College Counseling

The Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance 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.

The College Process By Year

9th Grade

Our goal for every entering freshman is for him or her to become fully engaged in the life of Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance. 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.

10th Grade

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.

11th Grade

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.

12th Grade

During their last year at Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance, 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 Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance 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. Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance students benefit from a low student to counselor ratio and have unlimited access to their college counselor.

The Success of Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance's Graduates

Our graduates come back to visit us from college and let us know how well-prepared they are for the experience. Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance 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. Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance 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).

Class of 2018 College Attendance List

University of Alabama, Huntsville

American University

University of Arizona

Art Center College of Design

Berklee College of Music

Boston College

Cal Poly Pomona

California Lutheran University

California State University, Dominguez Hills

California State University, Long Beach

Colorado State University

Concordia University – Irvine

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

Carleton College

Chapman University

College of Charleston

Colorado State University

Denison University

University of Denver

Drew University

El Camino College

Emerson College

Fairfield University

George Washington University

Grand Canyon University

Hampshire College

Kenyon College

Knox College

Loyola Marymount University

Marymount California University

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Miami

University of Michigan

Mills College

Mount Holyoke College

Mount Saint Mary's University (Chalon)

New York University

Northern Arizona University

Oregon State University

Pennsylvania State University

Pratt Institute

Prescott College

University of Redlands

University of Rochester

San Diego State University

University of San Francisco

University of San Diego

San Jose State University

Sonoma State University

Sophia University

University of Southern California

Southern Methodist University

Syracuse University

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

The College of Wooster

The New School - All Divisions

University of Washington

Weber State University

Western Washington University

Westminster College

Whittier College

Willamette University