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College Counseling

What happens after Dana Hall is a big part of what happens at Dana Hall.

The quest to help ensure you end up at the right college is a major part of the Dana Hall journey. Our college counseling program is carefully structured to give students plenty of opportunities to dream, brainstorm, and discuss their options before they begin visiting and applying.
Big school or small? City or town? Close to home or a different corner of the world? A college that feels like Dana Hall, or one that’s vastly different? Through a combination of regular group meetings and one-on-one sessions, we’ll help focus your search until you arrive at a list that resonates with your interests and feels both ambitious and within reach. Along the way, you’ll study college in context—for example, how notions of equity and privilege impact the college admissions process.

Like so much at Dana Hall, college counseling is a team effort.

We factor input from students’ families into our process. We connect students with Dana Hall alums at schools that interest them. Most importantly, we give students the freedom to explore what college means to them academically, socially, and emotionally—and a process that leads them toward a school that welcomes, inspires, and challenges them.

Class of 2022 College Matriculations

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William and Mary College
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Savannah College of Art and Design
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Contact the College Counseling Team

Cara Hanig

Director of College Counseling

Courtney Leahy

Associate Director of College Counseling

Joan Whalen

College Counseling Administrative Assistant

From the Roar

Three student participate in a Social Studies class discussion.
Jessica Keimowitz, Assistant Head of Academics/Director of the Upper School

Dana Hall’s Senior Project program has evolved over time, and this year, we had to make modifications given current guidelines around health and safety during the pandemic. The overarching goals have remained consistent, though: we want students to experience and reflect upon the excitement of a new and personal discovery related to an area in academics, business, medicine, science, technology, the arts, and/or community service.

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