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At Stuart, we believe that the college admission process is a rite of passage meant to be an extension of the growth and self-discovery our young women experience each day. A fundamental goal of a Stuart education is to open one’s mind; the college admission process should be no different. 

Our mission in college counseling, like the mission of Stuart itself, is to guide our young women to lead lives of exceptional leadership, service, and intellect. Our college counseling program is designed to help students think deeply about who they are, what matters most to them, and how that connects to which colleges are the right fit for their individual goals and aspirations. In the end (or really, the beginning), the right college awaits.

The College Counseling Office at Stuart aims to support all Upper School students and families as they navigate the complexities of the college admission process. While students’ formal work with the College Counseling Office begins in late fall of junior year, we also know that questions, concerns, and rumors often arise before that point. Thus, we offer the opportunity to learn more about the college process through resources, programming, and individual meetings throughout students’ Upper School careers.

Program Highlights


  • course selection that assesses appropriate individual challenge and rigor
  • the development of ambitious yet balanced college lists 
  • brainstorming and workshopping college essays and writing supplements
  • preparation for college interviews, visits, and interactions with college representatives
  • a standardized testing plan
  • athletic recruiting
  • arts portfolios and auditions
  • understanding financial aid policies and options


  • an annual college fair in the spring and college representative visits in the fall (for juniors and seniors, respectively)
  • college seminar to cover all aspects of the college admission process (winter trimester of junior year)
  • college essay boot camp and application workshops (summer before senior year)
  • monthly newsletters (for junior and senior parents)
  • usage of Naviance Student to help with college research (for junior and senior families)
  • presentations and panels for parents and students throughout the year (for families of all grades)

Class of 2022 Profile

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Frequently Asked Questions

Cindy Michalak
Director of College Counseling

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Helpful Resources

  • Common Application - application used by most colleges and universities to which our students apply 
  • Coalition Application - alternative application used by a small number of colleges and universities 
  • Big Future - College Board-run site with very useful information on researching colleges, majors, careers, preparing for interviews, and navigating financial aid 
  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) - required form if you are applying for financial aid
  • CSS Profile - additional financial aid application used by many colleges and universities 
  • - helpful website that explains grants, loans, scholarships, and work study options
  • - scholarship search site
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  • NCAA Eligibility Center - where students must register with academic information if they are planning on playing NCAA Division I or II athletics
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics site that explains career options and future outlook for employment in those industries
  • Colleges That Change Lives - Group of selective liberal arts colleges that values and promotes a student-centered college search process 
  • ACCIS AdmitAll Blog - The Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools’ blog, written by college counselors, that covers a wide range of college topics for both students and parents

College Bound

The Class of 2022 is attending 26 different colleges and universities around the United States and Canada. About a third of our students will pursue STEM fields, a third will pursue business, and a third plan to study the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

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