College Counseling



Woodlands’ College Counseling Program is committed to helping students make informed choices regarding their post-high school plans. Through individual meetings, college skills classes, information sessions, and workshops, we encourage students to discover the best about themselves and to research the opportunities available to them. Most important to this College Decision-Making Process is self-evaluation. When a student knows herself, she is able to make appropriate decisions about her future.

Our College Counseling Program stresses personal and interactive communication among students, parents, and counselors. Parents are encouraged to participate in all individual conferences and to attend special college counseling programs for parents.

Family Connection, an internet-driven college counseling program, enables students to manage the college search process electronically. Students can track their test data and grade point averages, research colleges, examine their admissibility using Woodlands’ historical data, and access our college visit calendar.

Meet Our College Counselor

Mr. Michael Ford

Mr. Michael Ford

College Counselor
B.S., Michigan State University
M.A., Wayne State University

Mr. Ford has been at Woodlands Academy since 2016. He previously served as the Manager of Illinois Recruitment and Admission Counselor for Michigan State University for five years. Mr. Ford relishes working with each student to find the perfect fit for her college experience and guiding her and her family through the college application process.

College Skills Course

The focal point of our College Counseling program is the College Skills Class. All juniors are enrolled their second semester and it continues through first semester of senior year. In these small classes, students work with the College Counselor on the following:

    • Self-evaluations – discovering strengths, learning styles, interests, personality type, values, and what makes them special.
    • Researching colleges – what aspects are important to look for in a college, what to look for in a college visit or at a college fair, finding a match between yourself and your college.
    • Application process – standardized testing strategies and plan, interviews, college essays, resumes, obtaining recommendations, supplementary materials (portfolios, auditions, etc.), filling out the applications in a thorough and timely manner. Not to mention guidance on managing the stress and excitement of the college application process.

Each student works with the College Counselor to develop her own individualized testing plan for the ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and TOEFL. If testing accommodations are needed, each student also works with the Learning Program to ensure proper applications and documentation are submitted.

College Counseling for Parents

Our College Counseling Program stresses personal and interactive communication among students, parents, and counselors. Parents are encouraged to participate in all individual conferences and to attend special college counseling programs for parents. We host informative workshops throughout the year. Below is a sample schedule of the College Counseling office's programming for the year.

MonthIntended AudienceTopic
SeptemberSenior Parents/GuardiansSenior Year Process
  • Teacher Recs
  • Parent Info Sheet
  • Applications
  • Q&A
NovemberJuniors & Parents/Guardians of JuniorsThe College Search, Part I
  • Making a Match
  • Prediciting Admissibility
  • Application Process at WA
  • WA Stats
  • Naviance Demo
FebruarySophomores & Parents/Guardians of SophomoresAnticipating the College Search
  • Standardized Testing
  • Timeline Overview
  • FAQs
  • Naviance Registration
AprilJuniors & Parents/Guardians of Juniors

The College Search Part II
  • Been There, Done That
  • Funding for College
  • Case Studies

Current Parents: access robust resources in the parent portal.

College Outcomes

Woodlands’ College Counseling Program is committed to finding and developing the unique and special qualities of every student. We encourage students to reach beyond the obvious; to discover the abundant opportunities that are available to them; to make informed choices; and to find the “perfect” fit. We are proud of the diversity and quality of our graduates' college acceptances.

College Acceptances

Class of 2016 College Acceptances

Alverno College
The University of Arizona
Auburn University
Augustana College
Azusa Pacific University
Ball State University
Bard College
Barnard College
Boston College
Bradley University
Butler University
Carthage College
Champlain College
Chapman University
Clark University
Clemson University
Colgate University
University of Colorado at Boulder
Concordia University Chicago
University of Connecticut
Cornell College
University of Dayton
Denison University
University of Denver
DePaul University
DePauw University
Dickinson College
Dominican University
Drake University
Duke University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emerson College
Fairfield University
Fordham University
The George Washington University
Hampshire College
High Point University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
College of the Holy Cross
Hope College
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Springfield
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illinois Wesleyan University
Imperial College London
Indiana University at Bloomington
University of Indianapolis
Iowa State University
The University of Iowa
Ithaca College
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
Kenyon College
King's College London
Knox College
Lake Forest College
Lawrence University
Loras College
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Marietta College
Marquette University

University of Maryland, College Park
Miami University, Oxford
Michigan State University
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri Columbia
Mount Mary University
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
North Central College
Northeastern University
Northern Illinois University
Northwestern University
University of Notre Dame
Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
Ohio Wesleyan University
The University of Oklahoma
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Providence College
Regis University
Rhodes College
University of Rochester
Rollins College
Saint Louis University
Saint Mary's College of California
Saint Michael's College
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
San Jose State University
Santa Clara University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Skidmore College
University of South Carolina
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
St. Edward's University
St. John's College
St. Mary's University of San Antonio
St. Olaf College
University of St. Thomas
Suffolk University
The University of Tampa
Taylor University
Temple University
Texas Christian University
University of Toronto
Trinity University
Tulane University
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
University of Vermont
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
Washington University in St. Louis
University of Washington
Wellesley College
Western Illinois University
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Wittenberg University
Xavier University