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

Current College Enrollment Offers for Maui Prep Graduates (2020-2023)



  • Oregon State University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Portland
  • Whitworth University
  • Willamette University


  • Gonzaga University


  • Montana State University


  • California Polytechnic State Univ., SLO
  • Chapman University
  • Menlo College
  • Mount St. Mary's (CA)
  • Occidental University
  • Pepperdine University
  • San Diego State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Scripps College
  • St. Mary's College (CA)
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of California - San Diego
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • University of California - Santa Cruz
  • University of Concordia-Irvine


  • Bond University (Australia)
  • Temple University (Japan)
  • University of British Columbia


  • Northern Arizona University

New Mexico



  • Texas State University

North Carolina

  • Duke University

South Carolina

  • Clemson University


  • Creighton University


  • Brigham Young University




  • Colorado State University


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


  • Louisiana State University
  • Tulane University


  • University of Michigan


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison


  • University of Notre Dame


  • Ohio State University

Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island & Vermont

  • Babson College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Northeastern University
  • University of Vermont

New Jersey and Pennsylvania

  • Penn State University

New York

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Fordham University

Delaware, Virginia, Maryland & Washington DC

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • American University
  • James Madison University


  • University of Miami
  • University of Tampa


  • Savannah College of Art and Design