Welcome to Emma Willard's college counseling program!
Here you will find information about our college counseling program as well as links to resources that will be essential to your college admissions process.
Our mission is to help students gain admission to colleges and universities that fit their intellectual and personal abilities, their interests, and their aspirations. In its efforts to educate, counsel, guide, support, and advocate for them throughout the college process, the college counseling team is guided by the philosophy that “college is a match to be made, not a prize to be won” (Frank Sachs). Fit is therefore emphasized over perceived prestige. As an institutional member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling, Emma Willard subscribes to the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice. This statement delineates the professional and ethical standards, policies, practices, and procedures that guide and govern the activities of the secondary, post-secondary, and third-party participants in the college admissions process.
The guidance and support provided by the college office is integral to the educational mission of the school. The members of the college counseling team are educators responsible for guiding students knowledgeably, professionally, and ethically. Our work is grounded in a deep respect for the worth, individuality, dignity, and dreams of each student. Our highest priority is to help students clarify their values, assess their strengths, and identify their goals for post-secondary education and then provide them and their parents with accurate information and realistic guidance about colleges and the college admissions process. In addition, we provide colleges with information about Emma Willard’s academic policies, profile, and the students applying to their institutions. We also provide input on discussions and decisions related to academic policy and curriculum development. Finally, we are responsible for dispensing information about colleges, college admissions, and the students involved in the process to a wide range of constituencies, including trustees, faculty, administrators, alumnae, and prospective students.