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 2017-2021

Amherst College 3 Oberlin College 2
Bard College 1 Occidental College 2
Barnard College 4 Pomona College 1
Bates College 3 Princeton University 11
Boston College 3 Rice University 2
Boston Conservatory 1 Sarah Lawrence College 1
Bowdoin College 5 Skidmore College 1
Brown University 6 Smith College 1
California Institute of Technology 1 Stanford University 5
Carleton College 3 Swarthmore College 2
Carnegie Mellon University 3 Trinity College 3
Case Western Reserve University 2 Tufts University 3
Clark University 1 Union College/Albany Medical School 1
Colgate University 6 University of California, Berkeley 1
College of the Holy Cross 1 University of Cambridge 1
College of William and Mary 2 University of Chicago 15
Columbia University 22 University of Edinburgh 1
Connecticut College 1 University of Miami 1
Cornell University 13 University of Michigan  2
Dartmouth College 4 University of Oxford 1
Dickinson College 1 University of Pennsylvania 7
Duke University 5 University of Richmond 1
Emory University 2 University of Rochester 1
Georgetown University 8 University of Southern California 3
Hamilton College  2 University of St. Andrews 2
Harvard University 28 University of Tokyo 1
Haverford College  2 University of Vermont 1
Howard University 1 University of Virginia  2
Kenyon College 2 University of Zurich 1
Lafayette College 1 Vanderbilt University  3
Lehigh University 2 Wake Forest University 2
Macaulay Honors College at CUNY 2 Washington University in St . Louis 3
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2 Wellesley College 1
McGill University 2 Wesleyan University  3
Middlebury College 4 Williams College 8
New York University 5 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1
Northwestern University 6 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