The Stony Brook School offers a comprehensive four-year college counseling program.

The college counseling program at The Stony Brook School takes a holistic view of the college process and sees it as a time when students can both discover themselves and the necessary skills to navigate the process successfully.

The program empowers students to make informed decisions, to advocate effectively for themselves, and use strong organizational skills throughout the process by following a schedule and meeting deadlines. The college counselors will act as coaches by providing timely information, counseling, feedback, and support to help each student in the process.

The program is based on three tenets:

Insight: We believe that each student is unique. Our mission is to help students know themselves in and beyond the classroom. This is accomplished through individual and group meetings, online personality and learning style assessments, and constant interaction with students in the context of boarding school life.

Information: Parents and students will receive current and timely information about the college application process. We believe knowledge is power. We want to empower students to move through the process with confidence.

Initiative: Ultimately, the college application process belongs to the student. Although parents and counselors can be great sources of support along the way, we want to encourage students to take control of their college application process in order to make the best decision for themselves.

The Stony Brook School offers a comprehensive four-year college counseling program.


Increasing Self-Knowledge

We want to caution our 9th and 10th graders against becoming too preoccupied with colleges; instead, they should focus on growth through our college preparatory curriculum. Students will be encouraged to challenge themselves appropriately in their studies, identify their strengths, develop as leaders and continue to be involved in extracurricular activities.

  • The college counseling office (CCO) will provide programming for parents and students to help encourage and guide families about student development.
  • The CCO will cooperate with the Academic Dean and Registrar to provide input into academic advising and course selection.
  • Beginning in 10th grade, students and parents will be given access to SCOIR, our online platform for college counseling.
  • Students will be encouraged to complete YouScience, the personal inventory available on SCOIR.


College Preparation

The focus of 11th grade will be on preparation for the college application process. Beginning in the second half of the junior year, students will meet with their college counselor in a collaborative effort to assess their academic achievement and potential, passions and talents, strengths and areas of growth, and other factors important to determining which colleges will enable students to thrive and flourish. Students will also be advised about standardized testing.

  • The CCO will continue to assist the Academic Dean and Registrar in providing input about academic advising and course selection.
  • The College Counselors use meetings, surveys, and classroom observations to prepare to write recommendation letters for rising seniors.
  • Juniors will be invited to attend visits by college representatives to the Stony Brook School.
  • Juniors often take the SAT or ACT in the spring.
  • The CCO will provide programming to guide parents and students in preparing for college applications.
  • The CCO will use SCOIR to record suggestions for creating the college list of potential applications. Students and parents should use SCOIR to consider suggestions and to begin building their college list.
  • The CCO will advise rising seniors about the course selection for the senior year.
  • Juniors should identify teachers who can serve as academic recommenders and should ask teachers to be recommenders by the end of the junior year.
  • Juniors should begin working on the personal statement, with the goal of starting the senior year with a finished draft. In addition, juniors should consider other ways of using the summer prior to senior year to get ahead on the college application process, including attending virtual or in-person tours for potential colleges.


Applying to Colleges and Making Final College Decisions

The focus of 12th grade will be to finalize college lists, finish all standardized testing and prepare college applications.  Students will also be advised as they make final college decisions.

  • Seniors will attend the College Readiness course during the fall semester unless otherwise excused.
  • Seniors will be invited to attend visits by college representatives to the Stony Brook School.
  • The CCO will continue to provide one-on-one counseling during the senior year to review college applications and to ensure informed strategic decision-making.
  • Seniors will meet with the CCO to finalize their lists and establish a schedule for submitting applications. All applications are reviewed by the College Counselor prior to the student's submissions.
  • The CCO will provide guidance about all aspects of the application process, including application writing.
  • Any remaining standardized testing is completed in the fall.
  • Parents and students will be invited to attend a financial aid workshop in the fall.
  • Most applications are submitted by either November or January and decisions are received by mid-April.
  • The CCO will assist students as they make their final commitment to attend a college by May 1.

Matriculation Data for Classes of 2020-2023

*denotes more than one student

  • *Adelphi University
  • American University
  • Arizona State University
  • Barnard College
  • Barry University
  • *Baylor University
  • *Binghamton University
  • *Boston College
  • *Boston University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brandeis University
  • *Brown University
  • CUNY City College
  • Cal Tech
  • *Carnegie Mellon University
  • *Case Western University
  • Cedarville University
  • Chapman University
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • *Colgate University
  • College of Charleston
  • *College of the Holy Cross
  • *Columbia University
  • *Cornell University
  • *Dartmouth College
  • *Davidson College
  • *Drew University
  • *Drexel University
  • *Duke University
  • *Eastern University
  • Eckerd College
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • *Emerson College
  • *Emory University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Farmingdale State College
  • *Fordham University
  • *Franklin and Marshall College
  • Furman University
  • *George Washington University
  • *Georgetown University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • *Gettysburg College
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • *Gordon College
  • Hamilton College
  • *Haverford College
  • Hillsdale College
  • *Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Hofstra University
  • Houghton University
  • Ithaca College
  • *Johns Hopkins University
  • La Salle University
  • Lafayette College
  • Lebanon Valley College
  • *Liberty University
  • *Loyola Marymount University
  • Marist College
  • MIT
  • McGill University
  • *Middlebury College
  • New College of Florida
  • *NYU
  • *Northeastern University
  • *Northwestern University
  • *Nova Southeastern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Olin College of Engineering
  • Pace University, Westchester
  • *Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Parsons School of Design at The New School
  • *Penn State University Park
  • *Pomona College
  • Pratt Institute
  • Princeton University
  • *Providence College
  • *Purdue University
  • RPI
  • *Rice University
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • *Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rollins College
  • Rutgers University
  • SUNY College at Old Westbury
  • SUNY College at Oswego
  • SUNY College at Potsdam
  • SUNY Maritime College
  • *SUNY at Albany
  • *Sacred Heart University
  • *Saint Louis University
  • Saint Peter's University
  • Salve Regina University
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • School of Visual Arts
  • Siena College
  • St. Francis College
  • St. Olaf College
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • *Stony Brook University
  • *Syracuse University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Tampa
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • *Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • United States Military Academy at West Point
  • University of British Columbia
  • *UC Berkeley
  • *UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • *UCLA
  • *UC San Diego
  • *UC Santa Barbara
  • *University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado. Boulder
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • *University of Florida
  • *University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • *University of Miami
  • *University of Michigan
  • *University of New Hampshire
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • *University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • *University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Oregon
  • *University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Richmond
  • *University of Rochester
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Carolina, Beaufort
  • *University of Southern California
  • University of St. Andrews
  • *University of Toronto
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • *Vanderbilt University
  • *Villanova University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • *Wake Forest University
  • *Washington University in St. Louis
  • *Washinton and Lee University
  • Westmont College
  • Wheaton College, IL
  • *William & Mary College
  • Williams College
  • Wofford College
  • WPI
  • Yale University

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