Life @ Webb

College Counseling

The Webb School experience embodies more than outstanding academics. Our students actively participate and take on leadership roles in extracurricular activities, community service, athletics, the arts, international programs and more.

We empower our students to choose colleges and universities that fit with their unique abilities, aspirations, interests, and character. We seek to guide our students toward schools that will not only fit them, but will also enhance the foundation of learning, leadership, and self-exploration that students develop while at Webb.

We believe that the college application process can be a gratifying and rewarding time, so our goal is always to provide each student with the support they need while encouraging and challenging them to explore and embrace their own strengths, thoughts, and dreams for their future.

Navigating the College Counseling Process

Students are at the heart of our college counseling program. Guiding students to know themselves better so they can make good decisions for their college process is the goal with every program offered. Starting with ninth grade workshops and career surveys, and moving to individualized meetings, essay help, application review, and much, much more with seniors, college counseling is a four-year process at Webb.

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  • Freshman Year

    • Freshmen complete a career survey that helps them to start thinking about goals and charting a successful path through high school.
    • Students take the PSAT for the first time in preparation for the SAT.
    • Webb’s College Counseling Office offers an annual College Fair for all Upper School students where more than 75 colleges and universities are represented.
  • Sophomore Year

    • Sophomores take the PSAT in October.
    • Sophomores are encouraged to take full advantage of what the admission officers at Webb’s annual College Fair have to offer.
    • Sophomores have a college preview session near the end of the academic year to help prepare them for the college process as a junior and senior.
    • 10th grade families are welcome to meet with a counselor to think through course selection, talk about academic and extracurricular interests and involvements, discuss the PSAT results, or prepare a testing timeline.
  • Junior Year

    • Webb's College Counseling Office hosts its annual fall Admissions Forum, featuring several college admissions deans and directors, who, in separate sessions for students and parents, share their insights on the college application process.
    • Juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT in October, and are encouraged to take the SAT and ACT in the winter and SAT Subject Tests in the spring.
    • Webb’s college counselors offer class meetings – one for parents and one for students – to prepare families for the college process including what colleges look for in applicants, resources for the college process, and a timetable and planning for recommendations, testing, and college visits.
    • Families schedule individual meetings with their assigned college counselor to discuss how colleges evaluate applications and how they look at transcripts, standardized testing, recommendations, the application timeline, scholarships and financial aid, interests and involvements relevant for college, and developing a college list that best fits the student's needs and goals. Students use Naviance, our customized college software, to compare their academic backgrounds with other students who have applied to colleges of interest, and to keep track of their college list.
    • Juniors are given the opportunity throughout the year to meet with college representatives when they visit Webb.
    • College counselors administer a questionnaire – to both students and their parents – to gather information for the counselor recommendation. Counselors advise families on how to arrange college campus visits.
    • The College Counseling Office hosts educational programming for students and families on topics such as financial aid and scholarships.
    • College counselors host a session for students to learn about their college essays and how to approach those productively.
  • Senior Year

    • College counselors present programs – one for parents and one for students – to discuss the nuts and bolts of the application process for the coming months.
    • Seniors have the opportunity to retake the SAT and the ACT.
    • Each student’s primary counselor helps him/her coordinate the submission of all parts of the college application. Student application strategies are honed and finalized.
    • Counselors provide support and congratulations when application results arrive. They also serve as a sounding board as students make their enrollment choices.

College Counseling Objectives

  • To provide students and parents a clear understanding of the college search and application process, especially the roles of parents, students, and the College Counseling Office.
  • To provide accurate information, sound advice, and individual attention to each student and his or her parents.
  • To support and assist each student through the college search, application, and decision-making process.
  • To serve as the strongest possible advocate for each student throughout the college search and application process.
  • To educate students about the significance of taking responsibility in the college search and application process.
  • To develop and foster personal and positive relationships with college and university admissions officers.
  • To ensure that information the College Counseling Office sends to college and university admissions offices is accurate, complete, and timely.

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Meet the College Counseling Staff

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