Upper School

College Advising

The college search and application process is an opportunity for students to exercise their decision-making skills and independence. Brearley offers a comprehensive college advising program that builds upon the personal and academic advising given in earlier years and that begins formally in the fall of Class XI. The students meet in seminars with the College Advisor throughout Class XI and through the fall of the senior year.

In the second half of Class XI, girls begin to meet individually with the Advisor in a series of conversations that eventually include their parents. The process is a very personal one in which the Advisor comes to know each girl well and is thus prepared to serve as her advocate throughout the college application process. As the School’s representative to the colleges, the College Advisor writes a lengthy letter of recommendation for each student that draws upon her knowledge of each girl; the recommendation is supplemented by substantial commentary from teachers and advisors and is endorsed by the Head of the School.

The College Advisor is available as counselor and editor as the students complete their applications, and she remains a source of information and guidance until a student has made the decision about which college she will attend. While the primary relationship is forged with the student, the College Advisor serves as a resource for parents as they, too, navigate the college application process. Our students’ college choices reflect the strength of their academic preparation and the self-knowledge that are the culmination of their Brearley experience.

CAROLYN W. CLARK
Director of College Advising


College Entrance 2015-2019

Amherst College 3 Macaulay Honors College at CUNY 1
Bard College 1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 3
Barnard College 2 Middlebury College  4
Bates College 4 New York University 4
Boston College 3 Northwestern University 5
Boston Conservatory 1 Oberlin College 5
Bowdoin College 3 Occidental College 1
Brandeis University 1 Pomona College 2
Brown University 8 Princeton University 13
California Institute of Technology 1 Reed College 2
Carleton College 3 Rhode Island School of Design 1
Carnegie Mellon University 4 Rice University 1
Case Western Reserve University 2 Sarah Lawrence College 1
Claremont McKenna College 1 Skidmore College 1
Clark University 1 Stanford University 5
Colgate University 4 Swarthmore College 4
Columbia University 22 Tufts University 2
Connecticut College 2 Union College/Albany Medical School 1
Cornell University 8 University of Chicago 11
Dartmouth College 3 University of Cambridge 1
Davidson College 1 University of Miami 1
Dickinson Colleg 1 University of Michigan  3
Duke University 3 University of Oxford 1
Emory University 1 University of Pennsylvania 7
Georgetown University 8 University of Rochester 1
Grinnell College  2 University of Southern California 1
Hamilton College  5 University of St. Andrews 6
Harvard University 34 University of Tokyo 1
Harvey Mudd College 1 University of Vermont 1
Haverford College  2 University of Virginia  2
Hobart & William Smith Colleges 1 University of Zurich 1
College of the Holy Cross 1 Vanderbilt University  4
Johns Hopkins University 2 Washington University in St . Louis 6
Kenyon College 1 Wesleyan University  3
Lafayette College 1 Williams College 7
Lehigh University 2 Yale University 13
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