College Counseling

College Counseling

Serious business. Serious results. Serious fun!

We believe the college process should be exciting and collaborative (and dare we say, fun!). At Westridge, the process is not a competition, but rather a continuation of students’ journeys of self-discovery, exploration, and empowerment.

At the center of our College Counseling program is the knowledge that there is no “cookie-cutter” version of a Westridge student. Our intensely personalized program is designed to help students learn about themselves and their needs, and present their unique stories authentically to their best-match schools. Our team of counselors thoughtfully guide students in identifying institutions well-suited to their goals for the future in a process that showcases their strengths, celebrates their dreams, and supports them in their transition to the next stage of their lives.

College Counseling Process

The Westridge College Counseling team is a group of real-life superheroes. During my college process, I knew I had support available 24/7, which is definitely a perk of going to a smaller school where counselors can offer individualized attention. Not only did the counselors provide me with all the information and resources under the sun, but they also became my personal cheerleaders.

Gracie B. '20

About the College Process

After several touchpoints with families earlier in high school including the annual College Connections Parade & Fair for all Upper School families, we prepare juniors, seniors, and parents with the resources required for the application process and transition to college. Westridge College Counselors work one-on-one with every Upper School student starting in her junior year and provide intensive guidance through semester-long seminar courses for both juniors and seniors. 

Additionally, the College Counseling team hosts more than 30 events each year. In the fall, representatives from more than 130 colleges and universities visit campus to meet with seniors. Evening forums for families, financial aid workshops, and a comprehensive “case study” featuring dozens of college representatives are also offered. In their final year, seniors and their parents take part in Next Steps Workshops that guide them through the transition to independent living with presentations and hands-on workshops on topics like “College Living 101,” finances, time management, and more. Click here to view a full list of our workshops.

Our results speak for themselves: Westridge graduates end their time in Upper School well-prepared and excited for whatever college experience they have chosen. Our matriculation list is as varied as our students, but 98% of the Class of 2020 matriculated to either their first choice or high-interest-level college, and 96% of the Class of 2020 gained early action or restricted early action acceptance.

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In the past three years, our students have been admitted to:
Art Schools
Art Schools

INCLUDING:

ArtCenter College of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Otis College of Art and Design, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of the Arts
 

STEM Schools
STEM Schools

INCLUDING:

California State University-Pomona, California Institute of Technology, Colorado School of the Mines, Harvey Mudd College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Rochester
 

Liberal Arts Colleges
Liberal Arts Colleges

INCLUDING:

Babson College, Claremont McKenna College, Colorado College, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, Haverford College, Macalester College, Oberlin College, Occidental College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Reed College, Skidmore, Vassar College

Private Universities
Private Colleges & Universities

INCLUDING:

Boston University, University of Chicago, Duke University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Northwestern University, Pepperdine University, University of Southern California, Stanford University, Tulane University, Washington University in St. Louis

Ivy League
Ivy League Schools

INCLUDING:

Brown University, Columbia University in the City of New York, Cornell University, Harvard College, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Yale University

Public Universities
Public Universities

INCLUDING:

California State Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Virginia-Charlottesville

Music School
Music Schools & Conservatories

INCLUDING:

Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, The New England Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Southern California

Division 1 Athletics Recruits
D1 Athletic Programs

INCLUDING:

California State University-Long Beach, University of California-Berkeley, Florida State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Long Island University-Brooklyn, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Santa Clara University

Women's Colleges
Women's Colleges

INCLUDING:

Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mills College, Mount Holyoke College, Scripps College, Simmons University, Smith College, Spelman College, Wellesley College

International Schools
International Schools

INCLUDING:

The American University of Paris, Bard College Berlin, University of British Columbia, Columbia University International Dual BA Programs, King's College London, The University of Edinburgh, McGill University, New York University-Shanghai, University of St. Andrews, University of Toronto, Trinity College Dublin

Meet Our Team

Our world-class College Counseling team wears many hats; our counselors are enthusiastic cheerleaders, reliable and supportive coaches to Westridge families, and knowledgeable sources of information and tools. While students are each assigned to a main counselor dedicated to working with them one-on-one throughout their junior and senior years, our counselors work as a highly collaborative team who all genuinely care about every student that walks through their doors. 

The College Counseling team's motto of “honesty, support, and consensus” captures the essence of their process. We recognize the deeply personal, emotional, and financial considerations that play significant roles in the college process, and our commitment to discussing all perspectives and addressing every expectation honestly and compassionately, sets up each student and their family for success. 

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College Counseling Team

 

LYNN O'GRADY
Director of College Counseling

KATHLEEN O'REILLY
Senior College Counseling Associate

MARCIE ROBINSON
College Counselor

BONNIE SINGH ’14
Administrative Assistant to College Counseling

NYU, like many colleges is looking for students who are inspired, bold, smart, and global-minded. Westridge students embody these characteristics and bring a cosmopolitan perspective to the classroom. They are leaders on campus and go on to be game-changers in their future careers.

Maggie Lucas
Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at New York University

There’s something different about a Westridge girl, which is why I am so delighted to admit and enroll so many of them; they are compassionate, driven, articulate and fun. I visit nearly 100 schools in the LA area each year, but Westridge is the visit I set up first!

Jeff Schiffman
Director of Admissions at Tulane University