college counseling

What comes after Porter’s? Which doors are open to our graduates? How do we approach the increasingly complex college admissions process? The College Office answers these questions and more via a highly individualized counseling program that enables students to take ownership of the college process and their futures. Our advisors are resources for key information, valuable conduits to higher education, and enthusiastic advocates who support students as they prepare for the next exciting phase in their academic careers.

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college counseling year by year

Preparing for college begins the moment a student begins her first year at Porter’s. College Counseling at Porter’s is focused not only on equipping each student with the tools she needs for the college admissions process but also, more importantly, with the knowledge, skills, and confidence essential to succeed in college, career, and life.

9th grade

Each student is assigned to a faculty advisor, who becomes her guide and mentor as she engages with our community and begins to establish herself in her classes, sports, and extracurricular activities on campus.

Advisors encourage students to try new things, stretch themselves, and to find and pursue passions. In the spring term, advisors assist ninth graders with planning that includes self-assessment, course planning for the coming three years, and goal-setting for continued growth and exploration. Introductory workshops are held with the College Office to educate ninth graders about the broad landscape of colleges and universities in the US and abroad, and the key components that comprise a college application.

10th grade

Sophomores have their first taste of college admission testing in October by taking the Pre-ACT or PSAT. Over the course of the year, workshops are offered to students and their families on college admission topics such as standardized testing, athletic recruiting, and  financial aid.

Practice standardized testing experiences provide students with a low-stakes opportunity to become familiar with college admissions testing and individual feedback on their relative strengths and areas of focus. Workshops during Family Weekend in October expose students and their families to the college application and admission process. Sophomores are notified who their college counselor is in December. During January InterMission, a series of evening sessions engage sophomores in self-assessment, identifying potential areas of study and campus characteristics they seek in their college experience, as well as a “College 101” overview of the admissions process. In the spring, students work closely with advisors to evaluate their academic record, extracurricular engagement, and curricular planning to look ahead to junior and senior years.

11th grade

Juniors take the PSAT in October of 11th grade and sit for their first baseline SAT and ACT test in December. All of these tools help them assess their testing strengths and formulate a personal test preparation strategy to maximize their college admission scores. During Fall Family Weekend in October, the College Office hosts Junior College Planning Programming for juniors and their families, with presentations and workshops led by visiting college admission representatives from a range of colleges and universities. The College Office presents at class meetings and hosts small group meetings in December to help orient students to the college process, answer general questions, and introduce them to Scoir and College Kickstart, the two online tools they will use to manage their college searches.. The students are asked to complete a suite of self-assessment tools by the end of the semester so they are prepared to begin their one-on-one meetings with their college counselors in January.

Students are encouraged to use March vacation to begin to visit campuses to get a “feel” for the types of schools that may be appealing to them. One-on-one meetings continue throughout the junior year, complemented by a trip to the Hartford Areas Independent Schools college fair, with over 150 colleges and universities in attendance. Counselors work closely with students to help them refine a standardized testing plan, identify recommendation writers, navigate the Common Application, and compile a workable list of colleges that includes schools at a broad range of selectivity levels. The year culminates in a College Essay Workshop designed to launch the students on their writing process before the start of the summer.

12th grade

By senior year, the college counseling process becomes highly individualized, as each individual’s search becomes as unique as they are. College representatives from over 100 colleges and universities visit Porter’s throughout the fall, and students are strongly encouraged to meet with the visitors from any schools they are considering for small group and often one-on-one connections. Students and counselors meet regularly as we approach early deadlines and finalize a college applications list that represents the student’s interests and a range of schools to which she has an opportunity to be admitted.

Students who are applying for financial aid work closely with their families to ensure that all required financial aid forms are submitted by each school’s published deadlines. College admissions decisions come in throughout the winter months, with a final notification date of April 1. Students have until May 1, the national reply date, to select from among the schools to which they have been admitted and enroll.

matriculation list

Porter’s students take advantage of college as an opportunity to explore, learn, grow, and prepare for the rest of their lives. Students from the classes of 2015-2020 have matriculated:

Assumption College

Babson College 

Bates College

Bennington College

Bentley University

Berklee College of Music

Boston College

Boston University

Bowdoin College

Brandeis University

Brown University

Bryant University

Champlain College

Clark University 

Colby College

College of the Holy Cross

Dartmouth College

Emerson College

Endicott College

Fairfield University

Harvard College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Middlebury College

Mount Holyoke College

Northeastern University

Olin College of Engineering

Providence College

Quinnipiac University

Roger Williams University

Sacred Heart University

Smith College

Springfield College

Trinity College

Tufts University

University of Connecticut

University of Hartford

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Massachusetts, Boston

University of Vermont

Wellesley College

Wesleyan University

Williams College

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Yale University

American Musical and Dramatic Academy

American University

Bard College

Barnard College

Bryn Mawr College

Bucknell University

Carnegie Mellon University

Colgate University

Columbia University 

Columbia University International Dual BA Programs 

Cornell University

Drexel University

Fordham University

Franklin and Marshall College

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Gettysburg College

Hamilton College

Haverford College

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Howard University

Johns Hopkins University

Lehigh University

Loyola University Maryland

Marist College

Muhlenberg College

New School

New York University

Pace University, New York City

Pennsylvania State University

Princeton University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rutgers University 

Sarah Lawrence College

Skidmore College

St. John’s University, Queens

St. Lawrence University

Stevens Institute of Technology

Swarthmore University

Syracuse University

Union College

United States Military Academy

University of Maryland College Park

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

Vassar College

Baylor University 

College of Charleston

College of William and Mary

Davidson College

Duke University

Elon University

Emory University

Furman University 

High Point University

James Madison University

Rollins College

Savannah College of Art and Design

Sewanee: The University of the South

Southern Methodist University

Spelman College

Texas Christian University

Tulane University

University of Alabama

University of Florida

University of Mary Washington

University of Miami

University of Mississippi

University of North Carolina, Asheville

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Oklahoma

University of Richmond

University of South Carolina

University of Tampa

University of Tulsa

University of Virginia

Vanderbilt University

Virginia Tech

Washington and Lee University

Carleton College

Case Western Reserve University

Denison University

DePaul University

Indiana University at Bloomington

Kenyon College

Loyola University Chicago

Northwestern University

Oberlin College

Purdue University

University of Chicago

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Michigan

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Washington University in St. Louis

Arizona State University

California State University, Northridge

Cal Tech

Chapman University

Colorado College

Loyola Marymount University

Minerva University

Pitzer College

Pomona College

Portland State University

Santa Clara University

San Diego State University

Scripps College

University of Arizona

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Merced

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Cruz 

University of Colorado, Boulder 

University of Puget Sound

University of San Diego 

University of Southern California

University of Utah

University of Washington

Washington State University

Duke Kunshan University 

McGill University

New York University Shanghai

Sciences Po Paris, Reims

Skema Business School

Technologico de Monterrey

Universidad Anahuac

University College London

University of Edinburgh

University of Kent

University of Manchester

University of Otago

University of St. Andrews

University of Toronto

Waseda University School of International Liberal Studies 

Yonsei University

Meet the College Office
Amy Rogers

Dean of College Counseling

Ericka Alschuler

Associate Director of College Counseling

Kimberly Bishop

Assistant to the College Office

Tricia Jorden

Associate Director of College Counseling

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