The Maui Prep College Counseling Center works individually with each student to offer timely and practical advice about the college search and application process to help students find their “best fit” college or university

Paddle Forward to College

The Maui Prep College Counseling Center provides individualized support beginning in the freshman year to meet each student’s unique college goals. Each year, Maui Prep students will complete a series of activities designed to prepare them for the college admissions process. Successful completion at each grade level results students earning a certificate, or “paddle,” signifying their progress as they paddle forward to college.

  Freshman Year: Preparing for the World of Adults

  • Participate in a life skills course
  • Create SCOIR account to search for careers and colleges
  • Create a digital portfolio using Cirkled In
  • Prep for college admissions tests, and take PSAT 8/9
  • Create an initial college list
  • Practice interview and résumé-writing skills

Sophomore Year: Learning about College Options

  • Participate in a College and Career Explorations course
  • Complete career interest inventories
  • Refine college list
  • Update Cirkled In digital portfolio
  • Continue college admissions test prep and take PSAT/ NMSQT
  • Create and present a personalized college plan to parents
  • Gain familiarity with actual college/university applications
  • Attend college fairs and meet with college admission representatives
  • Draft college essay
  • Begin a “passion project” that extends beyond the curriculum

Junior Year: Putting your Best Foot Forward. What’s the best path to paddle down?

  • Complete two semesterJunior Seminar Course, focused on college planning
  • Continue admissions test prep and take PSAT/ NMSQT (fall) and SAT (spring)
  • Update and present personalized college plan
  • Meet and develop relationships with admissions representatives
  • Create or update draft of college essay
  • Continue or begin second “passion project, including interviews with professionals and/or internship
  • Attend mandatory college planning meetings with parents and college counselor
  • Visit college campuses

Senior Year: Following Your Charted Course

  • Complete two semester Senior Seminar Course
  • Prepare and take SAT/ACT
  • Revise and polish college essay; write supplemental essays
  • Finalize college application and apply to colleges by early November
  • Continue or complete third “passion project”
  • Collaborate with professionals or participate in an internship as part of Senior Capstone Project
  • Apply for scholarships and/or financial aid

College Offers for Maui Prep Graduates



  • George Fox University
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Linfield College
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Portland
  • Pacific Northwest College of the Arts
  • Whitworth University
  • Willamette University


  • Eastern Washington Univ.
  • Gonzaga University
  • Puget Sound University
  • Seattle University
  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University
  • Western Washington University


  • Montana State University


  • Azusa Pacific University
  • California Polytechnic State Univ., SLO
  • Chapman University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Menlo College
  • Mount St. Mary's (CA)
  • Occidental University
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Pepperdine University
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • San Diego State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Scripps College
  • St. Mary's College (CA)
  • Sonoma State University
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of California – Los Angeles
  • University of California - San Diego
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • University of California - Santa Cruz
  • University of Concordia-Irvine
  • University of LaVerne
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of Redlands
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • Whittier College
  • Westmont College


  • Bond University (Australia)
  • Temple University (Japan)
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Victoria


  • Arizona State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • University of Arizona

New Mexico

  • University of New Mexico


  • Texas Tech University

North Carolina

  • Duke University

South Carolina

  • Clemson University
  • Furman University


  • Creighton University


  • Brigham Young University
  • Utah Valley University


  • University of Nevada, Reno


  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • University of Colorado – Co. Springs
  • University of Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado


  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • University of Hawaii – Hilo
  • University of Hawaii – Manoa
  • University of Hawaii Maui College


  • Louisiana State University
  • Tulane University


  • Calvin College
  • University of Michigan


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison


  • University of Indiana
  • University of Notre Dame


  • Ohio State University

Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island & Vermont

  • Babson College
  • Bentley University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Clark University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Emerson College
  • Northeastern University
  • United States Coast Guard Academy
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Vermont

New Jersey and Pennsylvania

  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Drexel University
  • Lehigh University
  • Penn State University

New York

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Fordham University
  • Ithaca College
  • Marist College
  • New York University
  • Pace University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • University of Rochester
  • Wagner College
  • Wells College

Delaware, Maryland & Washington DC

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • American University
  • George Washington University


  • Flagler College
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • University of Miami
  • University of Tampa


  • Savannah College of Art and Design