College Counseling

College Search and Application Process

The college search and application process is one of the most exciting and anxious times in a student’s life. Just as Waterford faculty and coaches have nurtured students’ intellectual, physical, and moral development, the Waterford School College Counseling Office guides, supports, and serves as an advocate for our students as they consider an exciting variety of undergraduate options. Recognizing that this transition is important both for students and their families, Waterford School has college counselors who have extensive experience in both secondary education and in college admissions and have developed a program to guide, educate, and encourage students to take responsibility for meeting deadlines and making important decisions.

Waterford students have learned to write, read, discuss, and learn at a college level. They are prepared to excel at the nation’s most selective universities, and are gaining acceptance to these institutions. Waterford college counselors help find schools nationwide that are suited for the individual criteria of our students. Working with 25-35 students each, our counselors are able to give personalized attention in every aspect of the college preparation, search, application and decision-making process. Waterford’s counselors visit colleges nationwide and attend the National College Admissions Conference every year. Students are motivated, interested and focused on continuing academics and opportunities at the highest level.

The Road to College:
Finding the Best College for You

The Waterford School College Counseling Office guides, supports, and serves our students as they consider an exciting variety of undergraduate options.

Get the Guide

Waterford’s College Counselors have extensive experience in secondary education and college admissions and have developed a four-year curriculum that guides students and parents through an exciting process of college exploration–a process that ultimately results in acceptances to top colleges well-suited to student interests and passions.

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Grades of Interest


College counselor to student ratio


of Waterford graduates accepted into competitive colleges and universities

Over 67%

of graduates attended out-of-state-colleges

110 colleges and universities

Waterford students have matriculated to in the past 5 years

SCOIR – College Counseling Resource

Waterford students and parents can sign in to SCOIR, our College Counseling resource, here. If you do not have login information, please email Alicia Kelly to register.

College Representatives can sign up to visit the Waterford School at

Upper School Profile


College Counseling Staff

Sari Rauscher, Director
(801) 816-2248

Nick Grenoble, Senior Associate Director
(801) 816-2222

Alicia Kelly, Assistant Director
(801) 816-2943

College Placement

Where are Waterford School Alumni Currently Attending College?
Five-Year History of College Matriculation
Waterford School Classes of 2019-2023 (graduates)

  • American University
  • University of Arizona
  • Auburn University
  • Babson College
  • Bard College
  • Barnard College
  • Bates College
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brigham Young University
  • Brigham Young University, Hawaii
  • Brigham Young University, Idaho
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of California Irvine
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of California Riverside
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chapman University
  • Colgate University
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • Colorado College
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Davidson College
  • Denison University
  • DePaul University
  • DePauw University
  • Duke University
  • Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Emory University
  • University of Florida
  • Fordham University
  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • Goucher College
  • University of Hawaii – Manoa
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (GER)
  • Harvard University
  • University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
  • John Cabot University (Rome, ITA)
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kenyon College
  • Lehigh University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Marquette University
  • Methodist University
  • Middlebury College
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota    
  • The University of Montana
  • Montana State University
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • The College of New Jersey
  • New York University
  • NYU-Tisch School of the Arts
  • Northeastern University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Dakota-Aviation
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Occidental College
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Parsons School of Design
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pitzer College
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Purdue University
  • Queen’s University (CAN)
  • Reed College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rice University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Royal Academy of Music London
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • University of San Diego
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Scripps College
  • Smith College
  • Snow College
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern California
  • USC-School of Architecture 
  • USC-School of Engineering 
  • USC-School of Business
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Southern Utah University
  • Southern Virginia University
  • Stanford University
  • Suffolk University
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Swarthmore College
  • Temple University
  • Texas A& M University
  • Texas Christian University
  • The University of Alabama
  • Trinity University
  • Tulane University
  • Tufts University
  • United States Naval Academy
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • University of Utah
  • Utah State University
  • Utah Tech University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • University of Vermont
  • Villanova University
  • University of Virginia
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington College
  • Washington & Lee University
  • Washington State University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • University of Washington
  • Wellesley College
  • Westminster College
  • Whitman College
  • Willamette College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • University of Wyoming
  • Yale University

Specialized Programs

Music Conservatories

  • Berklee College of Music
  • Royal Academy of Music

Theater Schools

  • NYU Tisch School of Drama

Visual Arts Schools

  • Parsons School of Design

U.S. Military

  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy


  • University of Auckland (NZE)
  • Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (GER)
  • John Cabot University (Rome, ITA)
  • Queen’s University (CAN)