Fishburne’s College Counseling
The mission of the college counseling program at Fishburne is to inform, encourage, and prepare students for formal education beyond high school. An important component of the program is the support provided in the college selection and application processes.
Providing students with accurate information regarding educational planning and post high school opportunities is the foundation of the college counseling program. College representatives visit Fishburne throughout the year to talk with interested cadets. In addition, cadets attend College Night programs in the spring of their junior year and in the fall of their senior year.
Adding to this base is the goal of helping cadets gain a clear understanding of their abilities, interests, and personality. Equipped with information on educational opportunities beyond high school and this self-knowledge, cadets are assisted in finding those schools that make strong matches.
Among the colleges and universities that accepted cadets from the graduating class of 2013 & 2014 are:
Appalachian State University, Arizona State University, Averett University, Bloomsburg University, Boston College University, Bowling Green University, Bridgewater College, Concord University, East Carolina University, Embry-Riddle University, Emory and Henry College, Ferrum College, Florida Institute of Technology, George Mason University, Guilford College, Hampden-Sydney College, James Madison University, Longwood University, Lynchburg College, Marshall University, Michigan State University, North Carolina State University, Northern Michigan University, Norwich University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, Old Dominion University, Penn State University, Purdue University, Radford University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Roger Williams University, Rutgers University, State College of Florida, Stetson University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Texas A&M University, Towson State University, United States Military Academy at West Point, United States Naval Academy, University of Alabama, University of Colorado, University of Georgia, University of Miami of Florida, University of Mississippi, University of Montana, University of Northern Colorado, University of Virginia, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech, Washington College, Washington & Lee University, Washington and Jefferson College, West Virginia University, William & Mary.
Beginning in the 9th grade, class meetings are held with the guidance director to discuss such topics as “Making the most of high school” and “How do colleges decide whom to accept?” In all discussions, the personal characteristics of resiliency and self-management are stressed as important keys to successful transition from high school to college. The FMS College Planning Guide serves as the basis of discussions in the 11th and 12th grades. Careful attention is paid to making wise decisions, meeting deadlines, and maintaining high personal and academic standards.
SAT and ACT Testing
As testing continues to be a component in most college admissions processes, cadets at Fishburne prepare for and take the preliminary tests for both ACT and SAT before taking the ACT and SAT. The PLAN is given in the fall of the 10thth grade. SAT prep is offered to students who wish assistance in the preparation stage. grade and the PSAT is given in the fall of the 11.
Fishburne is rich in opportunities for students to demonstrate talents and interests beyond the classroom. Leadership and service are encouraged in academics, JROTC, athletics, clubs, and everyday living in the barracks. As character issues have become important questions in the admission process, cadets who live by the Fishburne Honor Code clearly demonstrate the level of their character development.
Recommendations from Faculty
Counselor and teacher recommendations are paramount in most college admissions processes. Documenting a student’s successful living experience away from home prior to college provides added confirmation as to the student’s readiness for college. Having many opportunities to observe the students, the guidance director and teachers are able to portray to the colleges the many accomplishments, talents and spirit of the cadets.