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College Counseling

Preparation for the next educational journey

The Department of College Counseling within the Upper School serves a crucial role in guiding and supporting students as they navigate the complex process of preparing for and applying to college. The department’s primary purpose is to assist students and families in making informed decisions about their post-secondary education and career paths.

Maumee Valley students earn very high marks in the competitive college admissions process. In fact, 100 percent of graduates go on to four-year, highly-selective institutions. Each student works closely with the department directors beginning their freshman year to establish the foundation for creating a four-year portfolio that reflects the scope of each individual and his or her many talents and interests.

Advantages of MV’s college counseling:

  • More than 50 admissions officers visit Maumee Valley each fall to conduct information sessions and meet individually with prospective students.
  • Admissions officers from selective colleges visit for our Essay Writing Workshop for juniors.
  • Alumni parents and local community members will conduct interviews with Maumee Valley students for selective universities.
  • Naviance is available for students, parents, and alumni.
  • Annual college tours are led by MV faculty and staff during spring break.

Key features and functions of the department:

  • Individualized guidance: Our counselors work closely with students on a one-on-one basis to understand their interests, strengths, and goals. They provide personalized advice and guidance tailored to each student’s academic, extracurricular, and personal profile.
  • College exploration: The department helps students explore a range of college options, taking into consideration factors such as academic programs, campus culture, location, and size.
  • Application support: Our counselors assist students in navigating the college application process, helping them understand requirements, deadlines, and necessary documentation. We offer workshops on writing personal statements, preparing for interviews, and other aspects of the application.
  • Testing and standardized test prep: The department provides information about standardized tests (such as SAT or ACT) to help students prepare for these exams. They also can recommend test preparation resources, strategies, and timelines for taking these tests.
  • Financial aid and scholarships: Our counselors guide students and their families through the financial aid application process, providing information about grants, scholarships, and loans. They also can assist in identifying scholarship opportunities and help students understand the cost of attending different colleges.
  • Transcript and recommendation letters: The department assists students in preparing transcripts and securing letters of recommendation from teachers and other mentors.
  • Transition support: Our counselors often help students with the transition from high school to college, addressing concerns, providing resources, and offering support during this significant life change.
  • Parental involvement: The department organizes workshops and informational sessions for parents, keeping them informed about the college application process and how they can support their children.
  • Data and trends analysis: Our counselors are constantly analyzing data related to college admissions trends, acceptance rates, and the success of former students to provide valuable insights for current students.

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Naviance online

The best resource for Maumee Valley families as they prepare for and complete the college search process is Naviance. To learn more about the online program, visit

All students and parents from 9th grade through senior year have individual accounts in which they can peruse pages of resources on how to complete various pieces of the college search process, from preparing for the ACT/SAT to writing that compelling college essay. Students can take personality profiles, search college databases, and scholarship databases.

To log in to your Maumee Valley Country Day School account, click here. Keep in mind that each parent and each student has their own specific log-in credentials. If you need your registration code for Family Connection, email Dr. Trent Hayes, director of college counseling.

College-bound MV students at graduation

College counselors at Maumee Valley


For Current and prospective MV families

“High school is a time of immense growth, self-discovery, and personal development. As you step through the doors of Maumee Valley Country Day School, you are not just entering a school building; you are entering a world of possibilities. Our dedicated faculty and staff are committed to providing you with a safe, nurturing, and intellectually stimulating environment where you can thrive academically, socially, and personally.

The college counseling office is here to assist you in every step of your journey toward higher education and future career aspirations. Whether you are a freshman just beginning to explore your interests, a sophomore delving into extracurricular activities, a junior preparing for standardized tests and college visits, or a senior navigating the college application process, our team is here to support you. We will provide you with the resources, guidance, and information you need to make informed decisions about your future.

I encourage you to take advantage of the resources available to you, from individual counseling meetings to college fairs, workshops, and informative sessions. We are here to answer your questions, alleviate your concerns, and help you realize your dreams.

As you embark on this exciting journey, remember that high school is not just about the destination but also about the experiences, friendships, and memories you will create along the way. Embrace every opportunity, challenge, and adventure that comes your way. Be curious, be courageous, and never stop pursuing your passions.

We look forward to getting to know each of you and witnessing your growth and achievements over the coming years. Together, we will work toward a brighter future, full of promise and endless possibilities.

Once again, welcome to Maumee Valley Country Day School. Your journey here has just begun, and I am confident that it will be a rewarding one. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or need assistance. We are here to support you every step of the way.

Wishing you a successful and fulfilling high school experience!”

Dr. Trent Hayes
Director of College Counseling

Kate Fleming
Assistant Director of College Counseling

College destinations of MV students

Over the past four years, 306 Maumee Valley Country Day School students matriculated to 125 colleges and universities in 33 states as well as internationally. Here is our matriculation list over that time period:

  • Appalachian State University*
  • Arizona State University*
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Barnard College
  • Bluffton University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University*
  • Bowling Green State University*
  • Brown University*
  • Butler University
  • Cabrillo College
  • Calvin College
  • Campbell University
  • Cardinal Stritch University
  • Carleton College
  • Case Western Reserve University*
  • Cedarville University
  • Clark University
  • College of Wooster*
  • Colorado School of Mines*
  • Columbia College of Chicago
  • Columbia University*
  • Columbus College of Art and Design
  • Cornell College
  • Cornell University*
  • Denison University*
  • DePaul University*
  • DePauw University
  • Duke University
  • Eastern Michigan University*
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Emory University*
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • George Washington University*
  • Georgetown University*
  • Georgia State University
  • Grinnell College
  • Harvard University*
  • Hillsdale College
  • Indiana University at Bloomington
  • Ithaca College
  • John Carroll University
  • Kenyon College*
  • Lehigh University*
  • Loyola University Chicago*
  • McGill University
  • Mercy College of Northwest Ohio
  • Miami University (OH)*
  • Michigan State University*
  • Millsaps College
  • Morehouse College
  • New York University*
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College*
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Otterbein University
  • Parsons School of Design
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pennsylvania State University, Erie: The
  • Behrend College
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University*
  • Reed College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rhodes College
  • Rochester Technology Institute*
  • Saint Louis University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • School of Visual Arts*
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College*
  • St. John’s University
  • St. Olaf College
  • Stanford University*
  • Swarthmore College
  • Syracuse University*
  • The New School* – All Divisions
  • The Ohio State University*
  • The Ohio State University at Lima
  • The University of Chicago
  • The University of Toledo*
  • University of Akron
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Berkeley*
  • University of California, Davis*
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, San Diego*
  • University of California, Santa Barbara*
  • University of California, Santa Cruz*
  • University of Chicago*
  • University of Cincinnati*
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Denver*
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign*
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Miami (FL)
  • University of Michigan*
  • University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • University of Pennsylvania*
  • University of Pittsburgh*
  • University of Rochester*
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Utah University of Virginia*
  • University of Washington*
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison*
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College*
  • Washington University in St. Louis*
  • Wayne State University
  • West Virginia University
  • Williams College*
  • Wittenberg University*
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Xavier University
  • Yale University*
  • Czech Technical University (Prague)
  • Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris-Turin
  • Fontys University of Applied Sciences
  • IE University of Segovia (Spain)
  • Maastricht University (The Netherlands)
  • McGill University
  • NYU Shanghai
  • Sciences Po – Columbia University
  • dual BA program
  • School of Oriental and African Studies
  • (England)
  • University College Roosevelt
  • (The Netherlands)
  • University of Toronto*

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