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 Entrence 2016-2020

Amherst College 3 Middlebury College 4
Bard College 1 New York University 5
Barnard College 3 Northwestern University 5
Bates College 3 Oberlin College 4
Boston College 3 Occidental College 1
Boston Conservatory 1 Pomona College 1
Bowdoin College 3 Princeton University 13
Brandeis University 1 Reed College 2
Brown University 6 Rice University 1
California Institute of Technology 1 Sarah Lawrence College 1
Carleton College 3 Skidmore College 1
Carnegie Mellon University 4 Stanford University 6
Case Western Reserve University 2 Swarthmore College 3
Clark University 1 Trinity College 2
Colgate University 4 Tufts University 1
College of the Holy Cross 1 Union College/Albany Medical School 1
Columbia University 20 University of Cambridge 1
Connecticut College 1 University of Chicago 11
Cornell University 12 University of Edinburgh 1
Dartmouth College 4 University of Miami 1
Dickinson College 1 University of Michigan  2
Duke University 5 University of Oxford 1
Emory University 1 University of Pennsylvania 7
Georgetown University 8 University of Rochester 1
Grinnell College  1 University of Southern California 2
Hamilton College  5 University of St. Andrews 4
Harvard University 31 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
Kenyon College 1 Vanderbilt University  4
Lafayette College 1 Wake Forest University 1
Lehigh University 2 Washington University in St . Louis 5
Macaulay Honors College at CUNY 1 Wellesley College 1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2 Wesleyan University  3
McGill University 2 Williams College 7
  Yale University 15
The Brearley School is a K-XII independent day school for girls in New York City. Empowering girls of adventurous intellect to think critically and creatively.
610 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-8582 

590 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-8582