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Making the Right Choice

The College Guidance office helps students and parents set their college goals, then works closely with them to achieve success.

We find the right match for every student.

The college search and application process is a challenging one. Parents, along with the college guidance counselor, are important players in the college selection process; however, it is the student who plays the primary role. A successful college search is almost always the result of a family effort: the student’s working with his or her parents on setting goals, discussing financial needs, making college visits, meeting with the college guidance counselor, and attending college representative visits. The college guidance counselor's role is to listen, provide guidance, and supply information on all aspects of the process, and, most of all, be a “sounding board” for the student in this critical decision.

Finding and selecting the appropriate college for each student is a thoughtful, considered endeavor that begins during the freshman and sophomore years. The Pennington School believes that every graduate should attend the college or university that suits his or her own interests and strengths. To identify the best match, each student's unique personality, achievements, and goals are taken into consideration.

Students from The Pennington School attend some of the most prestigious and selective colleges and universities in the country and abroad (see matriculation lists, below).


College Planning Timeline

Freshman and Sophomore years: College guidance counselors provide an overview of the college selection process with informative seminars for students and their parents.

Junior year: Counselors work with students on an individual basis as they attend college fairs, take standardized tests, and start narrowing down their lists of colleges to create a selection of schools most appropriate for the student's specific interests and career goals. All juniors take a college guidance seminar to help them through the planning and application process (this seminar can also be taken during the summer before the junior year at an additional cost).

Senior year: Students are supported as they complete and submit applications to the schools of their choice.

College Guidance program elements

The College Guidance program includes:

  • Seminars and information sessions beginning freshman year
  • Individual meetings with students starting in their junior year
  • Parent programs to assist with the college selection and application process, including applying for financial aid and affording college tuition
  • Advice for our athletes about recruitment
  • College visits (more than 130!) to our campus throughout the year
  • Newsletters packed with reminders and important information for students and parents
  • Planning checklists
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Advice on writing the application essays

College Planning tools

Sample the best college planning tools available.

The Pennington School’s College Guidance Office uses the ‘College Planner’ module, part of Naviance Succeed, a secure, web-based system for schools that allows counselors, students, and parents to cooperatively manage all aspects of the college admissions process with leading-edge tools for electronic transcripts and recommendation forms. With College Planner you can search for and research colleges and universities, enrichment programs and scholarships. Click on the button in the right column to log in.

Through self-discovery and collaboration with parents, teachers and school counselors, the College Planner enables students to find college and career pathways that are right for them. You start by setting personalized goals, learn about your skills and interests, and explore career options based on those interests. Then search for colleges, apply for scholarships and track your admissions status.

Finally, Naviance helps students plan a course of action to reach their goals, find resources to prepare academically, and discover their own path.

Try Naviance now!

To sample a little of what Naviance Succeed has to offer, click here and log in as a guest using the password redraiders.

College Matriculation and More

Class of 2016 Matriculation List

Alvernia University
American University
Babson College
Becker College
Bentley University (2)
Boston University (4)
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brown University (2)
California State University, Dominguez Hills (2)
University of California, San Diego (3)
Carnegie Mellon University
Chapman University
University of Chicago (3)
College of Charleston (2)
Columbia University
Curry College
Davidson College
Delaware State University
University of Delaware
DePaul University
Dickinson College (2)
Drew University (2)
Drexel University (3)
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emory University
Emory University, Oxford College
Fairfield University (3)
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fordham University
Franklin and Marshall College (2)
The George Washington University (5)
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College (2)
High Point University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2)
La Salle University
Lafayette College (4)
Lehigh University (2)
Loyola University Maryland
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Monmouth University
The New School
Northeastern University (2)
Pennsylvania State University
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh (2)
Purdue University (2)
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhodes College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rowan University
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Saint Joseph's University
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of Visual Arts
University of Scranton
St. Lawrence University (2)
Susquehanna University
Syracuse University (3)
University of Tampa
Trinity College
Tulane University (2)
Union College
Virginia Tech
Washington University in St. Louis (2)
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Five-Year Matriculation List

School Profile for 2016-17

College Guidance Handbook

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