College Counseling

The College Counseling team at Holy Child provides an individualized approach to college counseling, which results in matriculation to small liberal arts colleges, large universities, premier art schools and music conservatories, technical institutes, and some of the most selective institutions in the nation and abroad.

College Matriculations 2019

A sampling of where our most recent graduates are continuing their academic careers:

Holy Child’s individualized approach to college counseling
involves three major components:


We know our students

Beginning in freshman year, the Director of College Counseling hosts informative seminars with parents. The office works closely with Upper School administrators and faculty to get to know each of our students. During the spring of junior year, students begin a college counseling class, taught by the Director of College Counseling, which continues through the students' senior year. This gives the Director of College Counseling the opportunity to get to know students on a more personal level. Each student and her parents continue to meet with the college counseling office throughout the college application process, as needed.

We know colleges

In addition to working with students, our experienced College Counseling team has relationships with many college admission officers and works to familiarize them with Holy Child’s rigorous and unique curriculum. Additionally, we invite leaders in college admissions to campus in order to provide students and their parents with the most updated information about the college application process and beyond.

Colleges know Holy Child

Each year, over 100 college admission representatives visit Holy Child's campus to meet with students. The College Counseling team develops relationships with college representatives to ensure they best understand Holy Child's academic rigor and extracurricular offerings.






Beginning in ninth grade, Holy Child students are enrolled in a variety of courses, participate in extracurricular activities, and develop relationships with their peers and faculty. In turn, the faculty and administration get to know and value each girl for what she brings to our community, ensuring that she is offered every opportunity to excel and make the most of her time at Holy Child. By senior year, each student's experiences and relationships render her mature and prepared for the transition to college.


Grades Nine and Ten

In grades nine and ten, Holy Child students focus on academic progress. In addition, students are encouraged to explore opportunities to be engaged in the Holy Child community outside the classroom. The College Counseling staff introduces parents to the college admissions process by hosting grade-specific, informative gatherings on college admissions.

In her first two years, a Holy Child student will:

  • Enroll in a solid academic program that challenges her to pursue academic excellence, and explore new subject areas whenever possible
  • Read! There is nothing more important than finding time to read beyond the classroom. Reading is essential to preparing for college and readying oneself for standardized testing.
  • Research and participate in a meaningful way in service opportunities.
  • Get involved in extracurricular opportunities in the arts, athletics and more.
  • Consider and take on leadership roles within the classroom and beyond.
  • Form friendships and establish relationships with teachers and administrators.
  • Gain confidence interacting with adults in group settings, as well as one-on-one.
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT test in her sophomore year,
  • Use summer to pursue interests in service work, attend specialty courses, participate in sports camps or seek employment. Demonstrating commitment, responsibility and passion is imperative to the college application process.
  • Maintain a positive social media presence.

Grade Eleven

The College Counseling team works closely with juniors in small-group settings and individual meetings to prepare each girl for every aspect of the college admission process. Each student and her parents meet with the Director of College Counseling to discuss family priorities and explore preliminary college choices. By junior year, Holy Child students are prepared and encouraged to take the lead in this exciting journey.

  • In October, all juniors take the PSAT/MNSQT exam.
  • In the fall, students have an option to take a practice ACT to help determine which exam - the SAT or the ACT - is better suited for them.
  • In December, the college guidance course begins. In this weekly class, college counselors provide information and guidance on all aspects of the process, including:
    • Understanding terminology
    • Creating a college prospect list
    • Working with Naviance
    • Writing a college essay
    • Preparing a resume
    • Keys to successful college visits and interviews
    • Completion of the college application
  • Beginning in January, the College Counseling staff meets individually with every junior. Following the student-centered meetings, the staff meets with parents and students together to discuss college plans and priorities. Parents are asked to submit a parent questionnaire about their daughter.
  • The College Counseling office hosts a Junior Parent College Night information session. Students and parents are expected to attend, as key information about the process is provided.
  • By the end of junior year, each student will complete the following:
      • Research a variety of colleges and develop a balanced list of colleges for application
      • Take the SAT or the ACT
      • Brainstorm topics and begin writing her college essay

    Grade Twelve

    As seniors, students maintain their academic progress, while completing their college applications. Seniors' first trimester grades are provided to colleges. Their leadership in the community is essential, whether they serve as peer leaders, captains of teams, leaders of clubs and other extracurricular activities. Below outlines the final stages of the college application process for seniors.

    • In September, the College Counseling office will host a Senior Parent College Night. Seniors and their parents attend this informative session that provides guidance and recommendations for facilitating for the final stages of the college application process.
    • In the fall...
      • Seniors meet with the College Counseling staff to devise a final list of colleges and action plan for the application process.
      • Seniors share and discuss drafts of their college essays with College Counseling staff.
      • The College Counseling office hosts a financial aid workshop to assist families who expect to apply for financial aid.
      • Seniors continue to attend weekly college guidance classes through the end of the first trimester.
      • College Counseling continues to work with each senior to ensure that each girl completes each application well and on time, reviewing her essay(s) and answering her application questions along the way.
    • From January to May, College Counseling continues to support the seniors as they receive decisions from each college.
    • All seniors decide on their college choice by May 1 - the national decision day.

    Standardized Testing

    There are a variety of standardized tests that students will take as part of the college admission process. Below are the 2016-2017 test dates and registration deadlines. Click on the links below for more information about each of the tests listed.

    SAT & SAT Subject Test

    Consult for SAT, SAT subject test, AP and PSAT information.


    ACT Test:

    Consult for information about the ACT.


    Test Optional Colleges:

    Consult for a list of schools that are standardized test optional.

    SAT & SAT Subject Test:
    Consult for SAT, SAT subject test, AP and PSAT information.

    College Admission Options

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Financial Aid

    Every family is encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Many schools only require the FAFSA to determine financial aid eligibility. Other colleges require a CSS Profile to determine need-based institutional aid. Please check an institution's Financial Aid Webpage in order to determine their required forms and deadlines.

    For the FAFSA, visit
    For the CSS Profile, visit

    Scholarship monies are awarded by an institution, corporate sponsors or local organizations. Information regarding merit-based scholarship money awarded by an institution can be found on their website or

    College Admission Visitors at Holy Child

    Each year, nearly 100 admission officers visit Holy Child. The visitor is most often the first reader of a student's application, and will be presenting the student during the admissions committee review. Their visits to Holy Child provide a great opportunity for our students to meet with and make an impression upon the admission officer.

    Alfred University

    American University
    Babson University
    Barnard College
    Boston College
    Bucknell University
    Case Western University
    Catholic University
    Colgate University
    College of Charleston
    College of the Holy Cross
    College of Mount Saint Vincent
    College of Wooster
    |Denison University
    Dickinson College
    Drew University
    Fairfield University
    Fordham University
    Franklin & Marshall College
    Furman University
    Georgetown University
    Gettysburg College
    Hartwick College
    Hofstra University
    Hobart & William Smith Colleges
    Iona College

    Johnson & Wales University
    Lafayette College
    Lasell College
    Loyola University (MD)
    Loyola University of New Orleans
    Lynchburg College
    Manhattan College
    Manhattanville College
    Marist College
    Merrimack College
    Miami University (OH)
    Mt. Holyoke
    Providence College
    Regis College (MA)
    Rider University
    Rhodes College
    Roger Williams University
    Rosemont College
    Sacred Heart University
    Salve Regina University
    Savannah College of Art & Design
    St. Anselm College
    St. Joseph’s University (PA)
    St. Lawrence University
    Skidmore College

    Springfield College

    Stonehill College
    SUNY Oneonta
    SUNY Potsdam
    Texas Christian University
    Trinity College (CT)
    Tulane University
    Union College
    University at Buffalo
    University College, Dublin
    University of Chicago
    University of Notre Dame
    University of Rochester
    University of Connecticut
    UMASS Amherst
    University of Richmond
    University of Scranton
    University of St. Andrews
    Vassar College
    Villanova University
    Wesleyan University
    Wofford College
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    College Application Programs & Plans

    There are several types of application programs currently in use.

    Common Application
    For a comprehensive list of schools using the Common App, and to create an account, visit

    The Coalition for Access, Affordability & Success Application
    For information on the Coalition, and to view a list of member schools, visit

    School-specific Applications
    Several colleges have their own application and do not accept the Common Application or the Coalition. Visit each college's website to determine which application(s) it accepts.

    There are several ways students can apply to college. Application options offered by the U.S. colleges and universities include:
    Early Decision I / Early Decision II
    Early Action / Early Action-Restrictive
    Regular Decision
    Rolling Decision



    Naviance Family Connection is a web-based resource for students and their parents. Use Family Connection to research colleges, build a prospective college list, build and maintain a resume, track deadlines and link to external sites about financial aid and scholarships, college athletics and the College Board. The College Counseling office works with Naviance Succeed to match each student's Common Application and communicate with colleges.

    College Visits, Interviews & Demonstrated Interest

    College Visits are the best way for high school students to get a feel for a particular college. Visiting campus provides the opportunity to tour the campus, meet students, speak with faculty, ask questions, audit classes and set up interview.

    College Interviews are an important part of the admission process, and should be scheduled in advance to coincide with your college visit.

    Demonstrated Interest is tracked by some schools in order to gauge genuine interest in their college and predict their yield (number of admitted students who accept the offer of admission.) Be sure to ask about "demonstrated interest" when you visit each college.

    Helpful Information

    Helpful Telephone Assistance

    • General information about the Federal Student Financial Assistance Programs, assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): 1.800.433.3243
    • To check on the processing of your FAFSA or request a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR): 1.319.337.5665
    • TDD number for hearing-impaired individuals to call with any federal student aid questions: 1.800.730.8913
    • To order FAFSA Express on diskette: 1.800.801.0576
    • To report fraud, waste, or abuse involving federal student aid funds: 1.800.647.8733
    • FAFSA on the Web (general information and technical assistance): 1.800.801.0576

    College Counseling Team

    Joanna "JB" Broda
    Director of College Counseling
    (914) 967-5622, extension 221

    Kathryn Langstine Gazso '94
    Associate Director of College Counseling
    (914) 967-5622, extension 229