of San Francisco
    University of Southern California
    University of Toronto
    University of Utah
    University of Vermont (11)
    University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
    Vassar College (2)
    Vermont State University (3)
    Virginia Tech
    Westminster College - UT
    Wheaton College (MA)
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Meet the College Counseling Team

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Maryann McArdle

    Maryann McArdle 

    Director of College Counseling
    (802) 869-6235
    Vermont College of Norwich University - BA
  • Photo of John Zall

    John Zall 

    Head Coach, Boys' Prep Basketball / Associate Director of College Counseling
    Northeastern University - BS
    Trinity College - MA
  • Photo of Caitlin Holton '96

    Caitlin Holton '96 

    Associate Director of College Counseling / 11th Grade Class Dean / Equestrian
    (802) 869-6284
    University of Vermont - BA
Vermont Academy is a coed college preparatory boarding and day school in southern Vermont, serving grades 9-12 plus a postgraduate year.