College Counseling

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 2017–2021

American University Howard University SUNY—Stony Brook
Amherst College+ Illinois Institute of Technology Swarthmore College
Babson College Indiana University Syracuse University+
Baldwin Wallace University Ithaca College* Trinity College
Bard College* Johns Hopkins University Trinity University
Barnard College* Kenyon College* Tufts University+
Bates College King’s College London Tulane University+
Bennington College Lafayette College* Union College
Binghamton University Lehigh University Universidad de Navarra
Boston College* Lewis & Clark College University of California, Los Angeles*
Boston University* Macalester College* University of Chicago+
Bowdoin College Manhattan College University of Colorado Boulder
Brown University+ Maryland Institute College of Art University of Kansas
Bryn Mawr College Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of Miami*
Bucknell University McGill University University of Michigan+
Carleton College Middlebury College+ University of New Haven
Carnegie Mellon University Mount Holyoke College University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Claremont McKenna College Muhlenberg College University of Pennsylvania+
Colby College* Naropa University University of Pittsburgh
Colgate University+ New York University+ University of Richmond
College of William & Mary Northeastern University University of Rochester
Colorado College* Northwestern University+ University of Scranton
Colorado State University Oberlin University* University of Southampton
Columbia University* Occidental College* University of Southern California+
Connecticut College* Oxford College of Emory University University of St. Andrews
Cooper Union Parsons School of Design University of Texas at Austin*
Cornell University+ Pitzer College* University of Toronto
CUNY—John Jay College Pomona College University of Vermont
Dartmouth College+ Pratt Institute University of Virginia
Davidson College Princeton University* University of Wisconsin—Madison*
Deep Springs College Quinnipiac University Ursinus College
Drexel University Reed College* Vanderbilt University+
Duke University+ Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Vassar College
Emerson College Rice University Villanova University
Emory University+ Rutgers University Wake Forest University+
George Washington University* Sarah Lawrence College Washington and Lee University
Georgetown University+ Scripps College Washington University in St. Louis+
Gettysburg College Skidmore College+ Wellesley College
Goucher College Smith College Wells College
Grinnell College Southern Methodist University Wesleyan University+
Hamilton College* Spelman College Wheaton College (MA)
Hampshire College St. Lawrence University Whitman College
Harvard University Stanford University* Whittier College
Harvey Mudd College SUNY—Binghamton Williams College*
Haverford College* SUNY—New Paltz Yale University+
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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