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College Counseling

College Counseling Team

Welcome to GA's College Counseling program! Navigating today’s college application process requires careful planning and preparation. Germantown Academy's team of college counselors educates students and parents about the world of college admissions so they can make informed choices that result in matriculation to a college or university where the student can continue to grow intellectually and emotionally.

College counseling at GA provides two essential services to students: advising and counseling. As advisors, college counselors educate students about the college search and application processes. As counselors, college counselors develop relationships with their students, listen to their goals, aspirations, and concerns, and encourage them to explore colleges that will help them to continue the process that they have begun at GA, of becoming their best selves.

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In the past five years, 631 GA graduates have elected to attend 180 different colleges and universities.

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Each full-time counselor has only 38 students per grade.

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Juniors are required to take College Seminar and Personal Essay Writing.

College Counseling Program

The following overview of GA's College Counseling Program includes recommendations and counseling services available at each step of the path toward college.

Freshman Year

  • Adjust to academic program and teacher expectations
  • Explore activities, test interests, stretch self

Summer before Sophomore Year

  • Rejuvenate!
  • Perhaps attend a summer camp or program

Sophomore Year


  • General student meeting about the PSAT
  • Take PSAT in October


  • PSAT results to family home in December
  • College counselors assigned in January/February


  • Group Meeting for Parents in April

Individual meetings between students and college counselor

  • Establish relationship – get to know each other
  • Discuss scheduling plans
  • Review activities
  • Assess college knowledge

Summer before Junior Year

  • Rejuvenate!
  • Get a job
  • Volunteer
  • Attend a summer camp or program
  • Visit colleges to explore "types"

Junior Year


  • Attend meetings with college representatives
  • Take PSAT in October
  • Visit a couple of colleges during breaks


  • Receive PSAT results in December
  • Take the SAT and/or ACT
  • Parent Meeting in January
  • College Seminar begins in January
  • Meet one-on-one with college counselor
  • Answer questions
  • Shape college list
  • Review test taking plan
  • Visit colleges during any breaks (interview if possible)


  • Visit colleges over spring break
  • Update your counselor on your college visits
  • Schedule a family meeting (parents and student) with your college counselor
  • Ask two teachers for letters of recommendation
  • Take AP exams if appropriate
  • Take Subject Tests if appropriate

Summer before Senior Year

  • Finalize college list
  • Complete initial visits to each college
  • Complete interviews at all colleges offering them
  • Begin working on college applications (Common Application and many unique apps available in early July)
  • Write, revise and revise again essays
  • Work, volunteer, attend a summer camp or program
  • Carve out some time to rejuvenate!

Senior Year


  • Meet with college counselor for check up in September and continue to check in with counselor as needed
  • Parents of seniors attend meeting with college counselors
  • If applying for financial aid, check to see if colleges require the CSS Profile ( and what each college's deadline is
  • Complete any standardized testing needed
  • Continue working on applications, applying to all colleges offering a rolling admission plan by end of October
  • Strive to complete all applications by mid December


  • Receive admission news in mid December if you applied ED or EA
  • Apply for financial aid (January 1 is the first day to file FAFSA)
  • Wait!
  • Enjoy senior year (but don't slack off!)


  • Continue enjoying senior year
  • Receive admission news by first week of April
  • Arrange for overnight visits at top choices
  • Meet with counselor to assess options and financial aid packages (if applicable)
  • Make decision and pay deposit by May 1, the National Candidate's Reply Deadline!