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College Counseling

Welcome to College Counseling at CHC

The college application process should be an exciting one, although perhaps challenging. The college counseling team works with students and their parents as they navigate plans for their post high school education. College counselors work with students, in the classroom, and meeting individually on demystifying the college planning process from college visits, presenting their best self in college applications to the very challenging world of financial aid. Our goal is to help the student find several best fit colleges for the next stage of his development.

The college counseling team sponsors various events including a college fair, financial aid night, PSAT/PreACT Diagnostic Night and much more.

Class of 2019 College Selections

FAQ's for the College Planning Process

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • How can I increase the chance of getting into a great college?

    Starting in ninth grade, work hard academically and take the most challenging courses that are appropriate for you. Be engaged in activities, both in and outside of school. Be interesting!  Get involved in research, internships, and develop a unique interest. Identify what makes you passionate and make sure you dedicate time to explore and pursue it. Seek leadership and make a difference in all of these activities. Start something new, either an existing activity or take on new ones. Last, be sure you perform your best on all standardized tests, preparing for them if necessary (see additional questions and answers below).
  • When do I start the college admissions process?

    Start to earn good grades immediately! Be involved with activities as soon as possible and seek leadership opportunities, or create one. Although the college planning process discussion officially kicks off during the junior year, students (and parents) are always welcome to meet with their college counselor earlier.
  • How do I prepare for these tests?

    If you earned in at least the 96th percentile in either the PLAN or the PSAT, you should spend your time becoming familiar with the SAT or ACT as they are a little different than the pre-tests. If you are in the 95th or lower percentile, you should prepare for either the SAT or ACT.
    We offer a free online Kaplan course or a book, for student-driven preparation. Next, we offer SAT and ACT classes via Kaplan. These classes are instructor led. The third option is to prep by hiring a private tutor. Students who hire tutors should select one who is familiar with all parts of the test.
  • What are the SAT Subject tests and do I need to take them? If so, when?

    Approximately 200 colleges require or recommend these one-hour, subject specific tests. They tend to be the more selective colleges. As students create a college list in the junior year, they can then check the college website (generally under Admissions) to see if these tests are required. These tests are generally taken at the end of a student’s junior year.
    An exception may be students who are taking Honors Chemistry as a sophomore. Check with your chemistry teacher, as this subject test may best be taken at the end of your sophomore year.
  • Which test should I take:  the ACT or the SAT?

    Colleges accept both tests equally, so by doing your best on the pre-tests (PLAN and PSAT), you can confidently use the national percentiles on each of those to see which test is best for you.

College Representatives

Schedule a visit to Calvert Hall by using Naviance Rep Visits.
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Calvert Hall has one of the largest college fairs in the Baltimore area; last year more than 150 institutions were represented, and more than 1000 students and parents attended.

We use our gymnasium and dining hall which provide extensive common-area space. Individual classrooms will be available for those who need them. We recommend that schools in the state of Maryland use individual classrooms because of the greater number of visitors. Representatives of the military academies are also invited to use individual classrooms.

Register your school/organization for the college fair

Meet the College Counseling

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Brooks Kerr

    Brooks Kerr 87

    Frostburg State Univeristy - B.S.
  • Photo of Lee Seraydarian

    Lee Seraydarian 

    University of Massachusetts - Amherst - B.A.
    Goucher College - M.Ed.
  • Photo of Elizabeth Green

    Elizabeth Green 

    Dickinson College - B.A.
    Johns Hopkins University - M.A.T.
  • Photo of Christie Grant

    Christie Grant 

    Assistant to the Counseling Office
    Mount Saint Mary's University - B.S.