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At Porter-Gaud School, the college search focus is on fit, not name recognition or prestige. We encourage our students to take ownership of their college search and explore a variety of college options to discover which characteristics are important to fostering their continued growth and development. Our college counseling team has developed a structured advising program that begins during the freshman year and continues through graduation. It is designed to provide students with personalized information, opportunities for reflection, increased self-awareness, support and resources to find a college that will be the best fit.


Freshman Year

  • Freshman Experience begins in late August. Throughout the year, faculty and staff meet with freshman during rotating study hall blocks to provide year-long support to students as they transition to life in the Upper School. Topics cover everything from effective study habits, multicultural awareness and best practices for technology to community service and mental and emotional wellbeing. College counseling begins here, with guided strengths assessments and goal setting practices to encourage our students to think about the big picture and make the most of their time at Porter-Gaud.
  • Freshman year is the basis for a strong academic foundation. We encourage students as they explore courses that both challenge and engage them.  
  • We want students to pay attention to what they like and try new things; Porter-Gaud offers opportunities for community service projects, athletics, performing arts, debate and a variety of clubs and organizations.
  • Parents and students attend Freshman College Night in November. The program outlines our comprehensive college planning approach and features a keynote speaker to help demystify the world of college admissions.

Sophomore Year

  • We encourage sophomores to build on their progress from freshman year and focus on life as students, not on the college search. Porter-Gaud College Counseling offers sophomores opportunities to touch base through both structured meetings and more informal conversation-based meetings with their college counselor and peers.
  • Sophomore are given the opportunity to practice test-taking strategies through the administration of either the PreACT or PSAT in the spring.
  • Parents and students attend Sophomore Night in February. We invite several expert guests from different colleges and universities to give workshops on a wide variety of college admissions topics, such as creating an appropriate college list, planning college visits, standardized testing, and debunking admissions myths.

Junior Year

  • We encourage juniors to start exploring a variety of college-types so that they can begin to craft a list of schools that might meet their criteria. College representatives visit the Porter-Gaud campus throughout the fall. Visits are publicized on the bulletin board in the upper school, the College Counseling calendar on the PG website, or outside the College Counseling Office, and through the Remind app. Breaks during junior year are also great times to visit college campuses and explore them first hand.
  • Juniors sit for the PSAT in October.
  • Parents and students attend the Junior Night in January, our event designed to get families started with the actual process of applying to college. After this kickoff event, students meet with their college counselor one on one about their personal application process.
  • Students register for spring administrations of SAT I, ACT, and/or SAT II: Subject Tests.

Senior Year

  • Parents and students attend Senior College Night in late August.
  • Counselors meet with students as needed to refine college lists and touch base about the application process, requesting teacher recommendations, and registering for the SAT I, ACT, and/or SAT II: Subject Tests appropriate for a student’s list of colleges.
  • Most deadlines for Early Action and Early Decision are in November and December of senior year, and Regular Decision deadlines are typically in January. While the actual process of applying to colleges winds down with January application deadlines, the conversation around fit and where to enroll continues through the spring. Students will meet with college counselors throughout the spring to discuss options and where to enroll by the May 1 National Deposit Deadline.
  • Celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors as they head out to make a difference in the world!

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. Please be mindful of Charleston traffic and that travel times may vary.


From Ashley Hall (allow 10 minutes): 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 S 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 (allow 30 minutes): 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 (allow 35-40 minutes): 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.


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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.