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 acceptances to highly selective colleges and universities, including Boston College Honors Program, Brandeis, High Point, Howard, NYU School of Music, 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 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. 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 process.

Below is a list of the colleges and universities into which one or more members of the classes of 2013-2017 were admitted. The bold type indicates at least one matriculation.
Adelphi University
Agnes Scott College
University of Akron
The University of Alabama
Albright College
Alfred University
Allegheny College
American University
Arizona State University
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff
Baldwin-Wallace University
Bard College
Barry University
Belmont University
Beloit College
Bennett College
Berklee College of Music
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bridgeton Academy
Bryant University
Butler University
Case Western Reserve University
Castleton State College
The Catholic University of America
Central State University
College of Charleston
University of Charleston
Cheyney College of Pennsylvania
Christopher Newport University
Clark Atlanta University
Clark University
Clarkson University
Coastal Carolina University
Colby College
College of William & Mary
University of Colorado, Boulder
Colorado State University
Columbia College Chicago
Concordia University, Montreal
University of Connecticut
Curry College
Delaware State University
Delaware Valley University
University of Delaware
Denison University
University of Denver
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Dillard University
Drexel University
Duke University
Duquesne University
Earlham College
Eckerd College
Elizabethtown College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Endicott College
The Evergreen State College
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Flagler College
Florida A&M University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Southern College
Franklin & Marshall College
Frostburg State University
Furman University
George Mason University
The George Washington University
Gettysburg College
Goucher College
Guilford College 
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampton University
University of Hartford
High Point University
Hofstra University
Hood College
Howard University
Indiana University, Bloomington
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
University of Iowa
Ithaca College
Jacksonville University
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Johnson & Wales University, R.I.
Juniata College
Kent State University
University of Kentucky
Kenyon College
Knox College
Landmark College
Lawrence University
Lewis & Clark College
Lincoln University
Longwood University
Loyola University, Maryland
Loyola University, New Orleans
Lynchburg College
Lynn University
Macalester College
University of Maine, Farmington
Manhattanville College
Marietta College
Marist College
Marquette University
Marshall University
Mary Baldwin College
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland, Baltimore County  
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
University of Maryland Honors Program, 
College Park      
Marymount University
McDaniel College
Mercyhurst College
Miami University, Oxford
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Missouri, Columbia
Monmouth University
The University of Montana, Western
Montgomery College, Rockville
Morehouse College
Mount Holyoke College
Mount St. Mary’s University
Muhlenberg College
Muskingum University
Nazareth College
New England College
University of New England
New York University
Norfolk State University
Northeastern University
University of Northern Colorado
Northern Virginia Community College
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Ohio Wesleyan University
Otterbein University
Pace University, New York City
Pennsylvania State University, Altoona
Pennsylvania State University, 
   University Park
Philadelphia University
Philander Smith College
University of Pittsburgh
The Pratt Institute
University of Puget Sound
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University
Radford University
Randolph-Macon College
University of Redlands
Regis University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rider University
Roanoke College
Robert Morris University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester Polytechnic Institute
University of Rochester
Roger Williams University
Rollins College
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Leo University
Saint Peter’s University
Salisbury University
Sewanee: University of the South
Shaw University
Shenandoah University Music Conservatory
Skidmore College
Smith College
University of South Carolina
University of Southern Maine
Spelman College
Springfield College
St. John’s University, Manhattan
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
St. Olaf College
Stern College/Yeshiva University
Stetson University
Stevenson University
SUNY Binghamton
SUNY College Geneseo
Susquehanna University
Syracuse University
University of Tampa
Temple University
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The New School
The Ohio State University
Tiffin University
Towson University
Transylvania University
Tulane University
Tuskegee University
Union College
University of the Arts
Ursinus College
University of Utah
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
University of Vermont
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia State University
Virginia Wesleyan College
Washington College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
West Virginia State University
Widener University
Willamette University
Winston-Salem State University
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Wittenberg University
Wofford College
The College of Wooster
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University
Xavier University of Louisiana
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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