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 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.

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College Acceptances

Over the past five years (2014–2018), 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, 6; Babson, 8; Bates, 10; Boston College, 9; Boston University, 15; Bowdoin, 6; Brown, 17; Bucknell, 13; Carnegie Mellon, 6; Chapman University, 5; Colby, 6; Colgate, 20; Colorado College, 7; Columbia, 10; Connecticut College, 9; Cornell, 17; Dartmouth, 13; Duke, 8; Elon, 9; George Washington, 12; Georgetown, 29; Hamilton, 11; Harvard, 10; Johns Hopkins, 6; Lafayette, 5; Lehigh, 5; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 8; McGill, 5; Middlebury, 12; New York University, 17; Northeastern, 9; Occidental, 10; Princeton, 5; Southern Methodist, 16; St. Lawrence, 10; Stanford, 7; Stonehill College, 6; Trinity, 19; Tufts, 20; Tulane, 7; Union College, 11; University of California Los Angeles, 5; University of Chicago, 6; University of Miami, 5; University of Notre Dame, 6; University of North Carolina, 8; University of Pennsylvania, 15; University of Richmond, 15; University of Southern California, 10; University of St. Andrews, 16; University of Vermont, 7; University of Virginia, 23; Wake Forest, 7; Wesleyan, 12; Williams, 6; Yale, 9

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For College Representatives

2019 Spring College Fair

Thursday, April 18, 2019
McCullough Athletic Center

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 2020 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!

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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
Carter Delloro

Carter Delloro

Associate Director of College Counseling
Catherine Ganung

Catherine Ganung

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.