College Counseling

Colorado Rocky Mountain School offers a comprehensive college counseling program to guide students and parents through the complex process of applying for college. The primary goal is to help students identify colleges and universities that are the best match for their unique personalities, strengths, interests, and needs and to aid families with the application process. Through regular meetings with the college counselor and online resources, CRMS prepares its students to identify, apply, and matriculate to selective colleges and universities across the country.

Informally, the process begins when a student enters CRMS. The college counselor meets with all new students to provide a snapshot of the application process. Students are well informed about how to maximize their high school experience to best position themselves for the college application process. The college counselor also works closely with faculty advisors and deans as they help students choose appropriately challenging classes. Students begin working formally with the college counselor weekly during the second semester of their junior year. The college counselor discusses an overview of the college admissions process, criteria for choosing compatible schools, available materials and resources, testing, college visits, interviews, essays, and the application. The college counselor encourages students to reflect on their interests, talents, and goals and then research and explore the colleges that will foster those abilities and aspirations. Advice and guidance are provided during this self-evaluation. At CRMS, students must play the lead role throughout the college application process. It is, however, a collaborative effort among the counselor, advisors, students, and their families and CRMS encourages parents to play an active role. Conversations throughout the junior and senior years allow everyone to work together in the best interests of each student.

The college counselor meets with parents in the fall of the student’s senior year in group and individual informational sessions during Family Weekend and takes part in scheduled conferences throughout the year. Parents are provided with a weekly email update of student activities and are encouraged to communicate often with the college counseling office. Seniors are given a five-day period in October exclusively for college visitation. Parents and students also use a web-based college counseling program, Naviance, to keep abreast of the application process. The college counselor additionally serves as a liaison to college admission offices, promoting an understanding of the CRMS program.

In a progressively tighter college market, the college admission process is more complicated than ever. At CRMS, experience demonstrates that there are indeed programs for everyone, and the goal each year is to find the very best fit for each student academically, socially, athletically, geographically, and financially. Finding this fit is not always an easy process, often entailing hard work and even some rejection. One hundred percent of graduates are accepted to four-year colleges and universities, which explicitly validates the school’s efforts and college placement philosophy.

College Acceptances

Alcorn State University
American University
Bard College
Barnard College
Bates College
Baylor University
Bennington College
Bentley University
Berklee College of Music
Bond University
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brown University
CA Polytechnic State Univ.-San Luis Obispo
Carleton College
Champlain College
Chapman University
Clark University
Colby College
College of the Atlantic
Colorado College
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Connecticut College
Denison University
Dickinson College
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Fordham University
Fort Lewis College
Franklin and Marshall College
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Gonzaga University
Grinnell College
Hamilton College
Hendrix College
Hobart William Smith Colleges
Hope College
Indiana University-Bloomington
Ithaca College
Lewis & Clark College
Loyola Marymount University
Middlebury College
Montana State University
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
Northern Michigan University
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Oregon State University
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Prescott College
Princeton University
Purdue University
Quest University Canada
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
San Diego State University
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art & Design
Scripps College
Seattle University
Skidmore College
Southwestern University
St Olaf College
St. John’s College
St. Lawrence University
Syracuse University
The New School
The University of Montana
The University of Tampa
The University of the South
Trinity College
Tufts University
University of British Columbia
University of California-Berkeley
University of California-Santa Barbara

University of California-Santa Cruz
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado Denver
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Miami
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Oregon
University of Puget Sound
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of St Andrews
University of Sydney
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Victoria
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Western Colorado University
Western Washington University
Westminster College – UT
Whitman College
Willamette University
Williams College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Yale University

*Italics denote matriculation