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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.

Director of College Advising


Amherst College 3 Northwestern University 4
Bard College 3 Oberlin College 6
Barnard College 2 Occidental College 1
Bates College 4 Pitzer College 1
Boston College 3 Pomona College 2
Bowdoin College 3 Princeton University 13
Brandeis University 3 Reed College 2
Brown University 12 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1
Bucknell University 2 Rhode Island School of Design 1
California Institute of Technology 1 Skidmore College 2
Carleton College 4 Southern Methodist University 1
Carnegie Mellon University 3 Stanford University 4
Claremont McKenna College 1 Swarthmore College 3
Colgate University 1 Tufts University 4
Columbia University 20 Tulane University 1
Connecticut College 2 University of California at Berkeley 1
Cornell University 6 University of Chicago 11
Dartmouth College 6 University of Illinois School of Engineering 1
Davidson College 1 University of Miami 1
Duke University 1 University of Michigan 2
Emory University 2 University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill 1
Georgetown University 7 University of Oxford 1
Grinnell College 3 University of Pennsylvania 9
Hamilton College  3 University of Southern California 1
Harvard University 31 University of St. Andrews 3
Harvey Mudd College 1 University of Texas, Austin 1
Haverford College 1 University of Vermont 1
Hobart and William Smith Colleges 1 University of Virginia 2
Johns Hopkins University 3 Vanderbilt University 2
The Julliard School 1 Vassar College 2
Kenyon College 2 Washington University in St. Louis 5
Lehigh University 1 Wellesley College 1
Macalester College 2 Wesleyan University 5
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1 Williams College 7
Middlebury College 3 Yale University 7
New York University 2    
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