SCHOOL CODE= 070880
The Taft College Counseling Office’s mission is to i) provide a student-centered process geared towards educating and supporting students and their families as they navigate the college search and selection process; and ii) present the student's character and achievements to prospective colleges in an accurate, nuanced and compelling light. Particular emphasis is placed on developing students’ analytical skills to discover schools which match their interests well; self-advocacy skills so that they can present themselves effectively and authentically in the process; and understanding of the process so they can maximize those elements which are within their control. In order to best serve our students and the Taft community, we are committed to educating ourselves on the issues of our profession through attendance at conferences, visiting college campuses, constant review of media reports in our field, and careful cultivation of relationships with our colleagues in admissions.
The attention that Taft gives students comes into special focus during the college selection process. College counselors work with students throughout the uppermid (11th grade) and senior years to find the best match between student and college. We have four full-time college counselors on staff, who are able to devote all of their time during the class day and in the evenings to working with students and families throughout the various stages of the college search, application and selection process.
Through individual and group meetings, the counselors offer guidance on the many issues pertaining to college admissions. Parents are also involved, through meetings, personal conferences, e-mails, and a bimonthly newsletter from the college office.
More than 100 representatives of colleges visit Taft annually, giving students the opportunity to learn about them and enabling the counselors to maintain the rapport and professional understanding that marks Taft's relationship with these colleges. The excellence of our academic program leads to outstanding options for students' post secondary education.
Standardized Test Preparation Options and Opportunities (PDF)
Link to Naviance for seniors and uppermids who have been assigned logins
Writing Your College Essay–A Workshop for Upper Middlers
The Taft College Counseling Office would like to share important advice from Greg Buckles, the Dean of Admissions from Middlebury College. In addition to his essay writing tips, Dean Buckles also discusses, in some detail, the actual reading process that occurs as admissions officers read through hundreds of folders as they work to decide who will be offered admission and who will not.
Over the past five years (2010-2014) Taft students have enrolled in 171 different colleges and universities in 29 states and 7 foreign countries. During that same time period, five or more students have enrolled at the following:
Amherst (13), Bates (10), Boston College (18), Boston University (5), Bowdoin (10), Brown (5), Bryant (6), Bucknell (14), Colby (10), Colgate (14), Colorado College (7), Columbia (11), Connecticut College (10), Cornell (16), Dartmouth (8) Denison (7), Duke (5), Elon (5), Emory (6), Franklin and Marshall (5), George Washington (24), Georgetown (34), Gettysburg (15), Hamilton - NY (11), Harvard (5), Hobart and William Smith (7), Johns Hopkins (7), Lafayette (5), Lehigh (9), McGill (5), Middlebury (21), NYU (17), Northeastern (8), Princeton (9), Southern Methodist (10), St. Lawrence (9), Stanford (7), Trinity (32), Tufts (19), Union (6), University of Colorado-Boulder (7), University of Michigan (9),University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (7), Notre Dame (5), UPenn (6), University of Richmond (7), USC (12), St. Andrews (Scotland) (7), University of VT (7), University of VA (18), Vanderbilt (7), Villanova (7), Wake Forest (8), Wesleyan (16), Williams (9), Yale (10)
Meet the Staff
Office fax number: 860-945-7704
For College Representatives...
Please click here to read more about scheduling a visit.
Some Useful Links
In addition to Naviance, you might find the following sites helpful in your search:
Index of American Universities
College Board's My Road
Colleges That Change Lives
For online registrations and testing information:
The College Board-SAT registration
NCAA Eligibility Center
Financial Aid and Scholarship Information:
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)