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 2018 alone, the 61 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

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  • The HRA College Board Code

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

  • College Representative Visits

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  • 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.

College Acceptances for the Class of 2018

The members of the Class of 2018 have been offered admission to the following colleges and universities:
[ ]= Number of Students Attending
American University 4
Apprentice School of Northrop Grumman 1[1]
Arizona State University 1[1]
Auburn University 2[1]
Barry University 1
Bates College 1
Belmont University 1
Boston College 5[2]
Boston Conservatory at Berklee 1
Boston University 2[1]
Bridgewater College 1
Brown University 1[1]
Bryant University 2
Case Western Reserve University 3[1]
Chapman University 1
Christopher Newport University 4
Cleveland Institute of Art 1
Coastal Carolina University 2
Colgate University 1[1]
College of Charleston 2[1]
College of William and Mary 6
Colorado State University 1
Columbia University 1
Cornell University 1
Dartmouth College 1[1]
Davidson College 1[1]
Drexel University 1
East Carolina University 2
Eastern Michigan University 1
Eckerd College 1
Elon University 1
Emerson College 2
Fairfield University 1
Florida State University 1
Furman University 2
George Mason University 2
Goucher College 1
Hampden-Sydney College 3[2]
Hampton University 2
Hofstra University 1
Howard University 1
Indiana University at Bloomington 2
James Madison University 12[5]
Kenyon College 1[1]
Lehigh University 1[1]
Liberty University 1
Longwood University 1
Mary Baldwin University 2
Meredith College 1
Morehouse College 2[2]
New York University 3[1]
North Carolina State University 1[1]
Northeastern University 1
Old Dominion University 2
Patrick Henry College 1[1]
Pennsylvania State University 6
Purdue University 1
Radford University 3
Randolph College 2[1]
Randolph-Macon College 4[1]
Reed College 1
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 3
Rhodes College 1
Ringling College of Art and Design 1[1]
Roanoke College 3
Rochester Institute of Technology 1
Rollins College 1
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 1
Salem College 1
San Diego State University 1[1]
San Francisco State University 1
Savannah College of Art and Design 2[1]
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1
School of Visual Arts 1
Sewanee: The University of the South 2
Southern Methodist University 1
Spelman College 1[1]
St. John's College 1
Stetson University 1
SUNY Buffalo State College 1
Syracuse University 1
Temple University 3[1]
Texas A&M University 1[1]
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi 1[1]
Texas A&M University, Galveston 1[1]
The American Musical and Dramatic Academy 1
The Catholic University of America 2
The College of Wooster 1
The George Washington University 2[1]
The Ohio State University 2[1]
The University of Alabama 6
The University of Arizona 2
The University of Melbourne 1
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1
Tufts University 1[1]
Tulane University 1[1]
University of California, Davis 2
University of California, Irvine 3
University of California, San Diego 1
University of California, Santa Barbara 1
University of California, Santa Cruz 1
University of Chicago 1
University of Colorado at Boulder 1
University of Connecticut 1
University of Delaware 1
University of Denver 1
University of Florida 1
University of Georgia 2[1]
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 4[2]
University of Mary Washington 2[1]
University of Maryland, College Park 2[1]
University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1
University of Massachusetts, Boston 1
University of Miami 3
University of Mississippi 1
University of Nevada, Las Vegas 1
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 1
University of North Carolina at Wilmington 1
University of Notre Dame 1[1]
University of Richmond 5[2]
University of Rochester 2
University of San Francisco 1
University of South Carolina 8[2]
University of St Andrews 1
University of Sydney 1
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 2
University of Vermont 1
University of Virginia 13[7]
Villanova University 1
Virginia Commonwealth University 6[1]
Virginia Tech 13
Virginia Wesleyan University 2
Washington and Lee University 3
Wellesley College 2[1]
West Virginia University 1
Wheaton College MA 1
Wofford College 2
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1

Colleges Attended by Recent Graduates

Graduates are/have been enrolled at the following colleges from 2014 - 2018:
American University
Amsterdam University College
Appalachian State University
Apprentice School of Northrop Grumman
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Baylor University
Bluefield College
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brown University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Christopher Newport University
Coastal Carolina University
Colgate University
College of Charleston
College of William and 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 & Henry College
Emory University
Flagler College
Florida Southern College
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
George Mason University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Grove City College
Guilford College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampton University
High Point University
Hult International Business School - London
Indiana University at Bloomington
James Madison University
Kenyon College
Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College
Lincoln Memorial University
Longwood University
Marymount University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Morehouse College
New Jersey Institute of Technology
New York University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Old Dominion University
Patrick Henry College
Pennsylvania State University
Radford University
Randolph College
Randolph-Macon College
Regent University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice University
Ringling College of Art and Design
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
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
Stevens Institute of Technology
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
Thomas Nelson Community College
Towson University
Tufts University
Tulane University
United States Naval Academy
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Delaware
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 Nevada, Las Vegas
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of Notre Dame
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of South Carolina
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia State University
Virginia Tech
Virginia Wesleyan University
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Wellesley College
West Virginia University
Western State Colorado 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.