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Making the Right Choice

Entire Class of 2019 in their college shirts smiling

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 2019 Matriculation List

American University 
University of Arizona
Bard College
Bentley University
Berklee College of Music
University of British Columbia
Brown University
University of California, San Diego 
Champlain College
University of Colorado at Boulder 
University of Connecticut
Daemen College
University of Delaware 
Dickinson College 
Drew University 
Drexel University 
Duke University
Elon University 
University of Florida
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College 
Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus
George Mason University
George Washington University
Hampden-Sydney College
High Point University 
Ithaca College
Jacksonville University
Johns Hopkins University
Keio University Mita
Lafayette College 
Lehigh University 
Marist College 
Michigan State University
Montana State University at Bozeman
Montclair State University
Muhlenberg College 
New York University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Northeastern University 
University of Oxford
University of Pennsylvania 
Pennsylvania State University 
University of Pittsburgh
Queen Mary University of London
Rhode Island School of Design
University of Richmond
Rider University
University of Rochester
Rutgers University, New Brunswick 
Saint Joseph's University 
Salve Regina University
San Diego State University
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of Visual Arts
Southern Methodist University
St. Olaf College
Syracuse University 
Temple University
Texas Christian University
Tufts University
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
Washington and Jefferson College
Washington College
College of William & Mary

Five-Year Matriculation List

Five-Year College Matriculation List 2015-2019

University of Alabama Albright College
Alvernia University
American University
Amherst College
University of Arizona 
Arizona State University
Austin College
Babson College
Bard College
Barnard College
Becker College
Belmont University
Bentley University
Berklee College of Music
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
University of British Columbia 
Brown University
Bryn Athyn College of the New Church
Bucknell University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Champlain College
Chapman University
University of Chicago
Clemson University
Colby College
Colgate University
College of Charleston
The College of New Jersey 
College of William & Mary
University of Colorado at Boulder 
Colorado State University
Columbia University
University of Connecticut 
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Curry College
Daemen College
Davidson College
University of Delaware 
Delaware State University
Denison University
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke University
Eckerd College
École Hôtelière de Lausanne
Elon University
Emory University
Fairfield University
University of Florida 
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus
Full Sail University
George Mason University
George Washington University 
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College
Goucher College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampton University
Hartwick College
Harvard College
Haverford College
University of Helsinki
High Point University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Holy Family University
Hood College
University of Houston 
Indiana University, Bloomington
Ithaca College
Jacksonville University
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Keio University Mita
University of Kentucky 
La Salle University
Lafayette College
Lebanon Valley College
Lehigh University
Loyola University Maryland
Lynn University
Marist College
Marshall University
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
McGill University
University of Miami
University of Michigan
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
University of Mississippi 
Montana State University, Bozeman
Montclair State University
Muhlenberg College
University of New Haven
The New School, All Divisions 
New York University
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Northeastern University
Ohio State University 
University of Oxford
Oxford College of Emory University
Pace University, New York City
Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University
University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University, Abington
Pennsylvania State University, Altoona
University of Pittsburgh
Pitzer College
Pratt Institute
Princeton University
Providence College
Purdue University
Queen Mary University of London
Quinnipiac University
Ramapo College of New Jersey
University of Rhode Island 
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhodes College
Rice University
University of Richmond
Rider University
University of Rochester 
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Rowan University
Rutgers University, Camden
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Saint Joseph’s University
Salve Regina University
San Diego State University
University of San Francisco
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of Visual Arts
University of Scranton 
Seattle University
Skidmore College
University of South Carolina
Southern Methodist University
University of St Andrews 
St. Lawrence University
St. Olaf College
Stanford University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stockton University
Susquehanna University
Syracuse University
University of Tampa 
Temple University
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
Trinity College
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College
United States Military Academy at West Point
University of Utah
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
University of Vermont 
Villanova University
University of Virginia 
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Washington and Jefferson College
Washington College
Washington University in St. Louis
Wayland Baptist University
Wellesley College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wesleyan University
Williams College
University of Wisconsin, Madison

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