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.
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.
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.
Director of College Counseling
Senior College Counseling Associate
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.
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!
Director of Admissions at Tulane University