College Counseling

As a college-preparatory school, VMS devotes significant time, effort, and resources to help each student find a good, heartfelt fit in college. Our full-time college counselor, who is a former college admissions officer, is dedicated to providing the support needed to ensure that each student finds the right place to pursue their interests, fuel their passions and grow as a person.

VMS graduates have flourished at colleges and universities across the country, from Stanford to MIT. They’ve attended art/design schools, women’s colleges, flight school, and the U.S. Naval Academy. They’ve gone to urban universities and rural colleges of all sizes, Ivy League schools, schools close to home in Colorado, as well as schools abroad. One hundred percent of VMS graduates have been admitted to a four-year college, which, by the way, is a requirement for graduation and another way that we set the bar high.

College counseling begins in ninth grade, when students are introduced to the significance of their academic record and look at the “big picture” of what lies ahead during the next four years.

In tenth grade, the discussion focuses on exploring options and looking at all the variables in the college search process. Students also have the opportunity to travel and compare a variety of schools—public vs. private, urban vs. rural, big vs. small, research vs. liberal arts—in order to gain a sense of what life is like on the different campuses. In addition, students are encouraged to hone skills and further develop personal interests in and out of school.

Eleventh graders, in formal weekly meetings, look inward in order to understand themselves and their goals, and discussions focus on interviewing, taking standardized tests, creating resumes, writing personal essays, and demonstrating leadership, in order to convey an authentic picture of themselves. Working one-on-one with our college counselor, they establish their initial college list, and learn strategies for effectively and efficiently researching colleges in order to later focus their search. In addition, students and parents gain access to Naviance, a web-based college counseling resource, and learn how to utilize its many tools that assist with the college search and college application submission. Juniors also participate in the Common Application Bootcamp and the "Kitchen Table Voice" college essay writing retreat before the start of senior year.

During senior year, students finalize their college search and apply to their final list colleges. The result is young adults with a number of options from which to choose, who are comfortable, confident, and prepared to excel in college.

The result is young adults with a number of options from which to choose, who are comfortable, confident, and prepared to excel in college.
 

Contact the College Counseling Office

Marisa Ferrara
Director of College Counseling
mferrara@vms.edu
Telephone: 970-476-3850 ext. 111

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College Enrollment

The following is a list of schools at which VMS students have enrolled over the past 5 years (2013-17):
  • ​American University
  • Babson College
  • Bates College
  • Belmont University
  • Boston University
  • Bridgewater College
  • Buena Vista University
  • California Lutheran University
  • Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (2)
  • Chapman University (3)
  • Clark University
  • Colby College
  • Colgate University
  • College of Charleston
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado State University (4)
  • Connecticut College
  • Cornell College
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College (3)
  • Dickinson College (2)
  • Elon University (3)
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (2)
  • Grinnell College
  • Harvard University
  • ITESO-Universidad Jesuita de GuadalajaraJohns Hopkins University
  • Lake Forest College
  • Lynn University
  • Maryland Institute and College of Art
  • McGill University
  • Miami University
  • Montana State University
  • New York University (2)
  • Northeastern University
  • Occidental College
  • Pacific University
  • Parsons, The New School for Design
  • Pepperdine University
  • Regis University (2)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rollins College
  • Santa Clara University (2)
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Scripps College
  • Sierra Nevada College
  • Southern Methodist University (3)
  • St. Olaf College (2)
  • Stanford University
  • Stonehill College
  • Suffolk University
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University (2)
  • Texas Tech University-Lubbock
  • Trinity College
  • Union College
  • Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
  • University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-Santa Barbara
  • University of California-Santa Cruz
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado-Boulder (22)
  • University of Denver (10)
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • University of Miami (2)
  • University of Puget Sound (2)
  • University of Redlands
  • University of Rochester
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco (2)
  • University of Southern California (5)
  • University of Virginia-Charlottesville
  • University of Washington-Seattle
  • University of Wyoming
  • Wake Forest University
  • Wesleyan University
  • Western State University of Colorado
  • Wheaton College, MA
  • Williams College (3)
  • Yale University