The College Counseling Process

A Message from the Director of College Counseling

When I think of how much the college application process has changed since I was a student, and how much the process has changed since the parents of our students were in school, I am amazed. With twenty years in the college admissions and college counseling industry, I am still amazed. Every year is different, every student is different, and every process is different.

Because the college application process is constantly changing, Tatnall’s College Counseling Office takes a very personal approach to identifying an appropriate list of schools that matches each of our individual students. With Tatnall’s guidance every step of the way, students get to know themselves before they even broach the idea of getting to know colleges and universities. We begin in the ninth and tenth grade with group meetings, during which we discuss the future and all its possibilities. Next, during students’ junior year, we move into individual meetings and have a structured and organized process throughout. From filling out personality assessments to answering thought-provoking questions, the students are put in the driver’s seat from the beginning.

The college process is a journey of self-exploration, and we are here to assist, guide and support all students as they discover, develop and explore their passions. No two students go about this process the same way, and whether a student brings a color-coded spreadsheet of college facts to a meeting or has no idea what a college campus even looks like, we navigate the waters together and find the right fit for each student’s post-Tatnall years.

Leigh Morgan ’91
Director of College Counseling


“I want to thank the College Counseling Office for the time they devoted to help make this an enjoyable experience. My son developed a wonderful relationship with his counselor who provided the right amount of guidance and support needed to successfully complete the process.”

Kristin Teklits (mother of Nick Teklits ’14)

Inside Tatnall’s Ten-Session College Series

Session 1: PSAT Return & Winter Overview
Students will receive PSAT scores from October and review the score report.  They will also be briefed on the upcoming six months of College Counseling individual and group meetings.

Session 2: Get to Know Yourself/Self-Reflection
Students will take assessments and complete questionnaires in order to better understand themselves as students, members of the community, and future college students. The information gained during this session will be discussed in the first individual meeting between student and counselor.
 
Session 3: Naviance and the College Search
Students will be introduced to various functions of Naviance, Tatnall’s web-based college counseling system. With the help of Naviance, college lists will be generated during the second individual meeting with student and counselor. 

Session 4: Autobiography
Students will draft an informal autobiography used only for the counseling process.  For many, this is the first time writing a personal essay, so it loosely prepares students for the personal statement/college essay.

Session 5: The College Visit
Students will learn about a productive and effective college visit, including when, how and where to visit.

Session 6: The Interview
In an interactive session, students will learn about the college interview and practice interviewing skills.
 
Session 7: The Essay
Students will also be introduced to the college essay/personal statement and all it entails.

Session 8: Teacher Recommendation Letters
Students will be introduced to the role of teacher recommendations, learn how to select the most appropriate writers for those recommendations, and prepare to ask two academic teachers to write letters on their behalf.

Session 9: Essay Writing Workshop
Students will come to at least one essay workshop over the summer, write a full draft of the college essay/personal statement, and hand it in to the college counselors for suggestions and edits before the senior year begins.
 
Session 10: Final Student/Parent College Night
During the final session in the college series, students and parents will be given a detailed timeline and overview of a senior’s fall trimester.

College Acceptances

List of 5 items.

  • Classes of 2015-2018 Acceptances and Matriculations

    TATNALL FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES 2015-2018
    (Bold indicate where Tatnall graduates are currently enrolled)

    Agnes Scott College
    Albright College
    Allegheny College
    American University
    Appalachian State University
    Arcadia University
    Auburn University
    Bard College
    Barnard College
    Barton College
    Barry University
    Bates College
    Belmont University
    Bennett College
    Bentley University
    Berklee College of Music
    Binghamton University
    Boston College
    Boston University
    Brandeis University
    Bucknell University
    Bryn Mawr College
    Cabrini College
    California Institute of the Arts
    California Institute of Technology
    CA Poly St. Univ.—San Luis Obispo
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Carleton College
    Case Western University
    Catholic University of America
    Clark Atlanta University
    Clemson University
    Coastal Carolina University
    Colby College
    Colby-Sawyer College
    College of Charleston
    College of William and Mary
    Colgate University
    Colorado State University
    Columbia University
    Connecticut College
    Dartmouth College
    Davidson College
    Davis & Elkins College
    Delaware Valley College
    DePaul University
    DeSales University
    Dickinson College
    Drexel University
    Drexel University, Honors
    Duke University
    East Carolina University
    East Stroudsburg University
    Eastern University
    Eckerd College
    Elizabethtown College
    Elizabethtown College, Honors
    Elon College
    Emerson College
    Emory University
    Endicott College
    Fairfield University
    Flagler College
    Florida State University
    Fordham University
    Franklin and Marshall College
    Franklin Pierce University
    Furman University
    George Mason University
    George Washington University
    Georgetown University
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Georgia State University
    Gettysburg College
    Grand Canyon University
    Hampden-Sydney College
    Hampton University
    Haverford College
    Hawaii Pacific University
    High Point University
    Hobart & William Smith Colleges
    Hofstra University
    Howard University
    Immaculata College
    Illinois Institute of Technology
    Indiana University, Bloomington
    Iona College
    Ithaca College
    James Madison University
    Johns Hopkins University
    Kenyon College
    King’s College
    Kutztown University
    Lafayette College
    Lake Forest College
    La Salle University, Honors
    Lasell College
    Lebanon Valley College
    Lehigh University
    Lincoln University
    Los Angeles College of Music
    Louisiana State University
    Loyola University
    Loyola University, Maryland
    Lycoming College
    Lynchburg College
    Lynn University
    Maine College of Art
    Manhattan College
    Manhattanville College
    Marist College
    Mary Baldwin College
    Maryland Institute College of Art
    Mass. Institute of Technology
    McDaniel College
    Miami University, Oxford
    Middlebury College
    Misericordia University
    Monmouth University
    Moore College of Art & Design
    Morehouse College
    Morgan State University
    Mount Saint Mary’s University
    Muhlenberg College
    Neumann University
    New Jersey Institute of Technology
    New York Institute of Technology
    New York University
    Nichols College
    Norfolk State University, Honors
    North Carolina A&T State University
    North Carolina State University
    North Carolina Wesleyan College
    North Central College
    Northeastern University
    Northeastern University, Honors
    Northwestern University
    Oberlin College
    Old Dominion University
    Otis College of Art & Design
    Pace University
    Pennsylvania State University
    Penn State Univ., Abington
    Penn State Univ., Brandywine
    Philadelphia University
    Pomona College
    Pratt Institute
    Providence College
    Purdue University
    Purdue University, Honors
    Quinnipiac University
    Radford University
    Randolph-Macon College
    Ramapo College of New Jersey
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Rhode Island School of Design
    Rhodes College
    Rice University
    Rider University
    Ringling College of Art & Design
    Roanoke College
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Rocky Mountain University
    Roger Williams University
    Rollins College
    Rowan University
    Rowan University, Honors
    Rutgers University
    Sacred Heart University
    Saint Joseph’s University
    Saint Louis University
    Saint Vincent University
    Salisbury University
    Salve Regina University
    San Diego State University
    Santa Monica College
    Savannah College of Art & Design
    School of the Art Inst. of Chicago
    School of Visual Arts
    Seton Hall University
    Skidmore College
    Southern Connecticut State Univ.
    Southern Methodist University
    Southern New Hampshire Univ.
    Spelman College
    St. John’s College
    St. John’s University
    St. Lawrence University
    St. Thomas Aquinas College
    Stanford University
    State University of NY—Albany
    State University of NY—Buffalo
    Stevenson University
    Stockton University
    Stony Brook University
    Stony Brook University, Honors
    Susquehanna University
    Swarthmore College
    Sweet Briar College
    Syracuse University
    Temple University
    Texas Christian University
    Texas A&M University, Honors
    The New School—Eugene Lang
    The New School—Parsons
    The Ohio State University
    Thiel College
    Towson University
    Trinity College
    Trinity University
    Tufts University
    Tulane University
    United States Military Academy
    United States Naval Academy
    University of Alabama
    University of Alabama, Honors
    University of Arizona
    University of the Arts
    University of California, Davis
    University of California, Irvine
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of California, Riverside
    University of California, San Diego
    University of CA, Santa Barbara
    Univ. of CA, Santa Barbara, Honors
    University of California, Santa Cruz
    University of Chicago
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    University of Connecticut
    University of Dayton
    University of Delaware
    University of Delaware, Honors
    University of Denver
    University of Georgia
    University of Florida
    University of Hartford
    University of IL, Urb.-Champaign
    University of Maryland
    University of Maryland, Honors
    University of MD, Balt. County
    University of Massachusetts
    University of Mass, Boston
    University of Miami
    University of Michigan
    University of Minnesota
    University of Mississippi
    University of New Hampshire
    University of New Haven
    University of NC, Greensboro
    University of NC, Wilmington
    University of Oklahoma
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Pittsburgh, Honors
    University of Rhode Island
    University of Richmond
    University of Rochester
    University of San Francisco
    University of South Carolina
    University of Southern California
    University of Tampa
    University of Tennessee
    University of Vermont
    University of Virginia
    University of Washington
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Ursinus College
    Utah Valley University
    Utica College
    Vanderbilt University
    Villanova University
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Virginia Polytech. Inst. & State Univ.
    Virginia Wesleyan College
    Wake Forest University
    Washington College
    Washington & Lee University
    Webster University
    West Chester University
    West Virginia University
    Western New England University
    Wheaton College
    Widener University
    William Paterson University
    Worcester Polytechnic University
    Xavier University of Louisiana
    York College
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  • Tatnall Class of 2018 Acceptances

    TATNALL CLASS OF 2018 ACCEPTANCES
    (Bold and parentheses indicate number matriculating for 2018)
     
    Albright College
    American University
    Arcadia University
    Auburn University
    Bard College
    Barton College
    Belmont University
    Boston College
    Boston University
    Bryn Mawr College
    Cabrini College
    California Institute of Technology
    CA Poly St. Univ.—San Luis Obispo
    Carleton College
    Clark Atlanta University
    Clemson University
    College of Charleston (2)
    College of William and Mary
    Colgate University
    Columbia University
    Connecticut College
    Dartmouth College
    Dickinson College
    Drexel University (3)
    East Carolina University
    Elizabethtown College
    Elon College (3)
    Endicott College
    Florida State University
    Franklin and Marshall College
    Franklin Pierce University
    Furman University
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    George Washington University
    Hampton University
    High Point University
    Hofstra University
    Howard University
    Ithaca College (3)
    James Madison University
    Kutztown University
    Lafayette College
    La Salle University, Honors
    Lasell College
    Lebanon Valley College
    Lincoln University
    Los Angeles College of Music
    Loyola University, Maryland
    Maine College of Art
    Marist College
    Maryland Institute College of Art
    Mass. Institute of Technology
    McDaniel College
    Miami University, Oxford
    Middlebury College
    Moore College of Art & Design
    Morgan State University
    Muhlenberg College
    New York University
    Norfolk State University, Honors
    North Carolina State University
    Northeastern University
    Old Dominion University
    Pace University
    Pennsylvania State University
    Penn State Univ., Brandywine
    Purdue University
    Quinnipiac University
    Ramapo College of New Jersey
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Univ.
    Rhode Island School of Design
    Rider University
    Roanoke College
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Roger Williams University
    Rowan University
    Rowan University, Honors
    Salisbury University
    School of the Art Inst. of Chicago
    School of Visual Arts
    Southern Connecticut State Univ.
    Southern New Hampshire Univ.
    Spelman College
    St. John’s University
    State University of NY—Albany
    Stockton University
    Stony Brook University
    Syracuse University
    Temple University
    The New School—Parsons
    The Ohio State University
    Thiel College
    Towson University
    Trinity College
    Trinity University
    University of Alabama
    University of Alabama, Honors
    University of the Arts
    University of California, Davis
    University of California, Irvine
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of California, San Diego
    University of California, Santa Cruz
    University of Chicago
    University of Connecticut
    University of Dayton
    University of Delaware (4)
    University of Delaware, Honors
    University of Georgia
    University of Florida
    University of Hartford
    University of IL, Urb.-Champaign
    University of MD, Balt. County
    University of Mass, Boston
    University of Miami
    University of Michigan
    University of Minnesota
    University of New Hampshire
    University of NC, Wilmington
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Pittsburgh, Honors
    University of Richmond
    University of Rochester
    University of South Carolina (2)
    University of Southern California
    University of Tennessee
    University of Vermont
    University of Virginia
    University of Washington
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Utah Valley University
    Utica College
    Villanova University (2)
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Virginia Polytech. Inst. & State Univ.
    Wake Forest University
    Washington College
    West Chester University
    West Virginia University
    Western New England University
    William Paterson University
    Xavier University of Louisiana
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  • Tatnall Class of 2017 Acceptances

    (Bold and parentheses indicate number matriculating for 2017)

    Allegheny College
    Barnard College
    Bentley University
    Berklee College of Music
    Binghamton University
    Boston College (2)
    Boston University (2)
    Bucknell University
    California Institute of the Arts
    Coastal Carolina University
    College of Charleston
    College of William and Mary
    Colorado State University
    Columbia University
    Dartmouth College
    Davis & Elkins College
    DePaul University
    Dickinson College
    Drexel University
    East Carolina University
    East Stroudsburg University
    Eckerd College
    Elizabethtown College
    Elon University
    Emory University
    Fairfield University
    Fordham University
    Franklin & Marshall College
    Franklin Pierce University
    George Mason University
    Georgetown University
    Gettysburg College
    Grand Canyon University
    Haverford College
    High Point University
    Hobart & William Smith Colleges
    Hofstra University
    Indiana University, Bloomington
    Ithaca College
    James Madison University
    Kenyon College
    King’s College
    Lafayette College
    Lebanon Valley College
    Loyola University
    Lycoming College
    Lynchburg College
    Marist College
    Maryland Institute College of Art
    McDaniel College
    Miami University, Oxford
    Misericordia University
    Monmouth University
    Moore College of Art & Design
    Morgan State University
    Muhlenberg College
    New School—Parsons
    New York Institute of Technology
    New York University
    Nichols College
    North Carolina A&T State Univ.
    North Carolina State University
    Northeastern University
    Otis College of Art and Design
    Pace University
    Pennsylvania State University
    Philadelphia University
    Providence College
    Quinnipiac University
    Randolph-Macon College
    Ringling College of Art and Design
    Roanoke College
    Rowan University
    Saint Joseph’s University
    Salisbury University
    Savannah College of Art and Design
    Southern Connecticut State Univ.
    Southern Methodist University
    St. John’s College
    St. Lawrence University
    St. Thomas Aquinas College
    Stevenson University
    Stony Brook University
    Susquehanna University
    Swarthmore College
    Syracuse University
    Temple University
    Texas Christian University
    The New School—Parsons
    Towson University
    Trinity College
    United States Military Academy
    United States Naval Academy (2)
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    University of Connecticut
    University of Dayton
    University of Delaware (8)

    University of Delaware, Honors
    University of Denver
    University of Hartford
    University of Maryland
    University of Miami
    University of Michigan
    University of Mississippi
    University of New Haven
    University of Pittsburgh (2)
    University of Oklahoma
    University of Rhode Island
    University of Richmond
    University of South Carolina
    University of Southern California
    University of Vermont
    University of Virginia
    Ursinus College (2)
    Vanderbilt University
    Villanova University
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute
    Wake Forest University
    Washington & Lee University
    Webster University
    West Chester University
    West Virginia University
    Western New England University
    Wheaton College
    Widener University
    York College
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  • Tatnall Class of 2016 Acceptances

    (Bold and parentheses indicate number matriculating for 2016)

    Albright College
    American University
    Appalachian State University
    Auburn University
    Barry University
    Bates College
    Bentley University
    Boston College
    Bucknell University
    Cabrini College
    Case Western Reserve University
    Catholic University of America
    Clemson University
    Coastal Carolina University (2)
    Colby College
    Colby-Sawyer College
    College of Charleston
    College of William & Mary (2)
    Colorado State University
    Connecticut College
    Davidson College
    DePaul University
    DeSales University
    Dickinson College
    Drexel University (3)
    Drexel University, Honors
    Duke University
    East Carolina University
    Eastern University
    Elizabethtown Univ. (Honors)
    Emerson College
    Emory University
    Flagler College
    Fordham University
    Franklin and Marshall College
    Furman University
    George Washington Univ. (2)
    Georgia State University
    Gettysburg College
    Hampton University
    Hawaii Pacific University
    High Point University
    Hobart & William Smith Colleges
    Hofstra University
    Howard University
    Illinois Institute of Technology
    Iona College
    Ithaca College
    James Madison University
    Lafayette College
    Lake Forest College
    Louisiana State University
    Loyola University, Maryland
    Lynn University
    Manhattan College
    Manhattanville College
    Monmouth University
    Moore College of Art & Design
    Morehouse College
    Mount Saint Mary’s University
    Muhlenberg College (2)
    New York University
    North Carolina State University
    North Carolina Wesleyan College
    North Central College
    Northeastern University
    Northeastern University (Honors)
    Northwestern University
    Oberlin College
    Pennsylvania State University
    Philadelphia University
    Pomona College
    Providence College
    Purdue University (Honors)
    Quinnipiac University
    Radford University
    Rensselaer Polytechnic University
    Rocky Mountain University
    Rutgers University
    Sacred Heart University
    Saint John’s University
    Saint Joseph’s University
    Saint Louis University
    Saint Vincent College
    Salve Regina University
    San Diego State University
    Santa Monica College
    Savannah College of Art and Design
    School of the Art Inst. of Chicago
    Seton Hall University
    Skidmore College
    Southern Methodist University
    Spelman College
    Stevenson University
    Stony Brook University, Honors
    Susquehanna University
    Syracuse University
    Temple University
    Texas Christian University
    The New School
    Towson University
    Tufts University
    Tulane University
    University of Alabama
    University of California, Davis
    University of California, Irvine
    University of California, Riverside
    University of CA, Santa Barbara
    University of Chicago
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    University of Connecticut
    University of Dayton
    University of Delaware (4)
    University of DE, Honors (2)
    University of Denver
    University of Florida
    University of Maryland
    University of Maryland, Honors
    University of Massachusetts
    University of Miami
    University of Michigan
    University of Mississippi
    University of New Hampshire
    University of New Haven
    University of NC, Greensboro
    University of Oklahoma
    University of Pennsylvania (2)
    University of Pittsburgh (3)
    University of Rhode Island
    University of Richmond
    University of San Francisco
    University of South Carolina
    University of Southern California
    University of Tampa
    University of Vermont
    University of Virginia
    Ursinus College
    Villanova University (2)
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Virginia Polytechnic Inst. of Tech.
    Wake Forest University
    Washington College
    West Chester University
    West Virginia University
    Widener University
    Worcester Polytechnic University
    York College (2)
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  • Tatnall Class of 2015 Acceptance

    (Bold and parentheses indicate number matriculating for 2015)

    Agnes Scott College
    Albright College
    American University (2)
    Arcadia University
    Auburn University
    Bennett College
    Boston University
    Brandeis University
    Cabrini College
    CA State Poly Univ, San Luis Obispo
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Case Western University
    Coastal Carolina University
    College of Charleston
    Delaware Valley College
    Drexel University
    Drexel University, Honors
    Duke University
    Elon University
    Emerson College
    Emory University
    Eugene Lang Col./The New School
    Fairfield University
    Fordham University
    Franklin & Marshall College
    Furman University
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    George Washington University
    Gettysburg College (3)
    Hampden-Sydney College
    Hampton University
    Hobart & William Smith Colleges
    Immaculata University
    Indiana University, Bloomington
    Ithaca College
    James Madison University
    Johns Hopkins University
    Lehigh University
    Louisiana State University
    Loyola University, Maryland
    Mary Baldwin College
    Miami University, Oxford
    Moore College of Art & Design
    Neumann University
    New Jersey Institute of Technology
    New York University (2)
    Northeastern University
    Northwestern University
    Pace University
    Parsons New School for Design
    Pennsylvania State University (2)
    Pennsylvania State Univ., Abington
    Pomona College
    Pratt Institute
    Purdue University
    Radford University
    Randolph-Macon College
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Rhodes College
    Rice University
    Roanoke College
    Rollins College
    Rowan University
    Rutgers University
    Salisbury University
    Savannah College of Art & Design
    School of the Art Inst. of Chicago
    School of Visual Arts
    St. John’s University
    Stanford University
    State University of NY—Albany
    State University of NY—Buffalo
    Sweet Briar College
    Syracuse University
    Texas A&M University, Honors
    Towson University
    Tufts University
    United States Military Academy
    University of Alabama
    University of Arizona
    Univ. of CA—Santa Barbara (Hon.)
    University of California—Santa Cruz
    University of Chicago
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    University of Connecticut
    University of Delaware (9)
    University of Delaware (Honors)
    University of Hartford
    University of Maryland
    University of Maryland, Balt. County
    University of Massachusetts
    University of Miami
    University of New Hampshire
    Univ. of North Carolina, Wilmington
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Rochester
    University of San Francisco
    University of South Carolina
    University of Tampa
    University of Tennessee
    Ursinus College
    Villanova University
    Virginia Commonwealth Univ.
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute
    Virginia Wesleyan College
    Washington College
    West Chester University (2)
    West Virginia University
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    • Leigh Morgan
Tatnall’s Annual College Counseling Events
  • Senior College Night
  • Three yearly Junior College Nights
  • Financial Aid Night
  • College Funding Workshop
  • Freshman/Sophomore College Night
  • Ten-session college program series for juniors
  • Senior essay workshops 
“I widely tell everyone that I have four degrees and have attended or taught in five colleges, but the best education I got was at Tatnall.”

Dr. Terry Plank ’81, Scientist and professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Columbia University 

Naviance

Tatnall's college counseling information is housed on Naviance, a college, and career readiness software provider.  To log onto Naviance as a guest, go to: 
and use the password "tatnall."  Juniors and seniors will have individual registration access granted at the beginning of their junior year.