College Counseling

Greenwich Academy’s College Counseling Office offers a collaborative, student-centered approach to the search and application process. We encourage exploration, we engage introspection, and we are here to support students and parents through it all. 

We believe that the college search can be a rewarding journey of discovery and self-actualization. With a team of four counselors, we are able to build relationships with each student, helping her craft a narrative of her high school experience that accounts for her passions, engagement, and work, both inside and outside the classroom. We are committed to helping every girl articulate her unique abilities, priorities, and career aspirations, preparing all students to thrive in any college setting.

Starting in Group IX we offer what-to-expect workshops for parents to debunk some of the persistent and anxiety-producing misconceptions about the college admission process. By junior year, we are meeting individually with each student and her parents to craft a plan that suits her individual journey. While it is our hope that each student stay firmly planted in her high school present, our program is a comprehensive one.

Program Overview

In addition to regular one-on-one sessions with students and families, our College Counseling Office holds parent meetings throughout the Upper School years. 

Group IX
  • October
    Introduction to the College Process: What Parents Need to Know

Group X
  • December
    Presentation on Standardized Testing 
  • February
    Advice on Course Registration
  • April
    Thoughts on Current College Landscape and College Visits
Group IX
  • November
    College Night 
  • April
    How Selective College Admissions Works 
  • April
    Introduction to Interviews
  • May
    Writing the College Essay, Interviews, and the Common Application 
Group XII
  • September
    The Nuts and Bolts of the Application Process
  • November
    The Roller Coaster Ride: Seeing the Girls through a Challenging and Rewarding Journey 

College Counseling Team

Melissa Anderson

Associate Dean of Faculty, Director of College Counseling, History (US)

Sally Duval

Associate for College Counseling and Faculty

Patrick Dwyer

Director of College Counseling

Reed Minor

Co-Director of College Counseling, English (US)

Rachel Powers

Assistant Director of College Counseling, History (US)


Starting junior year, students and parents use the web-based service Family Connection from Naviance to manage the search, selection, and application process.

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Matriculations 2014-2018

American University of Paris    2
Amherst College    4
Barnard College    1
Belmont University    1
Boston College    15
Boston University    4
Bowdoin College    4
Brigham Young University    1
Brown University    6
Bucknell University    11
Carleton College    2
Case Western Reserve University    1
Catholic University of America    1
Claremont McKenna College    2
Clark University    1
Colby College    5
Colgate University    8
College of the Holy Cross    3
College of William & Mary    4
Colorado College    4
Columbia University    1
Connecticut College    2
Cornell University    10
Dartmouth College    13
Davidson College    1
DePaul University    1
Dickinson College    2
Duke University    13
Durham University    1
Elon University    4
Emerson College    1
Emory University    3
Eugene Lang College    1
Franklin & Marshall College    1
George Washington University    3
Georgetown University    16
Gettysburg College    1

Hamilton College    13
Hampshire College    2
Harvard College    11
Hobart and William Smith Colleges    1
Indiana University at Bloomington    1
Ithaca College    1
Jewish Theological Seminary of America    1
Johns Hopkins University    5
Kenyon College    1
Lafayette College    4
Lehigh University    2
Louisiana State University    1
Loyola University Maryland    1
Macalester College    1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology    2
McGill University    1
Miami University, Oxford    2
Middlebury College    9
New York University    5
Northwestern University    5
Oberlin College    1
Parson's School of Design    1
Princeton University    11
Providence College    1
Queen's University    1
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute    1
Rhode Island School of Design    1
Rhodes College    1
Santa Clara University    4
Skidmore College    2
Southern Methodist University    8
Spelman College    1
St. Lawrence University    2
Stanford University    7
Stonehill College    1
Swarthmore College    1

Syracuse University    4
Temple University    1
Trinity College    1
Tufts University    6
Tulane University    4
Universidad de Navarra    1
University of California, Los Angeles    2
University of California, Santa Barbara    1
University of California, Santa Cruz    1
University of Chicago    8
University of Colorado at Boulder    2
University of Edinburgh    1
University of Hartford    1
University of Miami    3
University of Michigan    8
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill    2
University of Notre Dame    3
University of Pennsylvania    19
University of Richmond    10
University of Rochester    1
University of Southern California    5
University of St Andrews    3
University of Texas at Austin    4
University of Vermont    1
University of Virginia    16
Vanderbilt University    4
Vassar College    1
Villanova University    2
Wake Forest University    6
Washington & Lee University    1
Washington University in St. Louis    12
Wellesley College    1
Wesleyan University    2
Wheaton College (IL)    1
Williams College    6
Yale University    11