At Hewitt, we put vital questions about what each student values and hopes to accomplish at the center of our conversations with young women preparing for college and beyond. We center the college selection process around who our young women are, who they are becoming, and how their college choice is but one of many life choices that reflect their values. From start to finish, our approach to college guidance draws upon our deep understanding of each individual student.
As our students grow in independence and self-awareness, they take an important step toward the independence of adulthood and college. A team of educators, from advisors to the upper school student support team, monitors the intellectual and emotional growth and maturity of Hewitt’s freshmen. Students engage in goal-setting, selecting enriching and challenging activities beyond the classroom, and honing such key skills as time management, self-advocacy, and autonomy. Through Hewitt’s coordinator of experiential initiatives, our freshmen begin to explore areas of study and interest that may become life-long, meaningful pursuits.
Students continue to refine their sense of self in relation to their school and broader community. Our honors designations offer extended challenge within a number of disciplines; Hewitt purposely makes these available in the second semester so that students can make informed choices in pursuing their emerging academic interests, strengths, and areas of focus. Similarly, students experience practice versions of the requisite standardized tests (SAT and ACT) in tenth grade, and the school works with each student to review her results in the context of her own learning, thereby equipping her to make an informed decision about testing as she moves on to junior year.
The junior year offers students and their families numerous opportunities to engage with the college selection process from the perspective of the student’s own narrative and purpose. A case studies program in the fall allows juniors and their families to experience the application and acceptance process both from the college’s and applicant’s point of view, demystifying and also humanizing the reality of college admissions.
A college trip, attended by the whole junior class with their advisors and the director of college guidance, provides our students with an overview of various college settings (from large to small, urban to rural), a chance to interact with Hewitt alumnae who can speak to their own college selection experiences, and the delight of beginning their next journey in the supportive company of one another. The year ends with individual family meetings with the director of college guidance. Hewitt’s tight-knit community and carefully structured process ensure that the director of college guidance knows each young woman and tailors a college search process to fit her individual preferences, areas of interest, and goals for the next phase of her education.
By the culmination of the college selection process—as senior year reveals the outcomes of college applications, essays, recommendation letters, and supplementary materials—our seniors stand steadily at the helm of choosing the schools that speak to them and their purpose. The young women of Hewitt’s upper school bring qualities of active engagement and a sense of plenitude and optimism to the process of choosing the colleges and universities they wish to attend, rather than being passively dependent on a single acceptance letter. As she graduates, each senior looks ahead to her development as a scholar, activist, and friend—journeys of identity and purpose that began at Hewitt and continue far beyond.
College and University Admissions
Between 2013 and 2017, Hewitt students matriculated at the following colleges and universities:
The American University of Paris
Berklee College of Music
Bryn Mawr College
University of California, Berkeley
Carnegie Mellon University
University of Chicago
University of Colorado at Boulder
The George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
College of the Holy Cross
Johns Hopkins University
University of Miami
University of Michigan
New York University
University of Pennsylvania
Universidad de San Andrés
Santa Monica College
Sarah Lawrence College
University of Southern California
Southern Methodist University
University of St Andrews
St. Olaf College
SUNY College at Cortland
Wake Forest University
Wheaton College MA
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Worcester Polytechnic Institute