College Counseling

The Process

The college process is one that begins as soon as a student enters the Saint Gertrude community. Our rigorous college preparatory curriculum and high standards ensure that students are well prepared for the academic demands of college. Both inside and outside the classroom, students are being educated and prepared for the next steps that they will take in their educations. The challenge of the college search process is for students to identify the college or universities that fit their interests, learning styles and personalities – to find the institutions at which they will be happiest and most fulfilled. Although the college process becomes more individualized and focused during the junior year, each year of high school is important. We work with students and families at each stage of the process, and we invite you to contact us at any time.

We encourage freshmen to take advantage of the new opportunities that high school affords and to begin to develop their interests and talents. Outside of the classroom, students are supported by the School Counselor and Advisor.  Although college can seem a long ways away, students begin to prepare by taking the PSAT,  developing an understanding of the importance of their academic transcript, and setting personal goals for their high school careers.

The sophomore year, like the freshman year, is a time for students to hone their interests and continue to be involved both in and out of the classroom. All sophomores take the PSAT in the fall. Individual meetings with their academic advisor in the spring promotes that students are on the optimal track to meet their academic goals.

The individualized college process formalizes  in the junior year. This exploration stage is an important one, as it forms the foundation for the application period that follows in the senior year. We strive to educate our junior students and families so that they are equipped with the information that they need to make the decisions that are best for them.  Juniors take the PSAT in October.  Beginning in the second semester of the junior year and continuing through the spring, students are educated about the college admission process.  This is done through class meetings and evening programs.  Additionally,  every student and her parent(s) has a personalized conference with the college counselor.

The start of the senior year brings the action phase of the college process. This is an exciting time, as the exploration stage begins to manifest itself in objective applications, and we support each and every student throughout this sometimes uncertain or overwhelming process. Throughout the fall, the college counselor makes certain that students are well informed. Individual student meetings are held often, and each student’s college list is carefully reviewed for balance and fit. The College Counselor writes a  personal letter of support for each student, as well as processes all paperwork. As decisions are made, students are encouraged to consider the academic, social and financial fit of their final college choices.

Rebecca Hoffmann, Director of Counseling Services/College Counselor (, 804-822-3943)

Carolyn Holshouser, Counseling Services Assistant (, 804-822-3946)

Recent College Acceptances

All Colleges: University of Alabama, American University, Auburn University, Bard College, Belmont University, Boston University, Bryn Mawr College, Case Western Reserve, The Catholic University of America, College of Charleston, Christendom, Christopher Newport University, Clemson University, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado State University, University of Dayton, University of Delaware, Denison University, Depaul University, Dickinson College, East Carolina University, Emerson College, Fashion Institute of Technology, Florida State University, Fordham University, Franklin and Marshall College, Furman University, Gonzaga University, University of Georgia, George Mason University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Hampton University, Hollins University, Howard University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Indiana University, James Madison University, University of Kentucky, Lake Forest College, University of Limerick, Longwood University, Louisiana State University, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Maryland, Lynn University, Mary Baldwin College, Marymount University, University of Mary Washington, Marquette University, University of Miami, University of Mississippi, University of Montana, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Nagoya University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, North Carolina State University, Northeastern University, Northern Arizona University, University of Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Old Dominion University, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Pittsburgh, Radford Universtiy, Randolph Macon College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Richmond, Roanoke College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Sacred Heart University, Saint Joseph’s University, Saint Michael’s College, Santa Clara University, Savannah College of Art and Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sophia University, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California, Southern Methodist University, Stevenson University, University of Tennessee, Texas A&M School of Engineering, The Citadel, Vanderbilt University, University of Vermont, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest University, Washington and Lee, Washington University in St. Louis, Widener University, College of William and Mary, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Xavier University