The Rolling Hills Prep School college counseling office guides and supports students through identifying and selecting a college or university that best fits their unique talents and interests. The college selection process is student focused and we encourage each of our students to select a path that best suits him or her.

College Process by Year

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  • Freshman Year

    Our goal for every entering freshman is for him or her to become fully engaged in the life of RHP. Students take full advantage of all that the school has to offer. Freshman year is the time for students to discover talents, develop interests, and to sample a variety of activities. It is also the time to refine study habits and skills to form a foundation for future academic success. The college counselor is available to consult with students and parents on academic and extracurricular choices.
  • Sophomore Year

    Having completed their transition to the Upper School, sophomores focus on developing their academic and extra-curricular profiles and are encouraged to involve themselves in the school community. This is the year that students should begin to focus a bit more on the activities and classes that have become most meaningful to them. This year, standardized testing begins with the PSAT in October. The college counselor is available to meet with students and parents to discuss how academic and extracurricular choices will affect college opportunities.
  • Junior Year

    The junior year presents students with the challenge of finding a balance between handling a rigorous academic course load, researching colleges, and taking on positions of leadership in their activities. Grades earned in the junior year often serve as the primary evidence of academic preparation and level of engagement. The college counselor meets individually with juniors during the second trimester when fall PSAT scores and first trimester grades become available. Juniors are encouraged to visit colleges during vacations, particularly during spring break, to get a sense of the different types of post-secondary education that are available to them. Most juniors will take the SAT, SAT IIs and/or ACT for the first time in May and/or June.
  • Senior Year

    During their last year at RHP, seniors enroll in advanced classes and lead the student body to shape the culture of the school year. They also choose the colleges to which they will apply. Admissions representatives from various colleges and universities are invited to RHP to meet prospective students. Seniors will take any additional standardized tests they need, ask teachers and counselors for recommendations, work on applications and write essays. The college counselor supports the students and their parents throughout this very busy year. RHP students benefit from a low student to counselor ratio and have unlimited access to their college counselor.

And It Works!

Our graduates come back to visit us from college and let us know how well-prepared they are for the experience. RHP graduates report that they are among the strongest writers in their freshman classes and that they feel more prepared than many of their peers for the time-management challenges of living away from home and juggling academic and extracurricular activities. RHP alumni graduate from their four-year colleges within four years at a rate of over 85% (compared to 22% of those attending four-year colleges nationally).

Recent College Acceptances

Academy of Art University
American University
Azusa Pacific University
Belmont University
Beloit College
Berklee College of Music 
Birmingham-Southern College
Boston College
Brooks Institute of Photography
Butler College
Butler University
California Lutheran University
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, Channel Islands
California State University, Chico
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Long Beach
Case Western Reserve University
Chapman University
Clark University
College of Charleston
College of Saint Benedict
College of Wooster
Colorado State University
Columbia College Chicago
Cornish College of the Arts
DePaul University
Drexel University
Duquesne University
El Camino College
Elon University
Emerson College
Fairfield University
George Washington University
Hawaii Pacific University
Ithaca College
Knox College
Loyola Marymount University
Marist College
Marymount California University
Miami University, Oxford
Mills College
Montana State University, Bozeman 
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Ida College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
Occidental College
Oregon State University
Pace University, New York City
Parsons School of Design – The New School
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Point Park University
Quinnipiac University
Saint John's /Saint Benedict 
Saint Mary's College of California
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Seattle University
Sonoma State University
Southern Methodist University
Southern Oregon University
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Merced
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Kentucky
University of La Verne
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Mississippi
University of New Hampshire at Durham
University of Oregon
University of Pittsburgh
University of Portland
University of Redlands
University of Rhode Island
University of San Diego
University of Southern California
University of Tampa
University of the Pacific 
University of Washington
University of Washington, Bothell
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Weber State University
Whittier College

Meet our Director of College Counseling

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  • Burnadean Dyment 

    Director of College Counseling
    310-791-1101 ext. 110
    Princeton University - BA
    University of Southern California - MA

School Profile

  • 2016-2017 RHP School Profile
    Every college and university to which a Rolling Hills Prep student applies receives a copy of this School Profile, which provides a snapshot of the strength of the academic preparation that each RHP graduate has received. It is in the context of our very strong academic program that colleges consider applicants from RHP.

RHP College Counseling Statistics

  • 93% of Students from the Class of 2014 are attending 4-year Universities
  • Average # of schools applied to : 9-10
  • In-state: 34% & Out-of-state: 66%
  • RHP Average cumulative GPA : 3.71
  • REN Average cumulative GPA : 3.43
SAT Averages for Class of 2014 -- RHP
  • Verbal : 540 (National average - 496)
  • Math : 570 (National average - 514)
  • Writing : 554 (National average – 488)
ACT Averages for Class of 2014 -- RHP
  • English : 27 (California Average - 22)
  • Math : 25 (California Average - 23)
  • Reading : 25 (California Average - 22)
  • Science : 25 (California Average – 22)
  • Total Composite: 25 (California Average – 22)

Rolling Hills Preparatory School

One Rolling Hills Prep Way
1500 Palos Verdes Drive North
San Pedro, CA 90732

T: (310) 791-1101 | F: (310) 373-4931
Rolling Hills Prep School prides itself on being a forward-looking, academically rigorous college-prep school with a soul. Every day we provide our diverse student body a high-powered traditional curriculum combined with stimulating and innovative teaching techniques both inside and outside the classroom because we believe that success in college and life is best attained by equipping our students with disciplined minds, sound character, healthy bodies and creative spirits. RHP is a private, coeducational day school for grades 6-12, located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles, CA.

Renaissance, our sister school, believes that bright students who learn differently can rise to great heights when they become empowered and confident. Visit the Renaissance website.