Academics

College Counseling

At Holderness, there is more to a student’s college search than identifying an appropriate list of colleges. To find the colleges that best match their individual interests and talents, students should have a clear sense of their values, interests, motivators, and goals.

The more students know—about personal inclinations and college profiles—the more confident they will be in leading their college searches. It’s a confidence that will empower them to manage many school–related responsibilities, as well as think more creatively about the choices available now and in the future.

Each year, nearly one hundred representatives from colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and other countries visit the Holderness campus to meet with students and talk about their college searches. If you are a college representative interested in a visit to Holderness, please email Joan Barnum at jbarnum@holderness.org. For a campus map and driving instructions, please refer to the bottom of our directions page.

Important Phone Numbers

Recent College Destinations

  • Bates College
  • Boston University
  • Colorado College
  • Dartmouth College
  • George Washington University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Harvard University
  • Hobart & William Smith Colleges
  • Kenyon College
  • Northeastern University
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Denver
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Vermont
  • Whitman College
The College Counseling Office is dedicated to fully supporting students throughout their college searches. We look forward to working with you and your family as you prepare for one of your most important—and perhaps, most rewarding—endeavors to date!

Helpful Links

Naviance Family Connection connection.naviance.com/holderness
Fiske Guide Online – college search collegecountdown.com
Petersons – college counseling and test preparation petersons.com
Princeton Review – college search, test preparation princetonreview.com
Kaplan – test preparation kaptest.com
The College Board – standardized testing, financial aid calculator, loan repayment, scholarship search collegeboard.org
SAT/ACT Optional Colleges fairtest.org
The Educational Testing Service ets.org
The ACT Test actstudent.org
The Common Application commonapp.org
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile
Federal Student Aid studentaid.ed.gov
FAFSA fafsa.ed.gov
FinAid – financial aid information, scholarship search finaid.org
FastWeb – scholarship search, financial aid info fastweb.com
The NCAA Eligibility Center eligibilitycenter.org
Colleges That Change Lives ctcl.org
Most Affordable Online Colleges thesimpledollar.com/affordable-online-colleges/

For Parents & Students:

To access your college counseling resources, please click the myHOLDERNESS button. Requires login.
College Representatives: please go to counselorcommunity.com to schedule an appointment with Holderness.

College Counseling Department

List of 4 members.

  • Bruce Barton 

    Director of College Counseling
    (603) 779-5311
    Bio
  • Joan Barnum 

    Assistant to the Director of College Counseling
    (603) 779-5207
    Bio
  • Sarah Barton 

    English Faculty & Director of Senior Thesis
    (603) 779-5302
    Bio
  • Kristen Fischer 

    Languages Department Chair & Director of Instructional Services
    (603) 779-5323
    Bio
Holderness School
33 Chapel Lane, Holderness NH, 03245
mail P.O Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03264-1879
phone (603) 536-1257