Collegiate School Admissions Guidance & Consulting

Collegiate School Admissions Guidance


What is Collegiate Looking For?

Academic excellence. A passion for intellectual and

personal growth. Collegiate expects their students to take

their academic responsibilities seriously but also possess

enough humility not to take themselves too seriously.

Applicants should be ready to explain why they will profit

from the intense academic program offered by Collegiate

as well as why they will benefit from a single-sex education. 

Throughout their admissions application, candidates

should highlight how they will contribute their own special

talents, abilities, imagination, and curiosity to the school



What is academic excellence in the eyes of Collegiate?

Collegiate applicants should be fueled by curiosity and motivation, and plan on using their acquired knowledge to “lead and serve.” Applicants to Collegiate must enjoy the learning process and be able to comprehend their assignments a on a deeper level than most, thinking critically and interpretatively about the premise and purpose of every task. Unlike many other independent schools, Collegiate requires a graded writing sample as part of their application.  They are looking for strong readers, writers, listeners, and speakers. Over 25% of the Collegiate School faculty holds a PHD.  Small, philosophical group discussions are encouraged. Applicants should be ready to talk about their rewarding life experiences and how the knowledge gained from these experiences will benefit others.


A Long History of College Prep

Opening their doors in 1628, Collegiate is the oldest independent school in the United States. Although they do not label themselves as a traditional or progressive school, tradition is highly valued here. The admissions office gives siblings and legacies top priority. Applicants applying without a connection to the school must have an outstanding academic record, preferably highlighted by a special talent or accomplishment. 95% of Collegiate School graduates qualify for advanced standing in college and Collegiate Seniors average in the ninetieth percentile on their SAT tests. The school has a reputation for sending their graduates to the top Colleges in the country.


How can you stand out to Collegiate?

  • Applicants should have an outstanding academic record, including top standardized test results, paired with active extra-curricular interests, excelling in at least one area of the arts or academia. 

  • When applying to Collegiate, applicants should be ready to demonstrate their independence and leadership skills.  Dedication to one’s work, interests and self-development should be expressed during the applicant’s in-person interview.

  • A record of community service is highly desirable, especially within an organization supporting a local cause in New York City.

  • The admissions committee is seeking unique, well-rounded individuals with a passion for academia and a drive to succeed.  Applicants who have received recognition for their efforts in academics or the arts are strongly encouraged to apply.


Diversity at Collegiate

  • Though they do not publish their diversity statistics, Collegiate’s allegiance to their siblings and legacies has left them less diverse than their competitor schools. Applicants of color, multilingual families and families that live a distance from the school’s Upper West Side Location are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Each year, financial aid is awarded to approximately 20% of the student body.

  • The admissions office is looking at the race, ethnicity, religion, economics, geography and family lifestyles of their applicants. 


Applicants selected for admission to Collegiate would have these academic credentials:


  • Top 10% of high school class

  • A course load including at least 2 AP courses

  • ERB or ISEE scores in the 90th percentile

  • Glowing letters of recommendation from past several years from his/her previous school

  • A passion for academia and a drive to be a successful leader in an artistic or academic field


Examples of applicants with special talents at Collegiate would be:


  • Award-winning writer or scholar

  • Leader of a community service initiative

  • A young entrepreneur

  • The captain of an athletic team

  • Talented actor, musician or artist


This is the tip of the iceberg. For more information on how to approach applying to Collegiate School, please contact us.



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