College counseling at Pomfret is a highly individualized process with the goal of producing the best possible match between each uniquely talented student and the college or university which best fits that student. Like much of everyday life on campus, the creation of that ideal match is a very personal, labor intensive, learning experience. Each student works closely with his or her counselor to explore the many talents and interests he or she has developed, to set goals based on those experiences, and to research and find the colleges that will help him or her achieve those goals.
Personal attention is the hallmark of the college search process at Pomfret. Three experienced college counselors, aided by the registrar/testing coordinator and by a fulltime administrative assistant, serve a typical class of approximately one hundred students. While each counselor has multiple opportunities to get to know students in the classroom, on the playing fields, etc., guiding them through their college search is our primary responsibility. By visiting college campuses, attending regional and national conferences, and hosting college fairs and individual college representatives at our school, Pomfret’s college counselors constantly update and expand their knowledge about programs available at colleges. This personal contact also fosters close relationships with admissions officers at more than one hundred colleges and universities.
Creating a good match of student and college also requires that the college counselor and student forge a strong relationship, that the college counselor knows the student’s strengths, abilities, talents, and aspirations, and that the student knows him/herself well. Informally, this guided process of self assessment is ongoing, but Pomfret’s unique S.T.E.P. program acts as a catalyst.