College Counseling

At Putney, we believe that “College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won.”

The Putney School offers a comprehensive college counseling program that begins formally in the 11th grade.  We actively assist students as they research colleges, investigate careers, and begin to make decisions about where they would like their lives to head after graduating from The Putney School.

We offer the following:

    • Individual meetings with students and parents
    • All juniors attend a weekly College Planning seminar to familiarize themselves with the elements of the application process
    • All seniors attend a weekly College Applications seminar in the fall to get individualized and group support as they complete their applications
    • All juniors and seniors have personalized online accounts to access Naviance, a nationally-recognized college counseling software resource
    • Frequent email updates to parents with reminders about the application process timeline
    • Over 75 colleges and universities come to visit our school in the fall to meet with students
    • Financial Aid and Scholarship Workshop during our Fall Parent Weekend, led by a New England college financial aid professional
    • College Essay Workshop every Wednesday evening in the fall trimester where students can get individualized essay help
    • Senior College Essay Weekend (October), where students get personalized writing feedback from Putney faculty
    • October college fair trip to Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts
  • Comprehensive personalized School Report letters of recommendation crafted for all seniors


    • PSAT is administered during mid-October for all juniors
    • ACT and SAT test registration provided for all juniors
    • Transportation provided for ACT and SAT tests administered while school is in session
    • Transportation provided for one fall and one spring test date for TOEFL test takers
    • AP test proctoring for sophomores or juniors interested in taking an AP exam
  • Administrative support for families wishing to request accommodations for standardized testing
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