Upper School

Seniors Jump into College Applications

Before the school year begins, Northwest seniors are already drafting their college essays and getting a jumpstart on their applications.

On August 23-24, the seniors dove into the two-day annual College Jumpstart Workshop sponsored the Northwest School College Counseling Office. The first day of the workshop revolved around essay work with Northwest School Humanities teachers. The second day of the workshop consisted of a panel of admissions officers from George Washington University, Barnard College, St. Olaf College, and University of Oregon. The panelists provided insight into the application process and explained their supportive role as admissions officers.

“Our students get to come and have these admissions officers be their mentors for the application process for the day, and that is really special,” says Erin Miller, Northwest’s director of college counseling. “The students receive a valuable perspective from someone who reads thousands of college applications.”

Starting in May 2018, The Northwest School College Counseling Office begins work with incoming seniors on essays for their college applications. This early focus provides the groundwork for students to work over the summer and start senior year with a head start on the college application process.

“A big philosophy of this office is helping students take this process piece by piece,” says Erin. “We are there to help kids take ownership of the process. We know as long as our students are mindful about choosing colleges that will be good fits and staying on top of the process, they will have great outcomes.”

The College Counseling Office continues the momentum of the College Jumpstart Workshop with monthly college application work parties throughout the admissions timeline, including a specialized workshop focused on the applications of the University of Washington and schools in the University of California system.

To see a list of the colleges and universities Northwest School students have been accepted to over the past five years, click here.