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College Guidance

The entire College Office staff welcomes you to the College Guidance section of this website. In these pages, you will be introduced to our philosophy of college guidance, the tremendous professionals that comprise the College Office, and the outstanding colleges and universities to which our graduates matriculate.

It has long been said that much of college guidance is about relationships—between student and counselor, between school and college, between counselor and parent. While we pride ourselves on these relationships and continue to view them as elemental to our roles, we also know that a vibrant and dynamic college counseling program encompasses much more. Our Four-Year Curriculum is reflective of this reality. (View some highlights of our Four-Year Curriculum below.)

The aim of this curriculum is to equip students with the knowledge, self-awareness and decision-making skills to make appropriate, informed choices about their educational futures. Because of these programs, the transformational education that Loomis provides, the talent of our student body, and our individualized attention, Loomis students thrive in the college selection process and beyond.


College Guidance Philosophy

One of the most obvious goals of the college guidance process is to help students identify, apply, and secure admission to colleges and universities that will meet their needs, nurture their talents and interests, and appropriately challenge them.  Equally as important is the development of decision-making skills, which allow students to successfully engage in and effectively own this process.  Not only does good decision-making increase the likelihood that students identify colleges that will prove to be a good match for them, but it also engenders a move towards self-awareness and self-sufficiency, attributes that are vital for young men and women entering adulthood.

The College Guidance Office expects, and therefore helps to empower, students to make reasoned and informed decisions, to be forthright, to advocate effectively for themselves, to follow a schedule and meet deadlines, and to employ strong organizational skills throughout the process.  The College Guidance Office provides timely information, counseling and support to help each student develop the necessary skills to complete each phase of the college process successfully.

College Guidance Four-Year Curriculum

  • Early college awareness and readiness discussions with freshmen as part of the Norton Center for Common Good Seminars;
  • Programmatic offerings for sophomores and their parents including information on standardized testing, summer opportunities, and curriculum options for junior year;
  • Individualized meetings between juniors and their assigned college counselor commencing in the winter term;
  • An on-campus college fair in the fall term for Loomis juniors and seniors with over 100 colleges in attendance as well as a college fair in the spring term for juniors hosted on a rotating basis by one of eight Hartford-area independent schools;
  • Various outside speakers from college admission in both class meetings for sophomores and juniors as well as over Parents Weekend annually;
  • A coordinated college essay writing program, conducted by the College Office and the English Department, in the spring of the junior year;
  • Continued one-on-one counseling during the senior year to review college applications and to ensure informed, strategic decision making.

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