College Counseling

The goal of college counseling is to support a student's transition to a college which is the best fit for her talents, needs, and abilities. This journey begins in 7th grade with activities that promote student strengths and culminates with matriculation to college. Know that the counselors will walk with each student on this journey and provide support all along the way. Graduates of Villa Duchesne are well-prepared to competitively meet the rigorous demands of selective colleges and universities across the country and around the world. 

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, letters of recommendation, and computer technology (Naviance). View our Villa Duchesne Profile to learn more.

Senior Seminar

As part of the transition to college, seniors participate in Senior Seminar, a series focusing on personal/social awareness, career development, and college exploration. Career shadowing, communication assessments, admission simulations, and actual college visits are just some of the experiences students will enjoy through this dynamic and interactive program.


All eighth grade students take the EXPLORE assessment. All sophomores participate in the PSAT/NMSQT and the PLAN. All juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT and a practice ACT. Juniors and seniors are provided with registration packets and information on the ACT and SAT and test according to individual needs and plans. Villa Duchesne offers on-campus test preparation courses during the fall and spring semesters. Students are encouraged to meet with a college counselor to discuss if there is a need to take SAT subject exams. AP exams are offered in all subject areas and coordinated through the counseling department.


The Naviance software program, provided to each student and her family beginning in the freshman year, is an excellent resource for the college search and application management process. The student can track the record of her applications, check on scholarship opportunities, review the schedule for visiting college and university representatives and local admissions receptions, and analyze scattergram data pertinent to her college choices. The counselors will work with each grade level to introduce and reinforce the importance of utilizing the Naviance program.

Our Graduates 

100 percent of Villa Duchesne graduates attend four-year colleges and universities. Our students have been accepted to the following colleges and universities since 2009.

Aarhus, University of (Denmark)
Akron, University of
Alabama A & M University
Alabama, University of
American University
Amherst College
Angelo State University
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University
Arizona, University of
Arkansas, University of
Auburn University
Austin College
Baker University
Ball State University
Barry University
Baylor University
Bellarmine University
Belmont University
Beloit College
Benedictine College
Benedictine University
Boston College
Boston University
Bradley University
Brandeis University
Brescia University
Brigham Young University, Idaho
Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Bucknell University
Butler University
California, Berkeley, University of
California, San Diego, University of
California, Santa Barbara, University of
California College of the Arts
California Inst. of Technology
Carleton College
Carthage College
Case Western University
Catawba College
Catholic University
Centre College
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Chapman University
Charleston, College of
Chicago, University of
Christian Brothers University
Cincinnati, University of
Claremont McKenna College
Clarke University
Clemson University
Colgate University
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado, Boulder, University of
Colorado State University
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia College Missouri
Concordia University
Connecticut College
Connecticut, University of
Cornell College
Creighton University
Dallas, University of
Dayton, University of
Delaware, University of
Denison University
Denver, University of
DePaul University
DePauw University
Dominican University
Drake University
Drexel University
Drury University
Duke University
Eastern Kentucky University
Eckerd College
Elmhurst College
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emerson College
Emory University
Emporia State University
Eureka College
Evansville, University of
Fairfield University
Florida A & M University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Southern College
Fontbonne University
Fordham University
Franciscan Univ. Steubenville
Franklin College of Indiana
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Furman University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia, University of
Goucher College
Grinnell College  

Hawaii Pacific University
Hendrix College
High Point University
Holy Cross, College of the
Houston, University of
Howard University
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Univ. of
Illinois Wesleyan University
Indiana University
Ithaca College
Jacksonville University
James Madison University
John Carroll University
Johns Hopkins University
Kalamazoo College
Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas State University
Kansas, University of
Kentucky Wesleyan College
Kentucky, University of
Kenyon College
Knox College
Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
Lehigh University
Lewis 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
Manhattan College
Manhattanville College
Marietta College
Marquette University
Maryland Institute College of Art
Maryville University
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
Massachusetts-Amherst, Univ. of
McGill University
McKendree University
McMurry University
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
Nebraska, Lincoln, University of
New Hampshire, University of
New York University
Newman University
North Carolina, Asheville, University of
North Carolina State University
North Dakota, University of
North Texas, University of
Northeastern University
Northern Illinois 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
Oregon, University of
Otterbein College
Parsons: The New School for Design
Pennsylvania State University
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

Redlands, University of
Regis University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
Richmond-American Int’l Univ.London
Richmond, University of
Rockhurst University
Rollins College
Roosevelt University
Rose- Hulman Inst. Of Technology
Rutgers: The State University of NJ
Saint Benedict, College of
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University, Madrid
Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
Saint Vincent College
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
Seton Hall University
Sewanee: University of the South
Skidmore College
Smith College
South Carolina, University of
Southeast Missouri State University
Southern California, University of
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Southern Methodist University
Spelman College
Spring Hill College
St. Francis, University of
St. John’s University
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
St. Mary’s University, San Antonio
St. Thomas, University of
Stanford University
Stephens College
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
Tulane University
Tulsa, University of
United States Military Academy-West Point
Utah State University
Utah Valley University
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Vermont, University of
Villanova University
Virginia, University of
Virginia Wesleyan College
Wake Forest University
Washington University in St. Louis
Washington and Jefferson College
Washington and Lee University
Washington, University of
Webster University
Webster University in Geneva
Westminster College
Wheaton College, Illinois
Wheaton College, Massachusetts
Wichita State University
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
Yale University

"In geology, we did a lab in subduction. (That’s when tectonic plates meet with one sliding under the other!) We had two graham crackers and we put vanilla icing on one and chocolate icing on the other. Then we put a whole bunch of candy on the vanilla one and had to scrape it along the chocolate one to show the different levels of the seaboard."

~ Villa Duchesne Student

  • 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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