College Counseling

The college application process represents a significant aspect of the Westminster School experience that incorporates what students have learned about the world and themselves, both in and out of the classroom, and helps to guide decisions throughout the college process. While students and families may feel challenged and anxious, the process is somewhat similar to the application process at Westminster, many students and families find that the college application process can be one of the most exciting and rewarding adventures! The goal is to provide advice, support and the information necessary to make the college process a positive part of the student experience.
The mission of the college counseling office is to help students find a home in college that will be every bit as important and inspirational to them as their home at Westminster.

Greg Willliams, Director of College Counseling

College Matriculation

The list below shows where three or more Westminster graduates of the classes of 2019-2023 enrolled.
Babson College
Barnard College
Bates College
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brown University
Bryant University
Bucknell University
Colby College
Colgate University
College of the Holy Cross
Colorado College
Columbia University (New York)
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Denison University
Elon University
Endicott College
Fairfield University
Fordham University
Franklin and Marshall College
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Hamilton College
Harvard University
Haverford College
Hobart William Smith Colleges
Indiana University-Bloomington
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Marist College
Miami University, Oxford
Middlebury College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Occidental College
Princeton University
Providence College
Saint Anselm College
Salve Regina University
Santa Clara University
Skidmore College
Southern Methodist University
St Lawrence University
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
Trinity College
Tufts University
Tulane University of Louisiana
University of California-San Diego
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Miami
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond
University of Southern California
University of St Andrews
University of Toronto
University of Vermont
University of Virginia-Main Campus
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vassar College
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
Washington University in St Louis
Wesleyan University
Wheaton College (Massachusetts)
Williams College
Yale University

The College Process

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  • Third Form Year

    Third Form students are encouraged to spend the year focusing on acclimating to the boarding school community, finding confidence in the classroom, and exploring extracurricular interests. Since the Westminster community mimics that of a college community, students should take stock of what they enjoy about this experience. Since our college counselors live on campus and are fully immersed in the community, Third Form students have the opportunity to develop relationships with the counselors who will guide them throughout the college process.  

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  • Fifth Form Year

    Fifth Form students begin engaging with the college search in December with an all-Form meeting. At this meeting, Fifth Formers are introduced to key college search concepts, including the value of research, an overview of the online platforms the college office uses to manage the college search and application process, and important dates and deadlines. They are also given the Fifth Form Student Questionnaire, which is an opportunity for students to highlight their high school accomplishments and future aspirations. Once students turn this document into the college office, they receive the name of their College Counselor. Parents are also invited to complete the Parent Questionnaire for their student.
    Throughout the winter and spring, Fifth Form students meet individually with their College Counselor to develop a list of colleges that could be an appropriate match based on what they have learned in individual conversations with their College Counselor and attend all-Form college meetings. Students benefit from participation in the Hartford Area Independent Secondary School College Counselors Association (HAISSCCA), which hosts a college fair in the spring that is regularly attended by well over one hundred colleges from around the world.
    Fifth Form students are encouraged to take either the SAT or ACT during the winter or spring terms. They are also invited during the fall term to take the PSAT to qualify for National Merit Scholarship opportunities. It should be noted that not all students will be required to use their standardized testing as part of their admission process and students will meet their individual counselor for the most appropriate individual strategy.
    Also, in the spring, Fifth Form students begin to write a college essay draft, request college recommendations from their teachers, and begin to solidify their final college list.

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  • Fourth Form Year

    Fourth Form students should be hitting their stride in all aspects of the Westminster community. These students will be introduced to practice standardized tests - starting with the PSAT in the fall term and the PreACT in the spring term. Students will receive the results a few weeks after each test and should take these results with a grain of salt. For example, many Fourth Formers may not have received full exposure to all of the math that is on these tests. It should be noted that the PSAT and PreACT are not used by colleges in the admission process and we do not recommend that students do much preparation for each test. The purpose of these tests is to gain a baseline on possible areas to improve.   
    Parents and guardians of Fourth Form students are invited to attend an information session hosted by the College Counseling Office during Parents and Family Weekend during the fall term.

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  • Sixth Form Year

    College Counselors require Sixth Form students to submit a draft of their college essay in September and the counselors meet with students regularly throughout the admissions process. The College Counselors support students by solidifying their college lists, deciding on appropriate application timelines, editing essays, and completing applications. 
    Counselors host an all-Form meeting every two weeks throughout the fall term to keep students on track with their applications and to discuss larger college counseling concepts. Throughout the fall, Sixth Formers meet with representatives from leading universities who visit the Westminster campus. During this time, Sixth Formers have the opportunity to take the SAT or the ACT in advance of early and regular decision application deadlines in November, December, and January.
    By the May 1 national college deposit deadline, Sixth Formers are wrapping up the college process by accepting an offer of admission from a college or university.

Meet the College Counseling Staff

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  • Photo of Gregory Williams

    Gregory Williams 

    Director of College Counseling
    (860) 408-3070
  • Photo of Kate Rogers

    Kate Rogers 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
    (860) 408-3757
  • Photo of Shana Russell

    Shana Russell 

    Associate Director of College Counseling, Chapel Coordinator, John Hay Advisor
    (860) 408-3013
  • Photo of Tenniel Hacker

    Tenniel Hacker 

    College Counseling Coordinator & Director of Testing
    (860) 408-3073
  • Photo of Mary Pat Gritzmacher

    Mary Pat Gritzmacher 

    College Counseling Consultant

Contact Us

995 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, Connecticut 06070

P. (860) 408-3000
F. (860) 408 3001
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