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College Counseling

College Preparation

College counseling at Hampton Roads Academy begins, in essence, the moment a family chooses to enroll their child at HRA.
As a college preparatory school, the curriculum  is structured in order to prepare all students for success at the college or university they ultimately choose.

The College Counseling Office works with students and their families to guide them through the college search and application process. This process begins in the ninth grade as faculty advisors work with students in planning appropriate courses. Advisors also work with students as they learn to balance academics with a range of extra-curricular activities and athletics.

College Counselors meet with students and host periodic parent information sessions throughout the ninth and tenth grade years.

Formal college counseling begins in the junior year when students and their parents attend the annual College Night program where families are introduced to the process and the year ahead. Each junior and his or her parents have an individual meeting with a college counselor early in the spring semester to create an initial list of colleges.

Over the next year and a half, students and parents continue to work closely with the college counseling staff from the first meeting through graduation.

The college counselors serve as resources, guides, and advocates for students and families as they navigate the process of investigating colleges and universities, applying to schools, and making the final decision of where to attend.
Benjamin Rous
Director of College Counseling/US English

Elizabeth Hollingsworth
College Counselor/US Science
757-884-9170 ext. 607

Kim Davis 
College Counseling Coordinator/Registrar
It’s never about getting into a school for the HRA students. It’s about getting into the right school. Finding the perfect fit of a college or university for each student guides the entire process. In 2020 alone, the 47 HRA graduates attended 41 different colleges and universities.

College Counseling Blog: The Sextant

Do you want to know more about the world of college admissions? Check out The Sextant, a new monthly blog by HRA's Director of College Counseling Ben Rous. In this ongoing conversation about the college admission process, Mr. Rous will try to find truths (or at least, ideas worth considering!) about the world of college admissions. Click here to read The Sextant.

College Counseling Quick Links

List of 5 items.

  • The HRA College Board Code

    471533 - For use on standardized test and other application information
  • HRA Profile

  • College Representative Visits

    To view the college rep visit schedule, click here and follow the steps below.
    Find the "Are you new here?" section 
    1. I'm a guest
    2. Enter as a guest
    3. Colleges
    4. View all upcoming college visits
  • HRA Memberships

    Hampton Roads Academy is a proud member of National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC), and Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS).

    Hampton Roads Academy is a proud member of the Cum Laude Society. The Cum Laude Society recognizes academic achievement in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence (Areté), justice (Diké) and honor (Timé). Hampton Roads Academy’s chapter was chartered in April, 1971.
  • REACH Initiative

    Current research shows that today’s college-bound students are more stressed than ever before, feeling that they may be, as was claimed in the award-winning documentary film by the same name, in a ‘race to nowhere’. This was the inspiration behind the HRA REACH Initiative (Real-world Experience & Academic CHoice).

    We believe that the academic experience should be tied to relevant real-world experiences whenever possible. The twenty-first century economy requires the ability to think creatively, to collaborate, and to communicate effectively, all skills that begin in the classroom but that are enhanced and made more relevant by exploration outside the school’s walls. These experiences might take the form of summer internships, mentorships, part-time jobs, leadership opportunities, or more. Click here to read about a recent research experience. 

    Click here to read more about the academic areas of focus that are part of the REACH Initiative

College Acceptances for the Class of 2020

The members of the Class of 2020 have been offered admission to the following colleges and universities:
[ ]= Number of Students Attending
Appalachian State University 1 [1]
Auburn University 1 
Boston College 1 
Boston University 1 
Brown University 1 
Case Western Reserve University 2 [1]
Chatham University 1 [1]
Christopher Newport University 4 
Clarks Summit University 1 
Clemson University 1 
Colby College 1 
Colgate University 2 [1]
College of Charleston 1 
Dartmouth College 1 [1]
Davidson College 3 [1]
East Carolina University 3 
Emory & Henry College 1 
Emory University 3 [1]
Fordham University 1 
George Mason University 5 [1]
Georgetown University 1 
Georgia Institute of Technology 1 
Hampden-Sydney College 1 [1]
Hampton University 1 
High Point University 1 [1]
Indiana University-Bloomington 1 
James Madison University 13 [3]
Keio University Mita (Pearl Program) 1 
Longwood University 2 
Marshall University 1 
Maryland Institute College of Art 1 [1]
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1 
Mercer University 1 
Miami University-Oxford 3 [1]
Michigan State University 3 
Middlebury College 3 [1]
North Carolina Central University 1 [1]
North Carolina State University 2 
Northeastern University 1 
Old Dominion University 5 
Pennsylvania State University 5 
Pratt Institute 1 [1]
Purdue University 2 [1]
Queens University of Charlotte 1 
Radford University 5 [1]
Roanoke College 4 [2]
Rutgers University 1 
Savannah College of Art and Design 1 
Syracuse University 1 
The University of Alabama 3 [1]
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1 
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville 1 
Tulane University of Louisiana 2 
University at Buffalo  1 
University of California, San Diego 1 
University of California-Davis 1 
University of California-Irvine 1 
University of California-Santa Barbara 1 
University of Connecticut 1 
University of Delaware 1 
University of Louisville 1 [1]
University of Lynchburg 4 [1]
University of Mary Washington 5 [3]
University of Maryland-College Park 1 
University of Massachusetts-Amherst 1 [1]
University of Michigan 1 
University of Mississippi 1 [1]
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 1 
University of Pittsburgh 1 
University of Richmond 1 
University of Rochester 1 
University of San Francisco 1 
University of South Carolina 2 [1]
University of Virginia 7 [5]
Villanova University 1 
Virginia Commonwealth University 4 
Virginia Military Institute 1 [1]
Virginia Tech 7 [6]
Washington and Lee University 1 
Western Colorado University 1 [1]
William and Mary 2 [1]

Colleges Attended by Recent Graduates

Graduates in the last five classes have attended the following colleges and universities: 
Arizona State University-Tempe
Auburn University
Baylor University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brown University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Chatham University
Christopher Newport University
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
Colgate University
College of Charleston
Converse College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Flagler College-St Augustine
Arizona State University-Tempe
Auburn University
Baylor University
George Washington University
Grove City College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampton University
High Point University
Indiana University-Bloomington
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
Lehigh University
Liberty University
Lincoln Memorial University
Maryland Institute College of Art
Marymount University
Miami University-Oxford
Middlebury College
Morehouse College
New York University
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Northeastern University
Northwest Kansas Technical College
Norwich University
Ohio State University
Old Dominion University
Pace University
Patrick Henry College
George Washington University
Grove City College
Hampden-Sydney College
Randolph College
Randolph-Macon College
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ringling College of Art and Design
Roanoke College
Roosevelt University
San Diego State University
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Southern Methodist University
Spelman College
Syracuse University
Temple University
Texas A&M University-College Station
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University-Galveston
The New School
The Oberlin Conservatory of Music
The University of Alabama
Thomas College
Tufts University
Tulane University of Louisiana
United States Naval Academy
University of California-Davis
University of California-Los Angeles
University of Colorado Boulder
Randolph College
Randolph-Macon College
Reed College
University of Georgia
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Kansas
University of Louisville
University of Lynchburg
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland-College Park
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Miami
University of Mississippi
University of Notre Dame
University of Pittsburgh
University of Richmond
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Tech
Virginia Wesleyan University
Washington and Lee University
Wellesley College
West Virginia University
Western Colorado University
Widener University
William and Mary
Wofford College
Yale University
Contact HRA’s College Counseling Office to learn more.

Hampton Roads Academy

HRA is accredited through the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is a National Blue Ribbon School.

Hampton Roads Classical and Hampton Roads Academy are not affiliated.