College Counseling

Choosing a college is a complex and challenging task for students and their families. At The Marvelwood School, the formal college counseling process begins in January of junior year with the mailing home of our very comprehensive COLLEGE GUIDE and initial student conferences. After spring break, we take the entire junior class to the National College Fair in Hartford, and on Family Weekend in early May meet with students and parents in small group and one-to-one sessions. Together, we assess student interests, discuss career goals, weigh the importance of factors such as location, cost, size, and extracurricular activities, and gain a sense of the range of selectivity a student should have in mind in his or her college search.

College counselors at Marvelwood help a student identify schools that will meet his or her needs academically and provide an appropriate environment for continuing personal and intellectual growth. We do not, however, pick schools "out of the air." We are in the business of enabling students to see a match, and then aiding them in making that match with colleges throughout the application process. We visit college campuses, attend professional conferences and workshops, and host dozens of college representatives on campus each fall. We offer informed advice to students and their parents at every stage in the transition from Skiff Mountain to the future, and we value the relationships we establish with families in the course of our counseling efforts.

We look forward to working with you!

The Class of 2019 at Marvelwood's 61st Commencement in June



College Calendar


All Seniors must come to the library right after classes. We will speak briefly about the meeting before breaking out and meeting with each of you individually to see where you are in the process and how we can support you through the next two weeks before our next meeting. Remember, you can ALWAYS come to see us at anytime outside of these meetings if other questions arise.

The Marvelwood School College Counseling Office

Briana Bertram

Briana Bertram

Associate College Counselor, Standardized Testing Coordinator
William 'Bing' Bingham

William 'Bing' Bingham

Director of College Counseling