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.

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 a practice PLAN 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 2015

Class of 2015

All of our 69 graduates are attending 4-year colleges or universities. They are at one of 40 colleges, with 7 out of 10 graduates attending out-of-state colleges. We had 1 in 4 students score 30 or higher on the ACT, placing them in the 95th percentile nationwide. The Class of 2015 collectively performed 7,728 hours of service and had two National Merit Finalists and one National Merit Commended Student.

Scholarships
As of May 2015, 70% of the Class of 2015 received scholarships with a four-year value of $5,998,724. 

Members of the Class of 2015 were directly admitted to the following honors/specialized programs:

State Honors

Missouri Top 100 Scholar

Business
Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Communications
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism

Fine and Performing Arts
Elon University Acting Program

General Honors
Boston College Honors Program; University of Kansas Honors Program, Southern Illinois University Carbondale Honors Program; Miami University Honors College; University of Dayton Honors Program; University of Missouri-Columbia Honors Program; University of Tulsa Honors Program; Villanova University Honors Program; Indiana University Hutton Honors College

Nursing
Creighton University College of Nursing; Bradley University Nursing Program

Occupational Therapy
Xavier University Occupational Therapy Program

Presidential Scholars
Southern Methodist University and University of Tulsa

Science
Saint Louis University Medical Scholars Program

Student-Athletes   
Northern Arizona University-Volleyball; Arkansas Tech University-Volleyball; Saint Louis University-Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track 

All of our graduates attend 4-year colleges or universities and have been accepted to the following since 2012

Aarhus, University of (Denmark)
Alabama A & M University
Alabama, University of
American University
Amherst College
Arizona State University
Arizona, University of
Arkansas Tech University
Arkansas, University of
Auburn University
Ball State University
Barnard College
Barry University
Baylor University
Bellarmine University
Belmont University
Beloit College
Birmingham-Southern College
Boston College
Boston University
Bradley University
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 Reserve University
Catholic University of America
Central Michigan University
Central Missouri, University of
Centre College
Chapman University
Charleston, College of
Chicago, University 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
Connecticut College
Connecticut, University of
Cornell University
Creighton University
Dallas, University of
Dartmouth College
Dayton, 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
Fairfield University
Findlay, University of
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Southern College
Fontbonne University
Fordham University
Furman University
George Washington University
Georgetown College
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia, University of
Grinnell College
Hampton University
High Point University
Hofstra University
Holy Cross, College of the
Hong Kong, University of
Hope College
Houston, University of
Howard University
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of
Illinois State University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Indiana University
Iowa State University
Iowa, University of
Jacksonville University
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas State University
Kansas, University of
Kentucky State University
Kentucky, University
Lake Forest College
Lehigh University
Lesley University
Lindenwood University 
Louisville, University of
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans
Lynn University
Macalester College
Manhattanville College
Marquette University
Maryland, College Park, University of
Maryland Institute College of Art
Maryville University
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
Memphis College of Art
Memphis, University of
Miami University
Miami, University of
Michigan, University of
Millikin University
Minnesota, Twin Cities, University of
Mississippi, University of
Missouri Baptist University
Missouri State University
Missouri University of Science & Technology
Missouri, Columbia, University of
Missouri, Kansas City, University of
Missouri, St. Louis, University of
Montana, University of
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Murray State University
New York University
North Carolina, Chapel Hill, University of
North Dakota, University of
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
Northern Iowa, University of
Northwest Missouri State University
Northwestern University
Notre Dame, University of
Ohio, University of
Ohio Wesleyan University
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma, University of
Pennsylvania, University of
Pepperdine University
Philander Smith College
Pittsburgh, University of
Point Park University
Pratt Institute
Providence College
Purdue University
Quincy University
Redlands, University of
Regis University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
Rice University
Richmond, University of
Roanoke College
Rockhurst University
Rollins College
Saint Benedict, College of
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Louis University
Saint Mary’s College of California
Saint Mary’s College
Samford University
San Diego, University of
San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco, University of
Santa Clara University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
Seattle University
Sewanee: University of the South
Smith College
South Carolina, University of
Southeast Missouri State University
Southern California, University of
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Southern Methodist University
Spelman College
Spring Hill College
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
St. Louis Community College Meramec
St. Olaf College
St. Thomas, University of
Stanford University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Tampa, University of
Temple University
Tennessee, Knoxville, University of
Texas A & M University, Commerce
Texas Christian University
Texas, Austin, University of
The Ohio State University
Trinity College
Trinity University
Truman State University
Tufts University
Tulane University
Tulsa, University of
Valparaiso University
Vanderbilt University
Vermont, University of
Villanova University
Virginia Tech
Virginia, University of
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
Washington, University of
Webster University
West Virginia Tech University
Westminster College
Wheaton College, Illinois
William & Mary, College of
William Jewell College
William Woods University
Wisconsin, Madison, University of
Wisconsin, Oshkosh, University of
Wittenberg University
Wooster, College of
Worcester Polytechnic University
Xavier University

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

Alison Malbrough
Alison Malbrough
College Counselor
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
  • (P) 314.432.2021
  • (F) 314.432.0199
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