College Counseling

In a sense, college counseling and preparation for life after Choate begins as soon as a student enters the School.

Advisers, teachers, and deans help each student choose an appropriately challenging class schedule and advise about athletics, extracurricular activities, and standardized tests – all of which can play parts in the college admission process and widen a student’s scope of interests.

In its purest form the college search and application process is one of excitement, possibility and self-discovery for a student. During the counseling process students are enabled to create a well-balanced list of colleges and universities that offers suitable matches and to assemble a compelling application that accurately conveys their character, personality and strengths.

"Fit" is a core element in the process. Just getting into college is not the focus. Getting into the right school is. Through the work of Choate's College Counseling office, students are shown how to match their life goals with an institution that will support their journey of exploration and learning.

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Responsibilities of students in the college process

  • Timely attention to all tasks and deadlines throughout the college admission cycle.
  • Thoughtful consideration of your college counselor’s recommendations when it comes to applying to a particular college or university.
  • A willingness by parents and guardians to assist you in owning the college admission process by helping you become self-sufficient and self-reliant.

Responsibilities of counselors in the college process

  • Expert guidance and support throughout the college admission process by an experienced, professional college counselor who provides timely, individualized attention.
  • Assistance in developing a thoughtful and balanced application list of colleges.
  • Clearly identified tasks and deadlines for students and parents/guardians.

Responsibilities of parents in the college process

  • Respect your child’s choices. Listen with an open mind.
  • Encourage your child to communicate with colleges directly; try not to take over the process or the responsibilities that more appropriately belong to the applicant.
  • Remember that college counselors are professionals—each individual is a valuable   resource whose experience gives them unique knowledge and insight within the field of college admission.


Choate students matriculate at a distinguished list of colleges and universities. The following list reflects some of the most popular choices for our graduates over the past five years.

  • Amherst College
  • Barnard College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Colgate University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Colorado College
  • Columbia University
  • Connecticut College
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Hamilton College - NY
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lehigh University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • Syracuse University
  • Trinity College
  • Tufts University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of St Andrews (Scotland)
  • University of Southern California
  • Villanova University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wesleyan University
  • Williams College
  • Yale University