College Counseling

Working together to choose the right path.

The Steward School approaches college counseling like running a marathon—lots of planning, training, and research are incorporated before the “main event” even begins. Navigating this process requires perseverance and guidance, not just for seniors, but throughout Upper School. Starting in ninth grade, students and parents have access to the Naviance system, which is an organizational tool to help students navigate the college application process, and find guidance in determining the path on which they belong.

Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to attend meetings with college representatives who visit the Steward campus and, as early as freshman year, students begin touring colleges as a class for field trips. The overnight junior college tour is often the most important component of the application process because the students are exposed to a variety of school types—public/private, small/large, urban/rural—in a short amount of time. Students use these examples to consider what type of school really fits them, which helps guide the counselor’s recommendations through the rest of the process.

Class of 2017 College Acceptances

The 51 members of the Class of 2017 will attend 30 different colleges and universities (noted in bold), and the list of schools where they were accepted is most impressive.

American University
Appalachian State University
Averett University
Bridgewater College
Christopher Newport University
Clark University
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
College of Charleston
College of William and Mary
Davidson College
Denison University
Drew University
East Carolina University
Eastern Mennonite University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Flagler College
Fordham University
Furman University
Gardner-Webb University
George Mason University
Georgia Southern University
Hampden-Sydney College
High Point University
Hofstra University
Hollins University
James Madison University
Longwood University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Lynchburg College

Marymount Manhattan College
Marymount University
McDaniel College
McGill University
MCPHS - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Miami University, Oxford
North Carolina Wesleyan College
Northeastern University
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Radford University
Randolph-Macon College
Roanoke College
Robert Morris University Illinois
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Savannah College of Art and Design
Shenandoah University
Shepherd University
Stony Brook University
Temple University
The New School
The University of Alabama
The University of Georgia
The University of Georgia (Honors)
The University of Iowa
The University of Tampa
Tulane University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Mary Washington
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami
University of Mississippi
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
University of Richmond
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Virginia's College at Wise
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Virginia Union University
Virginia Wesleyan College
Washington College
West Virginia University
Western Carolina University
Winthrop University
Wofford College
Xavier University

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Did You Know?

$4.02 mil.

The Class of 2017 earned $4,028,793 in merit scholarship aid.


Meet the Office

Heather Jeter
Director of College Counseling (804) 740-3394, ext. 5536

Jen Wilkerson
College Counseling Associate (804) 740-3394, ext. 5532

Debra Fitzgerald
Registrar (804) 740-3394, ext. 2318

College Board Code

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Steward Voices

Steward is an atmosphere that fosters confidence—something we have seen in all three of our kids. Whether it is playing a new sport, running for a seat on the Honor Council, or singing a solo on Talent Night, they have been encouraged to try, to experience, and to grow.
- Dan and Kathi Campbell, Parents of Abbie ’19, Emma ’17, and Ben ’14

Steward Voices

Steward is the right place for Micah and Kiri because they are able to develop strong connections with their teachers, which in turn facilitates confidence and resilience in their learning. Everyone at Steward knows your name and makes you feel so welcome.
- Paul and Janet Yoon, Parents of Kiri ’27 and Micah ’26

Steward Voices

Steward helped me develop the skills I needed to succeed in college and the courage and confidence to set competitive career goals for myself. But, these skills weren’t lessons I learned just in Steward’s classrooms; they came from the athletic fields, in the hallways, and during Honor Council meetings, too.
- Grace Henderson ’10

Steward Voices

Steward provides Andrew with a nurturing environment which fosters his individualism, develops exemplary character traits, and continuously provides him with creative learning experiences. Consequently, Andrew ‘loves’ school and anticipates each day with joy, enthusiasm, and excitement.
- Betsy Jollay, Grandmother of Andrew O’Leary ’25

Steward Voices

I love all that The Steward School has done for Trace. Steward has uncovered Trace’s talents, celebrated his individuality, and strengthened his belief in himself. The faculty and staff offer an amazing balance of challenge and comfort, encouraging the best from all students. I can’t imagine Trace being anywhere else. Thank you, Steward School.
- Ron Coles, Father of Trace Coles ’19 and Grade 5 Teacher

Steward Voices

Being a member of The Steward School international program has been an awesome experience. The community has helped me tremendously along the way.
- Bowen Chen ’15


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