Top Ten Tips for a Successful College Search

Advice from our college counseling experts

For many high school students, the college search process can feel overwhelming. As with any big, open-ended life decision, there is a very natural tendency to hyper-focus on making the perfect choice. But you can relax (a little bit) because here’s the truth: there is no such thing as the perfect school. The United States is home to more than 3,000 four-year colleges and universities, each with its own distinctive mix of traits and characteristics. The trick is finding the one that fits you best.

Matt Hyde, the assistant vice president of enrollment and dean of admissions at Lafayette College gets candid with Pomfret parents during Family Weekend 2019.

Our advice

  1. Always do your best work — even when the stakes are low or you think no one is looking.
  2. Every year counts, and each year is more important than the previous.
  3. Thoughtfully select a challenging but manageable slate of courses.
  4. Plan productive summers that allow for well-deserved downtime.
  5. Never be afraid to fail.
  6. Be engaged and engaging.
  7. Pursue interests. Cultivate friendships. Build bridges.
  8. Make a deliberate effort to get off campus and take full advantage of our location.
  9. Get to know your advisor, your teachers, and your college counselor.
  10. If you want to be heard, you have to speak up.
Learn more about Pomfret's college counseling program



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