Collaboration helps the college search and application process.
Augmenting the Wellington College Counseling program are complements designed to help students carry out an assortment of college counseling and college search tasks, and gain insights from professional experts.
The College Counseling department partners with Wellington’s Advisor system to gather and share college counseling and advisor information regarding all students in upper school. College Counseling staff and deans for each class communicate throughout the year and several advisee meetings are devoted to college counseling work. Additionally, advisors review college resume drafts, thereby learning even more about their students while supporting them and the college counseling program.
A trimester composition course in the upper school curriculum is mandatory for all juniors. It focuses in large part on the development of the college essay. Students are provided with examples of successful essays, including several that were written by former Wellington seniors and published in the international Fiske Guide. Students draft multiple essays that are then reviewed by the teacher of the course. Another focus is on the creation of a college resume draft. College Counseling provides samples and guidelines to students who then create drafts for review.
The Junior Leadership Committee (JLC) and the Senior Leadership Council (SLC) are composed of student leaders from the College Counseling Group, the Student Council, and College Counseling staff. Members meet frequently and carry out a variety of activities designed to benefit the college counseling program and the students it serves. The JLC and the SLC were formed as an initiative of the College Counseling Group.
College Counseling Group
The College Counseling Group is a nationally recognized student organization which was founded in 1994. The club initiatives include:
- Sponsoring a yearlong Guest Speaker Series
- Acting as co-hosts, recorders, and communicators for the Guest Speaker Sessions
- Planning and organizing a yearly sample campus visit trip
- Researching, selecting, and communicating to peers about online resources
- Advertising, recording, co-hosting, and publicizing notes for college sessions
- Planning and publicizing on and off campus programs
- Participating in projects authored by Ted Fiske and Bruce Hammond
- Serving as focus group members for internal and external projects
- Engaging in college counseling outreach initiatives with non-Wellington groups such as LASER (Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research), Jack & Jill of America, Boys & Girls Club, and international exchange students.
Guest Speaker Series
This series of events brings together members of the Wellington Upper School community with presenters from around the country and beyond. Guests include higher education administrators, faculty, alumni, and other professional experts. Speakers offer insight on subjects of special interest, such as:
- College decision-making process
- Development of a stand-out resume
- Campus visit advice
- Value of admissions and alumni interviews in the application process
- Financing the college experience
- Evaluation of applications
- Tools that increase understanding of student talents and interests
- Variations in college missions and attributes
- Transition to college and college orientation
- Exploration and choosing of co-curricular pursuits
- Awareness of campus safety practices
- Exploration of summer, gap year, and overseas opportunities
Additionally, the College Counseling program partners with the Wellington Enrichment Series to offer presentations that provide further insight into these topics, along with other subjects such as athletic recruitment, performing and fine arts applications, and scholarship opportunities.