Relationships are foundational to
establishing a life-long love of learning.

A 4-Year Plan

A unique, individualized approach for your child.

Over the course of four years, our College Counselors cultivate strong relationships with each family in order to find the optimal college fit. All have college admissions experience, which positions them to speak from both sides of the table. Their process is customized, comprehensive, and collaborative.

In grades nine and ten, students meet with one of our three college counselors every 6-8 weeks.

Beginning the summer after tenth grade, each student is matched with one college counselor with whom they will meet with individually throughout grades eleven and twelve.

  • Freshman Year

    How does Upper School work?
    The year for building a strong network and foundation.

    Learning Strategies – Counselors work with freshmen to take inventory of what learning strategies work best for them and how to best maximize them in the classroom.

    Game-Based Learning – Counselors use Family Feud style games to teach students about differences in the ACT / SAT, the college application process, and other counseling and college terms they need to learn in a fun and interactive way.

  • Sophomore Year

    How do I get involved?
    Exploring Opportunities for Deeper Involvement on Campus.

    Atlanta Invitational Case Studies – Sophomore families participate in an invite-only mock admission process with 75 top colleges from around the United States to learn in-depth about how an application is reviewed for admission.

    Counselor Assignment – At the end of the year, each family is assigned a dedicated College Counselor who will work with them throughout the remainder of your student’s tenure at Mount Vernon

  • Junior Year

    How do I make an impact?
    Legacy Building and Creating vs Participating.

    One-on-ones with your family’s college counselor – To kick off the one-on-one process, each student meets with his/her college counselor to begin mapping out his/her college process.

    Customized College Search Guidance – All students receive a customized list of colleges to consider based on their individual passions, talents, and preferences. 

    National College Fairs and College Visits – On average, 120 colleges and universities will visit Mount Vernon in the Fall.

  • Senior Year

    How do I leave a legacy?
    Support and events to create life-long relationships.

    Preparing for what’s next – Senior year is about leaving a legacy and making memories that will last a lifetime. Our counseling team helps students slow down and take the time to meaningfully say thank you to their families, teachers, and one another. As they prepare to embark on their next adventure, they’ll have built the capacity to develop long-term professional and personal relationships.

    Senior Retreat – Before the first day of school, all seniors attend a two-day retreat with the college counselors to craft college essays, fine-tune resumes, and jump-start college application work.

    Monthly Senior Breakfast – Provides time and space for seniors to catch up with one another and share their progress, while receiving valuable information from their counselors and building community.

    Senior Traditions – Mount Vernon has many senior traditions from the “I got into college!” bell, putting a flag on the map for their choice school when they decide to matriculate to a college, to decorating their senior shirts at the end of the year.

Your College Counseling Team

Erin McCubbin
Head of Academic and College Counseling
[email protected]

Ryan May
Associate Director of College Counseling
[email protected]

Aerial Dickerson
Associate Director of College Counseling
[email protected]


As tradition goes, when a student applies, gets accepted, or matriculates to a university, they get the chance to pin the map in the College Counseling office. Check out the latest pins on twitter by following #mvpins!

Acceptances and Matriculation

With acceptances to schools such as Duke University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, University of Notre Dame, United States Air Force Academy, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Mount Vernon alumni continue to cascade a legacy of impact.

2020 Enrollments Include

Arizona State University
Auburn University
Augusta University
Clemson University
College of Charleston
Colorado State University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Duke Kunshan University, China
Elon University
Florida State University
Furman University
Gardner-Webb University
Georgia College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University
Kennesaw State University
Millsaps College
New York University
Oklahoma State University
Samford University
Savannah College of Art & Design

Sewanee, University of the South
Texas Christian University
The New School, Parsons School of Design
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Georgia
University of Mississippi
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
University of North Georgia
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Virginia
University of Wyoming
Valdosta State University
Vassar College
Wake Forest University
Washington & Jefferson College
William and Mary

College Acceptances – 2015-2020

College Representatives 

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Mount Vernon at a Glance

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