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 100 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 interview workshops, feedback on college essays and applications, 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.

College Placements

From Ivy Leagues, to well-known state schools, to women-centered colleges—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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  • 2014–2018 College Matriculation List

    Albright College (2)
    Allegheny College (7) 
    American University
    Bard College
    Barnard College (3)
    Bates College
    Bennett College 
    Berklee College of Music 
    Boston College 
    Boston University 
    Brandeis University (3)
    Brown University (2)
    Bucknell University (2)
    Carnegie Mellon University (2) 
    Case Western Reserve University (4) 
    Chatham University
    Colgate University
    Columbia College Chicago 
    Columbia University
    Cornell College
    Cornell University (2) 
    Dartmouth College 
    Davidson College (2) 
    Dickinson College
    Duke University
    Duquesne University (6) 
    Elon University (2)
    Emory University (4) 
    Fordham University (2) 
    Franklin & Marshall College (2) 
    Furman University
    George Mason University
    Gettysburg College 
    Goucher College
    Grove City College
    Harvard University (2)
    Harvey Mudd College 
    Haverford College
    High Point University 
    Indiana University at Bloomington
    Ithaca College (3)
    Johns Hopkins University (3)
    Kalamazoo College
    Kenyon College (2)
    La Salle University
    Lafayette College
    Lehigh University 
    Longwood University 
    Loyola University Maryland 
    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
    McDaniel College
    Mount Holyoke College 
    Muhlenberg College
    Northeastern University
    Northwestern University
    Occidental College
    Ohio Wesleyan University 
    Pennsylvania State University, University Park (5) 
    Point Park University
    Pomona College
    Pratt Institute (2)
    Princeton University
    Purdue University
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2) 
    Rhode Island School of Design
    Robert Morris University 
    Saint Francis University 
    School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    Smith College (2)
    Southern Methodist University (2)
    Spelman College (3) 
    Stanford University 
    Syracuse University (2)
    Temple University (2)
    The American University of Paris
    The College of Wooster
    The Cooper Union
    The George Washington University (4)
    The Juilliard School
    The New School
    Trinity College
    Tufts University
    Tulane University 
    University of Arizona 
    University of California, San Diego
    University of Cincinnati 
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    University of Exeter
    University of Maryland, College Park
    University of Miami (2) 
    University of Michigan
    Univeristy of Nebraska at Lincoln
    University of Oregon 
    University of Pennsylvania (3) 
    University of Pittsburgh (14) 
    University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
    University of Rochester (3)
    University of Vermont 
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Vassar College
    Villanova University (2)
    Wake Forest University
    Washington and Jefferson College (2)
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Wellesley College (2) 
    Wesleyan University
    Worchester Polytechnic Institute
    Yale University (3)