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

  • 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

Amherst College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Arizona State University Rhode Island School of Design
Babson College St. Lawrence University
Barnard College San Diego State University
Baylor University San Jose State University
Bennington College Santa Clara University
Boston College Sarah Lawrence College
Boston University Smith College
Brigham Young University Sonoma State University
California Lutheran University Southern Methodist University
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Stanford University
CSU Chico Swarthmore College
CSU Fullerton Syracuse University
CSU Northridge University of Arizona
CSU LongBeach UC Berkeley
CSU Pomona UC Davis
Carnegie Mellon University UC Irvine
Chapman University UCLA
Columbia University UC Riverside
Cornell University UC Santa Barbara
Dartmouth College UC Santa Cruz
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University UC San Diego
George Washington University University of Connecticut
Hampton University University of Denver
Johns Hopkins University University of Hawaii-Manoa
Lake Forest College University of Miami
Lafayette College University of Michigan
Loyola Marymount University University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Marquette University University of the Pacific
Maryland Inst. College of Art University of Pennsylvania
Marymount College University of Puget Sound
New School University University of Redlands
New York University University of San Diego
Northwestern University University of San Francisco
Occidental College University of Southern California
Ohio State University University of Washington
Old Dominion University Washington University-St.Louis
Palomar College Wheaton College
Pepperdine University Whitman College
Purdue University Whittier College
Reed College Xavier University

Meet the College Counselors

School Profile

  • RHP School Profile 2014-2015
    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, 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.