College Corner

Enjoy your summer!

We want to wish a heartfelt farewell to Ms. Emily Berty, Director of College Counseling, as she moves on to her next adventure. We will miss her knowledge, expertise and commitment to our Villa students. Best of luck!


College Application and Essay Writing Workshop Registration

Members of the Class of 2020 are strongly encouraged to attend this summer’s College Application and Essay Writing Workshop, hosted by the College Counseling Office on Tuesday, August 6, 2018 from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm (including a break for lunch). There is no cost to attend. Registration is required using the above link.

The workshop will include:
·         An introduction to the Common Application, Coalition Application, and school-specific admissions applications
·         Guidance through completion of these online college applications
·         Discussion of resume development
·         Individualized essay feedback from visiting college/university admissions officers
·         Conversation with college counselors about individual student application timelines and application requirements

Contact Mrs. Malbrough at or 810-3479 with any questions.

Save the Date - College Colloquium
Villa Duchesne, Visitation, and Saint Louis Priory School will host College Colloquium on Thursday, August 8th and Friday, August 9th on the campus of Saint Louis Priory School. The program will begin with an admissions panel on Thursday evening. On Friday morning, we will hold a series of breakout sessions, including mock admission workshops with Admissions Deans. The program is designed for rising sophomores and juniors and their families.

Exploring College Options
Exploring College Options is a special recruitment program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of the following universities: Duke UniversityGeorgetown UniversityHarvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University. You will learn what distinguishes one fine university from another, what competitive colleges look for in the selection process, and what you can do to enhance your college application. We suggest arriving 15 to 20 minutes beforehand to complete the sign-in process and find a seat. 
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Hilton St. Louis Frontenac
1335 South Lindbergh Blvd
St. Louis, Missouri 63131
Please register here

Exploring Education Excellence
A travel consortium of Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Rice University and the University of Chicago will be hosting an information session for prospective students and their families on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Admissions Counselors will discuss academics, the admissions process at selective schools, financial aid, and campus life. To learn more and RSVP, please visit
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Louis - Chesterfield
16625 Swingley Ridge Rd
Chesterfield, MO 63017
6/4/19 at 7:00 PM

On-Campus Visit Opportunities

University of Chicago – Summer Fridays
Visit the University of Chicago any Friday from June 21-August 9, 2019. Here is an opportunity to take a tour of campus, learn more about college admissions, and join a panel of current students as they discuss their UChicago experience. Please register online at

Vanderbilt University - Summer Visit Programs
PreVU: Offered twelve times throughout the summer, this half-day program provides rising seniors with a program tailored to their stage in the process. Vanderbilt will highlight specific programs while also providing families with questions and thoughts to consider with all institutions as they reach the height of their search and application process.

Black & Gold Days: Designed for high school sophomores and juniors, Black & Gold Days serve as an introduction to the college search and application process using Vanderbilt as the example. This half-day program gives students substantial information about the process while encouraging discussion with their families.

On-Campus Information Session and Tour: This one-hour presentation and approximately 90-minute campus tour provides high-school-aged students and their families with insights into the admissions process, financial aid and scholarships, academic programs, and student life, as well as with the opportunity to see and experience Vanderbilt first hand.

Hamilton College – Diversity Overnight Program
Hamilton College invites students to apply for their program to introduce the campus, students, faculty, classes, and residence halls to prospective students who represent many dimensions of diversity. While all are welcome to apply, the selection process will prioritize the applications of students from ethnically diverse backgrounds, first-generation college students, and those from families with limited financial resources. Application will open on July 1, 2019 for program dates on September 15-17 or October 27-29. If accepted, all transportation, lodging, and meal costs for the program are covered by Hamilton College. For more details and to apply, please visit

Colgate in Focus – Diversity Open House
A special event, October 6-8, 2019, for high school seniors from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, Colgate In Focus connects visitors directly with current students to learn about campus life. Apply early, as space is limited. Travel assistance is available for students and a parent or guardian for those who qualify. The priority application deadline is June 3, 2019. Applications will be accepted through September 3, 2019. Apply at

Student Leadership Academy – The National WWII Museum
A 7-day immersive summer learning experience offered for high school and college students at the WWII Museum in New Orleans with the museum’s staff of historians, curators, and educators. Students who attend Student Leadership Academy will learn lessons in military history that will provide new historical perspectives for the challenges and opportunities their generation will face and how each of them can make a difference – in their lives, in their communities, and around the world. Scholarships are available. Please visit for details.

Barnard College – Summer in the City
The Pre-College programs provide young women the opportunity to learn, live, and grow while exploring their passions in a variety of fields. Rising sophomores, junior, and seniors are encouraged to apply for a summer in New York. Applications are due May 27, 2019 and are available on the website.

Belmont Abbey College – Schola Summer Program
Schola is a unique high school summer program that affords students an opportunity to grow in friendship, devotion, wisdom, and wonder—through leisure. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors may apply for a week-long program on July 7-13 or July 14-20, 2019. For application and more information, please visit Schola.

Boston University
Pre-College Programs

BU offers a wide variety of summer programs for high school students with the desire to study at one of the world’s top research universities. Enroll in undergraduate classes for college credit – either on campus or online – pursue in-depth research, or chose from a diverse array of fascinating non-credit seminars. To learn more about the programs and how to apply, please visit

Summer Journalism Institute
Boston University Summer Journalism Institute gives students ages 14 to 18 the opportunity to expand their skills, experience college life and explore Boston. Each two-week session expands students’ journalism skills through hands-on, real-life learning. Uniquely, we make the entire city of Boston the reporting beat. Guided by award-winning working journalists, students report and write on what’s happening in real time: government, business, sports, crime, courts, the arts and more. For more information and an application please visit the website. Students admitted on a rolling basis and all material must be received by June 1, 2019.

University of Chicago – Summer Pre-College
The University of Chicago’s summer pre-college programs draw from the multidisciplinary emphasis and intellectual richness of the college’s core curriculum. Whether it’s economics, paleontology, or art history, students can find a formative college-level experience on campus this summer. They offer a variety of courses in diverse subject areas and engagement levels that match any motivated high school student. Please visit for course descriptions and an application.

The Cooper Union - Summer STEM Program
The Summer STEM Program is a six-week intensive that immerses students in hands-on engineering design and problem-solving. Faculty and teaching assistants from the departments of civil, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering provide students with foundational knowledge and expert guidance to address real-world problems in their respective disciplines of expertise. The program is open to current high school sophomores and juniors.  Need-based aid is available for the program.

Davidson College – July Experience
July Experience is a rigorous three-week college immersion program for rising high school juniors and seniors who are highly motivated, collaborative, and self-disciplined. Join others from across the United States and around the world and take two liberal arts courses taught by full-time Davidson faculty, live in residence halls with other students, and participate in information sessions about the college admission process. Program dates are June 30-July 20, 2019. For an application and more details, please visit Davidson – July Experience.

Fairfield University – Summer Scholars
Rising high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply to Fairfield University's Summer Scholars Program, a two-week residential and academic experience. Students should have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.2 or higher to apply to the program; however, applications are reviewed on an individual basis, so all interested applicants are encouraged to apply. Three-credit hours of college credit are available in the following areas: biology, economics, and psychology. For application deadlines, program fees, and additional details, visit

Hillsdale College – Summer Travel Programs
Hillsdale College provides a unique opportunity each summer for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to earn three college credits while traveling to cultural and historic destinations domestic and abroad. Trip details, costs and application available online.

John Carroll University – Young Writers Workshop
The John Carroll University Young Writers Workshop, a week-long summer camp at John Carroll University, is now offering both day camp and overnight residential options, so students from all over the country can experience inspiring and rigorous creative writing! This year's workshop takes place from July 22-26th, 2019. The application deadline for the workshop is June 1st, 2019. For more information, please visit the JCU-YWW.

Marist College – Summer Pre-College
Marist provides rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take a course in a field they are passionate about while getting a taste of college life at campuses in Poughkeepsie, NY or New York City. Currently accepting applications for all programs. Please visit for course descriptions and application.

University of Missouri Kansas City – Pharmacy Camp
Students who have completed freshman year or above are invited to register for a one-day, action-packed camp designed to show you what it is like to study at any of the UMKC pharmacy campus. Camp dates include May 31 – Columbia; June 14 - Springfield; June 28 - Kansas City. Register today at

Oxbridge Academic Programs
Oxbridge Academic Programs has been welcoming intellectually adventurous students to summer study programs since 1986. Today we offer programs in England, France, Spain, and the United States. Students choose two subjects in which to immerse themselves - a major and a minor - from a range of over 200 courses. Popular options include Medicine, Law, Business, and Psychology. Students from grades 7-12 may explore options at

Rustic Pathways
Programs facilitate life-changing educational experiences for students and use travel and philanthropy to achieve sustainable development in the cities, towns, and villages where they work. Rustic Pathways empowers students through innovative and responsible travel experiences to positively impact lives and communities around the world. To view the program opportunities, please visit

Saint Louis University -Summer at SLU 
SLU will offer over 60 camps and academies for pre-K through high school students, including college credit courses. Please visit Summer at SLU for a complete list of offerings.

Sewanee – The University of the South
Sewanee Young Writer’s Conference will be held June 30-July 13, 2019. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are passionate about creative writing and interested in working hard to advance their skills can apply to Sewanee for an invigorating summer experience. To learn more and to apply please visit

St. John’s College – Summer Academy
St. John’s College is designed for intellectual students who want to surround themselves with great books in philosophy, literature, math, science and more. The Summer Academy is organized in five, week-long sessions, each with a different theme to immerse high school students into a college experience like no other. Students can choose between the Santa Fe or Annapolis locations. For course descriptions and details, please visit St. John’s College Summer Academy.

Sarah Lawrence College
The pre-college summer programs at Sarah Lawrence College include filmmaking, creative writing, game design and social justice (through art). Students work closely with college-level faculty, both 1:1 and in small classes. They can obtain recommendations and develop creative pieces for their college applications. To learn more and to register, visit

Tufts University – Pre-College Programs
Tufts university offers academically challenging experiences for motivated students. Many choices are available on-campus, including the following:
Tufts Pre-College – Rising high school juniors and seniors may enjoy 2-3 week intensive programs in the following areas: Engineering Design Lab, International Relations, Leadership for Social Change.
For an application and additional information on all the programs available, please visit Tufts Pre-College Programs.

University of Tulsa – Filmmaking Camp
The Department of Film Studies at The University of Tulsa offers a residential filmmaking camp for high school students from July 28-August 3, 2019. Students will have the opportunity to plunge into every aspect of creating films, as well as exciting evening group activities and film screenings. The camp will culminate in a festival of student work to display for friends and family. For additional information, please visit the Film Studies website. The application is currently open and the deadline is June 28.

Washington University – Allex Chinese and Japanese Language Intensive
The WUSTL-ALLEX Intensive Chinese and Japanese Institute will offer intensive beginning level classes in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese at Washington University in St. Louis for seven weeks this summer. Each class meets for 2 hours per day, 5 days a week for 7 weeks. The course is intensive and requires 3-5 hours of mandatory self-managed study per day. Scholarships are available for graduating seniors and college students. For more information, please visit

Western Illinois University – Summer Camps
Students aged 10 and up may choose from a variety of summer camp experiences while living on campus. You may choose from areas such as Art and Communications, Sciences and Math, Music, CSI, and TechVenturing. Please visit for more information.

Where They Be Dragons
Summer and gap year programs offering students international, immersive, and culturally significant experiences. Programs offered in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Please visit Where They Be Dragons for program details and application information.

Standardized Testing

ACT/SAT Test Dates

Please make careful note of the registration deadlines on your calendar. If you have any concerns or questions, please see your college counselor.

ACT Test Date

Regular Registration Deadline

Late Fee Required ($30.00)

June 8, 2019

May 3, 2019 (closed)

May 4-20, 2019 (closed)

July 13, 2019

June 14, 2019

June 15-24, 2019

$67.00 (ACT with writing); $50.50 (no writing) Register online at


SAT Test Date

Regular Registration Deadline

Late Fee Required ($29)

June 1, 2019

May 3, 2019 (closed)

May 22, 2019 (closed)


$60.00 (SAT with essay); $47.50 (no essay); $22.00/ per test + $26 registration fee (Subject tests) Register online at

Princeton Review
The Princeton Review is proud to offer all current Villa Duchesne students a special discount on their test prep courses and private tutoring. These offerings present participants with strategies that will help them feel more confident in the testing process. Test item analysis and specific strategies to handle the different test question types and time management will also be included in these courses. For a listing of all courses and registration information, please follow this link.

ACT Bootcamp – Villa Duchesne
This “boot camp” style prep course taught by Dr. Gary Moss is conveniently placed just before the July 13 ACT. It has been designed to help students become better test-takers by practicing sample tests and honing their skills. Classes meet Monday through Thursday for two weeks, June 17-27, from 10 am to noon on the campus of Villa Duchesne. Open to rising juniors and seniors. To register, please visit


May Deadlines

B. Davis Scholarship
This scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors. Students must submit an essay of less than 1000 words. The essay should describe the three characteristics of leadership the applicant values most, why those traits are so important, and how they are developed in an individual. With your essay, be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next year. Email essay to:
AWARD: $1,000
Deadline: May 24

BBB Student of Ethics Award
BBB recognizes students who demonstrate ethical commitment and integrity, knowledge, community service, and academic history.  Scholarship must be applied toward school-related expenses. Judges will select the scholarship recipients based on their leadership, contributions to their communities and schools, personal integrity, academic accomplishments, letters of reference and written essay. Scholarship open to qualified, high-school juniors.
AWARD:  $2,500
Deadline: May 31

Hispanic Educational, Cultural and Scholarship Fund
Available to Hispanic/Latino students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need.  Winners must perform a social service activity.
AWARD:  $1,000
Deadline:  May 31

June Deadlines

Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship Program
Open to all high school seniors intending to pursue an animation related field in college.  Based on academic success and essay.
AWARD:  $1,000
Deadline:  June 1

Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship
Open to high school seniors who intend to pursue a fashion related field in college.  Selection based upon academic performance and essay.
AWARD:  $1,000
Deadline:  June 1

Odenza Vacations College Scholarship
Students must be between the ages of 17-24 and have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.  Essay contest.
AWARD:  $500
Deadline:  June 1

Friends of Kids with Cancer - Young Survivors’ Scholarship Program
Eligible applicants for this scholarship have or have had a diagnosis of cancer or similar blood related disease before the age of 19; sought treatment for cancer in the St. Louis area, and received special assistance from Friends of Kids with Cancer when diagnosed; have a GPA of at least a 2.0; and be accepted to a college/university.
AWARD:  $2,000-$3,500
Deadline:  June 14

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship
This essay-based scholarship is available for all high school juniors and seniors. The essay should describe the applicant's goals and plans, including intended degree/major and how that degree/major will help the applicant achieve her goals.  Email to
AWARD:  $1,000
Deadline:  June 14