College Guidance

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.

The College Process

9th grade

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 experiential learning program, our freshmen begin to explore areas of study and interest that may become life-long, meaningful pursuits.

10th grade

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 quarter 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.

11th grade

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 college guidance team, 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 college guidance team. Hewitt’s tight-knit community and carefully structured process ensure that our college guidance team 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.

12th grade

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 2015 and 2019, Hewitt students matriculated at the following colleges and universities:


Adelphi University
American University
The American University of Paris*
Babson College
Bard College
Barnard College
Bentley University
Boston College*
Boston University*
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brown University*
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
University of Chicago
Colgate University*
University of Colorado at Boulder
Connecticut College
Cornell University*
Denison University
Elon University
Emory University
The George Washington University*
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hamilton College - NY
Harvard College
Haverford College
Howard University
International Culinary Center
Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Miami*
University of Michigan*


Mount Holyoke College
Muhlenberg College
United States Naval Academy
New York University*
Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
Pennsylvania State University
University of Pennsylvania
Providence College
Quinnipiac University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rollins College
Universidad de San Andrés
Santa Monica College
Sarah Lawrence College
Skidmore College
Southern Methodist University
University of St Andrews
St. Olaf College
Stanford University
SUNY College at Cortland
SUNY University at Buffalo
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University*
The University of Texas, Austin
Trinity College
Tufts University
Tulane University
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Wheaton College MA
Whittier College
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Yale University

*Highest number of matriculations