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College Counseling

Finding the Right Fit for Every Student

Deciding which college to attend is one of the most exciting and difficult decisions our seniors face each year. Our college counseling office is available to guide students through this often perplexing process. From parent and student meetings starting in ninth grade to individualized sessions with juniors and seniors, college counseling at GWA empowers our high school students to be proactive in their college search.

For a better idea of where our seniors head after graduation, take a look at our Class of 2017 college acceptances and matriculations.

George Walton Academy holds accreditations from AdvancED (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools,) the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and the Georgia Accrediting Commission. Click image at left to access the official School Profile. 


Our students have access to a variety of resources and tools to help them prepare for the college admissions process.

Public Institutions in Georgia
University of Georgia:
Georgia Institute of Technology:
Georgia College (Milledgeville):
Georgia State University (Atlanta):
Georgia Southern University:
University of North Georgia:
Kennesaw State University:
University of West Georgia (Carrollton):
Gordon State University:
Valdosta State University:
Georgia Southwestern State University (Americus):
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College:
College of Coastal Georgia (Brunswick):
South Georgia State College (Douglas):
Savannah State University:
Augusta State University:
Columbus State University:
Albany State University:
Dalton State College:
Perimeter College:
Georgia Gwinnett College:
Athens Technical College:
Private Institutions in Georgia
Emory University:
Mercer University:
Berry College:
Piedmont College:
Art Institute of Atlanta:
Agnes Scott College:
Wesleyan College (Macon):
Young Harris College:
Brenau University:
Reinhardt University:
Truett McConnell University:
Clark Atlanta University:
Morehouse College:
Spelman College:
Oglethorpe University:
Emmanuel College:
Point University:
Toccoa Falls College:
Links to Out-of-State Universities

George Walton Academy is pleased to students the opportunity to earn college credit on our campus through Georgia’s Dual Enrollment Program. This program allows qualified upper school students to maximize their education and career training by taking courses that earn college and upper school credit simultaneously. Currently, we offer Chemistry and Spanish on our campus and have multiple online opportunities.

UGA Summer Programs:

UGA Summer Academy Camps:

Vet Camp @ UGA:

Blueprint Programs at UGA:

GA-Tech Pre-College Programs:

Emory Pre-College Programs:

CEISMC Summer PEAKS at G-Tech:

Hands on Tech (H.O.T) at GA-Tech:

Women in Engineering @GA-Tech (for girls in grades 5-8):\\

For programs out-of-state with some in other countries:


Space Camp:

New York Times:

Smithsonian in Washington, DC:

Case Western Summer Programs:

Vanderbilt University Pre-college Programs:

Texas A&M Summer Programs:

Notre Dame Pre-College Programs:

Yale Young Global Scholars:

Harvard Summer Programs:

Summer Programs @ MIT:

Columbia University NYC Summer Immersion:

Barnard Summer Enrichment in NYC:


Space Camp:

New York Times:

Smithsonian in Washington, DC:

Looking to get ahead academically? Exciting opportunities are in the works for upper school students this summer! GWA will offer summer classes at no cost to our enrolled students for full academic credit. A course catalog is available to currently enrolled students. 

These courses provide an opportunity for students to customize their learning experience at GWA. "The George Walton experience should be tailored to the individual student needs and interest," Dr. Dolan commented. He added, "for some, summer may be the perfect time to get ahead." Additional details to follow. Please contact Registrar Peggy Jordan at

Click here to access a library of interesting college admissions-related articles and links to university blogs. . 

Click here to access a variety of helpful videos, including a series produced by the University of Pennsylvania that provides insights and  tips for navigating the application process.

Going Merry

One place for students to find and apply for scholarships online, absolutely free. 


All students interested in financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Learn more. 

GA Futures

The Georgia Student Finance Commission has become one of the most successful state student aid operations in the nation. Students can use this site to check their HOPE GPA, apply to most colleges and universities in Georgia, and request high school transcripts be sent to these schools and the NCAA. Learn more. 

Coalition for College Access & Affordability

Making college a reality for all students, the Coalition helps students prepare for and applu for college. The program offers free online college planning tools. Learn more. 


With instant access to more than 700 colleges and universities around the world, the Common App is the most seamless way to manage the application process.

Naviance is a software package available to our counselors and students that provides college research and matching tools, course planning options, scholarship sources, and alumni college updates. GWA utilizes Naviance as a college and career readiness solution that helps align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, ultimately improving student outcomes.  * The Naviance account requires an individual registration code for each student and family that may be obtained from Mr. Clancy or Mrs. Nabors.

This web-based program helps our juniors more clearly identify their natural strengths and interests as they consider potential career and academic paths. Students get personalized matching to strong career fits, in-depth information on each career, comprehensive insights on how natural abilities are projected to affect work life and performance, and customized language designed to help students self-advocate in both college and career.

Internships are new this year for GWA juniors and seniors. Through partnerships in our community and the surrounding area, our internship program aims to give students an opportunity to gain work experience, explore their interests and build real-world skill sets during a three-week winter term. 

Each year the GWA campus hosts a number of admissions representatives from colleges and universities around the country. These representatives hold informal meetings for our upper school students in the upper school media center and cafeteria throughout the fall and early spring, providing an opportunity for students to ask questions, check on application requirements and get to know these colleges a little better. Upperschool freshmen through seniors are encouraged to engage and practice their conversational skills while learning about opportunities and programs at the collegiate level.  



We host several events throughout the year, both on and off campus, to help inform our students of their college and career choices. University Recruiters, please click here for information on scheduling a visit, as well as directions to the GWA campus. 

Our students are as unique as the colleges to which they apply, and this fact makes the campus visit an integral part of their college decisions.

Every spring our college counseling office coordinates a series of college tours to take GWA freshmen, sophomores and juniors to visit potential college and university choices. While on tour, students enjoy lunch at the dining halls, walk and talk with current college students, and chat with admissions staff.

Our college tours in March 2017 included Berry College, Mercer University, the University of North Georgia and Georgia Southern University. Future tours will include both in-state and out-of-state destinations.

Held in March, Carer Day 2019 will take place on the 15th and open with a keynote address. In 2019, Shane Short, Executive Director of the Development Authority of Walton County and Ben Stout, Senior Field Representative for Congressman Jody Hice, will talk about the job prospects for Walton County and the region five to ten years from now. The address is followed by a series of presentations. A variety of professionals from the community give 30-minute presentations on career-related topics. Students register for one of more than 20 presentations in each of the four time slots. 


Counselor's Corner

Tis the Season to Plan Your Summer

November 29, 2018
By Laura Nabors

There are many meaningful opportunities near and far for GWA students of all ages for Summer 2019 and now is the time to scope them out.

Students can experience a pre-college program to dive into their passions, gain work experience, or volunteer to serve at local charity organizations. Some programs require an application process and can open as early as this month.

For high schools students, did you know summer activities can push your college application to the “yes” pile? As college draws closer and closer for GWA students, it’s time to get more serious about how to spend summer vacation. The wide array of programs available makes the transition for college-bound student significantly easier. Plus, students can still pursue something they enjoy while showing admission representatives that they know how to make the most of their summer.

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A powerful college and career readiness tool.


Helps GWA juniors more clearly identify their natural strengths.



“It was really nice to go ahead and get a head start on seeing what college would be like and what colleges expect from you, especially for students going into their sophomore and junior years. It was an amazing opportunity.”

Melissa Gish, Class of 2020
reflecting on college tours during Trip Week