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College Counseling

College Counseling

Brightest FutureBest Fit

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.

Upper School students sit for the exams as practice for Standardized Testing beginning with the PreACT and PSAT in grade 10. The Director of College Counseling, Erica Toren, helps students identify and select the colleges that best match their academic strengths, and personal interests. Ms. Toren and Associate Director of College Counseling, 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 scholarships process.

Contact our Director of College Counseling, Erica Toren, to discuss McLean’s college counseling process.

College PlacementsOur Graduates

Below is a list of the colleges and universities into which our recent graduates were admitted. The bold type indicates at least one matriculation.

American University
Arizona State University
Baylor University
Berklee College of Music
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Case Western Reserve University
Christopher Newport University
Colgate University
College of William & Mary
College of Wooster
Denison University
Dickinson College
Duke University
East Carolina University
Elon University
Fordham University
Franklin and Marshall College
Gallaudet University
George Mason University
George Washington University

Goucher College
Hampden-Sydney College
Haverford College
High Point University
Hofstra University
Ithaca College
James Madison University
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Johnson & Wales University (Providence)
Juniata College
Kent State University
Kenyon College
La Salle University
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College
Longwood University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Lynn University
Macalester College

Manhattanville College
Marist College
Marquette University
Marymount University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McDaniel College
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
Mount St. Mary’s University – Maryland
Muhlenberg College

Northeastern University
New York University
Norwich University
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Ohio State University
Ohio University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Old Dominion University
Oregon State University
Pace University
Pennsylvania State University
Perdue University
Pomona College
Quinnipiac University
Radford University
Randolph-Macon College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
Rice University
Rider University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rollins College
Rutgers University
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Louis University
Salisbury University
San Diego State University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Scripps College
Seton Hall University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Shenandoah University
Simmons University
Skidmore College
Smith College

Spelman College
St. Olaf College
Stony Brook University
Susquehanna University
Swarthmore College
Sweet Briar College
Syracuse University
Temple University
The College of Wooster
The University of Alabama
The University of Arizona
The University of Tampa
Towson University
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Lynchburg
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of South Carolina
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Washington College
Washington University in St. Louis
Wesleyan University
West Chester University
West Virginia University
Widener University
Wofford College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University