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
BS, Michigan State University
MA, Wayne State University

Mr. Ford began his career as an admission counselor for his alma mater. He soon discovered that his favorite part of his work was helping students find the right college fit. He most enjoys getting to know his students and hopes he can be a positive presence for them as they narrow down their college options. In 2014, Mr. Ford was awarded the James A. Alexander Newcomer Award from Illinois Association of College Admission Counselors. Mr. Ford has been at Woodlands Academy since 2016.

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
September 5
5:30 p.m.
Senior Parents/GuardiansSenior Year Process
  • Teacher Recs
  • Parent Info Sheet
  • Applications
  • Q&A
November 12
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Juniors & Parents/Guardians of JuniorsThe College Search, Part I
  • Making a Match
  • Predicting Admissibility
  • Application Process at WA
  • WA Stats
  • Naviance Demo
March 5
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Sophomores & Parents/Guardians of SophomoresAnticipating the College Search
  • Standardized Testing
  • Timeline Overview
  • FAQs
  • Naviance Registration
April 23
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Juniors & 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.

Recent College Acceptances

Academy of Art University
Allegheny College
Alverno College
American University
Amherst College
Arizona State University
Art Center College of Design
Auburn University
Augsburg College
Augustana College
Azusa Pacific University
Ball State University
Bard College
Barnard College
Baylor University
Bellarmine University
Belmont University
Beloit College
Bentley University
Berklee College of Music
Berry College
Boston College
Boston University
Bradley University
Brown University
Bryant University
Bucknell University
Butler University
California Institute of the Arts
Calvin College
Carleton College
Carroll University (Wisconsin)
Carthage College
Case Western Reserve University
Champlain College
Chapman University
Clark University
Clemson University
Coe College
Colby College
Colgate University
College of Charleston
College of Lake County
College of Saint Benedict
College of the Holy Cross
Colorado School of Mines
Columbia College Chicago
Concordia University Chicago
Cornell College
Cornell University
Creighton University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Dean College
Denison University
DePaul University
DePauw University
Dickinson College
Dominican University
Drake University
Drexel University
Duke University
Durham University
Eckerd College
Elmhurst College
Elon University
Emerson College
Fairfield University
Fashion Institute of Technology
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Fordham University
Furman University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Grinnell College
Guilford College
Gustavus Adolphus College
Hamilton College - NY
Hamline University
Hampshire College
Hawaii Pacific University
High Point University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hope College
Howard University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois State University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Imperial College London
Indiana University at Bloomington
Iowa State University
Iowa Wesleyan College
Ithaca College
Jacksonville University
John Cabot University
John Carroll University
Johns Hopkins University
Kalamazoo College
Kansas City Art Institute
Kenyon College
King's College London
Knox College
Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
Lawrence University
Lehigh University
Lewis University
LIM College (Laboratory Institute of Merchandising)
Loras College
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans
Luther College
Lynn University
Manhattanville College
Marietta College
Marquette University
Maryland Institute College of Art
McGill University
Mercyhurst University
Merrimack College
Miami University, Oxford
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
Millikin University
Montana State University, Bozeman
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Mary University
Mount Mercy University
National Louis University-Chicago Campus
New York University
North Central College
Northeastern Illinois University
Northeastern University
Northern Illinois University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
Ohio University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Pratt Institute
Providence College
Purdue University
Regis University
Rhodes College
Ringling College of Art and Design
Ripon College
Robert Morris University Illinois
Roger Williams University
Rollins College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Sacred Heart University
Saint Louis University
Saint Mary's College
Saint Mary's College of California
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Saint Michael's College
San Diego State University
San Jose State University
Santa Barbara City College
Santa Clara University
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
School of Visual Arts
Scripps College
Sewanee: The University of the South
Simmons College
Simon Fraser University
Skidmore College
Smith College
South Georgia College
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Southern Methodist University
Spring Arbor University
Spring Hill College
St. Ambrose University
St. Edward's University
St. John's College
St. John's University - Queens Campus
St. Lawrence University
St. Mary's University of San Antonio
St. Norbert College
St. Olaf College
Stonehill College
Suffolk University
Syracuse University
Taylor University
Temple University
Texas Christian University
The American University of Paris
The Catholic University of America
The College of Wooster
The George Washington University
The New School - All Divisions
The Ohio State University
The University of Alabama
The University of Arizona
The University of Edinburgh
The University of Findlay
The University of Iowa
The University of Melbourne
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of Oklahoma
The University of Tampa
Tiffin University
Trinity University
Tulane University
United States Naval Academy
University College Dublin
University of Arkansas
University of British Columbia
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Dayton
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Dubuque
University of Houston
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Springfield
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Indianapolis
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri Columbia
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
University of Northern Iowa
University of Notre Dame
University of Oxford
University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
University of Rhode Island
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida, Tampa
University of St Andrews
University of St. Thomas
University of Stirling
University of Sydney
University of Toledo
University of Toronto Undergraduate Only
University of Vermont
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin, Platteville
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Valdosta State University
Valparaiso University
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
Wartburg College
Washington University in St. Louis
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Western Illinois University
Wheaton College MA
Widener University
Williams College
Winona State University
Wittenberg University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University