Latin measures its success by ensuring that each student is prepared with the academic and emotional skills needed to thrive in college and beyond, and it is the College Counseling Office’s mission to ensure students continue their education at their best-fit institution. College counseling is a highly personalized process at Latin. With a counseling staff of four, each with significant college admissions experience and counseling expertise, the program is as individualized as the rest of our curriculum. Our counselors work closely with students to discover their hopes and dreams, their interests and strengths, and then match those with the best-fit schools. Each student’s college process is about so much more than simply gaining admission; it is an opportunity to learn about one’s own educational and social needs and to develop decision-making tools that will help shape future choices both in and out of the world of academia. Ideally, applying to college is the conclusion of a Latin career that involves engagement in the classroom, an impassioned approach to learning, and a commitment to the life of our school, community and the world beyond Chicago.
The staff of Latin’s College Counseling Office encourages students to be involved, reflective, and accountable for their choices. As the people who know their children best, parents also play an active role. No two students are alike, and we work hard to connect with students and families and meet them where they are. We will work closely with each student and family to find a group of schools that best match (and build upon) the individual strengths, interests and achievements of an ever-evolving Latin student. We support students and their families every step of the way; we help build college lists, create college visit itineraries, brainstorm essay topics, prepare for interviews, fill out financial aid paperwork, and review all applications prior to submission. We also provide emotional support; we are there to celebrate a student’s successes and console students during times of disappointment.
Latin students attend some of the most diverse and reputable institutions in the United States and abroad; they seek schools that are both far afield and locally situated, small liberal arts colleges and large universities. Latin students are successful in the college application process and apply to a broad spectrum of schools. Ultimately, their choices reflect diligence, the strength of their academic preparation and self-exploration that are the hallmark and natural culmination of their Latin education.
- Five on-site college counseling staff members
- Significant, personalized one-on-one counseling beginning junior year with student and families
- Grade 11 curriculum focused on school research process
- Expert assistance in the financial aid process
- Informal coffees and Q&As with the counselors
- Direct advocacy
students who have chosen to take a gap year in the past five years
I understood the value of this education first hand when I went off to college. My persistence and strong desire to learn and connect with my professors was a reflection of the close relationships I made with my teachers at Latin.
Latin taught me from a young age how to be organized, think critically and manage a rigorous academic load.
When I got to Kenyon, I had a head start because of Latin. It wasn't just that I was confident in writing a paper. It was that while everyone else was learning to write a paper, I had time to think about the bigger picture.
FRESHMAN & SOPHOMORES
College Counseling at Latin begins formally at the end of the first semester of junior year but is an informal process that builds upon strong academic and personal advising that takes place throughout students’ high school career. In the freshman and sophomore years, students are encouraged to get involved in school activities, athletics and clubs to hone their own academic interests and artistic talents. The best foundation for a successful college process is the same foundation for a successful high school experience. Students are encouraged to enroll in a variety of appropriate courses that expand their minds and challenge their sensibilities and to join organizations that test them as citizens, competitors and leaders.
In the fall of sophomore year, students will take a practice ACT, and in the fall of junior year, they will take a practice SAT (PSAT). This ensures that by the time the counseling process formally begins, a student will have been exposed to both testing formats.
Beginning in the spring semester, all students will meet in group seminar classes with a college counselor to discuss a variety of issues related to the college search process. These classes will continue in the fall of senior year, when the tone will switch from informative and exploratory to one that is more administrative where we collectively tackle the actual business of applying to students’ schools.
Throughout the spring these seminars address a variety of topics that include but are not limited to:
- Taking a personal inventory of strengths and achievements - personal assessments
- Researching colleges
- Test planning and how tests are used by colleges
- Mock admissions committee exercises
- Coping with the public nature of the college process
- Essay writing and interview skills
At the beginning of spring semester students and families will be assigned to a college counselor and will begin their individual meetings. Students and counselors build close relationships that will serve as an essential support throughout the process. Latin’s college process is personal and individual, and counselors get to know each and every student. The staff is then prepared to offer tailored suggestions to students regarding their college choices, and professional and personal advocacy throughout the college application process.
College seminars return in the fall of senior year, and each student and their counselor work closely to shape a list of colleges that are appropriate, competitively diverse and appealing to the student’s interests and needs. These classes take place in the first half of the semester and include such issues as:
- Details and deadlines
- How to submit applications
- Self-advocacy, preparation and interviews
- Essay writing
Latin counselors are the students’ advocates in the college process – they represent their interests to colleges, write lengthy letters of recommendation and ultimately offer wisdom and careful counsel to each member of the junior and senior classes. College counselors are available as advisers, editors, interview coaches and ambassadors to representatives from over one hundred colleges and universities. Latin’s college office provides information and guidance until each senior has made a decision to enroll in the school of their choice. It is our first priority to address the needs of each student, so the primary relationship is forged between each Latin student and the college counselors; however, we are also a resource for parents and guardians. Parents and guardians should feel free to seek Latin’s counsel to help navigate the stressful and often confusing transition to college.
College Acceptance List
Schools in bold have a Latin student in attendance; a number indicates multiple attendees.
Bryn Mawr College
Hobart William Smith Colleges
Johns Hopkins University
Lewis & Clark College
Loyola Marymount University
Miami University - Oxford
Michigan State University
New York University
New York University Shanghai
Ohio State University-Main Campus
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Saint Louis University
Southern Methodist University
The George Washington University
The University of Texas at Austin
Trinity College Dublin
United States Air Force Academy
University of Arizona
University of California Los Angeles
University of Chicago
University of Colorado
University of Denver
University of Illinois
University of Kansas
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
University of Tampa
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin
Wake Forest University
Washington University in St. Louis