Finding the right college fit

Our goal at Mount Paran Christian School is to find colleges offering the best possible fit for each of our graduating seniors. We help students cultivate their talents and interests to find their academic and extracurricular strengths and passions, then zero in on those colleges which will serve them best. College selection can often be confusing and even intimidating for families but our college counseling department helps make the process manageable and exciting. By answering questions and providing advice, we will guide you toward the college that is just the right fit for you.

 

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College Planning Process

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Encounter Week

The first introduction to our college admission process comes in eighth grade when the college counseling department addresses rising freshmen and their parents during Encounter Week. The counselors provide general information relevant to college admissions throughout the freshman and sophomore years and gives an overview of options and requirements for college.

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YouScience

In spring of sophomore year, students are introduced to an online assessment called YouScience. This is a scientific program taking students through a series of assessments designed to determine where they fall within the 14 key aptitudes utilized in the working world. Results include a review of the student’s strengths, suggested environments where they can succeed, detailed information on possible careers that match those skills and interests, majors that map to those careers, and much more. It is a great too for students to begin identifying what college and career path is best for them.

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PSAT / SAT / ACT

Juniors take the PSAT (practice SAT) in the fall and receive feedback on their performance. Juniors who take the PSAT also compete for the prestigious designation of Commended Scholar or National Merit Scholar. Designations are awarded to top performers on the PSAT each year by the College Board. Juniors and seniors take the SAT and/or the ACT.

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College Planning Kick-off

The MPCS high school provides a comprehensive College Planning Guide - a complete notebook for all freshemen containing tips and schedules to aid students and parents in the college planning process. To request an additional copy of this guide, please contact Dr. Holmes.

In the spring of junior year, students and parents are invited to a college planning kick-off night to learn about the college admission process. They then will attend an individual college conference with our counselor where the college admissions process is formally launched.

Throughout the year, the college counselor hosts a number of special sessions for families, communicates information about college fairs in our area, and assists in narrowing choices and setting specific college goals with each student. In addition to college tours, admission events, and one-on-one counseling, MPCS brings college reps on campus throughout the fall to meet with interested students.

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Scholarship Resources and Financial Information

Paying for college is not easy, but can be accomplished by exploring all of the resources available such as scholarships, grants, and student loans. The best strategy is to apply early for financial aid from a college, as many awards are given on a first come, first-served basis. Read the WingTips blog "College Scholarships Cheat Sheet" for recommended websites to start your college scholarship search.

Below is a quick list of scholarship links:

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Senior Year

Seniors have opportunities every week in the fall and early winter to speak with college representatives visiting our campus. Students work closely with the college counseling department to meet their chosen college application deadlines. MPCS seniors apply to multiple colleges, some deemed to be "reach" schools and some safety schools. Our goal is for every senior to have more than one exciting acceptance. MPCS is proud of the 100% college acceptance rate of our students. Read more about the "8 Tips for Choosing Your Ideal College" in the WingTips college blog series. 

Senior year culimates with Senior College Day, a celebration of the senior class' commitment to each graduate's university of choice. The day is complete with college spirit shirts, food trucks, yearbook signings, and recieving of their cap-n-gown and regalia.

MPCS College Pennants

100% College Acceptances and $7.4M in Scholarships

MPCS graduates from the past five years have been accepted into some of the most prestigious college and universities as listed below. Graduates were offered various academic, athletic, arts, and special achievement scholarships. Amount reflected above are scholarship offerings before the in-state HOPE or Zell Miller scholarships are awarded. The last graduating class was offered an average of $65,000 scholarship dollars each. 

Agnes Scott College* 
Appalachian State University 
Arizona State University 
Arkansas State University^
Auburn University*
Baylor University*
Belmont University*~
Berry College*
Bethany College^
Birmingham-Southern College
Boston College
Boston University
Chicago College of Performing Arts
The Citadel *
Clemson University*^
College of Charleston*^ 
College of William and Mary* 
Columbia University* 
Columbus State University 
Cornell University^
Colorado State University*
Covenant College^
Duke University
Elon University
Emory University*
Flagler College*
Florida Institute of Technology*
Florida State University*
Furman University*
Gardner-Webb University 
George Washington University*
Georgia College*
Georgia Institute of Technology*^
Georgia State University^
Gordon College
Indiana University*
Jacksonville University*
The King’s College*
Kennesaw State University^
Lee University*
Lenoir-Rhyne University*^
Liberty University
Life University*
Lipscomb University*~
Loyola University*
Lyon College*
Maryland Institute College of Art*
Marymount Manhattan College*~
Marymount University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.)
Mercer University*
Michigan State University
Middle Tennessee State University*
Mississippi State University*
Montclair State University*
Montana State University
North Carolina State University*
Oglethorpe University
Ohio Northern University*
Oklahoma City University*~
Olivet Nazarene University*^~
Oxford College of Emory University
Pace University*
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University*
Presbyterian College*
Princeton University
Purdue University*
Reinhardt University*^

Rhode Island School of Design~
Rhodes College*^
Rider University*~
Rollins College*
Roosevelt University~
Rutgers University^
Saint Louis University*
Samford University*~
Savannah College of Art & Design*
Southern Methodist University* Spelman College*
Stony Brook University, The State University of New York
Syracuse University*
Texas State University*
The University of the South-Sewanee*
Towson University^
United States Air Force Academy*^
United States Coast Guard Academy *^
United States Military Academy-West Point*
United States Naval Academy*^
University of Alabama
University of California-Davis
University of California-Los Angeles*
University of California-San Diego
University of California-Santa Cruz
University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music*~
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Florida*
University of Georgia* (Average 20% of class accepted)
University of Hartford*~
University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Kentucky^
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor*
University of Miami*~
University of Mississippi*
University of Missouri*^ 
University of North Carolina-Wilmington*^
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill*^
University of North Carolina-Charlotte^ 
University of North Georgia*
University of Northern Colorado*~
University of Notre Dame^
University of Oklahoma
University of Pittsburgh*
University of South Carolina*
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee*^
University of Virginia
University of Washington 
University of West Georgia
Valdosta State University
Vanderbilt University*
Virginia Commonwealth University*
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University*
Western Carolina University~
Wheaton College*^
Wingate University*
Wofford College*^
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
Xavier University*
Yale University
Young Harris College*

*Denotes Academic Scholarship
^Denotes College Athletes
~Denotes Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship

MPCS College Acceptances
High School Graduation
Portrait of an MPCS Graduate

College Blog Series:

The MPCS blog WingTips provides parents and students a series of posts to simplify the college process and guide you with tips and advice:

 

College Rep Visits to MPCS

College representatives schedule visits to Mount Paran Christian School in the fall to meet with high school students to promote different colleges and universities. These visits are an excellent opportunity for our students to ask questions about the different colleges and get to know the college admission representatives, who often have input into the admission process at their college.

Visits are typically held during student lunch and will be posted for students on the Dozier Hall message board, weekly announcements, and through the Remind text.

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Thanks to the following college representatives who visited campus this fall:
  • Western Carolina University
  • Georgia Washington University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Spelman College
  • Southern Methodist University
  • University of Kentucky
  • Piedmont College
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Columbus State University
  • Mercer University
  • Valdosta State University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Berry College
  • Kennesaw State University
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham
  • University of Montevallo
  • Georgia College
  • Rollins College
  • Baylor University
  • Jacksonville University
  • United States Marine Corps
  • University of Florida
  • Emmanuel College
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • College of Coastal Georgia
  • University of Missouri
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Tennessee
  • Presbyterian College
  • University of North Georgia
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Augusta University
  • Georgia Highlands College
  • Furman University
  • Life University
  • Purdue University
  • Winthrop University
  • Auburn University
  • University of Mississippi
  • Wofford College
  • Lee University
  • Lipscomb University
  • University of Alabama
  • Georgia Highlands

Are you a College Representative?

If you are a college rep and interested in visiting MPCS, please schedule your visit here.

Senior College Day