College Counseling

Resources for Students and Families

The College Counseling staff is a student’s best resource for advocacy and support throughout the process. We also encourage students to take ownership of their college search.
With so much information circulating online and in print to help students and families navigate the college search process, the College Counseling team has collected a database of useful, trusted resources for students and families.

List of 5 items.

  • General Information - All seniors are required to set up a Common Application account at the start of the fall term
 - Comprehensive website with information about the college search, standardized testing, scholarships, CSS Profile, and AP testing
    NACAC Student and Parent Resources – Information from the governing body of College Counseling and Admissions professionals
    College Navigator - College search resources powered by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Standardized Testing and Test Prep

    Mercersburg School (or CEEB) Code: 392570
    - ACT Registration
    Mercersburg ACT Test Center Code: 201120
 - SAT Registration
    Mercersburg SAT Test Center Code: 39418
 - TOEFL Registration (for international students)
 - Comprehensive database of test-optional colleges and universities
  • Financial Aid - General information about affording higher education
 - Free Application for Federal Student Aid (required for federal aid eligibility)
    CSS/PROFILE - Required by most selective colleges and universities
 - The College Board’s calculator to help estimate college costs
 and - Scholarship databases
 - Information about loans, scholarships, and other funding options
  • Athletic Recruiting - National Collegiate Athletic Association
 - Student athletes interested in Division I or II sports must register with the NCAA eligibility center
 - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Parent Reading List

    [The College Search Process]

    The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College
    by Jacques Steinberg

    Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That Is Best for You
    by Jay Mathews

    Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges
    by Loren Pope and Hilary Masell Oswald

    College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step
    by Robin Mamlet and Christine VanDeVelde

    Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges––and Find Themselves
    by David L. Marcus

    David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
    by Malcolm Gladwell

    College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy
    by Lloyd Thacker

    Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be
    by Frank Bruni

    I’m Going to College – Not You!
    by Jennifer Delahunty

    [Adolescent Growth and Development]

    How to Talk so Teens Will Listen, and Listen so Teens will Talk
    by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

    The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults
    by Frances E. Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt

    Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
    by Carol Dweck

    The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age
    by Catherine Steiner-Adair and Teresa H. Barker

    Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life
    by William Deresiewicz

Student Guides

College Counseling Handbook

Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236