College Counseling

The hallmark of the SRDS college process has always been the individualized attention that is given to each of our students, counseling each to consider all of their options as well as empowering them to complete their applications which highlight their accomplishments and unique personality traits. - Karen Ferretti, Director of College Counseling

The strength of college guidance at SRDS is in the care and attention given to each student and family.  At SRDS, our families receive expert college guidance that gives our students an advantage in the college admissions process.  Over 100 colleges and universities visit SRDS each fall, and many of the best schools in the country want our students because they know an SRDS grad is an inspired learner who is confident, creative and accomplished.

The college counseling philosophy grows out of an unwavering confidence in our students and their readiness to engage in the transition from high school to college.  We seek to empower students and support them in a decision-making process that should lead to excellent college choices.  Our approach is based on the premise that each student has diverse interests, talents and goals ad that each student requires counseling that is specific to his or her needs.  An open and honest dialogue among students, parents and counselor is an essential part of the college process as students begin to question, reason and reflect upon their interests and aspirations.  In this supportive climate, students make informed decisions based on research, introspection and their ability to demonstrate the skills that they have honed while at Saddle River Day School.

Our Process

Grade 10

  • Students take the PSAT in October
  • The Upper School Head and College Office invite all families of tenth graders to an evening presentation in the winter.  Discussed at this meeting is:  
    • Overview of second half of the Upper School experience
    • Timeline of the admissions process

Grade 11

  • Over 100 colleges and universities visit each fall to meet with our juniors and seniors
  • Junior College Night in October
  • Students complete initial college counseling information form and schedule a family meeting with Ms. Ferretti.  Meeting goals:
    • Become more acquainted with the student and family
    • Discuss senior year courses, standardized test plans, and preliminary ideas about college
  • Following the meeting, Ms. Ferretti develops an initial list of schools for each student to investigate.  This acts as a preliminary guide, focusing the student's research and college visit plans. 
  • College Counseling Workshop - During the spring, each student enrolls in a workshop that meets once per week.  We teach students how to research colleges, hold mock interviews with SRDS alums and begin their college essays.  
  • Individual meetings with the College Office to discuss the shaping of the college list, current testing scores, summer plans and recommendation letters
  • Students are encouraged to visit colleges 
  • Students must submit the Senior Autobiography, a reflective paper  which helps seniors generate concepts for application essays
  • Parents complete the Parent Narrative form

Grade 12

  • "Get Your Application Done" Days.  Two weeks in the summer to give students a jumpstart in the application process
  • Over 100 colleges and universities visit each fall to meet with our juniors and seniors
  • College Office meets with students 1:1 as often as necessary to finalize their college list
  • College Counseling Workshop - continue weekly meetings
  • Two additional "Get Your Application Done" days in on Saturdays in September and October
Fall and Winter and Spring
  • Continue to work with each student on essays, applications, interviews and general college counseling
  • Students apply to colleges Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision
  • As the student receives college acceptances, the College Office continues to meet with and counsel students until they have made a final decision
  • May 1 - All college decisions finalized!  We celebrate our seniors with College Sweatshirt Day!

College Acceptances

Class of 2019

The University of Alabama (2)
American University
Arizona State University
The University of Arizona (4)
Auburn University
Bard College (4)
Bentley University
Binghamton University (5)
Boston College (2)
Boston University (2)
Bryant University
Bucknell University (2)
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
College of Charleston (2)
Clark University (2)
Colgate University
University of Colorado at Boulder (2)
Colorado School of Mines
Concordia College - New York
University of Connecticut (4)
University of Delaware (2)
Dickinson College (2)
Drew University (3)
Drexel University (4)
Duke University
Elon University (2)
Emerson College
Fairfield University (2)
Fashion Institute of Technology
Fordham University (7)
George Mason University
The George Washington University (5)
Gettysburg College
Goucher College
Guilford College
Hartwick College
Haverford College
High Point University
Hofstra University (3)
Indiana University at Bloomington (9)
Ithaca College
Muhlenberg College (3)
Jacksonville University
James Madison University (2)
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Long Island University, Brooklyn
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University New Orleans
University of Maryland, College Park (2)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst (4)
University of Miami (2)
University of Michigan

University of New Hampshire at Durham (2)
New Jersey Institute of Technology (3)
The College of New Jersey (2)
New York University
Norwich University
University of Ottawa
Pace University
Parsons School of Design (4)
Pennsylvania State University (3)
Pepperdine University
Pratt Institute (2)
Providence College (2)
Quinnipiac University (4)
Ramapo College of New Jersey
University of Rhode Island (2)
University of Richmond
Ringling College of Art and Design
Roanoke College
University of Rochester
Roger Williams University
Rutgers University-New Brunswick (10)
Saint Joseph's University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design (2)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
The University of Scranton
Skidmore College (3)
St. Francis College
State University of New York at New Paltz
Stetson University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stony Brook University
SUNY College at Cortland
SUNY College at Geneseo
Susquehanna University
Syracuse University (5)
The University of Tampa (2)
Temple University (2)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The Ohio State University
Tulane University
Union College
The University of Queensland
Ursinus College
University of Vermont
Villanova University (2)
Virginia Tech
Washington University in St. Louis
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Western Colorado University
University of Wisconsin, Madison
York College of Pennsylvania

*(#) indicates student acceptances

Five Year College Matriculation, 2014-2018

American University
Arizona State University
Bard College
Barnard College
Bates College 
Binghamton University 
Boston College
Boston University
Brooklyn Manhattan College
Brown University
Bryant University 
Bryn Mawr College 
Bucknell University
California College of the Arts (San Francisco) 
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Santa Barbara
Capilano University
Carnegie Mellon University 
Chapman University
Clark University
Coastal Carolina University
Colgate University
College of Charleston
Colorado School of Mines
University of Colorado at Boulder 
Columbia University
Concordia College - New York
Connecticut College 
University of Connecticut 
Cornell University 
Dartmouth College 
University of Delaware 
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke University
Eastman School of Music of the U of Rochester 
Emmanuel College
Emory University
Endicott College 
Fairfield University
Fairleigh Dickinson University 
Fordham University
Franklin and Marshall College
The George Washington University 
Hamilton College
Hartwick College
Harvard University 
Haverford College 
High Point University 
Hofstra University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Indiana University at Bloomington
Ithaca College
Johnson & Wales University 
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Long Island University
Manhattan School of Music 
Marist College
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland 
McDaniel College
University of Miami

University of Michigan 
Montclair State University 
Mount Holyoke College 
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Muhlenberg College 
Neumann University
New England College
New Jersey Institute of Technology 
The College of New Jersey
New York Institute of Technology 
New York University
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Northwestern University
Norwich University
Ohio Wesleyan University
University of Ottawa
Parsons School of Design
Pennsylvania State University
University of Pennsylvania
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University 
College of New Jersey 
Rhode Island School of Design 
University of Rhode Island 
Rice University
University of Richmond
University of Rochester 
Roger Williams University 
Rollins College
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of Visual Arts
Simmons College 
Skidmore College
Smith College
University of St. Andrews (Scotland)
St. Francis College 
St. John’s University
St. Lawrence University
St. Thomas Aquinas College
Stetson University
Stevens Institute of Technology 
Stony Brook University
SUNY College at Geneseo 
Susquehanna University
Syracuse University
The New School - Eugene Lang College
Towson University
Tufts University
Union College
United States Military 
Academy at West Point 
Ursinus College
Vanderbilt University 
Villanova University 
University of Virginia
Washington and Lee University 
Washington College
Washington University in St. Louis 
Wentworth Institute of Technology 
Wesleyan University
York College of Pennsylvania