College Counseling

Step By Step

Your family may be new to the college admission process, but we’re not. Every Bancroft graduate goes to college. Every single one. And you will, too.

Your journey toward college admission won’t look like anyone else’s. But you’ll have something in common with thousands of Bancroft grads before you: the support of caring, thoughtful educators, counselors, and advisors who truly know you and know colleges. We will guide you and advocate for you. We are your team.

College Preparation Timeline

Grades 9-10

Your freshman and sophomore years are a time for exploration. Take challenging classes in which you can do well. Participate widely in clubs, sports, and community service. Build on your talents, strengths, and passions. Think about leadership opportunities. You and your family will meet individually with the Upper School Head and your Advisor to choose courses and plan for Grades 10-12.

Grade 11

Junior year is when things start humming. College Counseling sessions continue with you and your family, as you develop a balanced college list, explore various college applications, and develop a testing strategy. We hold parent sessions on College Applications, Standardized Testing, and Financial Aid. You’ll start to write personal essays in your classes. The College Counselor talks to your teachers to get a feel for your individual strengths. In April, we host a Case Study Workshop, and we take your entire class to the independent school College Fair in Boston, where you’ll have a chance to talk with admissions officers from 100+ colleges and universities. 

Grade 12

Senior year includes a College Night Reception and Financial Aid Night for parents. College counseling meetings and advisories continue. Recruiters from over 100 colleges visit campus to tell you all about their schools (they WANT Bancroft students)! We’ll work with you to finalize essays, complete applications, and request teacher recommendations. We’ll even help you understand scholarships and financial aid awards.

Bancroft students do not navigate these waters alone. We’re with you every step of the way.

College Acceptances

Our graduates are welcomed at the finest colleges and universities around the world. In the past five years, Bancroft School seniors have earned acceptance at all of the following institutions.

2015-2019 College Acceptances

  • Acadia University
  • Allegheny College
  • American University
  • Amherst College
  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption College
  • Auburn University
  • Babson College
  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Barnard College
  • Bates College
  • Bennington College
  • Bentley University
  • Berklee College of Music 
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brandeis University
  • Brooklyn College of the CUNY
  • Brown University
  • Bryant University
  • Bryn Mawr College 
  • Bucknell University
  • Butler University
  • California College of the Arts
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Carleton College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Catholic University of America, The
  • Chapman University
  • Chatham University
  • Clark University Colby College
  • Colgate University
  • College of Charleston
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • College of William and Mary
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • Columbus College of Art and Design
  • Connecticut College
  • Cornell University
  • Creighton University
  • Curry College
  • Davidson College
  • Dean College
  • DePaul University
  • Dickinson College
  • Drew University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • Durham University
  • Earlham College
  • Eckerd College
  • Elon University
  • Emerson College
  • Emmanuel College
  • Emory University
  • Endicott College
  • Fairfield University
  • Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida Southern College
  • Fordham University
  • Franciscan University
  • of Steubenville
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Furman University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University, The
  • Georgetown University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Gonzaga University
  • Goucher College
  • Hampshire College
  • Harvard College
  • Haverford College
  • High Point University
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Hofstra University
  • Indiana University at Bloomington
  • Ithaca College
  • Jacksonville University
  • Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Kenyon College
  • King’s College London
  • Lafayette College
  • Lasell College
  • Lawrence University
  • Lebanon Valley College
  • Lehigh University
  • Lesley University
  • Liberty University
  • LIM College (Laboratory Institute of Merchandising)
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Marist College
  • Marquette University
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • McGill University
  • McPherson College
  • MCPHS - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Merrimack College
  • Miami University, Oxford
  • Middlebury College
  • Molloy College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Muhlenberg College
  • New England Institute of Technology
  • New York University

 

 

 

 

 

  • Newbury College
  • Nichols College
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Oberlin Conservatory of Music
  • Ohio State University, The
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Pace University, New York City
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Principia College
  • Providence College
  • Purchase College State University of New York
  • Purdue University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Reed College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rhode Island College
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rider University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Roger Williams University
  • Rollins College
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Saint Anselm College
  • Saint John’s University (NY)
  • Saint Louis University
  • Salem State University
  • Salve Regina University
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • School of Visual Arts
  • Seton Hall University
  • Simmons College
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Stonehill College
  • Suffolk University
  • SUNY Maritime College
  • Susquehanna University
  • Syracuse University
  • Temple University
  • The New School
  • Trinity College
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • Union College (New York)
  • University of Alabama, The
  • University of Arizona, The
  • University of California, Berkeley 
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Colorado at Denver
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Denver
  • University of Edinburgh
  • The University of Hartford
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Maine
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • University of Miami
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of  Missouri Columbia
  • University of New Hampshire at Durham
  • University of New Haven
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Oxford (Christ Church)
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Rochester
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern California
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Texas, Austin, The
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Ursinus College
  • Vassar College
  • Villanova University
  • Wagner College
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington and Jefferson College
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Washington College
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wellesley College
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Wesleyan University
  • Western New England University
  • Westfield State University
  • Wheaton College MA
  • Whittier College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Worcester State University
  

Bancroft School Profile

Bancroft School 
CEEB Testing Code: 
222480

COLLEGE COUNSELING TEAM

Tim Townley

Director of College Counseling

ttownley@bancroftschool.org

Phyllis Barra

Assistant College Counselor

pbarra@bancroftschool.org

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