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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 nearly $20 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, Erika 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, Erika 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
Bard College
Baylor University
Berklee College of Music
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic University of America
Clemson University
Colgate University
College of Charleston
College of William & Mary
Columbia University
Cornell University
Denison University
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Duke University
Elon University
Fordham University
Franklin and Marshall College
Gallaudet University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College
Goucher College
Hampden-Sydney College
Haverford College
High Point University
Hobart and Smith
Hofstra University

Howard University
Ithaca College
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
La Salle University
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College
Loyola Marymount University
Lynn University
Macalester College
Marist College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McDaniel College
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
Muhlenberg College
New York University
Northeastern University
Oberlin College
Ohio State University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Pennsylvania State University
Perdue University
Pomona College
Randolph-Macon College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Saint Joseph’s University
San Diego State University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Scripps College
Skidmore College
Smith College
Spelman College
Susquehanna University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Temple University
Towson University
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of California San Diego
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Delaware
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Carolina
University of Tampa
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Washington University in St. Louis
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University
Yale University