College Counseling Program
Westtown students have every possible advantage in the college process, because our college counselors really understand and are devoted to supporting students and families through the journey of college research, visits, applications, and decisions. Relax! You are in good hands.
Our College Counseling office is committed to helping students find the best colleges for them, recognizing that among such a diverse and wide range of students, there will be a diverse wide range of best college matches – small liberal arts colleges, large public universities, highly selective schools, Research 1 institutions, visual or performing arts programs, and more. They encourage students to dig deep into colleges’ academic offerings and to look for other measures of quality besides rankings, which are often faulty or misleading. Most importantly, they allow plenty of time for students, with their families’ support, to research and visit colleges, and urge them to think deeply, question thoroughly, and reflect thoughtfully as they decide where they want to apply.
Throughout the year, our college counselors also reach out to colleges. Approximately 120 college admissions representatives visit Westtown each fall to meet with our students. Our counselors also each typically visit 5 - 10 campuses every year (sometimes up to 15 or 20) to get to know colleges’ programs, settings, and opportunities. All of our counselors are also part of national and regional organizations such as NACAC, PACAC, ADVIS, ACCIS, and more, which give them opportunities for conferences, professional development, and networking with other school counselors and admissions officers.
The college process begins, informally, when a student enters ninth grade. While ninth graders need not worry about test scores or visiting colleges, it’s a great time to work hard in academic classes and explore different activities. Tenth graders should continue to study, learn, grow, and think about taking on a leadership position at Westtown. During these years, college counseling work includes homeroom visits, informational emails, Parents’ Day programs, and a standing invitation for interested students to see a college counselor for help with their academic plans. Students hoping to be recruited athletes in college are among those who might seek early advice.
Formal college work starts midway through junior year. Juniors are assigned a college counselor and begin Junior Seminar in January. In this class, students explore the many college options available and assess what they are seeking. Individual appointments ensure that the process is tailored to each student’s personal needs.
Senior Seminar continues the college process with a more practical focus: completing applications and seeking financial aid. Individual and family meetings convene as needed through the senior year, all the way into late spring and the final college selection.
Through all aspects of college counseling at Westtown, the College Counseling staff get to know students very well and they eagerly help families along this path. In the end, every student finds their new home
The Class of 2018 boasts a diverse list of college destinations, as varied as the students themselves.
We congratulate them on their College choices!