College Seminar and Special Events

College Seminar is a required once-a-week class in the fall term for fifth formers, taught by the College Counselors. This course covers a range of topics regarding the college process. In this course, students will develop a full understanding of the college process and their role within it. The beginning of the course focuses on outlining the variety of post-secondary opportunities available to students as well as making sure that students understand the basic guidelines, terms, and structure of college admissions. Students are then given time to explore those options in a structured and guided way. Once this groundwork is laid, students can then self-reflect about the ideal collegiate community for them, spend time reviewing their high school accomplishments and set goals for the future. The final step in the course is to develop students’ skills in interviewing, resume development, and college essay writing in order to help them successfully communicate their experiences, perspectives and individual voices to colleges.

Throughout the course, students are learning about and using the various tools and resources available in Naviance. Naviance features educational and data-based resources and students have ample opportunity to gain facility with the program as they will continue using it as they move through the college application process. One of the greatest benefits of College Seminar is that it allows fifth formers to have regular contact with the College Counselors in order to build important and supportive relationships but also gives students opportunities to ask questions that are more tailored to their individual process.

College Counseling Events for Students and Parents

Third Form

  • Parents' Weekend College Counseling session for parents

Fourth Form

  • Parents' Weekend College Counseling session for parents
  • Parents' Weekend financial aid session for parents
  • College Fair (spring term)

Fifth Form

  • College Nights (fall term)
  • Parents' Weekend College Counseling session for parents
  • Parents' Weekend financial aid session for parents
  • Admission Application Case Study Program
  • Application and essay sessions (spring term)
  • College Fair (spring term)

Sixth Form

  • Labor Day Application Workshop
  • College Nights (fall term)
  • Parent’s Weekend College Counseling session for parents
  • Parent’s Weekend financial aid session for parents
  • Essay writing workshops throughout the fall
  • Mid-October application, essay, and interview workshop

Contact Us:

Ellen Deitrich
Director of College Counseling
edeitrich@thehill.org
610-705-1060

Sue Rooney
Assistant to College Counseling
srooney@thehill.org
610-705-1276

Beth Allain P'18
Assistant Director of College Counseling
ballain@thehill.org
610-705-1168

Lauren Hoyt
Senior Associate Director of College Counseling
lhoyt@thehill.org
610-705-1364

Jade Johnson
Assistant Director of College Counseling and Testing Coordinator
jjohnson@thehill.org
610-705-1037 

Mike Murphy
Student-Athlete College Counselor
mmurphy@thehill.org
610-705-1112