College Counseling

Choosing a college is about finding the right mix of academics, activities, location, resources, and faculty. The process of finding that "right fit" begins in 6th grade when Lake Ridge Academy's Director of College Counseling meets with Middle School families to outline the journey ahead. Students are first introduced to the college admission process at the beginning of their 9th grade year.

In 11th grade, the Director of College Counseling meets with each student and his or her parents to outline an individualized plan to find the college or university that best suits each student's talents, academic strengths and needs. During the senior year, all seniors attend Senior Seminar, which is a class led by the Director of College Counseling who helps guide the senior class through the college application process. The Director of College Counseling also works individually with every senior on his or her college application. To that end, seniors are provided with a wide array of resources that includes campus visits by college admission representatives, ready access to catalogs and view books, guides to every aspect of the admission process, and dozens of scholarship and financial aid guidebooks.

Download the 2020-2021 Lake Ridge Academy School Profile

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The Class of 2020 was accepted to the following sample list of colleges and universities:

Students will be attending colleges in bold

Alfred Univeristy
Allegheny College
Bates College
Baylor University
Binghamton University
Boston University
Bowling Green State University
Brandeis University
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Butler University
Case Western Reserve University
The College of Wooster
Colorado College
Columbia University
Cornell University
Defiance College
Denison University
DePaul University
Elon University
Emory University
Fordham University
George Washington University
Grinnell College
Howard University
Indiana University, Bloomington
Kent State University
Kenyon College
Kettering University
Lawrence University
Macalester College
Miami University
Michigan State University
New York University
Oberlin College
The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University - College of Engineering
Ohio University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University
Providence College
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Saint Louis University
Skidmore College
Smith College
St. Olaf College
Stony Brook University
Tufts University
Tulane University of Louisiana University of California, Davis University of California, Irvine
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Cincinnati
University of Connecticut
University of Dayton
University of Georgia
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Limerick
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Pittsburgh
University of Wisconsin, Madison Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Wellesley College
York College of Pennsylvania
Xavier University

Other Class of 2020 Stats:

  • The 50 Lake Ridge Academy graduates garnered $4 million in college scholarships
  • 68% attending private universities and 32% attending public universities
  • 64% attending out of state universities, 34% attending Ohio universities , and 2% attending universities abroad
  • 1 National Merit Scholarship Winner, 3 National Merit Scholarship Finalists, 3 National Merit Semi-Finalists, 3 National Merit Commended Scholars and 1 United States Presidential Scholar Candidate

See our History of Valedictorian and Salutatorian Matriculation

Meet the Director of College Counseling

Rhett Rybarczyk

I am honored to serve the families and students at Lake Ridge Academy. As Director of College Counseling, I strive to develop relationships with each family and to understand their needs well before the college search process begins in earnest. Such relationships allow me to personalize the search so that every student finds the best fit academically and socially. This approach to college counseling is proven: Lake Ridge Academy consistently places students into some of the most competitive colleges and universities in the country.

Rhett Rybarczyk