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College Guidance

Each year, 100 percent of Darlington’s graduates are accepted to colleges and universities around the world. This speaks volumes about the quality of our students and the school’s dedication to college guidance. Darlington’s College Guidance Program assists every student in selecting and gaining admission to colleges best-suited for him or her in terms of interests, ability and academic record.

College counseling begins in the freshman and sophomore years, with general information provided in class meetings. Formal counseling begins the junior year, through a series of group sessions on the specifics of the college admission process. Students are assigned individual college advisers. During the senior year, these advisers help students narrow their choices, complete applications and obtain the school recommendations that are required by colleges and universities. The student then turns in each application to the College Guidance Office, where, with the transcript, standardized test scores, activities record, and recommendations, it is mailed to the college in one complete application packet.

Attendance at a good preparatory school alone does not guarantee college admission; rather, admission is based on how successfully students have used their secondary school experience. Major factors in candidate selection include a student’s overall secondary school record, SAT or ACT and SAT Subject Test scores, the school’s recommendation, intellectual interests and attainments, extracurricular participation, evidence of leadership, personal interview, character and personality.

Standardized Testing

All underclassmen are required to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in October. This score is also used as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) when taken in the junior year. In March of the junior year, all students are required to take the College Board SAT. In May, juniors are also required to take the SAT or the SAT Subject Tests. Seniors are required to take the SAT again in October, and Darlington recommends that they take the November or December test as well, if needed.

All Darlington students in grades 9-12 have access to free online SAT test prep through Naviance. Click here for more information.

Some seniors and juniors choose to take the American College Test (ACT), which is preferred by many colleges and universities in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and the Midwest and West.

College Visits

Students are encouraged to begin visiting colleges early in their high school years, using vacation periods and family trips as good opportunities. By the beginning of the junior year, students should be giving serious thought to college selection and should be planning college visitations for spring break and for the summer before the senior year. College visits are absolutely critical to the success of the student’s college search and are, without question, one of the most important components of the college admission process.

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