Academics

College Counseling

At Ellis, the College Counseling Office offers highly personalized support and unlimited hours of guidance to Upper School students seeking counsel in their college search.

College counseling is woven into the curriculum and students take a two-year college counseling seminar during their junior and senior years at Ellis with admission officers from more than 125 colleges and universities visiting each year.

Educators and college counselors focus on the student as a whole—their strengths, both academic and extracurricular, their long-term goals and ambitions, and their vision for the future—to find the right fit for each graduate. In-house ACT/SAT test prep, college application workshops, feedback on college essays, merit-based aid and scholarship guidance, and advising on financial aid packages and appeals is offered to all students.

College Readiness

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  • 70%

    say that Ellis provided them with greater confidence in their mathematical abilities.
  • 73%

    state that they are better than their peers at conducting research.
  • 79%

    state they are better able than their peers to focus on subjects that are difficult, rather than just those that come easily.
  • 80%

    affirm that, thanks to their Ellis education, they are extremely or well-prepared for college-level history.
  • 88%

    say they are better writers than their college peers.
  • 98%

    indicate that they are extremely or well-prepared for college-level English.
    • “Ellis has great, smart teachers who encourage discussion and critical thinking, and care about their students. I’ve had many similar professors in college, and I’ve often found myself referencing things I learned in my classes at Ellis or making notes in the margins of a text that relate to memorable comments that Ellis teachers once made.”

      What Our Graduates Say

      “Ellis has great, smart teachers who encourage discussion and critical thinking, and care about their students. I’ve had many similar professors in college, and I’ve often found myself referencing things I learned in my classes at Ellis or making notes in the margins of a text that relate to memorable comments that Ellis teachers once made.”

Keith Bryner

Director of College Counseling

By focusing on whole student development, our program imparts transferable skills and positive perspectives to benefit our graduates both during their search and beyond. Each student follows a unique path in her selection process and is celebrated for the uniqueness of their journey and, ultimately, her college selection. The skills developed in this realm are comprehensive and set our graduates up to be both successful in their college goals and to be flexible and resilient people beyond their time at Ellis. Our intention is to convey to selective colleges and universities that Ellis graduates will arrive at their doorsteps not exhausted from their high school work but invigorated by the possibilities of collegiate education.

To request The Ellis School's school profile, please contact Keith Bryner, Director of College Counseling, at brynerk@theellissschool.org.

College Placements

From the “Hidden Ivies” to the “New Ivies” to the plain old Ivy League; from “Colleges that Change Lives” to nationally recognized research institutions to the alma maters of U.S. presidents—the Ellis college matriculation list is impressive, diverse, and ever-changing. The impact of an Ellis education is felt far beyond college.
Trailblazing alumnae have set new standards for success in every sector, including medicine, law, business, and academia. Whichever path a graduate chooses, graduates can rely on the knowledge, skills, and values they learned at Ellis—and on an international network of supportive alumnae who work to change the world, break glass ceilings, and elevate women everywhere.

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  • 2015–2019 College Matriculation List

    Albright College (2)
    Allegheny College (3)
    American University (3)
    Amherst College
    Bard College
    Barnard College (2)
    Berklee College of Music
    Boston College
    Boston University
    Brandeis University (5)
    Brown University
    Bucknell University (2)
    Carnegie Mellon University (2)
    Case Western Reserve University (2)
    Chapman University
    Chatham University (3)
    Colgate University
    Columbia College Chicago
    Columbia University
    Connecticut College
    Cornell College
    Cornell University (4)
    Davidson College
    Dickinson College
    Duke University
    Duquesne University (6)
    Elon University (2)
    Emory University (4)
    Fordham University
    Franklin & Marshall College
    Furman University
    Gettysburg College
    Harvard College (2)
    Harvey Mudd College
    Haverford College
    Ithaca College (3)
    Johns Hopkins University (2)
    Juniata College
    Kalamazoo College
    Lehigh University
    Longwood University
    Loyola University Maryland
    McDaniel College
    Middlebury College
    Mount Holyoke College (2)
    Muhlenberg College
    Northeastern University
    Northwestern University
    Occidental College
    Ohio Wesleyan University
    Pennsylvania State University (5)
    Point Park University
    Pomona College
    Pratt Institute (2)
    Purdue University
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2)
    Robert Morris University
    Saint Francis University
    School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    Smith College (2)
    Southern Methodist University
    Spelman College (2)
    Stanford University
    Syracuse University (2)
    Temple University (4)
    The College of Wooster (2)
    The Cooper Union
    The George Washington University (2)
    The University of Tampa
    Trinity College
    Tufts University
    University of California, San Diego
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    University of Exeter
    University of Maryland, College Park
    University of Miami (3)
    University of Nebraska at Lincoln
    University of Notre Dame
    University of Oregon
    University of Pennsylvania (4)
    University of Pittsburgh (11)
    University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
    University of Rochester (5)
    University of Vermont (2)
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Villanova University (2)
    Wake Forest University
    Washington and Jefferson College
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Wesleyan University
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Yale University (2)