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 2016 College Acceptances

The 55 members of the Class of 2016 will attend 34 different colleges and universities (noted in bold), and the list of schools where they were accepted is most impressive.

The University of Alabama
American University
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Averett University
Bluefield College
Boston University
Bridgewater College
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Santa Barbara
Campbell University
The Catholic University of America
College of Charleston
Christopher Newport University
University of Cincinnati
Clemson University
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emory & Henry College
ESADE: Barcelona
Furman University
George Mason University
The George Washington University
Goucher College
Guilford College
Hampden-Sydney College

University of Hartford
High Point University
Hollins University
Indiana University at Bloomington
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
James Madison University
Kalamazoo College
University of Kentucky
Liberty University
Longwood University
University of Louisville
Loyola University Maryland
Lynchburg College
Macalester College
University of Mary Washington
Marymount University
University of Massachusetts, Boston
Miami University
Michigan State University
University of Mississippi
Morehouse College
New York University (Tisch School of the Arts)
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
North Carolina State University
Northern Illinois University
Old Dominion University

Pace University, New York City
Pennsylvania State University
University of Pittsburgh
Providence College
Purdue University (College of Engineering)
Radford University
Randolph College
Randolph-Macon College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of Richmond
Roanoke College
Salisbury University
University of South Carolina
Southern Methodist University
Stony Brook University
State University of New York
Syracuse University
Temple University
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Texas Christian University
Texas State University
The Ohio State University
University of Vermont
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
University of Virginia
Wake Forest University
Walters State Community College
Washington College
West Virginia University
College of William and Mary
Wofford College

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Did You Know?

$4.6 mil.

The Class of 2016 earned more than $4,600,000 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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