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.
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 high school students in the upper school media center 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.
All students interested in financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more.
The Georgia Student Finance Commission has become one of the most successful state student aid operations in the nation. According to its website, it was orignally created to provide loans, but "the agency progressed to state- and lottery-funded scholarships, grants, service cancelable loan programs and providing free financial aid consultation. GSFC's mission is to ensure Georgians have an opportunity to access education beyond high school." Learn more.
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.
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.
George Walton Academy is pleased to offer dual enrollment options through Georgia’s Move On When Ready program. This program allows qualified high school students to maximize their education and career training by taking courses that earn college and high school credit at the same time.
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 skillsets.
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.
Click here to access a library of interesting college admissions-related articles and links to university blogs. .
Public Institutions in Georgia
Private Institutions in Georgia
2018 Summer Programs with Financial Aid: http://blog.collegegreenlight.com/blog/2018-summer-programs-with-financial-aid/
UGA Summer Programs: https://www.admissions.uga.edu/connect-with-us/precollegiate-programs
UGA Summer Academy Camps: https://www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/youth/summer-academy
Vet Camp @ UGA: http://vet.uga.edu/academic-affairs/vetcamp
Blueprint Programs at UGA: https://www.bpsummerprograms.com/uga-pre-college-summer-programs/
Emory Pre-College Programs: http://precollege.emory.edu/
GA-Tech Pre-College Programs: https://design.gatech.edu/precollege
CEISMC Summer PEAKS at G-Tech: https://www.ceismc.gatech.edu/ceismc-summer-peaks
Hands on Tech (H.O.T) at GA-Tech: https://www.ece.gatech.edu/outreach/hot-days
Women in Engineering @GA-Tech (for girls in grades 5-8): http://wie.gatech.edu/tec-camp
For a list of programs in the USA and beyond: http://www.internationalacac.org/summer-programs-2017
Vanderbilt University Pre-college Programs: https://admissions.vanderbilt.edu/prospective/precollege-programs.php
Texas A&M Summer Programs: http://admissions.tamu.edu/events
Notre Dame Pre-College Programs: https://precollege.nd.edu/
Yale Young Global Scholars: https://globalscholars.yale.edu/
Harvard Summer Programs: https://www.summer.harvard.edu/high-school-programs
Summer Programs @ MIT: http://mitadmissions.org/apply/prepare/summer
Columbia University NYC Summer Immersion: http://sps.columbia.edu/highschool/summer-immersion/new-york-city-3-week
Barnard Summer Enrichment in NYC: https://barnard.edu/admission-aid/high-school-pre-college-programs/summer-programs
Space Camp: https://www.spacecamp.com/
New York Times: https://www.nytedu.com/pre-college/nyc-summer-academy/
Smithsonian in Washington, DC: https://www.si.edu/youth-programs
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.
This series provides our students with an informal setting to explore possible areas of study in college, career and beyond. Members of the community visit campus to share lunch, advice and insights into their chosen professions with small groups of our students.
Geared toward GWA parents, each lunch session focuses on a relevant aspect of the college admissions process and will help parents stay informed throughout their student’s college application journey.
In an earlier In Focus article, I wrote about how the CollegeBoard (SAT) and ACT sell student contact information. When students agree to share their contact information with colleges, they are inundated with emails. And if the student sets up scholarship searches with services like FASTWEB.COM, the emails become overwhelming, leading to emails (some important ones) going unread.
Almost every year that I’ve been a counselor, I’ve encountered a situation when someone from a university admissions office calls me about a document request they sent to a student via email. Privacy laws put the student, or that student’s legal guardian, in charge of his or her school records. We cannot send them without the student making a request. While these calls or emails directly to the counseling have averted what would have been a certain denial, I am left wondering: “How many times have universities contacted students requesting required document, received no reply and just gave up?”
One hack that I have suggested to students, is to create a separate email account for university-related communications. In such an email account, one can create subfolders to store scholarship information, emails from the College Board, emails from a university to which one has applied or is particularly interested in, and emails from one’s counselor of course.
When creating such an email account, keep it as short, as simple and as dull as possible. Avoid emails such as partyanimal@yahoo or 2cute@gmail, etc. It is best to use your name or some form of your name or initials. I have also been (unpleasantly) shocked by the casual nature of some emails I have been cc’d on, which again leads me to wonder what about the emails I have not been cc’d on. Starting an email to an Admissions Officer with “Hey!!!” is not appropriate. Because many of us compose emails on our phones, we forget we are not sending a text message to our bestie (I’ve been guilty of this myself). Always start an email with Dear Mr. or Ms. (Last Name). If you don’t have a name, then use: “Dear Admissions Office of the University of Blank.” Write in complete sentences. Avoid unconventional abbreviations, such as “ur” for your, etc. Don’t use exclamation points (you’re not yelling at them). And lastly, here’s some advice my mother used to give me: “Hey is for horses.”