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The college selection process at Porter-Gaud is about fit, not name recognition or prestige. We encourage our students to take ownership of their college search and explore many college options to discover what characteristics are important to fostering their growth and development. Our college counseling team has developed a structured advising program designed to provide students with personalized information, support and resources to find a college that will be the best fit. 


Our Upper School students are guided by the college counseling team to understand their strengths, prioritize their goals, and stay on track while finding their college match. 

Porter-Gaud uses the Naviance Network so that counselors, students, and parents can access pertinent information throughout the college process. Using Naviance’s Family Connection feature, parents will be able to: track a student’s college application, receive updates on student meetings with their counselor, view schedules of upcoming college visits, research colleges, and more. All students and parents are given a Naviance account during the spring of their junior year.

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For College Reps

We welcome you to campus to visit with our students! While special class schedules or school holidays may impact certain visit times, our general college visit schedule is outlined below. All visits are scheduled in thirty minute increments.

Preferred Visiting Times:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday- 10:30-11:30 am, 12:00-2:00 pm

Tuesday- 9:30-10:30 am, 12:00-2:00 pm

Thursday - 11:00-11:30 am, 1:00-1:45 pm

Scheduling a Visit

To schedule a visit, please signup using the following link:

If you have questions about your visit or are not able to find a time that best suits your travel schedule, please contact Natalie Price, College Counseling Assistant, at or at the direct extension (843) 402-4805.

Thank you for thinking of Porter-Gaud, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Day of the Visit:

When you arrive on campus please park in the visitor parking lot located in front of the Main Building on Albemarle Road. Check in at the main office with the receptionist, and she will notify us of your arrival.


From Ashley Hall: We are approximately 2.2 miles away. Head South on Rutledge Avenue toward Doughty Sr. Turn Right onto Calhoun Street. Keep Left to on continue on James Island Expressway. Take the South Carolina 61 ramp to Summerville. Merge onto SC-61N. Turn Left onto Ashley Point Drive. Porter-Gaud will be on the left.

From Academic Magnet High School: We are approximately 9.7 miles away. Head Southeast on W Enterprise St. toward Salter Lane. Take the 1st Right onto Lackawanna Blvd. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Lackawanna Blvd. Lackawanna Blvd. becomes Mixson Ave after slightly turning right. Make a slight right onto Durant Ave/State Rd S-10-39. Take SC-7 S and SC-171 S/St. Andrews Blvd to Ashley Point Dr in Charleston. Make a left onto Rivers Ave then turn right on SC-7 S/Cosgrove Ave,. Continue onto Old Towne Rd, then continue onto SC-171 S/St. Andrews Blvd. Continue onto SC-161 S then make a right onto Ashley Point Drive. Porter-Gaud will be on the left.

From Wando High School: We are approximately 16 miles away. Head NW, then turn left onto Warrior Way. Turn left onto Carolina Park Blvd. Continue on US 17 S to Charleston and make the 1st right onto US 17 S. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for US-17 S/Savannah. Continue straight onto Septima Clark Pkwy. Make a slight right onto US 17 S/Spring St. Make a slight left onto Folly Road, then make a left onto Albemarle Road. Porter-Gaud will be on the right.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does college counseling start at Porter-Gaud?

Our process begins in the ninth grade when we help students identify their strengths and interests so they can build on them as they progress through their Upper School development. As students continue through their sophomore and junior year, we provide developmentally appropriate support as they build on their unique set of talents. In their junior year, students meet individually with a college counselor to begin the college search process in earnest. They continue to meet regularly with their counselor through every aspect of the college application, admission and selection process.

Where do Porter-Gaud students go to college?

Porter-Gaud graduates matriculate to a wide variety of colleges and universities across the country—large and small, public and private. See the latest Profile of Porter-Gaud or more detailed information.

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Does ninth grade count for college?

The vast majority of American colleges and universities do consider students’ ninth grade academic records when making admission decisions. 

When should Porter-Gaud students visit colleges?

We recommend families use any school break starting sophomore year to visit colleges.  Some families choose to visit colleges at the end of the college search and selection process, after students have received their offers of admission.


Director of College Counseling

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The class of 2019 matriculated at the following colleges and universities across the world, and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors.