Lawrenceville’s college counseling program is designed to be an extension of the overall education taking place in the classroom, in the Houses, on the athletic fields, and in each venue on-campus where active learning takes place. Lawrenceville’s college counselors offer the Lawrenceville community decades of professional experience both as secondary school counselors and as college admissions officers. This degree of experience from both sides of the admission process enables the counseling staff to provide valuable and timely advice to families as the process unfolds and to help students effectively present their abilities, talents, and experiences to the colleges. Over the course of their Lawrenceville careers, families and students receive information through Form specific newsletters, class-wide meetings, Parent Weekend programming, publications such as college counseling guides, and other communications designed to maximize a student’s Lawrenceville Experience. The College Counseling Office designs these materials to ensure that students and their families are well prepared to embrace the college counseling process in all its complexities when students are officially assigned to individual counselors in the middle of their Fourth Form year.
As Fourth Formers, students begin a series of college related standardized testing and launch a self-reflective process with their counselor in preparation for college research. Students visit colleges during spring and summer vacations, attend on-campus college fairs with over 100 colleges represented, and meet individually with college counselors to discuss their goals and aspirations. Students and their counselors work together to develop a list of college options for active research and consideration while keeping an eye on the realities of their college admissions prospects.
In the Fifth Form students work with their counselors to develop final lists with an eye for fit and selectivity balance and begin to focus on the final details of the application process. College admissions counselors visit the School to meet with groups of interested students and/or to conduct individual interviews during the fall term, while counselors work closely with Fifth Formers on their essays in order to refine their self-presentation. Counselors and students then work in concert through November and December to finalize a college list that comprehensively connects to students’ personal attributes, supports their intellectual endeavors, and provides them with exciting options for their undergraduate study.
When the college search concludes in the spring, Fifth Formers leave Lawrenceville with a sense of satisfaction for what they have accomplished, a healthy dose of enthusiasm for advanced study and community engagement in college, and the individual resources necessary to have a superlative experience in colleges and universities around the world.