At Hopkins School, Students are Active, Energetic, and Investigative Participants in the College Search Process
It is that time of year. Admission decisions letters have been sent out, and the 2020 graduating class at Hopkins School is embarking on the next phase of their academic careers. This year’s graduates will attend a distinguished collection of universities, each student and their family having successfully navigated the highly selective and ever-evolving admissions process.
With students often looking to their parents for help during the complex application season, it is common for the whole family to share a measure of stress and anxiety. Once this process begins in earnest at Hopkins, the team of support for each student is increased by one: their college counselor.
Today, managing college application and admission is a shared effort involving the students, parents, and college counselors. After all, working side-by-side with families is part of the Hopkins School commitment to their students. Along with a steady flow of information and support for the family, the college counselors at Hopkins assist students in submitting applications that represent their very best work, including building a strong resumé, developing interview skills, and crafting a compelling personal statement.
The college counselors offer a time-tested approach to college applications, a process that fosters student initiative, independence, and reflection, as well as the development of confidence and leadership skills. With the help of the individualized guidance, students and families emerge from a complex process with confidence in the future.
From Start to Finish, Counseling Process at Hopkins is as Individual as Each Student
“We always start by listening,” says Erika Giaimo Chapin, Hopkins Director of College Counseling. “The College Counseling Department at Hopkins, both individually and collectively, knows a lot about college admissions. But it’s also our job to know about the student in front of us. So it’s always about listening.” Fostering student success at college and beyond is at the heart of what college counselors at Hopkins do. That involves crafting a realistic set of goals for each student, and helping to identify where each student will thrive during their college career. From meetings and workshops, interviews and visits, and help with letters of recommendation and admission essays, the professional, dedicated staff of counselors at Hopkins helps young students find their way to rewarding, successful college careers.
Preparing Students to Succeed in College is Part of the Hopkins Plan
For seniors, the transition to university represents a whole new set of challenges. Part of the benefit of working so closely with the College Counselors at Hopkins is the insight that students gain throughout the process. Hopkins students enjoy an accessible advantage in their college careers; from day one, faculty and counselors work to encourage independent reflection, research skills, and academic and personal growth. This preparation is paramount to the college application process, but it also leads to academic success once students are enrolled. Students from Hopkins arrive at college with the study habits and time management skills that will see them to success at college and beyond. Indeed, the skills learned during their college search remain with Hopkins students throughout their lives.
Hopkins Graduates are Well-Represented at the Most Distinguished Institutions in the Country
Hopkins graduates attend at an impressive range of colleges and universities across the country and world. For students, enrollment in college is the culmination of a multiyear journey of self-reflection and identification of the institutions best-suited to their goals and interests. A small sample of colleges that currently host Hopkins graduates is listed below, along with their 2020 undergraduate acceptance rate. Since 2017, at least five Hopkins students have attended the following schools:
• Brown University, 7.1%
• Columbia University 5.4%
• Cornell University 10.9%
• Dartmouth College 7.9%
• Harvard University 4.6%
• Northwestern University 9.1%
• University of Pennsylvania 7.7%
• Yale University 6.1%
Visit https://www.hopkins.edu/academics/college-counseling for the complete, impressive matriculation list. Distinguished Alumni/ae from Hopkins have gone on to make outstanding contributions in their professions and fields of endeavor. From medicine to the military, investment banking to law, science, entrepreneurship, or civics; no profession or field of study is outside the reach of a Hopkins School graduate.
Hopkins Meets Challenges with Innovation and Creativity, Executes Pandemic Pivot
Managing the pandemic has made for a tough year. Every bit of stress and anxiety has been intensified, and for families preparing their students for college, the already overwhelming process has only grown more challenging. Hopkins counselors work closely with their colleagues on the college side, to stay informed of trends in admission, and to evaluate applications in the new climate. Though there have been adjustments to the entire process—from the visiting process to changes in testing—some things never change: institutions remain highly selective, if not more so. The good news is that Hopkins has a history of innovation when it counts. The Office of College Counseling at Hopkins met the unique challenges of the pandemic head-on, and rewrote the script to help families toward a happy chapter.
Real Relationships Are Part of a Successful Formula
The college search and selection process is an important part of the student experience at Hopkins School, where college counselors play multiple roles. Primarily, they are a resource for the information and advice students and their families need to understand and navigate the complex college admission process. Next, college counselors are a link to the larger college community, working closely with admission officers to help them understand and appreciate students’ accomplishments in the context of Hopkins’ rigorous academic program and rich extracurricular life. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the college counselors at Hopkins are enthusiastic advocates for students, and provide a reliable source of encouragement and support as students prepare for the next exciting phase in their academic career.
A counselor at Hopkins recalls her experience with a recent graduate, in a story that’s indicative of the Hopkins experience:
“At an on-campus open house at Hopkins, one of the student panelists described me (his college counselor) as his “best friend who is an adult.” His mother was in the audience watching him present, and she and I hugged and cried a bit together. After having spent months talking about how to approach his search, executing that plan, and then contemplating the results, it was clear that we all made a positive and lasting impact on each other.”
Helping Young People Decide Who They Are, and Who They Can Be
More than three centuries since Hopkins School’s beginning, their mission—“the breeding up of hopeful youths…for the public service of the country in future times’’—has remained at the core of the Hopkins experience. More often than not, Hopkins graduates find multiple opportunities to continue their education; together with their parents and counselor, students decide on an institution that will allow them to feel comfortable and experience a full measure of academic and personal growth.
“We do our best to recognize where a student is in the moment and where they imagine they’d like to be,” writes one Hopkins college counselor, “which is why we love hearing back from our graduates about their college experience!”
College Search and Application Process a Milestone for Students and Parents Alike
From parents with their own college experience to parents of first generation college students, Hopkins college counselors keep families in the loop and up-to-date with admissions developments and strategies. With nearly a hundred years of cumulative experience, College Counseling is adept at anticipating the kinds of questions and problems that come up, and has a plan in place for every student. When it’s time, Hopkins counselors are there, guiding families through meetings with college admissions representatives and financial aid experts, and facilitating one-on-one interviews. Though the process can be stressful, counselors at Hopkins mark the time as a positive one, a celebration of all the Hopkins student has achieved with an eye toward a promising future.
“Overall it was a great experience,” writes one parent of a senior in Hopkins 2020 graduating class. “Things have changed so much since my wife and I applied to college over 30 years ago. We were painted a really clear picture of the current landscape. Our daughter’s counselor was knowledgeable and confident throughout the whole process.”
Find Out More About Hopkins School Today!
Thanks to the combined efforts of students, parents, and college counselors, the 2020 graduating class is poised, not only to attend some of the most selective colleges and universities in the world, but to meet with success in their new endeavors. Effective, results-driven college counseling is just one of the many benefits students at Hopkins School experience while obtaining a first-rate education. The third-oldest independent school in the country, Hopkins enjoys a distinguished history that spans more than 350 years. A coeducational, college-preparatory day school for grades 7-12, the school is located on a 108-acre campus overlooking New Haven. To find out more about enrolling your child at Hopkins School, or to learn why Hopkins was just ranked the #1 private day school in Connecticut, visit hopkins.edu. Students at Hopkins develop the scholar’s habits of mind, and the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Get started unlocking your child’s future today!
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