Academics

College Counseling

The goal of the College Counseling office at Heritage Hall is to partner with students and their families to find the right college “fit.” With two college counselors assigned to a class of approximately 90 seniors, our students are fortunate to benefit from a small counselor to student ratio of approximately 1:45. (According to the National Association of College Admission Counselors’ most recent report, the national average is approximately 482 students per counselor). Our counselors also visit college campuses and take part in professional organizations to establish valuable contacts and stay aware of the latest trends in this ever-changing field.

Meeting with students in both individual and group settings, we discuss many college options based on certain criteria and help the students narrow down their college lists. We offer help completing applications and writing essays. Using a college counseling software system, students can sign up for meetings with college representatives who visit Heritage Hall, request transcripts and teacher recommendations, and inform us when they have applied to their schools.

Parents are given the opportunity to participate in special morning coffees and evening workshops to discuss such topics as financial aid, the application timeline, and standardized testing. We also offer a panel discussion where they can learn from the most recent “experts”- parents of graduating seniors. By working together with students and their families, we are able to assure that our students will begin the next chapter of their lives knowing that they have found that right fit for them.
 

YEAR-AT-A-GLANCE

List of 4 items.

  • Freshman Year

    Freshman year, we encourage students to fully embrace their new high school experience, working hard in classes and exploring various activities and leadership opportunities. We remind Freshmen that their transcript GPA begins with this year and to work closely with their advisors to select appropriately challenging courses going forward. Second semester, freshman take the Pre-ACT for practice, and parents are invited to attend the Freshman-Sophomore college night for a preview of the college counseling process at Heritage Hall. Our doors are always open for questions.
  • Sophomore Year

    In addition to maintaining a strong GPA, sophomore year is a time to continue to develop extra-curricular interests both in and out of school. Each sophomore is assigned a college counselor, and we encourage students and parents to reach out as questions arise. Sophomores take the PSAT in the fall and the Pre-ACT in the spring for practice, and parents are invited to attend the Freshman-Sophomore college night. Sophomore year is not too soon for some students to make a few college visits.
  • Junior Year

    Junior year is the time most students begin the college search process in earnest. To begin to get a sense of a good college fit, juniors complete our College Questionnaire, make visits to colleges, and meet with college representatives who come to Heritage Hall. Parents attend the Junior College Night in the fall, and counselors meet individually with students and parents throughout the year to develop a possible college list, discuss a standardized testing strategy, and plan a challenging senior course schedule. Juniors take the PSAT in the fall and the ACT and/or SAT, usually beginning second semester. Also, prospective college athletes register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. In August, the college counselors offer an optional College Kickstart class for students who want to complete much of their application and essay work before the beginning of their senior year.
  • Senior Year

    Senior year, college counselors work individually with seniors on all aspects of their college applications from beginning to submission. From teacher recommendations, to essays, to deadlines, to scholarships, we provide guidance throughout the process. A senior night for parents at the beginning of the year offers an opportunity for questions and reassurances, and a Financial Aid Night helps families navigate the FAFSA and addresses college cost strategies. Finally, we celebrate with seniors as their acceptances arrive, assist them with their final college selections, and remind them to work diligently right through to graduation.

COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES

List of 3 items.

  • Class of 2020 College Acceptances

    Amherst College
    Arizona State University
    Arkansas Tech University
    Auburn University
    Baker University
    Ball State University
    Becker College
    Boston College
    Baylor University
    Boston University
    Bucknell University
    Clemson University
    Dartmouth College
    DePauw University
    Duke University
    Emporia State University – Kansas City
    Freed-Hardeman University
    Harding University
    Harvard University
    Hawaii Pacific University
    Indiana University – Bloomington
    Kansas City Art Institute
    Lehigh University
    Louisiana State University
    Loyola Marymount University
    Loyola University New Orleans
    Lynn University
    NYU Shanghai
    Northeastern University



    Northern Oklahoma College
    Oklahoma Baptist University
    Oklahoma Christian University
    Oklahoma City University
    Oklahoma State University
    Oral Roberts University
    Rhodes College
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    Seminole State College
    Southern Methodist University
    Spelman College
    St. John's College
    Temple University
    Texas Christian University
    The George Washington University
    The Savannah College of Art and Design
    The University of Alabama
    The University of Arizona
    The University of Chicago
    The University of Oklahoma
    The University of Tulsa
    Trinity University
    Tufts University
    University of Alabama
    University of Arkansas
    University of California - Davis
    University of California – Irvine




    University of California – Los Angeles
    University of California – San Diego
    University of California – Santa Barbara
    University of Colorado – Boulder
    University of Connecticut
    University of Denver
    University of Georgia
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaigne
    University of the Incarnate Word
    University of Kansas
    University of Miami
    University of Michigan
    University of Mississippi
    University of Missouri – Kansas City
    University of South Carolina
    University of Southern California
    University of Tennessee
    University of Washington
    Vanderbilt University
    Wake Forest University
    Washington and Lee University
    Washington University Saint Louis
    Westminster College
    Wichita State University
    William & Mary






  • Class of 2019 College Acceptances

    Univ. of Alabama
    Amherst College
    Arizona State Univ
    Univ. of Arizona
    Univ. of Arkansas
    Auburn Univ.
    Aurora Univ.
    Austin College
    Belmont Univ.
    Boston Univ.
    Carnegie Mellon Univ.
    Case Western Reserve Univ.
    Univ. of Central Oklahoma
    Coastal Carolina Univ.
    Univ. College Dublin
    Univ. of Colorado-Boulder
    Univ. of Denver
    Duke Univ.
    Eckerd College
    Edinburgh Napier Univ.
    Emerson College
    Emporia State Univ.
    Georgetown Univ.
    The George Washington Univ.
    Grinnell College
    Hendrix College
    High Point Univ.
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    Hult International Business School
    Illinois Institute of Technology
    Indiana Univ.-Bloomington
    Univ. of Kansas
    Lake Forest College
    Langston University 
    Le Cordon Bleu-Paris
    Louisiana State Univ.
    Maynooth Univ.
    Michigan State Univ.
    Univ. of New Orleans
    New York Univ.
    Northeastern State Univ.
    Oklahoma Christian Univ.
    Oklahoma City Univ.
    Oklahoma State Univ.
    Univ. of Oklahoma
    Univ. of Oregon
    Pacific Lutheran Univ.
    Pratt Institute
    Univ. of Puget Sound
    Reed College
    Rhodes College

    Rogers State Univ.
    Rutgers Univ.
    San Diego State Univ. 
    Univ. of San Diego 
    Santa Monica College
    Savannah College of Art and Design
    St. John’s College
    Stanford Univ.
    Stevens College
    Stonybrook Univ.
    The Univ. of Tampa
    Teesside Univ.
    Texas Christian Univ.
    Trinity Univ.
    Univ. of Tulsa
    United States Air Force Academy
    Upper Iowa Univ.
    Vanderbilt Univ.
    Vassar College
    Univ. of Washington
    Wesleyan Univ.
    Westminster College-MO
    Whitman College
    Williams College
    Yale University

  • Class of 2018 College Acceptances

    Univ. of Alabama
    Allegheny College
    Univ. of Arkansas
    Auburn Univ.
    Baylor Univ.
    Belmont Univ.
    Boston Univ.
    Bryn Mawr College
    Univ. of California-Berkeley
    Univ. of California-Los Angeles
    Univ. of California-San Diego
    Univ. of California-Santa Barbara
    Case Western Reserve Univ.
    Univ. of Central Oklahoma
    Chapman Univ.
    Clemson Univ.
    Univ. of Colorado-Boulder
    Colorado Christian Univ.
    Colorado School of Mines
    Colorado State Univ.
    Columbia College-Chicago
    Concordia Univ.-Chicago
    Cornell College Cornell Univ.
    Cowley County Community College
    Univ. of Denver
    DePaul Univ.
    DePauw Univ.
    Dickinson College
    Drake Univ.
    Duke Univ.
    Earlham College
    Emporia State Univ.
    Florida A&M Univ.
    Gardner-Webb Univ.
    Georgetown Univ.
    Georgia Tech 
    Univ. of Georgia 
    Hamline Univ.
    Harvard Univ. 
    Indiana Univ.-Bloomington
    Johns Hopkins Univ.
    Kansas State Univ.
    Univ. of Kansas
    Univ. of Kentucky
    Kenyon College
    Liberty Univ.
    Louisiana State Univ.
    Loyola Univ.-Chicago
    Loyola Univ. - Maryland
    Macalester College
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Univ. of Michigan
    Minerva Schools at KGI
    Mississippi State Univ.
    Univ. of Mississippi
    Univ.of Missouri Monmouth
    Univ. New York Univ.
    Univ. of North Carolina-Asheville
    Northwestern Univ.
    Oberlin College
    Occidental College
    Oklahoma Baptist Univ.
    Oklahoma Christian Univ.
    Oklahoma City Univ.
    Oklahoma State Univ.
    Univ. of Oklahoma
    Penn State Univ.
    Univ. of Pennsylvania  
    Pepperdine Univ.
    Pittsburg State Univ. 
    Univ. of Pittsburgh 
    Purdue Univ. 
    Rice Univ. 
    Rose State College 
    Salve Regina Univ. 
    Univ. of San Diego 
    Seton Hall Univ. 
    Univ. of South Carolina 
    Univ. of South Florida-Tampa 
    Univ. of Southern California
    Southern Methodist Univ.
    Southern Nazarene Univ.
    Southwest Baptist Univ.
    St. Edward’s Univ.
    Stanford Univ.
    Susquehanna Univ.
    Texas Christian Univ.
    Trinity College
    Trinity Univ.
    Tulane Univ.
    Univ. of Tulsa
    Univ. of Edinburgh (UK)
    Univ. of Kent (UK)
    Vanderbilt Univ.
    Vassar College
    Washington Univ. in St. Louis
    Wheaton College
    Whitman College
    Wichita State Univ.
    College of Wooster
    Xavier Univ.

MEET OUR TEAM

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Vicki Schaeffer

    Vicki Schaeffer D.Mus. 

    Director of College Counseling, Senior Class Sponsor
    405.749.3045
    Indiana University - DMus
    Kent State University - MM
    Mount Union College - BME
  • Photo of Julie Bramble

    Julie Bramble 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
    405.749.3034
    Middlebury College - BA
  • Photo of Regina Banks

    Regina Banks 

    Director of Service Learning, US Administrative Assistant
    405.749.3038
    University of Oklahoma - MLS
    University of Oklahoma - BFA
“When we toured the school, I was impressed with the interaction of the students and small class size. Finally, the 100% college acceptance rate of the senior class impressed me greatly.”
- Patron Survey Respondent