College Counseling

The strength of our program is reflected in our college admissions, which echo the range of interests and abilities of our graduates. Upper School graduates have gained acceptance to highly selective colleges and universities, including Boston College Honors Program, Brandeis, Berklee College of Music, High Point, Howard, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Smith College, Syracuse University's School of Communications, and Tulane, among others. Over the last 3 years, our seniors have received over $4 million in merit aid. 

Of course, our goal is to find the right college for each student, not just the most selective one. Still, these college placements are a tribute to the quality of our students, teachers, and program. They also speak to the caliber of our College Counseling Program. At McLean, our two College Counselors start early with students and their families, so that each student can be guided individually, equipped with an understanding of how they learn, and how to advocate for themselves. Over 80 representatives from colleges and universities visit McLean - coming as far as from California. By comparison with any school in the area, the level of support is remarkable.

Contact our Director of College Counseling, Kathleen Glynn-Sparrow, to discuss McLean's college counseling process.

Below is a list of the colleges and universities into which our recent graduates were admitted. The bold type indicates at least one matriculation.
Adelphi University
Agnes Scott College
The University of Alabama
Albright College
Allegheny College
American University
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University
The University of Arizona
Bard College
Belmont University
Beloit College
Bennett College
Bentley University
Berklee College of Music
Berklee Online College of Music
Binghamton University
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
Butler University
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, 
University of California, 
   Santa Barbara
University of California, 
   Santa Cruz
Carleton College
Case Western Reserve University
The Catholic University of America
Central Methodist University
Chapman University
Christopher Newport University
University of Cincinnati
Clark University
Colgate University
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Colorado at Denver
Colorado State University
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia University
University of Connecticut
Cornell College
Cornell University
Culver-Stockton College
Curry College
The Curtis Institute of Music
University of Dallas
Davidson College
University of Delaware
Denison University
University of Denver
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke University
Earlham College
East Carolina University
Eastern Illinois University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Fairfield University
Fairleigh Dickinson University - Florham Campus
Flagler College
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
Frostburg State University
Furman University
Gannon University
George Mason University
The George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Goucher College
Guilford College
Hampshire College
Hampton University
Haverford College
High Point University
Hiram College
Hofstra University
Hood College
Hope College
Howard University
University of Idaho
Indiana University at Bloomington
Iona College
Ithaca College
James Madison University
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Johnson & Wales University (Charlotte)
Johnson & Wales University (Providence)
Juniata College
Kent State University
Kenyon College
Knox College
La Salle University
Lafayette College
Landmark College
Lawrence University
Le Moyne College
Lewis & Clark College
Lincoln University
Lindenwood University
Longwood University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans
Lynn University
Macalester College
Manhattan College
Manhattanville College
Marist College
Marshall University
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Maryland, College Park
Marymount University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
McDaniel College
McNeese State University
Mercyhurst University
Miami University, Oxford
University of Miami
University of Michigan
Middlebury College
University of Mississippi
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri Western State University
Montana State University, Bozeman
Montgomery College
Mount Holyoke College
Mount St. Mary’s University - Maryland
Muhlenberg College
Muskingum University
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina 
   School of the Arts
Northeastern University
Norwich University
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
Occidental College
Ohio University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Old Dominion University
Oregon State University
Otterbein University
Oxford College of Emory University
Pace University, New York City
University of the Pacific
Pennsylvania State University
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
Pomona College
Prince George’s Community College
University of Puget Sound
Purchase College, SUNY
Purdue University
Queens College of the CUNY
Quinnipiac University
Radford University
Randolph-Macon College
University of Redlands
Regis University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
Rice University
Rider University
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Rochester
Rollins College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Louis University
Salisbury University
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
University of San Francisco
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah College of Art and Design - 
   SCAD, Hong Kong
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Scripps College
Seattle University
Seton Hall University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Shenandoah University
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Simmons University
Skidmore College
Smith College
University of South Carolina
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
University of South Florida, Tampa
Southeast Missouri State University
Spelman College
Springfield College
St. John’s University
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevenson University
Stonehill College
Stony Brook University
SUNY Alfred State College
SUNY Buffalo State College
Susquehanna University
Swarthmore College
Sweet Briar College
Syracuse University
The University of Tampa
Temple University
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Texas State University
The New School - All Divisions
Towson University
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College (New York)
University at Buffalo 
   The State University of New York
University of Lynchburg
The University of the Arts
University of Utah
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
University of Vermont
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
University of Virginia
Washington College
Washington University in St. Louis
University of Washington
Wesleyan University
West Chester University of 
West Virginia University
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Western Carolina University
Widener University
College of William & Mary
William Paterson University of 
   New Jersey
Winthrop University
Wofford College
Woodbury University
The College of Wooster
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University
Yale University
Yeshiva University
York College of Pennsylvania

McLean School Rocks
Upper School students receive preparation for Standardized Testing beginning with the PreACT and PSAT in grade 10. The Director of College Counseling, Kathleen Glynn-Sparrow, helps students identify and select the colleges that best match their academic strengths, and personal interests. Ms. Glynn-Sparrow and College Counselor, Max Rosner, meet regularly with juniors and seniors to review the college application process—researching colleges, planning visits, writing essays, and practicing interview skills. In addition, the College Counselors work with individual students and their parents, helping them navigate and manage the college admission and financial aid process.

K-12 College Preparatory School Supporting Bright Students’ Individual Strengths and Challenges.

McLean School is an independent, co-educational, K-12 day school serving Maryland, Washington, and Virginia. McLean has for over sixty years been helping students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. We embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and challenges related to anxiety and executive functioning. Many of our students excel in some areas while benefiting from support in others.
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