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. As detailed in our College Planning Guide, 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. View our 2014-2015 Senior Seminar schedule.

Testing

As a college preparatory school, standardized assessments are administered to complement our rigorous academic program. All eighth grade students take the ACT Aspire assessment. All sophomores participate in the PSAT/NMSQT and the next level of the ACT Aspire. 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 the 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 2014

Class of 2014

All 85 of our graduates are attending a 4-year college or university. They are at 45 colleges, with 3 out of 4 of graduates attending out-of-state colleges. We had 28 students score 30 or higher on the ACT, placing them in the 95th percentile nationwide. We also had one National Merit Finalist and six National Merit Commended Students.

Scholarships
As of May 2014, 78% of the Class of 2014 received scholarships with a four-year value of $8,279,548. 

Members of the Class of 2014 were directly admitted to the following honors/specialized programs:

State Honors

Missouri Top 100 Scholar
WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science & Engineering)

Business
Indiana University Kelley School of Business
Miami University Farmer School of Business
University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign College of Business Honors Program
Saint Louis University Boeing Institute of International Business at the John Cook School of Business
University of Mississippi Toyota-Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence

Communications
Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communication

Engineering
Lehigh University P.C.Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
Southern Methodist University Lyle School of Engineering
University of Tulsa College of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Humanities
Southern Methodist University Dedman College Scholars Program

Leadership
University of Missouri-Columbia Cornell Leadership Program
University of Mississippi Lott Leadership Program
Washington University John B. Ervin Scholars Program (leadership & diversity)

Nursing
Marquette School of Nursing
Rockhurst University School of Nursing
Saint Louis University College of Health Sciences
Villanova University School of Nursing
Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing 

Science
Saint Louis University Medical Scholars Program

General Honors
University of Mississippi Barksdale Honors College
Boston College Honors College
Southern Methodist University Honors Program
Villanova University Honors Program
Indiana University Bloomington Hutton Honors College
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Honors Program

Athletic
Miami University-Field Hockey
Drury University-Soccer
Saint Louis University-Cross Country and Track
Rhodes College-Lacrosse

All of our graduates attend 4-year colleges or universities and have been accepted to the following since 2011:

Aarhus, University of (Denmark)
Alabama A & M University
Alabama, University of
American University
Amherst College
Angelo State University
Arizona State University
Arizona, University of
Arkansas, University of
Auburn University
Ball State University
Barnard College
Barry University
Baylor University
Bellarmine University
Belmont University
Beloit College
Benedictine College
Birmingham-Southern College
Boston College
Boston University
Bradley University
Brigham Young University, Idaho
Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Brown University
Butler University
California, Berkeley, University of
California, San Diego, University of
California, Santa Barbara, University of
California, Santa Cruz, University of
California College of the Arts
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western University
Catholic University of America
Central Michigan University
Centre College
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Chapman University
Charleston, College of
Cincinnati, University of
Claremont McKenna College
Clemson University
Colgate University
Colorado, Boulder, University of
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia College Missouri
Connecticut College
Connecticut, University of
Cornell College
Cornell University
Creighton University
Dallas, University of
Dartmouth College
Dayton, University of
Delaware, University of
Denison University
Denver, University of
DePaul University
DePauw University
Dillard University
Dominican University
Drake University
Drury University
Duke University
Earlham College
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emory University
Eureka College
Evansville, University of
Fairfield University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Southern College
Fontbonne University
Fordham University
Franklin College of Indiana
Furman University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia, University of
Grinnell College
Hampton University
Hawaii Pacific University
High Point University
Holy Cross, College of the
Hong Kong, University of
Houston, University of
Howard University
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Univ. of
Illinois State University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Indiana University
Iowa, University of
Ithaca College
Jacksonville University
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas State University
Kansas, University of
Kentucky Wesleyan College
Kentucky, University
Lake Forest College
Lehigh University
Liberty University
Lincoln University
Lindenwood University
Louisville, University of
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans
Lynn University
Macalester College
Manhattan College

 Manhattanville College
Marquette University 
Maryland, College Park, Univ. of

Maryland Institute College of Art
Maryville University
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
Massachusetts-Amherst, Univ. of
McKendree University
Memphis College of Art
Miami University
Miami, University of
Michigan, University of
Millikin University
Minnesota, Twin Cities, University of
Mississippi, University of
Missouri State University
Missouri Univ. of Science & Tech
Missouri, Columbia, University of Missouri 
Kansas City, University of 
Missouri 
St. Louis, University of

Mount Holyoke College
Muehlenberg College
Murray State University
New York University
North Carolina, Asheville, University of
North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Univ. of
North Dakota, University of
North Texas, University of
Northern Iowa University
Northeastern University
Northwest Missouri State University
Northwestern University
Notre Dame, University of
Ohio Northern University
Ohio State University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma, University of
Oxford College at Emory Univ.
Pennsylvania, University of
Pepperdine University
Philander Smith College
Pittsburgh, University of
Point Park University
Portland, University of
Pratt Institute
Providence College
Puget Sound, University of
Purdue University
Quincy University
Regis University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
Richmond, University of
Rockhurst University
Rollins College
Roosevelt University
Rose- Hulman Inst. Of Technology
Saint Benedict, College of
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Louis University
Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
Saint Xavier University
Samford University
San Diego, University of
San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco, University of
Santa Clara University
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute Chicago
School of Visual Arts
Seattle University
Seton Hall University
Sewanee: University of the South
Smith College
South Carolina, University of
Southeast Missouri State University
Southern California, University of
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Southern Methodist University
Spring Hill College
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
St. Louis Community College Meramec
St. Mary’s University, San Antonio
St. Olaf University
St. Thomas, University of
Stephens College
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Tampa, University of
Tennessee, Knoxville, University of
Texas Christian University
Texas, Austin, University of
Thomas More College
Trinity College
Trinity College Dublin
Trinity University
Truman State University
Tufts University
Tulane University
Tulsa, University of
Utah State University
Valparaiso University
Vanderbilt University
Vermont, University of
Villanova University
Virginia, University of
Washington, University of
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
Webster University
Westminster College
William & Mary, College of
William Jewell College
William Woods University
Wisconsin, Madison, University of
Wisconsin, Oshkosh, University of
Wittenberg University
Wooster, College of
Xavier University

Colleen Murray 
Colleen Murray
Director of College Counseling 
314-810-3479
cmurray@vdoh.org

Emily Berty
Emily Berty
College Counselor
314-810-3419
eberty@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
  • (P) 314.432.2021
  • (F) 314.432.0199
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