College
Counseling

Williston’s college search process is highly personalized. Beginning early in your junior year, you’ll meet frequently with your counselor to talk about your goals, values, ideals, and interests. Classroom sessions and workshops provide you and your family with key information at the appropriate time. As we teach you about college admissions, we also foster self-awareness and independent thinking so that you can effectively determine which colleges are uniquely suited to you.

Contact Us

If you have further questions about our College Counseling program, please contact the College Counseling Office at (413) 529-3224 or by email.

Naviance

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Number of offers of admission to students last year
33
Number of students accepted to Ivy League schools in the last five years
128
Number of early-decision or early action offers to students last year
104
Number of students accepted at NESCAC schools in the last five years

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College Fairs

In the fall we host several mini-college fairs. Sophomores through seniors (as well as parents) are encouraged to visit with admission officers from the roughly 75 colleges who visit. The fairs are held during dinner and between classes and sports practices so students can drop in when it suits their schedules.

Expert Panels

During Family Weekend, panelists from acclaimed colleges and universities are available to discuss everything from how to stand out in the admission process to what to expect of college athletics.

Mock Interviews

During two day-long sessions each spring, students have the opportunity to partake in mock interviews with visiting college deans of admission. They work on everything from body language and wardrobe choices to techniques for staying calm and ways to frame winning answers.

Advice on Athletics

Athletics officials from nearby colleges such as Mount Holyoke, Amherst, and Williams, are on hand during Family Weekend to field questions about playing sports at the college level.

Young Alumni Wisdom

Every year, Wildcats hear from returning young alumni who tell their former classmates what life is really like in college. The stories from the trenches help current students envision what their future might look like and become invested in shaping that future.

College Counseling Classes

In January of their junior year, students take a three-part class on the online platform Naviance, which manages the college search process, from researching colleges to hosting application documents. The class also covers the Common Application and standardized testing.

College Spotlight

“I was able to get into my first-choice college because of the structure and guidance Williston gave me.”

—Devon Greenwood ’13, University of Pennsylvania

Condensed College Matriculation List 2017-2019

Williston’s college search process is highly personalized and collaborative. Here is a sampling of where Williston students have matriculated in the last five years.

2018-2020 College Matriculation List

2020 Matriculation List

2020-21 School Profile

Bates College (3)

Bentley University (6)

Boston College (2)

Boston University (10)

Brown University

Columbia University (3)

Drexel University (6)

Elon University (4)

Emerson College (5)

Endicott College (5)

Fairfield University (4)

Furman University

George Washington University (3)

Hamilton College, NY (4)

Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2)

Kenyon College (4)

Lasell University

Lehigh University (3)

Michigan State University

Middlebury College (4)

New York University (6)

Northeastern University (10)

Pennsylvania State University

Pepperdine University (2)

Princeton University (2)

Providence College (4)

Skidmore College (7)

St. Lawrence University (5)

Stanford University (2)

Syracuse University (7)

Trinity College (5)

Tufts University (4)

Tulane University (4)

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Chicago

University of Connecticut

University of Massachusetts, Amherst (12)

University of Pennsylvania (3)

University of Texas, Austin

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2)

Yale University (2)


Meet the College Counseling Team

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Person smiling in purple shirt in front of book shelf Catherine McGraw

Director of College Counseling

Dianne King

College Counseling Office Manager

Emily McDowell

Associate Director of College Counseling


College Counseling Resources

Your Go-To List for Test Prep and Timelines

  • Standardized Testing Prep

    As part of the College Counseling process, Williston helps facilitate opportunities for juniors who are interested in group test-prep sessions for the ACT and SAT. We work with two school-vetted tutors offer 5-week, 8-week sessions and full day intensives. Fees determined by the tutors.

    Test prep dates for Spring 2021:

    Williston has a long relationship with local tutors Andy Hilnbrand and Brian Leaf, both will be offering SAT and ACT test prep courses through Zoom beginning in March.  Below you will find information about Andy Hilnbrand and Brian Leaf and the courses they will be offering this spring.

    Test Prep offered by Andy Hilnbrand

    Andy Hilnbrand is the founder of Quotient Education (quotiented.com).  He is a professional tutor specializing in standardized testing preparation and math and science course support (including AP Calc, Stats, Physics, and Chem). A former Director of Mathematics and Sciences and Princeton Review Instructor, Andy also served as a math and science department chair for 13 years and has had his own independent tutoring business for 20 years. In addition to tutoring, Andy is a professor for the University of Massachusetts School of Education.  He can be contacted at: andy@quotiented.com or (413) 320-2645.

    ACT Analysis – 5-week seminar includes proctored diagnostic exam plus 4 weeks of instruction as we analyze your exams, develop tools and techniques for improving scores, and set you up for continued self-study.  Option to extend with individual tutoring.  $450

    Session 1: (3.5 hr) – Proctored Exam*   Sunday March 7th 10:30-12:00 (* option to be done on your own schedule)

    Session 2: (90 min) – Intro to ACT, test-taking strategies; in-depth analysis of Math section; Sunday March 14th 10:30-12:00

    Session 3: (90 min) – Math follow-up; In-depth analysis of English section; Sunday March 21st 10:30-12:00

    Session 4: (90 min) – English follow-up; In-depth analysis of Science section; Sunday March 28th 10:30-12:00

    Session 5: (90 min) – Science follow-up; In-depth analysis of Reading section; Self-study set up Sunday April 4th 10:30-12:00

    SAT Analysis – 5-week seminar includes proctored diagnostic exam plus 4 weeks of instruction as we analyze your exams, develop tools and techniques for improving scores, and set you up for continued self-study.  Option to extend with individual tutoring.  $450

    Session 1: (3.5 hr) – Proctored Exam* Sunday April 4th 10:30-12:00 (* option to be done on your own schedule)

    Session 2: (90 min) – Intro to SAT, test-taking strategies; in-depth analysis of Math section 3; Sunday April 11th 10:30-12:00

    Session 3: (90 min) – Math follow-up; In-depth analysis of Writing section; Sunday April 18h 10:30-12:00

    Session 4: (90 min) – Writing follow-up; In-depth analysis of Reading section; Thursday April 29th 6:00-7:30

    Session 5: (90 min) – Reading follow-up; analysis of Math section 4; Self-study set up Sunday May 2nd 10:30-12:00

    *Private tutoring is also available

    Students, who wish to take these classes, should contact Andy Hilnbrand at  Andy@QuotientEd.com

    Test Prep offered by Brian Leaf

    Brian Leaf (brianleaf.com) is the author of six books, including Defining Twilight and the four-book SAT and ACT test-prep series McGraw-Hill’s Top 50 Skills. He is Director of the New Leaf Learning Center in Massachusetts, and has provided SAT, ACT, GED, SSAT, and GRE preparation to thousands of students from across the country.  He can be contacted at: (877) 584-0075

    8-Week SAT Prep Class

    Eight Monday Nights, 6:15pm – 7:45pm,
    March 15 through May 10
    (No class April 26)
    Cost: $780, all materials included

    REGISTER/PAY ONLINE NOW

    ACT Intensive

    Two Sundays
    March 21 and April 4, 9am to 12noon

    Cost: $450, all materials included

    REGISTER/PAY ONLINE NOW

    *Private tutoring is also available

  • Books

    Barron’s

    • Best Buys in College Education
    • Profiles of American Colleges

    College Board

    • College Handbook
    • Scholarship Handbook
    • International Student Handbook
    • Meeting College Costs: What You Need to Know Before Your Child and Your Money Leave Home

    Fiske

    • Guide to Colleges

    Peterson’s

    • College Guide for Performing Arts Majors
    • College Guide for the Visual Arts Majors
    • Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADD

    Princeton Review

    • America’s Best Value Colleges
    • Visiting College Campuses

    Suggested Reading for Parents

    • “College (Un)Bound” by Jeffrey Selingo
    • “There is Life after College” by Jeffrey Selingo
    • “Gap to Great: A Parent’s Guide to Gap Year” by Andrea Wien
    • “How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success” by Julie Lythcott-Haims
    • “The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College” by Jacques Steinberg

    Suggested Reading for Students and Parents

    • “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania” by Frank Bruni
    • “This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life” by David Foster Wallace
    • “If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Advice for the Young” by Kurt Vonnegut
    • “The Freshman Survival Guide: Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything In Between” by Bill McGarvey and Nora Bradbury-Haehl

  • Testing Information

  • Junior Year College Search Timeline

    September

    • Meet college representatives at the fall mini fairs

    October

    • Take the PSAT.
    • Attend panels about college admissions at Fall Family Weekend covering topics such as current admission trends, advice from admissions deans, financial aid, and athletic recruitment.

    November

    • Naviance accounts will be assigned to assist in exploration of colleges
    • Consider visiting a college over long weekend or in the early part of Thanksgiving break.

    January

    • Make an appointment for your first meeting with your college counselor
    • Attend required College Counseling classes

    February

    • Meet with College Counselor
    • Arrange Spring Break campus visits
    • Students and families should work to see a variety of colleges and universities, both in terms of size, program, location, and selectivity

    March

    • Visit colleges over the break (make sure and call ahead or visit school admission websites to confirm tour schedules)
    • Take notes so that you’ll be able to remind yourself of details from the tours and info sessions

    April

    • Take ACT
    • Continue to do online research and schedule visits whenever possible
    • Meet with College Counselor
    • Continue refining your college list and plan your senior year classes

    May

    • Take Advanced Placement (AP) exams, if applicable
    • Work with your advisor and College Counselor to choose senior classes
    • Take SAT Reasoning Test
    • Ask teachers to write recommendations

    Summer

    • Take SAT Subject Tests or SAT Reasoning
    • Visit college campuses, if possible, and interview where available
    • Start working on your college essays
    • Fill out Common Application after August 1 (www.commonapp.org)

  • Senior Year College Search Timeline

    September

    • Attend sessions in the College Counseling Office with visiting college admissions officers
    • Meet college representatives at the fall mini fairs

    October

    • Narrow list of colleges to which to apply with your college counselor
    • Attend sessions in the College Counseling Office with visiting college admissions officer
    • Decide whether to apply Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA), if appropriate.
    • Visit colleges on long weekends
    • If applying for financial aid, fill out the CSS PROFILE registration form
    • Begin submitting applications with rolling deadlines (if any)
    • Retake SAT Reasoning Test, ACT, or SAT Subject Tests if necessary

    November

    • Contact colleges which require alumni interviews. These can be arranged on campus with a local alumnus
    • Finalize your college list
    • Remember to check Early Decision (ED)/Early Action (EA) application deadlines
    • Retake SAT Subject Tests or SAT Reasoning Test and/or ACT, if necessary
    • If applying for financial aid, submit the completed CSS PROFILE
    • Finalize application essays and applications, if applying EA/ED
    • Complete your applications, if applying EA/ED

    December

    • Confirm final college list online with your College Counselor for all regular decision applications
    • Retake SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Tests (if necessary)
    • Finalize applications with December 31 and January 1 deadlines

    January

    • DEADLINES: Submit any applications due January 1 or later
    • If applying for financial aid, file FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1
    • DEADLINE: Submit any applications due January 15

    February

    • Continue to focus on your classes
    • Remember: colleges consider final senior grades and, in many cases, matriculation is contingent upon strong academic performance through senior year

    April

    • Visit colleges and universities to which you have been admitted
    • Decide which college to attend
    • Notify all other colleges to which you were admitted that you will be enrolling elsewhere

    May

    • Remember to reply to colleges by Nationwide Candidate Reply Date on May 1
    • If applicable, decide whether or not to remain on any waitlists and communicate your decision to the colleges in question
    • Commencement!

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