Living the mission beyond graduation

In alignment with the core of our educational program, the Ethical Culture Fieldston School’s College Office prepares and compels our students to take care of themselves, each other, and the world as they leave ECFS and enter their respective undergraduate institutions. Working primarily one-on-one, counselors empower students to look carefully at the ways they learn best in order to choose a college that matches their educational aspirations.

The College Office is an academic department that partners with students and their families through the path of self-discovery that defines the college admissions process. It consists of four full-time college counselors who bring years of experience working in undergraduate admissions at highly selective colleges and universities. Following an informal parent program in the fall semester of junior year, the college process formally begins in the spring semester, when each junior is assigned a college counselor who will schedule a family meeting to outline the structure and resources of the College Office. In April, ECFS hosts a Junior College Symposium with over 70 college representatives for an interactive day of case studies and admissions panels. This program serves as a catalyst for the fall semester of senior year, when students officially submit their applications to colleges.

Working primarily one-on-one, counselors empower students to look carefully at the ways they learn best in order to choose a college that matches their educational aspirations.

Through individual meetings and formal class presentations, the College Office aims to provide extensive information and individualized support for each student as they navigate the college process. The office assists with researching colleges, creating college lists, essay writing, standardized testing options, early admission plans, and interview preparation. The office also provides economic assistance to help students visit colleges, finds support for standardized testing, and works with students when they apply for financial aid at the college level. Every student will have an experienced, empathetic counselor and advocate ready to assist with every aspect of the college admission process.

College destinations

The college list below represents the wide array of educational institutions our students have attended over the past five years.

College destinations for the Classes of 2018–2022
American UniversityIndiana UniversitySUNY–New Paltz
Amherst College+Ithaca College*Stony Brook University
Babson CollegeJohns Hopkins UniversitySwarthmore College
Baldwin Wallace UniversityKenyon College+Syracuse University+
Bard College*King’s College LondonTrinity College
Barnard College*Lafayette College*Trinity University
Bates CollegeLehigh UniversityTufts University+
Bennington CollegeLewis & Clark CollegeTulane University+
Binghamton UniversityMacalester College*Union College
Boston CollegeManhattan CollegeUniversidad de Navarra
Boston University*Maryland Institute College of ArtUniversity of California, Los Angeles*
Bowdoin College*Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Chicago+
Brown University+McGill UniversityUniversity of Colorado, Boulder*
Bryn Mawr CollegeMiddlebury College+University of Kansas
Bucknell UniversityMorehouse CollegeUniversity of Miami*
Carleton CollegeMount Holyoke CollegeUniversity of Michigan+
Carnegie Mellon UniversityMuhlenberg CollegeUniversity of New Haven
Case Western Reserve UniversityNaropa UniversityUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Claremont McKenna College+New York University+University of Oregon
Colby College+Northeastern UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania+
Colgate University+Northwestern University+University of Pittsburgh
College of William & MaryOberlin College*University of Rhode Island
Colorado College+Occidental College+University of Richmond
Colorado State UniversityOxford College of Emory UniversityUniversity of Rochester
Columbia University+Parsons School of DesignUniversity of Scranton
Connecticut College*Penn State Erie, The Behrend CollegeUniversity of Southampton
Cooper UnionPitzer College*University of Southern California+
Cornell University+Pomona College*University of St. Andrews
CUNY—John Jay CollegePratt InstituteUniversity of Texas at Austin*
Dartmouth College+Princeton University*University of Toronto
Davidson CollegeQuinnipiac UniversityUniversity of Vermont
Deep Springs CollegeReed College*University of Virginia*
Drexel UniversityRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteUniversity of Wisconsin—Madison*
Duke University+Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)Ursinus College
Emerson CollegeRice UniversityVanderbilt University+
Emory University+Rochester Institute of TechnologyVassar College*
George Washington University*Rutgers UniversityVillanova University
Georgetown University+Sarah Lawrence CollegeWake Forest University+
Gettysburg CollegeSchool of the Art Institute of ChicagoWashington and Lee University
Goucher CollegeScripps CollegeWashington University in St. Louis+
Grinnell CollegeSkidmore College+Wellesley College*
Hamilton College+Smith CollegeWells College
Hampshire CollegeSouthern Methodist UniversityWesleyan University+
Harvard University*Spelman CollegeWheaton College (MA)
Harvey Mudd CollegeSt. Lawrence UniversityWhitman College
Haverford College+Stanford University*Whittier College
Hobart and William Smith CollegesSUNY-AlbanyWilliams College*
Howard UniversitySUNY–BinghamtonYale University+
Illinois Institute of TechnologySUNY–Cortland

* denotes colleges where 5 or more students matriculated.
+ denotes colleges where 10 or more students matriculated.
100% of our students who apply are accepted to college