College Counseling

College Counseling

Finding the right fit

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.

Comprehensive College Planning

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.

Porter-Gaud College Counselling Team



Freshman Year 

College Counseling is part of the year-long Freshman Experience curriculum.
Freshman year is the basis for a strong academic foundation. We encourage students as they explore courses that both challenge and engage them.

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.

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.

The PSAT 8/9 is administered in the spring.

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 during study halls and more informal conversation-based meetings with college counselors and peers.

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.

Sophomores take the PreACT in the spring.

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.

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.

Juniors are encouraged to take both the SAT and ACT at least once during the school year.

Senior Year

Senior College Night kicks off application season in August.

Counselors meet with students as needed to refine college lists and touch base about the application process, requesting teacher recommendations, and standardized testing plans 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 are delighted that you are interested in meeting our students at Porter-Gaud! You can sign up here for visits in SCOIR. We offer either in person or virtual visits.

If your school is offering virtual admissions events through your own admissions page and you would prefer that students register for those sessions for their visit, please let us know and we will gladly point interested students to your website.

If you have questions about your visit or are not able to find a time that best suits your schedule, please contact:

Jennie Harris

Director of College

P: 843.402.4702

Alex LeBlanc

Assistant Director of
College Counseling

P: 843.402.4758


Kate Gilliom

College Counseling
P: 843.402.4805


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