College Counseling

The college counseling program at Hockaday is as individual as each of our students. Four full-time college counselors support students and their parents, meeting with them regularly throughout the college research and application process. Our goal is for each student to find and be admitted to colleges that meet her personal interests, ensuring the most successful college career possible.

While the formal college counseling process begins in the junior year, we know families have questions throughout the Upper School years. To best serve parents of freshman and sophomore students, we host a series of coffees throughout the year specifically designed to offer guidance and answer questions in advance of the junior year. In addition, the college counseling team will visit form meetings to speak to freshmen and sophomore students about standardized testing, planning their courses, their summer activities and other relevant topics. Many sophomores will choose to attend College Previews, one of the largest college fairs in the city.
The college counseling program becomes even more robust in the junior year, beginning with an informational meeting for all juniors and their parents. Students may meet with college representatives who visit Hockaday in the fall, they can opt to take a mock ACT on campus, they and their parents can attend workshops on topics related to college admission, such as the financial aid process, standardized testing, visual and performing arts portfolios and auditions, and collegiate athletics. In addition, college admission deans will offer their candid advice on the admission process at the annual College Deans Panel.
In the second semester of the junior year, while the counseling program continues to offer topical workshops, the college counselors begin to engage students in a process of self-reflection. Through personal interviews and anecdotes from parents, counselors learn their students’ hopes and dreams. The college research process, while guided by the college counselors, is primarily driven by the student’s growing awareness of her own interests and strengths and is conducted with the goal of finding colleges that are a good match for the student as an individual.
By the time the college application season arrives in the fall of the senior year, students have been educated about every element of that process and can prepare their applications with the confidence that they are presenting themselves as personally as possible to colleges which they are eager to attend. When decisions are returned, our college admission list is always as varied as our student body. Once more, at this last stage of the process, the college counselors listen to and guide students toward their final decision. Each year we watch our bright young women go on to begin their brilliant lives at the colleges of their choice.

2020 – 2021 College Profile

The college counseling program at The Hockaday School is as individual as each of our students.

Meet Our Staff

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Elizabeth Jones

    Elizabeth Jones 

    Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Micah  Lyles

    Micah  Lyles 

    Senior Associate Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Kim Pondrom

    Kim Pondrom 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Charlie Runyan

    Charlie Runyan 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Allison Camp

    Allison Camp 

    College Counseling Associate - Upper School

College Matriculation - Past Three Years

Acadia University
American University
Amherst College
Austin College
Barnard College
Bates College
Belmont University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
California Institute of Technology
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College
Colgate University
Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
DePaul University
DePauw University
Duke University
Eastfield College
Elon University
Emory University
Endicott College
Fordham University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia College - Milledgeville
Harvard College
Hendrix College
Holy Cross College
Indiana University-Bloomington
Johns Hopkins University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University Chicago
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Norwich University
Oklahoma State University
Olin College of Engineering
Oxford College of Emory University
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Princeton University
Providence College
Purdue University
Rhodes College
Rice University
Rutgers University
Santa Clara University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Smith College
Southern Methodist University
Southwestern University
St. Edward's University
St. John's College
Stanford University
Syracuse University
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
The American University of Paris
The College of Wooster
The New School
The University of Alabama
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of Texas, Arlington
The University of Texas, Austin
The University of Texas, Dallas
Trinity College
Trinity College Dublin
Trinity University
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of Arkansas
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Santa Cruz
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University of Kansas
University of Miami
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University of North Texas
University of Northern Iowa
University of Notre Dame
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Redlands
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of St Andrews
University of Toronto 
University of Tulsa
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St Louis
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Wheaton College
Williams College
Xavier University of Louisiana
Yale University
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