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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 2017 Matriculation List

University of Alabama
American University (4)
Amherst College (2)
Austin College
Boston University (2)
Brown University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Riverside
University of Chicago
Clemson University
Colby College
Colorado State University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
University of Delaware
University of Denver
Dickinson College (4)
Drew University
Drexel University (3)
Elon University (2)
Franklin & Marshall College (3)
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College
Hampton University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Ithaca College (2)
Johns Hopkins University
La Salle University
Lafayette College (2)
Lehigh University
Loyola University, Maryland
Marist College (2)
Marshall University
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Middlebury College
Montclair State University
Muhlenberg College
University of New Haven
New York University (3)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Northeastern University (2)
Ohio State University
Pace University, New York City
Pennsylvania State University, Abington
Pennsylvania State University, College Park (2)
Providence College (2)
Purdue University
Rhodes College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Rowan University
Rutgers University, New Brunswick (4)
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of Visual Arts
University of South Carolina
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stockton University
Syracuse University (3)
Temple University (2)
Tufts University
Union College, New York
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2)
University of Utah
Vanderbilt University
University of Vermont (2)
Villanova University
University of Virginia
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University

Five-Year Matriculation List

Five-Year College Matriculation List 2013-2017

University of Alabama
Albright College (4)
Alvernia University
American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA)
American University (6)
Amherst College (2)
University of Arizona
Arizona State University
Austin College
Babson College (2)
Becker College
Belmont University
Bentley University (2)
Binghamton University
Boston College
Boston University (11)
Bowdoin College (2)
Brandeis University (2)
University of British Columbia
Brown University (3)
Bryant University
Bryn Athyn College of the New Church
Bucknell University (6)
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)
Catholic University of America
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 (5)
University of Colorado, Boulder
Colorado State University
Columbia University (4)
University of Connecticut
Connecticut College (2)
Cornell University (4)
Curry College
Dartmouth College (2)
Davidson College
University of Delaware (2)
Delaware State University
University of Denver
DePaul University
Dickinson College (11)
Drew University (5)
Drexel University (12)
Duke University
Duquesne University
Eckerd College (2)
Elon University (7)
Emory University (4)
Fairfield University (3)
Fashion Institute of Technology
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fordham University (4)
Forsyth Technical Community College
Franklin & Marshall College (10)
Franklin University, Switzerland
George Washington University (11)
Georgetown University (5)
Gettysburg College (3)
Goucher College
Guilford College
Hamilton College (2)
Hampton University
Harvard University
High Point University (3)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges (6)
Holy Family University
Hood College
University of Houston
University of Illinois at Chicago
Indiana University, Bloomington (3)
Ithaca College (5)
James Madison University (3)
Johns Hopkins University (4)
Johnson & Wales University, Providence (2)
University of Kentucky
Kenyon College
La Salle University (2)
Lafayette College (14)
Lake Forest College
Lehigh University (8)
Liberty University
Loyola University, Maryland (4)
Lynn University
Marist College (3)
Marshall University
University of Maryland, College Park (2)
Maryland Institute College of Art
Marymount University
University of Massachusetts, Amherst (3)
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
McDaniel College
McGill University
Methodist University
University of Michigan
Michigan State University (3)
Middlebury College (2)
University of Mississippi (2)
Monmouth University (2)
Monroe College
Montclair State University
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Ida College
Muhlenberg College (4)
The New School, All Divisions (3)
New York University (8)
University of New Haven (2)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University (6)
Ohio State University
Oxford College of Emory University
Pace University, New York City (3)
University of Pennsylvania (4)
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Pennsylvania State University (7)
Pennsylvania State University, Abington
Pennsylvania State University, Altoona
Philadelphia University
University of Pittsburgh (3)
Pitzer College
Pratt Institute (2)
Princeton University (3)
Providence College (2)
Purdue University (5)
Quinnipiac University (3)
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Randolph-Macon College (2)
University of Redlands
University of Rhode Island (3)
Rhode Island School of Design (2)
Rhodes College (4)
Rice University
University of Richmond (2)
Rider University (4)
University of Rochester
Rochester Institute of Technology (2)
Roger Williams University
Rowan University (4)
Rutgers University, New Brunswick (10)
Saint Joseph's University (6)
University of San Francisco
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design (2)
School of Visual Arts (2)
University of Scranton (7)
Seattle University
Sewanee: The University of the South (2)
Shenandoah University
Skidmore College
University of South Carolina (3)
University of St Andrews (4)
St. Lawrence University (2)
Stanford University
Stevens Institute of Technology (2)
Stockton University
Stonehill College
Susquehanna University (4)
Syracuse University (10)
University of Tampa
Temple University (4)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2)
Trinity College (2)
Tufts University (3)
Tulane University (2)
Union College, New York (2)
United States Military Academy, West Point
University College London
University of Utah
Ursinus College (2)
Vanderbilt University
University of Vermont (9)
Villanova University (3)
University of Virginia
Virginia Tech (2)
Wake Forest University (3)
Washington and Jefferson College
Washington University in St. Louis (3)
Wellesley College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wesleyan University
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Western New England University

College of William and Mary
Williams College
University of Wisconsin, Madison
College of Wooster
Yale University

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