College Counseling

College Counseling

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The attention that Taft gives students comes into special focus during the college selection process. We have four full-time college counselors on staff, dedicated to helping students and families successfully navigate the college search process. We help students develop the analytical skills they need to best assess their own strengths and interests, allowing them to discover those schools offering the best overall fit. We also work directly with colleges on behalf of our students, presenting their character and achievements in an accurate, nuanced, and compelling light.

Our approach is student-centered, and spans the upper mid and senior years. Parents are also involved, through meetings, personal conferences, e-mails, and a bimonthly newsletter from the college office.

We get to know our students in virtually every facet of their lives at school: We coach, attend sit-down dinners, and interact continually with students, their teachers, and their coaches. We advise students on course selection, standardized testing requirements, essay writing, and how to best present themselves on their college applications. In the fall of their senior year, we help students finalize their list of colleges, and consult closely with teachers, coaches, deans, dorm faculty and advisors prior to crafting a detailed letter of recommendation, which highlights every facet of a student’s moral, intellectual, and social development.

The college counseling team also attends conferences, visits college campuses, constantly reviews media reports, and cultivates relationships with our colleagues in admissions offices.

College Counseling Handbook

College Acceptances

Over the past five years (2015–2019), Taft students have enrolled at 188 different colleges and universities in 32 states, the District of Columbia, and eight foreign countries. During that same period, five or more students enrolled at the following:

Amherst, 5; Babson, 9; Bates, 8; Boston College, 11; Boston University, 15; Bowdoin, 7; Brown, 15; Bucknell, 16; Carnegie Mellon, 8; Chapman University, 5; Colby, 7; Colgate, 21; College of the Holy Cross, 5; Colorado College, 6; Columbia, 10; Connecticut College, 8; Cornell, 16; Dartmouth, 11; Dickinson College, 5; Duke, 9; Elon, 8; George Washington, 12; Georgetown, 28; Hamilton, 8; Harvard, 9; Haverford, 5; Hobart and William Smith, 6; Lafayette, 6; Lehigh, 6; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 6; McGill, 5; Middlebury, 11; New York University, 18; Northeastern, 12; Occidental, 10; Princeton, 6; Southern Methodist, 12; St. Lawrence, 11; Stanford, 6; Stonehill College, 6; Trinity, 14; Tufts, 22; Tulane, 11; Union College, 12; University of California, Los Angeles, 7; University of Chicago, 6; University of Colorado, Boulder, 6; University of Connecticut, 5; University of Miami, 7; University of North Carolina, 5; University of Notre Dame, 6; University of Pennsylvania, 22; University of Richmond, 16; University of Southern California, 8; University of St. Andrews, 18; University of Vermont, 9; University of Virginia, 18; University of Wisconsin, 5; Wake Forest, 11; Wesleyan, 13; Williams, 5; Yale, 11


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SAT and ACT Registration

For College Representatives

We would love to have you visit Taft this fall. To help you make the most effective use of your time at Taft, we propose that you choose from one of these four options:

Option #1: A Fall College Mini Fair – Recommended

  • Tuesday, October 1st from 7:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Tuesday, October 8th from 2:45pm – 3:45pm
  • Tuesday, October 15th from 7:30pm – 8:30pm

This option offers a standard college fair format. While we hope that an admissions officer will attend, alumni admissions representatives are always welcome.

Option #2: An Information Session

10/11 or 10/18
6:30pm – 8:30pm

This option is designed for colleges and universities who normally receive five or more applications each year from Taft or who typically enroll more than one student in any given year. Start your evening by having dinner (optional) with one of our college counselors from 6:30pm–7:15pm. The information session will begin at 7:15pm. On nights when multiple colleges attend, we will offer a round robin format with 20-30 minute sessions.

Option #3: Personal Interviews

3:30pm—9:00pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, or Sunday (9/29, 10/6, 11/3)

This option has been an effective choice for a number of colleges and universities. Some have been able to interview all early action candidates in the late fall, while others who typically do not receive many applications from Taft students have found interviews helpful in converting prospective students to formal applicants. Blackout dates apply.

Option #4: A School Day Counselor Visit – September 9 through November 8

8:30am – 2:30pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.

Since our students are not permitted to miss classes to meet with college admissions representatives, you should choose this option with that understanding. While you will not likely be able to see students, one of our college counselors will meet with you to learn as much as possible about your school's distinctive features, programs, admissions policies and procedures, and financial aid and scholarship opportunities. If you prefer, you may schedule a Skype meeting with all 4 college counselors after the traditional travel season. Blackout dates apply.

Blackout Dates for Fall 2019

School will not be in session (or counselors will not be available) on the following dates: Before 9/9, or on 9/22, 10/14, 10/15, 10/21, 10/25, and after 11/8.

College Representative Registration

Registration Directions to the Taft School Campus Campus Map

The College Office is located in the main building. If you come in the main gate and turn right around the traffic circle, you will probably find a visitor parking space. In the event that none are available, please park across the street: proceeding left out the gate, turn right at the light, and again at your first right into the parking lot. On the main circle there are two doors. Use the one on the left, near the bust of Horace Taft at the staircase. As you enter the building, take the first left down a short hall; the College Office is at the end of that hallway.

Difficulty registering? Questions? Please e-mail Cheryl Gatling.

Meet Our Team

Alison Almasian

Alison Almasian

Class of 1987
Director of College Counseling
Carla Ambrosini

Carla Ambrosini

Testing Coordinator
Nicolas Bell

Nicolas Bell

Associate Director of College Counseling
Catherine Ganung

Catherine Ganung

Senior Associate Director of College Counseling
Cheryl Gatling-Galloway

Cheryl Gatling-Galloway

Administrative Assistant, College Counseling
Andrew McNeill

Andrew McNeill

Sr. Associate Director of College Counseling
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"Matching a student with the right college is both an art and a science. We use data to inform our conversations about the initial choices, but we also do a great deal of questioning, getting to know the student…We read every teacher comment, dean letter, and advisor letter…All of this comes together to tell the student’s story, to present the narrative of who they are in a compelling way."

—Alison Almasian ’87, Director of College Counseling

Fast Fact

More than 100 representatives of colleges visit Taft each year, 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.