Meet our College Counselor

Hannah VanDyke

Email Hannah VanDyke

Admissions representatives from colleges and universities come to Vanguard regularly for information sessions with all juniors and seniors.


Vanguard has produced 49 National Merit Semifinalists in the past 17 years. Forty-two of them were selected as National Merit Finalists.


One-hundred percent of Vanguard graduates attend a college or university, many of which are highly selective institutions such as Rice University, Stanford, New York University, Princeton University, the University of Chicago, Georgetown University, Davidson College, Duke University, and Vanderbilt.


The 55 members of the Class of 2024 received more than $10 million in academic scholarship offers to colleges and universities around the nation.


Vanguard has been named to the 2023 AP School Honor Roll as a Platinum member of the Honor Roll!  This is the top recognition a school can receive. 


An independent school’s value proposition should not be judged primarily by its matriculation list—where graduates enroll in a college—oversimplifies the quality and impact of the education provided. More important, this perspective undervalues the comprehensive educational experience that independent schools offer. The true measure of a school’s value lies in how well it prepares students for their future, fostering skills like critical thinking, resilience, and creativity, rather than merely where students are admitted to college.


Vanguard focuses on preparing students for college and beyond with tremendous focus on rigor, respect and responsibility.   The soft skills along with being academically prepared are key for students success in life. 

The College Process

Although freshmen, sophomore and junior students are not yet applying to colleges, these years should be used to assess academic interests, explore new subject areas, and begin to take tests (when appropriate) that will accompany college applications. During this time students should work closely with their academic advisor to plan a course of study that is appropriately challenging and diverse. Additionally, extracurricular activities like sports, debate, performing and visual arts, community service, publications, and student government provide other avenues for students to develop specific interests and skills that may eventually influence their college list. For seniors, the information below will be of help in managing the process.
Click here for Vanguard’s Naviance Tool.

Our graduating seniors enroll in four-year colleges and universities.

The 2009-2024 classes of a combined 422 graduates have received over $68.9 million in academic scholarships.

During the past five years, Vanguard alumni have been accepted into colleges and universities such as:


Abilene Christian University
Austin College
Baylor University
East Texas Baptist University
Hardin-Simmons University
Howard Payne University
Northwood University
Rice University
Sam Houston State University
Schreiner University
Southern Methodist University
Southwestern University
St. Edward’s University
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
Texas Lutheran University
Texas State University
Texas Tech University
Trinity University
University of Houston
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
University of North Texas
University of St. Thomas
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Texas at San Antonio


Allegheny College
Amherst College
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Belhaven University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brown University
California Lutheran University
Case Western Reserve University
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth University
Davidson College
Denison University
Duke University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emory University
Georgia Tech University
George Washington University
Hamilton College
Harvard University
Indiana University
Johns Hopkins University
Lewis and Clark College
Louisiana State University
Michigan State University
New York University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Ohio State University

Oklahoma State University
Oral Roberts University
Ouachita Baptist University
Penn State University
Pepperdine University
Princeton University
Purdue University
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhodes College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Samford University
Sewanee (University of the South)
St. Edwards University
Stanford University
Stetson University
Stony Brook University
The Citadel
Tulane University
United States Naval Academy
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of California Berkley
University of California Davis
University of California at San Diego
University of California at Santa Cruz
University of California Los Angeles
University of Central Florida
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Charleston
University of Chicago
University of Colorado
University of Denver
University of Iowa
University of Georgia
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Miami
University of Mississippi
University of Nebraska
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Dakota
University of Oklahoma
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
University of Tulsa
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Tech University
Wake Forest University
Washington & Lee University
Washington State University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wellesley College
West Virginia University
Wheaton College
Williams College
Xavier University