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 visit or email Joan Barnum at

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
Fiske Guide Online – college search
Petersons – college counseling and test preparation
Princeton Review – college search, test preparation
Kaplan – test preparation
The College Board – standardized testing, financial aid calculator, loan repayment, scholarship search
SAT/ACT Optional Colleges
The Educational Testing Service
The ACT Test
The Common Application
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
Federal Student Aid
FinAid – financial aid information, scholarship search
FastWeb – scholarship search, financial aid info
The NCAA Eligibility Center
Colleges That Change Lives
Most Affordable Online Colleges

For Parents & Students:

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

College Counseling Department

List of 4 members.

  • Bruce Barton 

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

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

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

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