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Making the Right Choice

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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 2018 Matriculation List

University of Alabama (2)
Albright College
American University
Babson College
Barnard College
Belmont University
Boston College
Boston University (3)
Brandeis University
Brown University (2)
University of Chicago
Clemson University
The College of New Jersey
University of Colorado at Boulder (2)
University of Connecticut
Davidson College
University of Delaware (2)
Denison University
Dickinson College (3)
Drew University (2)
Drexel University (2)
Eckerd College
École Hôtelière de Lausanne
Emory University
Fairfield University (2)
Franklin & Marshall College (2)
Full Sail University
The George Washington University
Gettysburg College (2)
Hartwick College
Haverford College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2)
Indiana University at Bloomington
Lafayette College
Lebanon Valley College
Lehigh University
Loyola University Maryland
Lynn University (2)
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan
Muhlenberg College (3)
New York University (6)
New York University Shanghai
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2)
Northeastern University (2)
Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
Pennsylvania State University (2)
Pennsylvania State University, Abington (2)
University of Pennsylvania
Pratt Institute
Princeton University
Rhodes College
University of Richmond
Rider University
Rowan University
Rutgers University, Camden
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Saint Joseph's University (4)
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design (2)
St. Lawrence University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Syracuse University (2)
Texas A&M University
Tufts University
Villanova University (2)
Virginia Tech (2)
Wake Forest University (2)
Washington University in St. Louis (2)
Wayland Baptist University
Wentworth Institute of Technology

Five-Year Matriculation List

Five-Year College Matriculation List 2014-2018

University of Alabama (3)
Albright College (2)
Alvernia University
American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA)
American University (6)
Amherst College (2)
Arizona State University
Austin College
Babson College (3)
Barnard College
Becker College
Belmont University (2)
Bentley University (2)
Boston College
Boston University (12)
Bowdoin College (2)
Brandeis University (2)
Brown University (5)
Bryn Athyn College of the New Church
Bucknell University (3)
University of California, Berkeley (2)
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Riverside (2)
University of California, San Diego (3)
California State University, Dominguez Hills (2)
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University (2)
University of Central Florida
Chapman University
University of Chicago (5)
Clemson University
Colby College
Colgate University (2)
College of Charleston (3)
The College of New Jersey (6)
University of Colorado at Boulder (3)
Colorado State University
Columbia University (3)
University of Connecticut
Connecticut College
Cornell University (3)
Curry College
Dartmouth College (2)
Davidson College (2)
University of Delaware (4)
Delaware State University
Denison University
DePaul University
Dickinson College (14)
Drew University (6)
Drexel University (11)
Duke University
Eckerd College (3)
École Hôtelière de Lausanne
Elon University (4)
Emory University (5)
Fairfield University (5)
Fashion Institute of Technology
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fordham University
Forsyth Technical Community College
Franklin & Marshall College (12)
Full Sail University
The George Washington University (11)
Georgetown University (4)
Gettysburg College (5)
Goucher College
Guilford College
Hamilton College (2)
Hampton University
Hartwick College
Harvard University
Haverford College
University of Helsinki
High Point University (3)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges (6)
Holy Family University
Hood College
University of Houston
Indiana University at Bloomington (3)
Ithaca College (3)
James Madison University (2)
Johns Hopkins University (4)
Johnson & Wales University (2)
University of Kentucky
Kenyon College
La Salle University (2)
Lafayette College (13)
Lake Forest College
Lebanon Valley College
Lehigh University (5)
Loyola University Maryland (5)
Lynn University (3)
Marist College (3)
Marshall University
University of Maryland, College Park (3)
Maryland Institute College of Art
University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2)
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
McGill University
Methodist University
University of Miami
University of Michigan
Michigan State University (2)
Middlebury College (2)
University of Mississippi (2)
Monmouth University
Monroe College
Montclair State University
Mount Holyoke College
Muhlenberg College (7)
University of New Haven (2)
The New School–All Divisions (3)
New York University (13)
New York University, Shanghai
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (3)
Northeastern University (8)
Ohio State University
Oxford College of Emory University
Pace University, New York City
The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
University of Pennsylvania (4)
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Pennsylvania State University (8)
Pennsylvania State University, Abington (3)
Pennsylvania State University, Altoona
University of Pittsburgh (3)
Pitzer College
Pratt Institute
Princeton University
Providence College (2)
Purdue University (4)
Quinnipiac University (3)
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Randolph-Macon College
University of Redlands
University of Rhode Island (3)
Rhode Island School of Design (2)
Rhodes College (5)
Rice University
University of Richmond (2)
Rider University (4)
Rochester Institute of Technology (2)
Roger Williams University
Rowan University (5)
Rutgers University, Camden (2)
Rutgers University, New Brunswick (7)
Saint Joseph's University (10)
University of San Francisco
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design (4)
School of Visual Arts (2)
University of Scranton (5)
Seattle University
Sewanee: The University of the South (2)
Skidmore College
University of South Carolina (2)
University of St Andrews (4)
St. Lawrence University (3)
Stanford University
Stevens Institute of Technology (3)
Stockton University
Susquehanna University (3)
Syracuse University (12)
University of Tampa
Temple University (4)
Texas A&M University
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2)
Trinity College (2)
Tufts University (2)
Tulane University (2)
Union College (2)
United States Military Academy at West Point
University College London
University of Utah
Ursinus College (2)
Vanderbilt University
University of Vermont (7)
Villanova University (4)
University of Virginia
Virginia Tech (4)
Wake Forest University (4)
Washington and Jefferson College
Washington University in St. Louis (5)
Wayland Baptist University
Wellesley College
Wentworth Institute of Technology (2)
Wesleyan University
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Williams College
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Yale University

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