College Counseling

Guiding Students to Find Their Fit After High School

Colleges and universities are asking strategic questions about the future of learning. As a result, Mount Vernon intentionally fosters deep knowledge of science, cultures, and society; intellectual and practical skills; a commitment to personal and social responsibility; and the ability to apply learning to complex problems and challenges. With enthusiasm and devotion, the College Counseling team maximizes every Upper School student’s potential, recognizing their unique goals and aspirations.


Over the course of four years, our College Counselors cultivate strong relationships with every Upper School family, in order to find the optimal college fit for each student. Through academic advising, a significant amount of planning and preparation go into creating the blueprint for this customized, comprehensive, and collaborative process, as well as an individualized master plan for each student.


Grade 9

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.


Grade 10

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


Grade 11

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.


Grade 12

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.

2015-21 College Acceptances

Celebrating its 50th year and 15th graduating class, Mount Vernon is expanding its footprint with graduates being accepted to schools such as Harvard University, Stanford University, United States Military Academy West Point, Barnard College, American University, University of California – Santa Barbara, Georgetown University, Swarthmore College, University of Colorado, Auburn University, Georgia Tech, and University of Georgia.

2015-21 College Acceptances

Alabama A & M University
Allegheny College
American Musical & Dramatic Academy
American University
Andrews University
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University
Asbury University
Auburn University
Augsburg University
Augusta University
Augustana University
Austin College
Barnard Collge
Baylor University
Belmont Abbey College
Belmont University
Berry College
Biola University
Birmingham Southern College
Boise State University
Boston University
Brenau University
Brevard College
Brigham Young University
Bucknell University
California State University (Fresno)
California State, Fullerton
California State, Long Beach
Case Western Reserve University
Catawba College
Catholic University of America
Centre College
Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
College of Charleston
College of Coastal Georgia
Colorado College
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Colorado State University (Fort Collins)
Columbus State University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Denison University
DePaul University
Drake University
Drexel University
Duke Kunshan University
Duke University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach)
Emerson College
Emory University
Fairfield University
Flagler College
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Southern College
Florida State University
Fordham University
Fort Lewis College
Full Sail University
Furman University
Gardner-Webb University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown College
Georgetown University
Georgia College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Military College
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University
Gonzaga University
Goucher College
Guilford College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampshire College
Hampton University
Hannibal-LaGrange University
Harvard University
Hawaii Pacific University
Hendrix College
High Point University
Hood College
Howard University
Huntingdon College
Indiana University
Indiana University (Bloomington)
Iowa State University
Ithaca College
James Madison University
Johnson & Wales University (North Miami)
Jones County Junior College

Juniata College
Kansas State University
Kennesaw State University
Lane College
Lees-McRae College
LeGrange College
Lehigh University
Lipscomb University
Long Island University (Brooklyn)
Louisiana State University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University New Orleans
Luther College
Lynn University
Marquette University
Maryland Institute College of Art
Marymount Manhattan College
Maryville College
McDaniel College
Mercer University
Miami University (Oxford)
Michigan State University
Middle Tennessee State University
Milligan College
Millsaps College
Mississippi State University
Montana State University
Mount Holyoke College
New Jersey Institute of Technology
New York University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Northumbria University
Northwestern University
Northwood University -- Florida Campus
Nova Southeastern University
Oglethorpe University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Oklahoma State University
Old Dominion University
Oregon State University
Oxford College of Emory University
Oxford College, Emory University
Pace University
Pennsylvania State University
Point Park University
Pratt Institute (Main Campus)
Presbyterian College
Purdue University
Queens University of Charlotte
Reinhardt University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rollins College
Saint Edward's University
Samford University
San Jose City College
Santa Clara University
Savannah College of Art & Design
Seton Hall University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Sewanee: University of the South
Simpson College
Southern Methodist University
Southwestern University
Spelman College
Standford University
Stetson University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevenson University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
Texas Tech University
The American University of Paris
The College of Saint Rose
The College of Wooster
The New School
The Ohio State University
The University of Alabama
The University of Montana
The University of Tampa
The University of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee (Chattanooga)
The University of Tennessee (Knoxville)
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas, Dallas
Tiffin University
Transylvania University
Trinity University
Troy University
Tufts University
Tulane University
Tulane University of Louisiana
Union College

United States Air Force Academy
United States Military Academy (West Point)
United States Naval Academy
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Alabama in Huntsville
University of Alabama, Birmingham
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of British Columbia
University of California Riverside
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Central Florida
University of Cincinnati (Main Campus)
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
University of Colorado, Denver
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Maine
University of Maryland (College Park)
University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri (Columbia)
University of Montevallo
University of Nebraska
University of Nebraska (Lincoln)
University of Nevada (Las Vegas)
University of New Hampshire (Main Campus)
University of New Mexico (Main Campus)
University of New Orleans
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Dakota
University of North Florida
University of North Georgia
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pikeville
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puget Sound
University of Richmond
University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina
University of the Pacific
University of Toronto
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Virginia (Main Campus)
University of Washington (Seattle Campus)
University of West Georgia
University of Wisconsin (Madison)
University of Wyoming
Utah State University
Utah Valley University
Valdosta State University
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia Union University
Wagner College
Wake Forest University
Warren Wilson College
Washington & Jefferson College
Washington and Lee University
Washington College
Washington State University
West Virginia University
Western Carolina University
Western Kentucky University
Western Michigan University
Western University
William and Mary
Wingate University
Winthrop University
Wofford College
Xavier University
Yale University
Young Harris College


Will my student have a dedicated college counselor?

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While the college counseling experience begins freshman year, all Upper School students will be assigned a college counselor in the Spring of their sophomore year. This will be the student’s counselor for the remainder of their Mount Vernon experience.

How many colleges and universities visit Mount Vernon each year?

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On average, 120 schools will visit with students in the Fall.

How many advanced placement courses are offered?

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15 Advanced Placement Courses are offered in the Upper School:

AP Biology
AP English Literature and Composition
AP Calculus: AB
AP Environmental Science
AP Calculus: BC
AP Government and Politics
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Statistics
AP Economics
AP US History
AP English Language and Composition
AP World History

Students can take no more than 8 AP courses during their Upper School experience. We find that most students take an average of 5 AP courses.

How much scholarship money, on average per year, are students awarded?

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Typically, each senior class has brought in $4-6 million (excluding HOPE Scholarship).

What percentage of students attend out-of-state schools?

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On average, 75% of students attend an out-of-state school (2014-2019).

Do students apply to schools outside of the united states?

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Yes. Students have or are applying to schools in Canada, China, France, United Kingdom, and Australia.


What are some notable scholarships and awards students have received?

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Morehead-Cain (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
National Merit
Stamps Scholar (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Robertson Scholar Finalist (Duke University)
Jefferson Scholarship Semi-Finalist (University of Virginia)

Is there an assessment of my child's aptitudes and strengths?

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Yes. In grade 10, all students take a YOUscience assessment, which produces a 30-40 page aptitude report.

Where can I find the upper school core course catalogue?

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Where can I find the upper school electives course catalogue?

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Meet the Team

Each member of this team brings experience from the college acceptance side of the process, evaluating applications from all 50 states and around the world. Having made admission decisions, structured financial aid and scholarship packages, and shaped incoming college classes, their vast understanding of the college admissions system is a tremendous asset to our applicants.

Erin McCubbin
Head of Academic and College Counseling

Aerial Dickerson
Associate Director of Academic and College Counseling

Ryan May
Associate Director of Academic and College Counseling

Alejandro Ramirez
Associate Director of Academic and College Counseling

Chief Admissions Officer

Kirsten Beard

We look forward to learning your story and sharing our school with you. Use the button below to schedule a time with us to start your Mount Vernon journey.