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College Counseling

At Ramona, the college preparation and selection process is a personal four-year journey of exploration, self discovery, hard work, and growth.

We will empower you to prepare for and select the college that's the best fit for you---your talents, interests, and career plans; and we make sure that you have the information and support you need for success.

We believe that college choice is a family decision, so we host parent meetings and evening events about admission and financial aid for each grade.

Ramona's two experienced full-time college counselors offer guidance in course selection, East and West Coast college tours, information about college fairs, on-campus meetings with college admission reps, and assistance with personal statements and Naviance, our college and career exploration software program.

Please take a look at the following college reps visiting Ramona.


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Standardized testing is an important element of the application process as well, so all Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors prepare for and take the PSAT. PSAT preparation is also integrated into the curriculum.

In recent years, Ramona students have been accepted to more than 135 colleges and universities across the United States, each student finding the school that's the best fit for her.

Class of 2016 by the numbers:

  • Earned $7.9 million in college merit scholarship
  • 100% attending college
  • 38% accepted to a University of California campus
  • 59% accepted to a Catholic college (nationally)
  • 36% accepted to a private Non-Catholic college outside California
  • 44% accepted to a private Non-Catholic college within California
  • 20% accepted to public colleges or universities outside California
  • 40% intending to major in science or engineering
The list below includes the colleges students have been accepted to during the past four years. Names in bold identify colleges where Ramona graduates are enrolled.
College Acceptances and Enrollment 2013-2016
American University Pacific Union College
Arizona State University Pennsylvania State University
Azusa Pacific University Pepperdine University
Baylor University Pitzer College
Boston College Portland State University
Boston University Purdue University
Brandeis University Regis University
Brown University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Bryn Mawr College Rochester Institute of Technology
California Lutheran University Rutgers University
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Saint Anselm College
California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Opisbo Saint Mary's College (Indiana)
California State University, Channel Islands Saint Mary's College of California
California State University, Chico San Francisco State University
California State University, Dominguez Hills Santa Clara University
California State University, East Bay Scripps College
California State University, Fullerton Seattle Pacific University
California State University, Humboldt Seattle University
California State University, Long Beach Seton Hall University
California State University, Los Angeles Simmons College
California State University, Monterey Bay Sonoma State University
California State University, Northridge St. John's University - Queens Campus
California State University, Sacramento Stanford University
California State University, San Bernardino Syracuse University
California State Univeristy, San Diego The New School (New York)
California State University, San Jose Tufts University
California State University, San Marcos Tulane University
Chapman University University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Claremont McKenna College University of Albany, SUNY
College of St. Elizabeth University of Arizona
Concordia University University of California, Berkeley
Creighton University University of California, Davis
DePaul University University of California, Irvine
Dominican University of California University of California, Los Angeles
Duke University University of California, Merced
Emerson College University of California, Riverside
Fordham University University of California, San Diego
George Fox University University of California, Santa Barbara
George Washington University University of California, Santa Cruz
Gonzaga University University of Chicago
Grand Canyon University University of Cincinnati
Harvard University University of Colorado
Hawaii Pacific University University of Connecticut
Hofstra University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hollins University University of La Verne
Holy Names University University of Maine
Indiana University, Bloomington University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Iowa State University University of Mississippi
Johns Hopkins University University of New Hampshire
Johnson & Wales University University of New Mexico
La Sierra University University of Oregon
Loyola Marymount University University of Pittsburgh
Loyola New Orleans University University of Portland
Macalester College University of Rochester
Marymount California University University of San Diego
Michigan State University University of San Francisco
Mills College University of Southern California
Montana State University University of Tampa
Mount St. Mary's University University of the Pacific
New York University University of Washington
Northeastern University Washington State University
Northern Arizona University Wellesley College
Northwestern University Whittier College
Norwich University Whitworth University
Oregon State University Willamette University
Otis College of Art & Design Woodbury University

College Counseling Plan

Freshmen

Freshmen meet with their counselor regularly and learn how service, leadership, and selection of rigorous classes affect college admission. They focus on the importance of study skills in maintaining good grades. They visit a local college to begin understanding the different types of colleges and universities.

Sophomores

Sophomores begin their personal resume on Naviance and visit a UC campus and a private four year college. They take the PSAT and a career inventory test. They also learn the difference between the UC and Cal State systems and the exact admission requirements of those schools.

Juniors

Juniors attend small group seminars about college selection, applications and recommendations. They also meet individually with counselors to develop their personal college application timeline. Counselors review students' PSAT results and make recommendations about taking the SAT and ACT. English teachers and counselors collaborate to guide students in writing an exemplary college personal statement.

Seniors

Seniors start the year with a College Application Boot Camp. They meet individually with their counselors to review the application process and finalize college choices. Then, counselors conduct workshops taking students step by step through the Common Application, the UC application, and the Cal State application. Counselors also maintain a directory of college scholarships and guide students and parents through the college financial aid process.

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