Consistent with our Quaker school philosophy, the college counseling office seeks to nurture students’ Inner Light through the college process. Whether our students choose to enroll in one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, public flagship universities, specialized institutions, or premier research universities, they are well-prepared to let their lives speak as they lead in the 21st century. The college options for Moses Brown graduates are as broad and diverse as their talents and interests.
With three counselors and an administrative support staff, college counseling is highly personalized at Moses Brown. Counselors host college representatives, and make campus visits themselves, to gain up-to-date knowledge and to build relationships. Each member of the college counseling team has previously worked in college admissions, and uses his or her experience to guide each student with an individualized application plan.
Support for students in the different grade levels:
By embracing the challenge of upper school academics, arts, athletics, and social opportunities, freshmen begin to develop into accomplished, balanced individuals. Taking appropriately challenging courses and exploring activities they genuinely find interesting will support their college ambitions. Starting in ninth grade, the college counseling office hosts programs and workshops to help students and families understand what to expect in the coming years.
By continuing to engage in coursework and activities beyond the classroom, tenth graders build an authentic portfolio that supports their college ambitions. Sophomores tackle standardized testing practice with the PSAT, and the college counseling team meets with the sophomore class and their parents during programs throughout the year to help them prepare for the steps ahead.
Counselors work with students one-on-one to learn about their interests and goals, and to suggest colleges to investigate. Students learn to reflect on what they’re looking for and why they like (or don’t like) certain colleges, and counselors help families prepare to navigate campus visits. Several events take place throughout the year, including “Junior Class College Day,” a program for families led by college admission officers.
Twelfth graders work one-on-one with counselors to apply to a thoughtful list of colleges, to connect with college admission representatives, and to let their Inner Light shine as they craft their college applications. Students develop close relationships with their counselor as they make informed decisions about which great institution they will ultimately attend.