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, College Counseling starts 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 Co-Directors of College Counseling, Hannah Serota, or 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
Alabama A&M University
Albright College
Alfred University
Allegheny College
American University
Amsterdam University College
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University
Armstrong State University
Bard College
Bates 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 College
Boston University
Bowie State University
Brandeis University
Bridgton Academy
Bryant University
Bryn Mawr College
Butler University
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Northridge Carleton College
Case Western Reserve University
Central Methodist University
Central State University
Chapman University
Christopher Newport University
Clark Atlanta University
Clark University
Clarkson University
Coastal Carolina University 
Colby College
Colgate University
College of William and Mary
Colorado State University
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia University
Concordia University - Montreal
Cornell College
Cornell University
Culver-Stockton College
Curry College
Davidson College
Delaware Valley University
Denison University
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke University
Duquesne University
Earlham College
East Carolina University
Eastern Illinois University
Eckerd College
Elizabethtown College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Fairleigh Dickinson University - Florham Campus Florida A&M University
Florida Institute of Technology
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
Frostburg State University
Furman University
Gannon University
George Mason University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gettysburg College
Goucher College
Guilford College
Hampden-Sydney College 
Hampton University 
Haverford College 
High Point University 
Hiram College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Hofstra University
Hood College
Howard University
Indiana State University
Indiana University at Bloomington Indiana University Southeast
Iona College
Ithaca College
James Madison University
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
Lesley University
Lewis & Clark College
Lincoln University
Lindenwood University
Longwood University
Louisiana State University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans
Lycoming College
Lynchburg College
Lynn University
Macalester College
Manhattanville College
Marist College
Marquette University
Marshall University
Mary Baldwin University 
Marymount University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McDaniel College
McMaster University
McNeese State University
Mercyhurst University
Merrimack College
Miami University, Oxford
Middlebury College
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri Western State University
Montana State University, Bozeman
Montgomery College
Morehouse College
Morgan State University
Mount Holyoke College
Mount St. Mary's University
Muhlenberg College
Muskingum University
Nazareth College
NCAA Eligibility Center
New England College
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
New York University
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A&T State University
Northeastern University
Northern Virginia Community College - Loudoun Campus 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
Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University - Altoona
Philander Smith College 
Purdue University
Queen's University
Queens College of the CUNY
Quinnipiac University
Radford University
Randolph-Macon College
Regis University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
Rider University
Roanoke College
Robert Morris University (PA)
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Rollins College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Saint Joseph's University
Saint Peter's University
Salisbury University
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
Savannah College of Art and Design - SCAD, Hong Kong Seton Hall University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Shenandoah University
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Simmons College
Skidmore College
Smith College
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Southeast Missouri State University
Spelman College
Springfield College
St. John's University - Queens Campus
St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Olaf College
Stanford University
Stetson University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevenson University
Stony Brook University 
SUNY Alfred State College
SUNY Buffalo State College
SUNY College at Geneseo
SUNY College at Oneonta
Susquehanna University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Temple University 
Texas State University 
The Catholic University of America 
The College of Wooster
The Curtis Institute of Music
The George Washington University
The New School - All Divisions
The Ohio State University
The University of Alabama
The University of Arizona
The University of Iowa
The University of Montana, Western
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of Tampa
The University of Texas, Austin
The University of the Arts
Tiffin University
Towson University
Transylvania University
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College (New York)
United States Naval Academy
University College Groningen
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Dallas
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Hartford 
University of Idaho
University of Kentucky
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland,
Eastern Shore University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri Columbia
University of New Hampshire at Durham
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of Northern Colorado
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
University of Rochester
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Southern Maine
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Waterloo
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ursinus College
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Virginia University of Lynchburg
Wake Forest University
Washington College
Washington University in St. Louis Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wesleyan University 
West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Virginia State University
West Virginia
Wesleyan College
Wheaton College MA 
Widener University 
Willamette University
William Paterson University of New Jersey Williams College
Winston-Salem State University
Winthrop University
Wittenberg University
Wofford College
Woodbury University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University
Xavier University of Louisiana
Yale University
Yeshiva University
York College of Pennsylvania 

Bold indicates student enrolled 

McLean School Rocks
Upper School students receive preparation for Standardized Testing beginning with the Explore test, a practice ACT, in grade nine.The Co-Directors of College Counseling, Hannah Serota, and Kathleen Glynn Sparrow help students identify and select the colleges that best match their academic strengths, and personal interests. Ms. Serota and Ms. Sparrow 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 Counselor works 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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