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College Counseling

A launchpad for success in your journey ahead

We believe the process of applying for college is one of positive self-discovery. We help you assess your individual abilities, talents, interests and aspirations, and then we provide the knowledge, guidance and support for you to identify and seek college admission.

Each year, 100 percent of Western Reserve Academy graduates gain acceptance into top colleges and universities that are carefully matched with their skills and ambitions. Our College Counseling Office works closely with you, as well as your parents, to help you navigate the application process and achieve your goals.

I think boarding schools are set up perfectly so that the college counselor sees the student beyond the academic setting. This gives us a much more authentic and complete picture of the student.

- Jennifer Berry, Director of College Counseling

WRA has long been a recognized leader in student advocacy in the college process, a fact highlighted by our unique committee-written letters of recommendation, emphasizing your personal strengths, accomplishments and development during your time at Reserve.

Distinctive college counseling offerings

  • Three full-time counselors who maintain a strong rapport with college admission officers across the country, and get to know you personally, providing a counselor-to-student ratio significantly lower than other schools
  • More than 100 colleges and universities visit WRA every fall for information sessions with students
  • You are assigned a personal college counselor for individualized support throughout your college application process
  • Application help sessions with college counselors and admission representatives from various colleges
  • All WRA families are given access to a web-based service designed especially for students and parents that you can use to help in making decisions about college

Our graduates

The 117 members of the Class of 2020 gained acceptances at 236 different colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and abroad. View our five-year matriculation for the Classes of 2015–19. Read more about our Promise to Pioneers, the paths of our current students and alumni and the academic and community backdrop at Reserve that helps students soar in college and life.