College Counseling


Brown, Columbia, MIT, Harvard, Stanford, McGill, NYU, Princeton, Vassar, and Wesleyan are among Dwight's college acceptances. Click here for the full 2019 acceptance list. 


Dwight's IB Diploma candidates have a distinct advantage in the admissions process, as the IB is recognized as one of the world's most rigorous courses of study.

Three college counseling experts work with students. Chancellor Spahn, who has many years of experience in the field, assists and works with students as an ex-officio member of the team. Together, we help students identify the college that is the best fit based on their academic profiles, personal interests, and aspirations.

A Four-year Path to Success

We provide extensive information, guidance, and support starting in Grade 9 and continuing through all four years of upper school and beyond.


Grade 9

  • Students in 9th grade receive direct standardized test preparation as part of the school day's curriculum. 
  • Parents and students attend a college evening led by the college counseling staff. Students learn how they should plan their high school years to maximize their learning experience and present the most desirable profile to colleges.
  • A full mock ACT exam is administered to begin tracking student progress and to identify academic strengths and weaknesses.
  • Students and parents meet with a college counselor and the Director of Scheduling during course selection to make sure that students select subjects they will need to prepare for their future IB Diploma or courses curriculum.

Grade 10

  • Students receive direct standardized test preparation as part of the school day's curriculum. 
  • A parent/student college night provides families with additional information regarding visiting colleges and preparing for standardized tests.
  • Students in 10th grade take another full mock ACT to track their progress, as well as the PSAT for the first time.
  • College counselors attend course selection interviews with students and the IB Diploma Coordinator to help with academic choices for their junior and senior years.

Grade 11

  • Junior College Night for students and parents launches the official planning and search process.
  • College counselors conduct individual meetings with students and families. Students are assigned one college counselor, with whom they will work until the end of senior year.
  • Customized testing calendars, college priority lists, and college visit itineraries are provided for each student.
  • The college counseling staff leads Junior College Day, covering the application process, how to use Naviance, writing college essays and supplements, and how to navigate the Common Application.
  • Students in 11th grade are encouraged to use the summer break purposefully and to return for senior year well-prepared to engage in the college application process. They are required to write the first draft of their college essays prior to the start of senior year.

Grade 12

  • Senior College Night for students and parents is held in September, providing information about admissions officers’ visits to Dwight, college visits, application deadlines, and the different types of admission programs (i.e., Early Decision, Early Action, Restricted Early Action, etc.)
  • Counselors meet with students individually to finalize college lists and discuss their applications.
  • Counselors meet with students individually to finalize college lists and discuss their applications. Students also receive guidance through our College Essay Advisory Program, which focuses on this important application component under the direction of our Head of English.
  • College representatives visit Dwight to discuss academics and special features of their institutions.
  • Counselors serve as 12th grade student advocates through the process and work with families as students receive acceptances and make their final decisions.

College Guidance in the Spotlight

Jill Ortman
College Counseling Chair
(212) 724-6360 Ext 213




Hee-Jin Yim
College Counselor
(212) 724-6360 Ext 296






Arthur Samuels
College Counselor
(212) 724-6360 Ext 218