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 ever 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
- Taft School Profile
- SAT and ACT Registration
- Upcoming Events and College Fairs
- For College Representatives
Over the past five years (2013–2017), Taft students have enrolled at 185 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, 7; Babson, 9; Bates, 11; Boston College, 12; Boston University, 15; Bowdoin, 7; Brown, 14; Bucknell, 11; Colby, 7; Colgate, 17; Colorado College, 7; Columbia, 9; Connecticut College, 9; Cornell, 20; Dartmouth, 12; Duke, 7; Elon, 9; Fordham, 5; George Washington, 11; Georgetown, 32; Gettysburg, 5; Hamilton, 13; Harvard, 8; Hobart & William Smith, 6; Johns Hopkins, 6; Lafayette, 5; Lehigh, 6; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 8; McGill, 5; Middlebury, 13; New York University, 18; Northeastern, 8; Occidental, 11; Princeton, 6; Southern Methodist, 15; St. Lawrence, 11; Stanford, 8; Stonehill College, 6; Trinity, 26; Tufts, 16; Union College, 8; University of Chicago, 5; University of Colorado, 7; University of Miami, 5; University of Michigan, 6; University of North Carolina, 11; University of Pennsylvania, 12; University of Richmond, 15; University of Southern California, 13; University of St. Andrews, 13; University of Vermont, 6; University of Virginia, 23; Wake Forest, 8; Wesleyan, 15; Williams, 7; Yale, 10
2018 Spring College Fair
McCullough Athletic Center
Thursday, April 19, 2018
6:45pm – 8:30pm
You are cordially invited to join us for our annual spring college fair at The Taft School. Our entire junior class will be in attendance at the fair, and they will be at a point in the college counseling process when they are most open-minded and curious. We have already begun to work with the class of 2019 to help them shape their thinking and formulate questions about their college aspirations.In addition to our students, students from Chase Collegiate, Trinity Pawling, Westover, The Gunnery, and local public high schools will be in attendance.
While the fair itself will begin at 6:45pm, we will be offering a light dinner from 5:45pm – 6:45pm. You are welcome to set up any time after 5:15pm. We would strongly prefer that a professional member of your admissions staff joins us; however we will also welcome alumni representatives to attend in your place if necessary.
For your planning purposes, Choate, Hotchkiss, and other Hartford area boarding schools also host college fairs during this week.
To accept our invitation, please click on the registration link below.Once your registration has been submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation in your email.
We hope to see you this spring!
Difficulty registering? Questions? Please e-mail Cheryl Gatling
"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
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.