Today’s high school graduates face a world of uncertainties—economic, political, social, environmental. At Woodward Academy, we make certain our students are ready—with a sure sense of who they are as people; as thinkers; as members of a diverse, dynamic community; and as citizens of a complex and evolving world. That is why our college counseling program strives to help students find the college or university that best matches their individual strengths and interests. Our talented team of college counselors have one goal in mind: to help students achieve both happiness and success in their higher education choices.

Brian Rutledge meeting with a Woodward Academy student in the College Counseling Office

The Process

We understand that the college admission process can be complex and confusing, and we work closely with our students and families to make it as smooth as possible.

Starting in ninth grade, our team directs students in college awareness throughout Upper School, with specific discussions about college planning taking place during junior and senior years. Woodward’s college counseling process also involves parent education on the variety of college choices, admission procedures, standards, and trends.

College Visits

College Representatives from the U.S. and abroad schedule visits to Woodward in the fall to meet with Upper 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 reps, who often have input into the Admissions process at their college.

Visits are typically held during student lunch, tutorial, or immediately after school. Visits will be posted on the College Counseling calendar, in Naviance, on Upper School building message boards, as well as announced weekly. Students may register for visits in Naviance, but it is not required.

If you are a College Representative, please use this Visit Request Form to schedule your Woodward Academy visit.

College Fair

Woodward's annual College Fair is one of the largest in the southeast with more than 250 colleges and universities represented. Our College Fair is held in the early fall as a special event for current Woodward students and is not open to the general public.

2019 College Fair Attendees

High School Invitee List

Transcript Requests

From August 1 to June 30, please allow seven to ten business days between the request and the time you need your transcript. All offices at Woodward Academy close for Thanksgiving week, semester break, spring break, and July 4th week each year. The Academic Dean's office closes for the month of July. Transcript requests will be handled one day a week during the second, third, and fourth weeks of July. Please use the main calendar to confirm dates.

Note: No transcript can be released unless financial obligations to Woodward Academy have been met. If you have questions about whether or not the Dean's office will be permitted to release your records, please contact the Business Office at 404.765.4021.



Our Mission Statement

College counseling at Woodward Academy is a four-year comprehensive program that supports all families, matching student talents, aspirations, and career goals with college and university communities. Parent participation is encouraged and expected throughout, and collaboration with faculty, school counselors, and advisors is continual.

  • Advice to students on building their academic and cocurricular lives begins in grade 9 and grows each subsequent year, with individual college counselors assigned in September of junior year.
  • Personalized advice is complemented by extensive learning events, including: a national college fair, numerous admission representative visits to speak with students, and admission case studies for sophomore families.
  • College counselors engage expertly and individually with students on all aspects of articulating and maximizing their admission credentials: crafting a strategic college list, composing compelling essays and resumes, identifying academic and cocurricular programs, interviewing, and affording college.
  • College counselors are good listeners, problem-solvers, and advocates for students, engaging professionally and networking with colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.
  • College counseling is a welcoming place for students to dream and plan, knowing they will be cared about and supported on their path to college and careers beyond.

Our students are notably well-prepared as they graduate and progress to each new challenge. They begin college with qualities of character and mind that few other freshmen possess—civility, endurance, social agility, and self-reliance. These qualities ensure success in college and a well-laid path for life.


Bryan Rutledge

Bryan Rutledge

Titles: Director of College Counseling
Mary Ann Parker

Mary Ann Parker

Titles: Associate Director of College Counseling
Jodi Hester

Jodi Hester

Titles: College Counselor
Jesse Bowen

Jesse Bowen

Titles: College Counselor
Meg Jordan

Meg Jordan

Titles: Administrative Coordinator, College Counseling
Yolanda Coleman

Yolanda Coleman

Titles: College Counselor



Woodward's school code for the SAT and the ACT is 110797.

To register to take the test

  • College Board (for the SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Tests)
  • ACT (for the American College Test)

SAT Reasoning Test

Beginning with the spring of the junior year, all juniors are strongly encouraged to take the SAT Reasoning test twice as a second semester junior and once as a senior. You may register or re-register online at College Board. (Sophomores and freshmen, see below.)

Non-standard information and dates

SAT Subject Tests (formerly the SAT II)

The SAT Subject tests are generally required by only a small number of the more selective colleges, but students should check the requirements of each college they are investigating to see if the Subject Tests are necessary and, if so, which individual tests are required. If the junior needs to take these tests, consider taking the SAT Subject Tests in May or June, no later than junior year as the tests will not be offered again until October. NOTE: Some colleges that require the SAT Subject Tests for Early Decision applicants will not accept testing after the October date.

SAT Subject Tests for AP Students in grades 10-12

For those students completing AP courses that have an equivalent SAT Subject test, consider taking the SAT Subject test in May or June of the year you finish the course.


Virtually all colleges will accept the ACT in place of the SAT; therefore, we encourage Woodward students to take both tests and evaluate which is your best testing instrument. The ACT is usually offered one week after the SAT, so there is no scheduling conflict. Register online at For a more in-depth review of the ACT vs. the SAT, look in your Woodward Academy Online College Handbook available through Edline.

SAT/ACT Information for Sophomores and Freshman

We would like to discourage freshmen, sophomores, and first semester juniors from taking the SAT/ACT prior to the spring of their junior year. The SAT and ACT are junior tests and students will not score their strongest until their late junior and senior years. Taking these too soon can be discouraging for the student who may assume he/she is not a good test taker when, in fact, they have not been exposed to the material they need for the exam.

Yes, we agree that practice is a good idea, but that is why we give the PSAT each year. A serious scrutiny of the PSAT results each year can yield weaknesses to work on. For additional practice, use College Board's The Official SAT Study Guide.

Paying for College

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Many students will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. The HOPE Scholarship requires either the FAFSA, eHOPE, or a special form provided by the college. The FAFSA: is usually available around December 1st but cannot be filed until after January 1st. In addition, many students will file the CSS Financial Aid PROFILE. On the College Board's web site for Parents in the Pay For College section, you will find lists of colleges that use the PROFILE as well as the online registration. The PROFILE can be filed any time.

To file the FAFSA, both student AND parent will need a pin. Request your PIN early in the fall of the senior year at This process often takes 10+ days and will hold up your FAFSA when you apply.

HOPE Program

The Georgia HOPE Program provides scholarships for graduating seniors who will attend college within Georgia who have at least a 3.0 high school GPA as calculated by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. This scholarship covers a portion of tuition for any eligible PUBLIC college in GA – OR - a monetary award in scholarship dollars to offset tuition for those students planning to attend a PRIVATE college in GA. All three application forms (FAFSA, GSFApps, and GTEG) for HOPE are available on the (GSFC) Georgia Student Finance Commission website. Many of your questions about HOPE, necessary forms, or the application process will be answered on that website, or you may call GSFC at 770.724.9000.

The HOPE Scholarship Program is a merit-based scholarship program with specific academic and grade point average eligibility requirements for Georgia students who will attend college within the state of Georgia. A student who graduates from an eligible high school with a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale in all attempted coursework in English, mathematics, science, social science, and world languages as calculated by the Georgia Student Finance Commission will be considered for an award. Regardless of the curriculum track, grades in coursework that is classified as "Advanced Placement" will be weighted by the Commission when calculating the grade point average for HOPE Scholarship eligibility, but with no additional weight to a 4.0. Grades for Woodward Academy Honors or Enriched Prep courses will not be weighted in these calculations.

Weighting for the HOPE Scholarship


Zell Miller Scholarship

The Zell Miller Scholarship Program utilizes the grade weighting above, but for this award the student must graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum 3.70 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale in all attempted coursework in English, mathematics, science, social science, and world languages as calculated by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. Additionally, to be eligible the student must receive a minimum score of 1200 combined Critical Reading and Math on a single administration of the SAT at the time of graduation OR receive a Composite scale score of 26 on a single administration of the ACT at the time of graduation OR be named the high school Valedictorian or Salutatorian. The student must attend college within the state of Georgia.

Both the HOPE and the Zell Miller are unique scholarship programs in the state of Georgia that reward students' hard work with financial assistance at any eligible Georgia public or private college or university. All guidelines for eligibility for the HOPE and ZELL MILLER are determined by the Georgia State Legislature and put into effect by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. The awards for these two scholarship programs differ in eligibility guidelines and also in renewal requirements as well as in the amounts awarded to offset tuition. Room and board expenses are not covered.

For the most current information on the HOPE, the ZELL MILLER, and the TEG (Tuition Equalization Grant) see the Georgia Student Finance Commission website

A question for Woodward students and parents

With the recent changes in the HOPE Scholarship Program, should my student take College Prep en lieu of Enriched Prep or Honors classes? Each family should answer this question based on their student's future aspirations. Typically some 70-75% of Woodward graduates will attend college out of state and the Georgia HOPE program does not apply to those institutions. The Upper School advises students to take the most rigorous programs appropriate for their academic standing. Colleges and universities weigh this choice heavily in their decisions and students will continue to benefit from the superior challenge when they earn strong outcomes in these classes. A review of admissions requirements and advice from various Georgia colleges and universities will give insight into the most desirable levels of high school coursework for competitive applicants.

Important Links

Search and Career Information

  • College Board - Register for the SAT and send SAT and AP scores to colleges. Also has a college search, career information (MyRoad), a scholarship search, an essay evaluation service, a grade calculator, etc.
  • Peterson's Guide - With the exception of registering for the SAT, the Peterson's Guide has many of the same features as College Board. It is a good general site with information on summer programs and study abroad.
  • Princeton Review - The Princeton Review also is a good general site with many of the same features as above.
  • U.S. News: Colleges and Careers - U.S. News Education has sortable rankings and a good search engine for making a tentative list of colleges. It also provides the Campbell Interest Inventory to help determine possible careers. Look in Careers and Work.
  • NCAA - This resource is a real MUST for athletes. It provides the rules for visitation. Please apply through the West Hall Counseling Office by the end of your junior year. Also NCAA sports can provide lists of colleges by division.
  • NCAA Clearing House - Register to play college sports, preferably during your junior year.
  • The Admission Game

Career Planning

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - This resource describes various careers, including their outlook for the future, salary ranges, and education needed.

Educational Data

Types of Schools


Learning Disabilities Resources

Paying for College

  • Fin - Offerings on everything from scam alerts to scholarship searches.
  • Fastweb - A free searchable scholarship database that enables you to locate sources of financial aid.
  • HOPE Scholarship - Find information for the HOPE Scholarship and other Georgia student financial aid programs. Complete the necessary forms for GSFApps and GTEG forms from this site, or secure printable forms for completion and mailing.
  • College Scholarship Service - CSS Profile collects more specific information about your family's income to determine eligibility for aid. Typically required for many private colleges. Check with the college financial aid offices to see if the CSS Profile is required.
  • College Answer - Learn about college costs, options for paying, savings plans, and financial aid. A scholarship search tool also is available. This site is sponsored by Sallie Mae.
  • FAFSA - A federal government site with extensive information about the college aid process. The site includes an express interactive version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Jewish Educational Loan Fund - Interest free loans for college for Jewish students who need final dollars for attending post-secondary institutions. The application deadline for loan application is April 15 of senior year.
  • Sallie Mae - Interactive calculators to help forecast college costs, estimate aid eligibility, education loan payments, and more.
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid

Upcoming Events

Opening session Richardson Theatre, sessions in locations around campus, visiting colleges in the afternoon.
The Westminster Schools, 1424 West Paces Ferry Rd, McCain Chapel, Pressly Hall

A typical Woodward graduating class

  • attends more than 100 different colleges and universities around the U.S. and the world
  • earns upward of $14 million in scholarship awards
  • includes more than 75% qualifying for HOPE scholarships, merit scholarships, or both

College Acceptances

Classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018
(matriculations in bold)



  • Agnes Scott College
  • Augusta University
  • Berry College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • College of Coastal Georgia
  • Columbus State University
  • Emory University
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Georgia College
  • Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia Perimeter College
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • LaGrange College
  • Mercer University
  • Morehouse College
  • Oglethorpe University
  • Oxford College of Emory University
  • Piedmont College
  • Point University
  • Reinhardt University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Spelman College
  • The University of Georgia
  • The University of West Georgia
  • University of North Georgia
  • Valdosta State University
  • West Georgia Technical College
  • Young Harris College



  • Appalachian State University
  • Auburn University
  • Auburn University Montgomery
  • Baton Rouge Community College
  • Baylor University
  • Belmont University
  • Birmingham-Southern College
  • Catawba College
  • Centenary College of Louisiana
  • Centre College
  • Clemson University
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • College of Charleston
  • College of William and Mary
  • Davidson College
  • Delta State University
  • Duke University
  • East Carolina University
  • Eckerd College
  • Elon University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach
  • Florida A&M University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Southern College
  • Florida State University
  • Furman University
  • George Mason University
  • Guilford College
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Hampton University
  • High Point University
  • Jacksonville University
  • Keiser University, Fort Lauderdale
  • Lander University
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • Lynn University
  • Maryville College
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Millsaps College
  • Mississippi State University
  • Montreat College
  • Norfolk State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • North Greenville University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Rhodes College
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Rollins College
  • Samford University
  • Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Stetson University
  • Sweet Briar College
  • Tallahassee Community College
  • Tennessee State University
  • The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina
  • The University of Alabama
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • The University of Tampa
  • Tri-Country Technical College
  • Tulane University
  • Tusculum College
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Florida
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Miami
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • University of Richmond
  • University of South Alabama 
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Carolina, Aiken
  • University of South Florida, Tampa
  • University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • University of Virginia
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Western Carolina University
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Wingate University
  • Winthrop University
  • Wofford College
  • Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University
  • The University of Oklahoma
  • The University of Texas, Austin
  • Trinity University
  • University of Arkansas


  • Adelphi University
  • American University
  • Babson College
  • Bard College
  • Barnard College
  • Bates College
  • Becker College
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Bucknell University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Champlain College
  • Clark University
  • Colby College
  • Colgate University
  • Cornell University
  • Curry College
  • Dartmouth College
  • Dickinson College
  • Drexel University
  • Emerson College
  • Endicott College
  • Fordham University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Georgetown University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Goucher College
  • Hofstra University
  • Howard University
  • Ithaca College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lafayette College
  • Lehigh University
  • Long Island University, Brooklyn
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Marist College
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • McDaniel College
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Middlebury College
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Pace University, New York City
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pennsylvania State University, Abington
  • Pennsylvania State University, DuBois
  • Pennsylvania State University, Schuylkill
  • Pratt Institute
  • Princeton University
  • Purchase College State University of New York
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Saint John's University
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Seton Hall University
  • Simmons College
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • Stony Brook University
  • Syracuse University
  • The George Washington University
  • The New School
  • The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
  • Trinity College
  • Union College
  • United States Naval Academy
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Vermont
  • Washington College
  • Wellesley College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute


  • Butler University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Denison University
  • DePaul University
  • DePauw University
  • Eastern Michigan University 
  • Holy Cross College
  • Indiana University at Bloomington
  • Kenyon College
  • Lawrence University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Miami University, Oxford
  • Michigan State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Notre Dame College of Ohio
  • Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ohio University
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Purdue University
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • The College of Wooster
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Iowa
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Cincinnati College, Conservatory of Music
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Indianapolis
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Michigan, Twin Cities
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • West Virginia University
  • Xavier University


  • Arizona State University
  • Boise State University
  • California College of the Arts (San Francisco)
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Colorado College
  • Colorado State University Pueblo
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Marymount California University
  • Montana State University, Bozeman
  • Oregon State University
  • Pepperine University
  • San Diego State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture
  • Stanford University
  • The University of Arizona
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • University of Denver
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Utah
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wyoming


  • Baylor University
  • Hendrix College
  • Oklahoma Christian University
  • Rice University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Sul Ross State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University
  • The University of Texas, Austin
  • Trinity University
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Houston
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Tulsa

Outside U.S.

  • Franklin University Switzerland
  • John Cabot University
  • King's College London
  • Queen Mary University of . London
  • The University of Manchester
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia 
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Toronto 
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Westminster
  • University of New South Wales, Australia

Office: 404.765.4465
Fax: 404.765.4469

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