College Placement Resource Center

Oakwood’s first senior class graduated in 2009. Since then our students have proven the strength of our program through their outstanding college placement record.



Michelle Graziosi, College Counselor

After graduating with her masters in clinical psychology at ECU, Michelle taught in the Mental Health program at Lenoir Community College. After her children were born she was a part-time instructor at Pitt Community College and a psychological associate in private practice. She is currently school counselor and college counselor at Oakwood. She also is the advisor of Girl Talk, a club in which Oakwood high school girls mentor younger girls at the school. In addition she teaches a class to juniors and seniors at the Upper School to provide additional guidance in the college search and application process. One exciting part of her job is visiting colleges around the country so that she can build ties with admissions counselors and learn more about the educational opportunities for our students. She has two children, one who graduated from Oakwood in 2015 and one who will graduate in 2020.

To view helpful links and resources, check out the College Counseling Corner Facebook Page.


College Counseling

Oakwood’s college counselor works to help students identify colleges and universities that are best suited for their talents, interests, aspirations, and needs. The counselor is actively involved in many facets of the application process and provides support to both students and parents.

Applying to college can be complicated and confusing—especially for students trying to balance the college application process with schoolwork, extra-curricular activities, community service projects, athletics, and fine arts responsibilities. The College Placement Office at Oakwood seeks to guide students through this process by developing a multi-year plan that fits our students’ unique interests.

The college advising process begins in the freshman year. Student surveys and family conferences identify goals, interests, and strengths. Parents are invited to “Parent College Group” meetings to ask questions of the college counselor and to learn about the college search process from other parents. The ultimate goal is to create an optimal match between student and college.

During a student’s senior year, the process continues with frequent meetings between the student and the college counselor. The counselor and Upper School teachers write letters of recommendation and offer suggestions for application essays. Guidance is extensive and thorough.

Overview of Naviance

Naviance will be your first and most important resource for college planning! Naviance is a web-based research and planning tool for students, parents, and our college counselor. The website manages individual students as they move through the entire college planning, application, and decision process. Through Naviance, students and the college counselor can communicate about upcoming deadlines and important notices. Students will be shown how to register for Naviance during their advisory period at the beginning of the school year. Parents will receive an email from our college counselor, Michelle Graziosi, with login information and instructions.

Click here to connect to Naviance.

If you have any questions contact Michelle Graziosi or call her at 252-931-0760 x2108.

College Acceptances '15-'19

The University of Alabama

Appalachian State University*

Arizona State University

College of the Atlantic

Auburn University

Barton College*

Baruch College of the CUNY

Binghamton University

Boston University*

Boston University (College of General Studies)

Bowdoin College

Bowie State University

Brandeis University*

University of British Columbia

Bucknell University

Butler University

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, San Diego*

University of California, Santa Barbara*

Campbell University*

Carleton University

Case Western Reserve University

Catawba College

College of Charleston

University of Charleston

Christopher Newport University

University of Cincinnati

Clark University

Clemson University

Coastal Carolina University*

Colgate University

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Colorado at Denver

Columbia College Chicago

Davidson College

Drexel University

Duke University*

East Carolina University*

Elon University

Emerson College

Emory University

The University of Findlay*

Florence-Darlington Technical College

Florida Southern College*

University of Florida*

Furman University*

George Mason University

The George Washington University*

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology*

University of Georgia

Grinnell College

Guilford College*

Hampden-Sydney College

High Point University*

Hollins University

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Indiana University at Bloomington

The University of Iowa

James Madison University

Johns Hopkins University

Johnson & Wales University (Charlotte)*

Johnson & Wales University (North Miami)*

Johnson C. Smith University

Kenyon College

Lafayette College

Lehigh University

Liberty University

Lincoln University*

Longwood University

Louisburg College*

Loyola University New Orleans*

Mars Hill University

University of Mary Washington

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore*

University of Maryland, College Park*

MCPHS - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Meredith College*

Miami University, Oxford

University of Miami

Michigan State University

University of Michigan

Middlebury College

University of Mississippi*

University of Missouri Kansas City

Morgan State University

New York University*

North Carolina A&T State University*

University of North Carolina at Asheville

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill*

University of North Carolina at Charlotte*

University of North Carolina at Greensboro*

University of North Carolina at Pembroke*

University of North Carolina at Wilmington*

North Carolina Central University

North Carolina State University*

North Carolina Wesleyan College*

Northeastern University*

Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences*

Old Dominion University

University of Ottawa*

Pennsylvania State University

University of Pennsylvania*

Pitt Community College*

Purdue University

Queen's University

Queens University of Charlotte*

Regent University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

University of Rhode Island

Rhodes College

University of Richmond

Roanoke College

Rochester Institute of Technology

University of San Diego*

Savannah College of Art and Design*

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Sewanee: The University of the South

University of South Carolina*

St. Andrews University

St. John's University

St. Olaf College

Stevens Institute of Technology

Sweet Briar College

The University of Tampa

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

The Ohio State University

University of Toronto Undergraduate Only

Trinity University*

Tulane University

University of Tulsa

Union College (New York)

University at Buffalo The State University of New York

University of Vermont

Virginia Commonwealth University*

Virginia Tech

Virginia State University

Virginia Union University

University of Virginia

University of Virginia's College at Wise*

Wake Forest University*

Wake Technical Community College*

Warren Wilson College*

Washington and Lee University*

University of Washington*

Wesleyan University*

Western Carolina University

College of William & Mary

William Peace University

Wingate University

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Worcester Polytechnic Institute*

*Matriculations

2019 College Acceptances

Appalachian State University*

Arizona State University

Barton College*

Boston University

Bowie State University

Brandeis University*

Bucknell University

Butler University

University of California, Davis

University of California, Davis

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, San Diego*

University of California, Santa Barbara

Campbell University

Coastal Carolina University

East Carolina University*

The University of Findlay*

The George Washington University

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Guilford College

High Point University*

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Johnson C. Smith University

Kenyon College

Lafayette College

Lincoln University*

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

MCPHS - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

University of Miami (College of Arts & Sciences)

University of Michigan

University of Mississippi

University of Missouri Kansas City

Morgan State University

New York University

University of North Carolina at Asheville

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill*

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

University of North Carolina at Pembroke*

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

North Carolina State University *

Northeastern University

Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences *

Pennsylvania State University

University of Pennsylvania*

Purdue University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

University of Rhode Island

Rochester Institute of Technology

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Sewanee: The University of the South*

University of South Carolina

University of Southern California

St. John's University

The Ohio State University

Tulane University

Union College

University at Buffalo The State University of New York

Virginia State University

Virginia Union University

University of Virginia

Warren Wilson College*

University of Washington*


*Attending

2018-2019 Scholarship Total: $1,200,067

2015-2019 College Scholarships


Total Scholarships offered:
$4,396,973 (2015-2019)


SAT and ACT Testing

Note that the Oakwood School's code is:

341642

The student is responsible for registration!

Recommended Test Dates

SAT

Since most colleges and universities combine the highest scores taken from the SAT, up to three testing dates may be recommended. Students usually take the SAT in December or March of junior year and again in May or June. If needed, it can be taken in the fall of senior year.

ACT

Some students may fare better on the ACT than the SAT, so we recommend a student take it at least once. Some schools will not super score the ACT. A student who takes the ACT should take it in the winter and spring of junior year. If necessary, it can be taken in the fall of senior year.

SAT II (Subject Tests)

Students need to be aware of whether or not the college or university REQUIRES or RECOMMENDS taking SAT II tests. A college may suggest two SAT IIs, one in math and another in the subject of the student’s choice. More of the highly selective colleges and universities will suggest that students submit SAT II scores as part of their application.

SAT IIs should be taken in spring of the junior year. However, if a student is taking a particular SAT II subject during their sophomore year, they should consider taking that associated SAT II test at the end of that same year.

Yearly Planning Guide

College Resource Books

There are many source books available, and writing them seems to be virtually a cottage industry. There are two sorts of handbooks: general and interpretive. The general guides list such information as enrollments, majors, applications vs. admits, etc. The interpretive books attempt to discuss strengths/weaknesses of each school. Such attempts are necessarily written from a point of view and may be considered subjective. While not gospel, they can give you useful insights from which you may frame questions. You may wish to purchase one or two for your own use. Barnes and Noble is a good place to go browse through college books and then determine which ones work best for you.

Limit the number of books you buy. Specifically, we recommend The College Handbook, published by The College Board (may be purchased when you register for the SAT), and The Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward Fiske. Web pages on individual colleges are another good source.

General Handbooks

  • The College Handbook, New York: College Entrance Examination Board.
  • Profiles of American Colleges, Barrons.
  • The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Edward B. Fiske, New York Times Books
  • The Best 379 Colleges, Princeton Review

College Major Books

  • Index of Majors and Graduate Degrees, New York: College Entrance Examination Board.
  • Book of Majors, College Board

General Books: A larger view

  • In: College Admissions and Beyond, Lillian Luterman and Jennifer Bloom
  • 8 First Choice Colleges, Joyce Slayton Mitchelle
  • The Insider's Guide to Colleges, The Yale Daily News.
  • Colleges That Change Lives, Loren Pope: Penguin Books
  • Looking Beyond the Ivy League, Loren Pope: Penguin Books

College Essay Books

  • On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition, Steven King, Scribner Press
  • On Writing the College Application Essay, Harry Bauld, Collins Reference
  • Writing from the Heart, Hal Zina Bennett, New World Library

College Majors

  • 10 Best College Majors for Your Personality Type, Laurence Shatkin
  • References for U. S. Financial Aid
  • The A's and B's of Academic Scholarships, Daphne A. Philos, Ed., Virginia: Octameron Press
  • The Scholarship Book, Daniel J. Cassidy, New Jersey: Prentice Hall


Almost all U. S. guidebooks are online via the Internet, as are home pages for many colleges and universities. One or two handbooks may still be more efficient to use than searching a database. Use whatever tool iseasy and comfortable for you.

Website Resources

Continuous change is the hallmark of the Internet, with new sites developing, dying and merging at a great rate. Fortunately, the best sites link into other major sites, and many have cannibalized the best of specialized guidebooks and incorporated them into their web pages. You will find a tremendous amount of duplication. As we have recommended with written materials, it is better to learn how to use one or two sources very effectively than to trawl through multiple sites.

General Information

College Foundation of North Carolina
-Loaded with information and resources to help you and your family; choosing a career, getting ready for college, financial aid and scholarship information.

www.collegedata.com
-This is a useful site for helping you determine your chances of acceptance into colleges that interest you and their is a scholarship finder and a net price calculator to help you estimate financial aid opportunities.

http://www.collegeweeklive.com/
-CollegeWeekLive is a virtual college fair, with hundreds of colleges and universities from around the world exhibiting and tens of thousands of attendees. CollegeWeekLive brings together students, parents, counselors and colleges online to interact, transcending time and distance. CollegeWeekLive is completely free to attendees.

-CollegeWeekLive attendees can watch admissions experts speak on topics such as how to prepare for the SAT, how to write a winning application essay or how to pay for college and have questions answered via live chat. Attendees can also video chat with college students and learn what campus life is really like. The event features scholarships and special promotions available only to those who attend.

College Entrance Exams

College Board
-Information on the SAT, finding the right college, applying to college, and financial aid/scholarship information.

SAT Practice Questions
-Khan Academy has partnered with College Board to provide practice SAT questions and tests.

www.act.org
-Info, preparation and registration for the ACT test

http://www.acttestquestions.com/
-Free unofficial ACT test questions and information about the ACT.

College Search Engines

http://collegeapps.about.com/od/collegeprofiles/Co...
-Here you’ll find basic profiles of colleges that include information on a school’s location, cost, enrollment, and admissions dada such as test scores and the percent of students who are accepted.

www.petersons.com
-Good search engine; also includes all Peterson Guides, including Peterson's Summer Opportunities, the best general guide to summer programs.

http://www.campusexplorer.com/colleges/
-Information on colleges, popular careers, and financial aid resources.

www.collegeview.com
-Another search engine.

www.campustours.com
-Some videos, maps, college view books.

http://www.college-scholarships.com/
-Lists of colleges with programs for students with learning disabilities, historically black colleges, women’s colleges, and Christian colleges. Also has a lot of information on financial aid and choosing a college.

Visiting Colleges

http://goseecampus.com/
-The College Trip Planner is a web tool that connects users to tours, information sessions, and other admissions activities at hundreds of schools. They can download campus maps, get parking directions, and make travel arrangements from the site. Dates and times are saved in itineraries students can take on the road..

Applying to College

http://www.commonapp.org
-The Common College Application.

Paying for College

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
-To receive student financial aid, you need to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every school year.

-FAFSA on the Web allows you to complete and submit your financial aid application electronically.

www.finaid.org
-Best general financial aid site; includes scholarship searches, access to financial aid forms; also includes correctives, such as common scholarship scams.

-livepage.apple.comlivepage.apple.com

www.fastweb.com
-Great site for broad range of scholarships

www.fastaid.com
-Scholarship search service.

www.scholarships.com
-Scholarship search engine and financial aid information

www.collegescholarships.com
-Scholarship search engine. You can find scholarships based on your prospective major, the state you live in, and other criteria.

https://www.unigo.com/scholarships

College Majors/Careers

www.mymajors.com
-Useful advice on university majors and college majors that a student with your interests and achievements might do well in.

www.uncwil.edu/stuaff/career/Majors
-What can I do with a major in…

Other Interesting Sites

http://www.interimprograms.com
-The Common College Application.

https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/
- Affordable Colleges.

AP Scholar Awards

The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Although there is no monetary award, in addition to receiving an award certificate, this achievement is acknowledged on any AP score report that is sent to colleges the following fall.

Awards Levels

AP Scholar

Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams

AP Scholar with Honors

Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

AP Scholar with Distinction

Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

State AP Scholar

Granted to the one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken.

National AP Scholar

Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams

Summer Programs

The college search process can seem foreign and intimidating to students. Choosing a major can be a daunting task. Summer programs are designed to address both of these issues. They provide an opportunity to experience life on a college campus and they allow students to learn more about different fields of study.

The variety of summer programs available to students is almost endless. Check a partial list of college summer opportunities that provide students with unique and valuable learning experiences.

Parent College Discussion Group

The Parent Discussion Group is open to parents with students in grades 9-12. Various topics are explored including, but not limited to college admissions, standardized testing, and financial and scholarship searches.

Dates and times

November 19
January 14
February 25
March 24
April 21

All meetings will be held at 3:30pm in room 2117 and 6:30pm in room 2106 each day in the Upper School and are open to all Upper School parents.