College Counseling

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.


W.P. Carey ’48 College Admission Lecture Series

This lecture series, endowed by William Polk Carey '48, brings representatives from prestigious colleges and universities to the Pomfret campus each fall.  The lecturer visits with and addresses the student body about college matriculation – the process, preparation, and latest perspectives.

On October 21 and 22, 2016, Pomfret welcomed Amy Jarich as the year's Carey Lecturer.  She holds the title of Assistant Vice Chancellor & Director of Admissions at the University of California at Berkeley.

Click here to see past speakers. 
Mr. Carey ’48 also established two other endowed funds for Pomfret:
The William Polk Carey ’48 Chair in Mathematics
The William Polk Carey ’48 Scholarship Fund



List of 5 members.

  • Bruce Wolanin 

    Director of College Counseling
    Yale University - B.A.
  • Arthur Horst 

    Associate Director of College Counseling, Math Teacher
    Wesleyan University - B.A.
    Columbia University, Teachers College - M.A.
  • Lydia Mann 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
    Smith College - B.A.
  • Ellen McGloine 

    Associate Director of College Resources
  • Jessica Hoppin 

    Academic Registrar/Experiential & Global Learning Coordinator
    Bryant University - B.S.
    Antioch University New England - M.S.
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