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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 they are gaining acceptance to these institutions. The most competitive colleges aren’t the best fit for every student, however, and Waterford college counselors help find schools nationwide that are suited for the individual goals 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.

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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 58%

of graduates attended out-of-state-colleges

120 colleges and universities

Waterford students have matriculated to in the past 5 years

SCOIR – College Counselling 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, 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 2018-2022 (graduates)

  • American University
  • University of Arizona
  • Auburn University
  • Bard 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
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • Colorado College
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Dartmouth College
  • Davidson College
  • Denison University
  • DePaul University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • University of Florida
  • Fordham University
  • Georgetown University
  • Goucher College
  • University of Hawaii – Manoa
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (GER)
  • Hampshire College
  • Harvard College
  • University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
  • Kenyon College
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Marquette 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
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Parsons School of Design
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Purdue University
  • Reed College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Royal Academy of Music London
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • University of San Diego
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Scripps College
  • Snow College
  • University of Southern California
  • USC-School of Architecture 
  • USC-School of Engineering 
  • USC-School of Business
  • Southern Utah University
  • Southern Virginia University
  • Stanford University
  • Suffolk University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Temple University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Trinity University
  • Tufts University
  • United States Naval Academy
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • Utah State University
  • Utah Tech University
  • University of Utah
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Virginia
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington & Lee University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University
  • Wellesley College
  • Westminster College
  • Whitman College
  • Willamette College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • University of Wyoming
  • Yale University

Specialized Programs

  • Music Conservatories
  • Berklee College of Music

Visual Arts Schools

  • Parsons School of Design

U.S. Military

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


  • University of Auckland (NZE)
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (GER)