College Counseling

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At Oliverian, we believe that post-secondary planning is more than just gaining admission to college. It is also an important opportunity for meaningful self-discovery. A good understanding of one’s own interests, strengths, and weaknesses is an essential foundation for the process.

So we treat the college planning and application process as an invaluable opportunity for students to practice many of the skills that college itself will demand of them: time management, initiative-taking, follow through, and interpersonal skills, among others. Each student’s academic advisor, in collaboration with the academic director/college-counseling director, provides an appropriate level of support and guidance while empowering the student to demonstrate the initiative and follow-through necessary to complete the process.

We help every student proactively engage and prepare for the customary college admissions milestones, such as PSAT/SAT/ACT preparation, college research, college visits, college application, and college selection. Along the way we work to foster the self-knowledge and critical thinking necessary to make the best choice of college possible. In the spirit of encouraging autonomy, engagement, and confidence, the level of support we provide differs for each student depending on their ability to navigate the process on their own.


Over 90% of Oliverian graduates matriculate directly to college or university; Oliverians have attended a wide variety of post-secondary institutions, including:

Albion College

American University

Antioch College

Becker College

Bennington College

Boston University

Burlington College

Charleston Southern University

Claremont Colleges – Pitzer

Clark University

Colby-Sawyer College

Colorado State University

Columbia College

Connecticut Culinary Institute

Cornell University

Curry College

Dean College

Denver University

Dickinson College

Drew University

Johnson State College

Keene State College

Lafayette College

Landmark College

Lasell College

Lehigh University

Lesley College

Loyola University of Chicago

Lynchburg College

Lyndon State College

Manhattanville College

Marlboro College

McDaniel College

Millsaps College

Mitchell College

Montana State University

Montclair State University

Stetson University

St. John’s College

St. Mary’s College of MD

St. Olaf College

Stonehill College

Syracuse University

SUNY – Alfred

SUNY – Albany

SUNY – Binghamton

SUNY – Plattsburg

Temple University

The College of Mount Saint Vincent

University of Alaska – Fairbanks

University of Arizona

University of Colorado – Boulder

University of Colorado – Colorado Springs

University of Hawaii – Hilo

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Kentucky

Eckerd College

Elon University

Evergreen State College

Fairfield University

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Ferrum College

Florida Southern College

Green Mountain College

Goucher College

Guilford College

Immaculata University

Hampshire College

High Point University

Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Hollins University

Ithaca College

Manhattan College

Montevallo University

Mount Saint Mary College

New College

Newbury College

Northern Arizona University

Norwich University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Oregon State University

Pace University

Pratt Institute Quinnipiac University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rochester Institute of Technology

Roger Williams University

Sarah Lawrence College

Savannah College of Art and Design

School of Visual Arts, NYC

Shenandoah University

University of Maine – Orono

University of Massachusetts

University of Montana

University of New Hampshire

University of Northern Colorado

University of Puget Sound

University of Rhode Island

University of South Carolina

University of Vermont

University of Wisconsin

Virginia Wesleyan College

Warren Wilson College

Washington College

West Virginia University

Western State College

Wheaton College


For your convenience, registration information for college entrance exams is provided below.

Please follow the ACT test and SAT test links and register your son or daughter directly on those sites. Once your registration is complete, please forward your child’s admission ticket to the school.

Julie Gaffey is your on-campus support for ACT and SAT registration. Please do not hesitate to contact her should you have any questions regarding the registration process, or if you believe your son or daughter might qualify for accommodations on any of the college-related testing. Transportation is provided to off-campus test sites on the different testing dates by Oliverian free of charge.


The following links can assist with the college research and application process:

College Navigator

Allows side-by-side comparison of schools.

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Big Future

An easy-to-use search tool.  Part of the College Board website, you can use your College Board password to save your searches and to find schools that are a match for your SAT scores.

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Colleges That Change Lives

One of the most popular college search resources for Oliverian students and families.

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Listing of SAT and ACT optional colleges.

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The Common Application 

The application shared by almost 700 colleges.

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University & College Newspapers

Link to college newspapers – reading them can provide great insight into a school’s culture.

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Campus Tours 

Interactive campus maps of a wide variety of colleges.

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E Campus Tours  

Virtual tour of campus allows you to see 360 view from a variety of locations around a campus.

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Recovery Campus

Information about the growing movement for recovery programs on college campuses.

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Campus Pride

Includes a national listing of LGBT-friendly colleges and universities.

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Test prep and college search resources.

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