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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 New York University 4
Bard College 3 Northwestern University 4
Barnard College 1 Oberlin College 6
Bates College 4 Occidental College 1
Boston College 5 Pomona College 2
Boston Conservatory 1 Princeton University 12
Bowdoin College 2 Reed College 2
Brandeis University 3 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1
Brown University 12 Rhode Island School of Design 1
California Institute of Technology 1 Rice University 1
Carleton College 4 Sarah Lawrence 1
Carnegie Mellon University 6 Skidmore College 1
Case Western Reserve University 1 Stanford University 4
Claremont McKenna College 1 Swarthmore College 3
Colgate University 2 Tufts University 2
Columbia University 21 Tulane University 1
Connecticut College 2 University of California at Berkeley 1
Cornell University 10 University of Chicago 10
Dartmouth College 3 University of Illinois School of Engineering 1
Davidson College 1 University of Miami 1
Duke University 3 University of Michigan  3
Durham University 1 University of Oxford 1
Emory University 1 University of Pennsylvania 8
Georgetown University 6 University of Southern California 1
Grinnell College  3 University of St. Andrews 3
Hamilton College  3 University of Texas, Austin 1
Harvard University 30 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
Johns Hopkins University 2 Vanderbilt University  3
The Juilliard School  1 Vassar College 3
Kenyon College 1 Washington University in St . Louis 6
Lafayette College 1 Wellesley College  1
Lehigh University 1 Wesleyan University  3
Macalester College 2 Williams College 9
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2 Yale University 12
Middlebury College  4    
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