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College Counseling

The goal of college counseling is to support each student's transition to a college that offers the best fit for her talents, needs, and abilities. This journey begins in 7th grade with activities that promote student strengths and foster intellectual interests, and culminates with matriculation to college. The counselors will walk with each student on this journey and provide support every step of the way. Graduates of Villa Duchesne are exceptionally well-prepared for college level coursework at some of the most selective post-secondary institutions across the country and around the world. For comprehensive information about our mission, curriculum, and senior class profile, please view our Villa Duchesne Profile.

With two full-time counselors for a senior class averaging 80 students, students can count on individual attention and assistance with every aspect of the college admission process including college selection, scholarships, admission testing, financial aid applications, campus visits, essays, interviews, scholarship and financial aid applications, admission testing, campus visits, essays, interviews, and letters of recommendation.

Senior Seminar

As part of the transition to college, seniors participate in Senior Seminar, a dynamic and interactive curriculum focusing on personal/social awareness, career development, and college exploration. This six-part series helps prepare seniors for the next phase of their educational journeys. Past topics have included: career shadowing, admission simulations, healthy college lifestyles, personal protection, and actual college visits.

Testing

As a college preparatory school, standardized assessments are administered to complement our rigorous academic program. All eighth grade students take the PSAT 8/9 assessment. All sophomores participate in the PSAT/NMSQT and pre-ACT exam. These eighth and tenth grade assessments serve as a foundation and preparation for the college readiness exams they will take later in high school. All juniors take a practice ACT and PSAT, which serves as the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program. In preparation for the college application process, we encourage each student to take the ACT and/or SAT for the first time during the winter of her junior year.

Each student will meet with her college counselor to discuss an individualized and comprehensive testing plan in light of her post-secondary goals. Testing may include the ACT, SAT, and/or SAT Subject Tests. Additionally, Advanced Placement exams are offered in the five core academic disciplines (English, math, science, social studies, foreign language). AP exams are administered in May upon completion of related coursework.

Resources

Naviance/Family Connection is an excellent resource for the college search and application management process. This internet-based program is utilized during freshman and sophomore year as a career exploration tool to assist students in the investigation of potential college majors and extracurricular pursuits in conjunction with individual focus meetings that also occur during these years. As juniors, students begin to use Naviance for college research and scholarship opportunities.

Naviance provides extensive information about domestic and international colleges and universities, including historical data and outcomes based upon previous Villa Duchesne applications to these institutions. A schedule of visiting college admissions representatives is also available through the Naviance website. During senior year, Naviance becomes a critical piece in managing the college application process.

Class of 2017

Class of 2017

All 80 graduates are attending 4-year colleges or universities with 70 percent pursuing their academic degrees out of state. One in four received state or national academic honors. More than 60 percent of graduates are attending colleges ranked among the top 100 by U.S. News & World Reports. As of May 2017, students received college scholarships with a four-year value of $9.6 million. 

State and National Recognition

Bright Flight Scholars
llinois State Scholars
Missouri Scholars 100 Honorable Mention
National Merit Finalist
National Merit Scholarship Recipient
National Merit Commended

Notable Scholarships

Chancellor Scholarship at University of Denver
Classic Scholars Waiver at University of Georgia
Christian Brother’s Scholarship at La Salle University
Danforth Scholarship at Washington University in St. Louis
Presidential Merit Scholarship at St. Olaf College
Presidential Scholarship at Elon University
Presidential Scholarship at Fordham University
Presidential Scholarship at Drake University
Presidential Scholarship at University of San Diego
Presidential Scholarship at Loyola University Chicago
Presidential Champion Scholarship at Dakota State University
Presidential Scholarship at DePaul University
Presidential Academic Scholarship at The George Washington University
Presidential Scholarship at Saint Louis University
Presidential Scholarship at University of Richmond
STL Post-Dispatch Tomorrow’s Innovators Scholarship at Maryville University
Rensselaer Medal at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Direct Admit to Honors Colleges

Lincoln Center Honors Program at Fordham University
Thematic Options Honors College at University of Southern California
AU Scholars Program at American University
Global Scholars Program University of Tulsa
Pforzheimer Honors Program Pace University
Hutton Honors College at Indiana University
Honors Program Boston College
Honors Program University of Dayton
Honors Program Ohio Wesleyan University
Honors Program Marquette University
Honors Program University of Tulsa

All of our graduates attend 4-year colleges or universities and have been accepted to the following since 2013:

Adrian College
Alabama A&M University
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Alabama
American University
Amherst College
Arizona State University
The University of Arizona
Arkansas Tech University
University of Arkansas
California Lutheran University
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Cruz
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
The Catholic University of America
Central Michigan University
University of Central Missouri
Centre College
Chapman University
College of Charleston
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
Claremont McKenna College
Clemson University
Auburn University
Ball State University
Barnard College
Baylor University
Bellarmine University
Belmont University
Beloit College
Birmingham-Southern College
Boston College
Boston University (College of Arts and Sciences)
Bradley University
Brown University
Bucknell University
Butler University (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
Colgate University
University of Colorado at Boulder
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Columbia College Chicago
Concordia University - Seward
Cornell University
Creighton University
Dakota State University
University of Dallas
Dartmouth College
University of Dayton
University of Delaware
Denison University
University of Denver
DePaul University
DePauw University
University of Detroit Mercy
Dillard University
Dominican University
Drake University
Drexel University
Drury University
Duke University
Duquesne University
Earlham College
Eastern Michigan University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emory University
Fairfield University
The University of Findlay
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Southern College
Fontbonne University
Fordham University (Fordham College at Rose Hill)
Furman University
George Mason University
The George Washington University
Georgetown College
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
The University of Georgia
Grinnell College
Hamilton College - NY
Hampton University
Hendrix College
High Point University
Hofstra University
College of the Holy Cross
Hope College
Howard University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illinois State University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Indiana State University
Indiana University at Bloomington
University of Indianapolis
Iona College
Iowa State University
Iowa Wesleyan College
The University of Iowa
Jacksonville University
Johns Hopkins University
Kalamazoo College
Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas State University
University of Kansas
Kentucky State University
University of Kentucky
Kenyon College (Humanities)
Knox College
La Salle University
University of La Verne
Lake Forest College
Lawrence University
Lehigh University
Lesley University
Lindenwood University
Louisiana State University
University of Louisville
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans
Lynn University
Macalester College
Manhattanville College
Marquette University (Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences)
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland, College Park
Marymount University
Maryville University
Memphis College of Art
The University of Memphis
Miami University, Oxford
University of Miami (School of Business Administration)
Michigan State University
University of Michigan
Millikin University
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (CLA College of Liberal Arts)
University of Mississippi
Missouri Baptist University
Missouri State University
Missouri University of Science and Technology
University of Missouri Columbia
University of Missouri Kansas City
University of Missouri St. Louis
The University of Montana, Missoula
Mount Saint Mary's University (Chalon)
Murray State University
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
New York University
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (General College)
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
University of Northern Iowa
Northwestern University
University of Notre Dame
Ohio University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma State University
The University of Oklahoma
Pace University, New York City
University of Pennsylvania
Philander Smith College
University of Pittsburgh
Providence College
Purdue University
University of Redlands
Regis University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
Rice University
University of Richmond
Roanoke College
University of Rochester
Rockhurst University
Rollins College
College of Saint Benedict
Saint Joseph's University
Saint Louis University (School of Nursing)
Saint Mary's College
Saint Mary's College of California
Samford University
University of San Diego (College of Arts & Sciences)
University of San Francisco
Santa Clara University
Seattle University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Smith College
University of South Carolina
Southeast Missouri State University
University of Southern California
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Southern Methodist University (College of Humanities & Sciences)
Spelman College
Spring Hill College
St. Olaf College
University of St. Thomas
Stanford University
Stephens College
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
The University of Tampa
Temple University
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Texas A&M University, Commerce
Texas Christian University
The University of Texas, Austin
The Ohio State University
Trinity College
Trinity University
Truman State University
Tufts University (College of Liberal Arts)
Tulane University
University of Tulsa
United States Military Academy - Army
University of Hong Kong, The
Valparaiso University
Vanderbilt University (College of Arts & Sciences)
Vassar College
Villanova University
Virginia Tech
University of Virginia
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
University of Washington
Webster University
Wells College
West Virginia University
Western Illinois University
Westminster College
Wheaton College IL
Whittier College
College of William and Mary
William Jewell College
William Woods University
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Woodbury University
The College of Wooster
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University
Xavier University of Louisiana
Youngstown State University

Wash U’s Danforth Scholar 

Emily Berty
Emily Berty
Director of College Counseling
314-810-3419
eberty@vdoh.org

Alison Malbrough
Alison Malbrough
College Counselor
314-810-3479
amalbrough@vdoh.org 

Mary Drone
Mary Drone
Administrative Assistant
314-810-3436
mdrone@vdoh.org 

 


  • Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
  • 801 South Spoede Road
  • Saint Louis, MO 63131-2699
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