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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

Danielle Keene 
College Counselor/English Department Chair/Eighth Grade English Teacher/Residential Program Advisor

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 2019 alone, the 74 HRA graduates attended 43 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 2019

The members of the Class of 2019 have been offered admission to the following colleges and universities:
[ ]= Number of Students Attending
American University 3 [1]
Appalachian State University 2
Arizona State University 2 [1]
Auburn University 1
Bates College 1
Belmont Abbey College 1
Belmont University 1
Birmingham-Southern College 1
Boston Conservatory at Berklee 1
Bowdoin College 1 [1]
Bridgewater College 2
Bucknell University 1
Campbell University 1
Case Western Reserve University 1
Charleston Southern University 1
Christopher Newport University 6 [1]
Clemson University 4 [2]
Coastal Carolina University 3
Colby College 1
Colgate University 1
College of Charleston 2 [2]
College of William & Mary 3 [1]
Colorado State University 1
Davidson College 2 [1]
Drew University 1
Drexel University 1
Eckerd College 2
Elon University 5
Emerson College 1
Ferrum College 1
Flagler College 3 [1]
Fordham University 6 [1]
Furman University 3 [1]
George Mason University 10 [3]
Georgia Institute of Technology 2
Georgia Southern University 1
Gettysburg College 1
Guilford College 1
Hamilton College - NY 1
Hampden-Sydney College 3 [1]
Hampton University 2
Haverford College 1
High Point University 1
Hofstra University 4
Hollins University 2
Howard University 1
Indiana University at Bloomington 2
James Madison University 21 [4]
Johns Hopkins University 2 [1]
Lewis & Clark College 1
Liberty University 1 [1]
Lipscomb University 1
Longwood University 5
Louisiana State University 1
Loyola University Maryland 1
Mars Hill University 1
Mary Baldwin University 1
Marymount Manhattan College 1
Marymount University 1
Middlebury College 1
Montclair State University 2
Mount Holyoke College 1
Muhlenberg College 1
New York University 1 [1]
North Carolina State University 2
Northeastern University 2
Norwich University 1 [1]
Notre Dame College of Ohio 1
Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences 1
Oberlin Conservatory of Music 1 [1]
Ohio University 1 [1]
Oklahoma City University 1
Old Dominion University 9 [6]
Pace University, New York City 1
Pennsylvania State University 10
Point Park University 2
Purdue University 2 [2]
Radford University 6 [1]
Randolph College 3
Randolph-Macon College 2
Reed College 1 [1]
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 4 [1]
Roanoke College 12 [3]
Roosevelt University 1 [1]
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 1
Rutgers University 1
Salisbury University 1
San Diego State University 1 [1]
Savannah College of Art and Design 3
Sewanee: The University of the South 1
Southern Methodist University 2 [1]
St. John's University 1
St. Lawrence University 1
Susquehanna University 1
Temple University 1
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi 1 [1]
Texas Christian University 1
The American Musical and Dramatic Academy 1
The American University of Paris 2
The George Washington University 1
The New School - All Divisions 1
The Ohio State University 4 [3]
The University of Alabama 2
The University of Arizona 1
The University of Melbourne 1
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1
Tufts University 1
United States Military Academy 1
United States Naval Academy 1 [1]
University of California, Berkeley 1
University of California, Davis 2 [1]
University of California, Irvine 2
University of California, Los Angeles 1 [1]
University of California, Santa Barbara 3
University of California, Santa Cruz 2
University of Colorado at Boulder 2
University of Florida 1
University of Georgia 2 [1]
University of Hartford 1
University of Hawaii at Manoa 1
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 4
University of Kentucky 1
University of Mary Washington 6
University of Maryland, College Park 3
University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1
University of Miami 2
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 1
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 1
University of North Carolina at Wilmington 1
University of Pittsburgh 1 [1]
University of Redlands 1
University of Richmond 5
University of Rochester 1
University of South Carolina 9
University of Southern California 2 [1]
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 1
University of Vermont 1
University of Virginia 11 [5]
University of Washington 2
Virginia Commonwealth University 14 [5]
Virginia Military Institute 1
Virginia State University 1
Virginia Tech 17 [8]
Virginia Wesleyan University 3 [1]
Washington and Lee University 1 [1]
Webster University 1
Wheaton College MA 1
Willamette University 1
Wingate University 1
Wofford College 1
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1

Colleges Attended by Recent Graduates

Graduates in the last five classes have attended the following colleges and universities: 
American University
Amsterdam University College
Appalachian State University
Apprentice School of Northrop Grumman
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Baylor University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brown University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Christopher Newport University
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
Colgate University
College of Charleston
College of William & Mary
Converse College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke University
East Carolina University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Flagler College
Florida Southern College
Fordham University
Furman University
George Mason University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Grove City College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampton University
High Point University
Indiana University at Bloomington
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College
Liberty University
Lincoln Memorial University
Longwood University
Marymount University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Morehouse College
New York University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Northwest Kansas Technical College
Norwich University
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Old Dominion University
Pace University
Patrick Henry College
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Radford University
Randolph College
Randolph-Macon College
Reed College
Regent University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice University
Ringling College of Art and Design
Roanoke College
Roosevelt University
Saint Louis 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
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University, Galveston
The Citadel
The George Washington University
The New School
The Ohio State University
The University of Alabama
The University of Texas, Austin
Thomas College
Tufts University
Tulane University
United States Naval Academy
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Georgia
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Kansas
University of Lynchburg
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Miami
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
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
Westminster College
Widener University
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.