Upper School

College Counseling

At Brimmer we strive to match every student with the best possible college choice for his or her specific needs and qualifications. Upper School students work closely with their advisors and the college counselors to plan a strong four-year program of study commensurate with their ability, interests, and future college plans. 

Throughout the year, Brimmer welcomes a number of admissions professionals to campus. In addition, the Director of College Counseling travels to numerous college campuses and attends professional conferences throughout the United States and abroad. As the principal advocate for each Brimmer student in the admissions process, the College Counseling team gets to know each student well through individual meetings and in the classroom. 

Practice for standardized testing begins with the PSAT®, which is given to students in both grades 10 and 11. In partnership with the Summit Educational Group, Brimmer offers 6 and 10 session classes to prepare students for the SAT® or the ACT in the fall and in the spring. In addition, Summit offers evening seminars for parents and students on the testing program and other topics. Individual tutoring can also be arranged with Summit: MYTUTOR.COM or 1-800-MY TUTOR. 

The College Counseling team provides guidance and offers information to students beginning in grade 9. All Upper School students are invited to all college counseling events, and first and second-year students and their parents are provided with information and invited to question-and-answer sessions to help them plan for the college application process. In addition, students and parents are given access to Naviance upon entry to the Upper School, and the College Counseling team offers information sessions on several topics including standardized testing, NCAA eligibility requirements, the college application process, and other important areas in the college counseling process. 

The college counseling process begins formally in October of the junior year when juniors and their parents are invited to a College Counseling Evening. Brimmer hosts a panel of college admissions officers or a guest presenter to share information and insights about their respective institutions and the college search process in general. 

In early February, juniors and their parents have a separate evening with the College Counseling team to carefully review college search procedures, testing information, and the college application process calendar for the coming year. Parents of juniors have individual appointments with the Director of College Counseling during the second semester. A college list is created and discussed at this time. Juniors are enrolled in a weekly College Counseling class to introduce the college application process. There is an emphasis on the use of Naviance and completion of the Common Application. 

Seniors participate in a College Counseling class once a week during the first semester. Students address topics and procedures related to the college search and application process, and they work on their applications and essays. Throughout the school year there are evening programs on the admissions and financial aid process. In the spring of the senior year, a weeklong program takes place in which outside speakers are invited to address topics designed to help students with the transition to college. Topics offered in the past were: Campus Life, Reflections and Advice From Young Alumni, Resume Writing and Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts, Personal Finances, and Technology Information.
Click here for a listing of the yearlong program offerings from the College Counseling team.

College Counseling News

List of 2 news stories.

Meet the Office

List of 3 members.

  • Cynthia Pendergast 

    Director of College Counseling
  • Jack Murphy 

    College Counselor and Athletic Advising
  • Helen Du 

    Co-Director of International Students
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