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

College List 2014-2018

Williston’s college search process is highly personalized and collaborative. Our graduates are admitted to the nation’s top colleges and universities.

See the full 2014 to 2018 Matriculation List

See the 2018 Matriculation List

See the 2018-19 School Profile

Amherst College (2)

Bentley University (10)

Boston College (7)

Boston University (12)

Bowdoin College (6)

Brown University (2)

Carleton College (4)

Colby College (6)

Colgate University (2)

Connecticut College (18)

Cornell University (10)

Dartmouth College (4)

Elon University (8)

Fordham University (7)

Georgetown University (3)

Hamilton College (3)

Harvard University (2)

Hobart and William Smith Colleges (8)

Kenyon College (4)

Middlebury College (5)

New York University (17)

Northeastern University (11)

Princeton University (2)

Providence College (6)

Rochester Institute of Technology (4)

Skidmore College (4)

St. Lawrence University (4)

Syracuse University (12)

The George Washington University (10)

Trinity College (17)

Tufts University (7)

Union College (New York) (11)

University of Pennsylvania (5)

University of Vermont (8)

Wesleyan University (4)

Williams College (2)

Yale University (3)


Meet the College Counseling Team

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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

  • 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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