College Preparation, Counseling, and Acceptances
We believe finding the right school is a match to be made, not a prize to be won. Our graduates attend prestigious name brand universities such as UC Berkeley, Duke, NYU, Tufts, and Stanford as well as small private colleges that are a best-fit for individual growth and success.
Our goal is to make the college application process as stress-free and successful as possible for both our students and their parents. At SD, college counseling is a full service support program working with students and parents on preparation, choices, visits, essays, applications, and transition. It is designed to give each student the opportunity to have multiple acceptances at colleges where they will thrive both academically and socially.
College counseling is a student-centered activity which should be based on college fit rather than college rank. This is a process encouraged by individual discussion, group dialogues, and thoughtful questioning. Our responsibility is to maintain firm expectations and accountability.
From Freshman to Senior Year
College preparation at SD begins long before the process of choosing which schools to apply to, writing those college essays, and filling out the applications.Freshman focus on academics and build the skills they need to find success through our rigorous academic program while also nurturing their interests.
Sophomores continue their program of academic excellence and have discussions with the college counselor about the future process and plan. They prepare for the PSAT test, begin college visits, map out courses, and plan summer activities.
Juniors take the PSAT, receive timelines, and begin work on essays. Personal meetings with the college counselor facilitate college visits, summer plans, organizational help, and ensures academics are on target.
Senior students follow a detailed plan adjusted for their particular needs and meet regularly with the college counselor during the first semester. The class has a two day retreat to focus on common issues and students receive individual essay advice and revision help for all written material and submissions. Extensive time is given to help with their college list, the UC applications, and the Common Application with explanatory parent meetings. Students are held to a strict schedule and extra assistance is available for those who fall behind—all applications are submitted before Winter Break. Each student receives acceptances counsel to help make the final choice.
College / University Visits
Each year we have 40-60 colleges and universities visit San Domenico from across the nation and internationally. These visits give our students the chance to meet in small groups with our regional counselor and learn first hand what colleges have to offer them.
University of California at Berkeley
University of California at Davis
University of California at Irvine
University of California at Los Angeles
University of California at Merced
University of California at Riverside
University of California at San Diego
University of California at Santa Barbara
University of California at Santa Cruz
California Lutheran University
California State University, Northridge
Claremont McKenna College
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
Cornell University (College of Human Ecology)
Cornish College of the Arts
University of Denver
Dominican University of California
Fashion Institute of Technology
Florida Institute of Technology
Franklin and Marshall College
The George Washington University
University of Hawaii at Manoa
College of the Holy Cross
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Indiana University at Bloomington
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University New Orleans
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Michigan State University
University of Michigan
Montana State University, Bozeman
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
New York University
New York University (Tisch School of the Arts)
University of Oregon
Pace University, New York City
(Dyson College of Arts and Sciences)
Parsons The New School for Design
Pennsylvania State University
Polytechnic Institute of NYU
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
Rochester Institute of Technology
Saint Mary's College of California
University of San Diego
San Francisco State University
University of San Francisco
San Jose State University
Santa Clara University
University of Southern California
St. Olaf College
Stony Brook University
University of Washington