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 Tulane University 1
Clark University 1 Tufts University 3
Colgate University 6 Union College/Albany Medical School 1
College of the Holy Cross 1 University of California, Berkeley 1
College of William and Mary 2 University of Cambridge 1
Columbia University 22 University of Chicago 15
Connecticut College 1 University of Edinburgh 1
Cornell University 13 University of Miami 1
Dartmouth College 4 University of Michigan  2
Dickinson College 1 University of Oxford 1
Duke University 5 University of Pennsylvania 7
Emory University 2 University of Richmond 1
Georgetown University 8 University of Rochester 1
Hamilton College  2 University of Southern California 3
Harvard University 28 University of St. Andrews 2
Haverford College  2 University of Tokyo 1
Howard University 1 University of Vermont 1
Kenyon College 2 University of Virginia  2
Lafayette College 1 University of Zurich 1
Lehigh University 2 Vanderbilt University  3
Macaulay Honors College at CUNY 2 Wake Forest University 2
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2 Washington University in St . Louis 3
McGill University 2 Wellesley College 1
Middlebury College 4 Wesleyan University  3
New York University 5 Williams College 8
Northwestern University 6 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1
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