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

Matriculations are noted in italics.

Allegheny College
Arizona State University
Bard College
Bates College
Belmont College
Bentley College
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
California Polytechnic State University
University of British Columbia

University of California at Santa Barbara
University of California at Los Angeles
University of California at Santa Cruz
Champlain College

Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College
Clark University
Clarkson University
Colby College
College of the Atlantic
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Colorado at Denver

Colorado College
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University

Connecticut College
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Denison University
University of Denver
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Eckerd College
Emerson College
Franklin & Marshall College
George Mason University
The George Washington University
Gonzaga University

Hampshire College
Haverford College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hope College
Ithaca College
Kenyon College

Lafayette College
Lawrence University
Lehigh University

Lewis & Clark College
McGill University
Middlebury College

Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Northeastern University

Northwestern University
Occidental College
Parsons School of Design
Pitzer College
Pomona College

University of Puget Sound
Princeton University
Quest University
Quinnipiac University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Rochester Institute of Technology

University of Rochester
Rollins College
St. John’s College
St Lawrence University
University of San Francisco
Santa Clara University

Sarah Lawrence College
University of San Diego
Smith College
University of Southern California
Trinity College
Tufts University

Union College
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
Warren Wilson College
Washington State University
University of Washington

University of Waterloo
Washington University in St. Louis
Wellesley College
Western Colorado University
Western Washington University
Westminster College
Wheaton College
Whitman College
Willamette University

Williams College
University of Wisconsin
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Yale University