Director of College Counseling
Mr. Brad Battaglia

What is the right college for my child? How will we find it? How will our family navigate the college application process? These questions, along with those about paying for college, developing independence, and making the most of the high school years, are important elements of the college counseling program at Garden School. From families with a tradition of college attendance to those for whom the college process is new, college matriculation is a goal shared by every Garden School family. During your time at Garden School you will have ready access to the Director of College counseling by email and phone. You will also be notified of regular meetings that occur to support your understanding of the college process and ways in which to engage with colleges and universities. While these steps occur even before a student enters the 11th grade, the formal college admissions process begins with Junior Year.

Below is an explanation of each event you will experience as a student – and as a family – during the final two years of high school. 

What You Can Expect from the College Counseling Office at Garden School

College Matriculation

Finding the right place for your child is based on more than just grades and standardized test scores. All students have their own strengths, weaknesses, talents, and dreams. The college search seeks to find the best match for our graduates—places where they can thrive and learn.

Garden School is proud of our alumni for having matriculated to colleges such as:

  • Barnard College
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Drexel University
  • Fordham University
  • Princeton University
  • UCLA
  • University of California Berkeley
  • Wesleyan University
Adelphi University
Alfred University
Bard College
Barnard College
Baruch College
Bentley University
Binghamton University
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Butler University
Case Western Reserve University
Centre College
College of the Holy Cross
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
CUNY Queens College
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke University
Duqesne University
Emory University
Fairfield University
Farmingdale State University
Flagler College
Florida State University
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
Gettysburg College
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Hofstra University
Howard University
Indiana University
Iona College
Ithaca College
Juliard School of Music
Kalamazoo College
Loyola University – Maryland
Manhatanville College
Manhattan College
Marist College
Muhlenberg College
New York Institute of Technology
New York University
Pace University
Penn State University
Princeton University
Quinnipiac University
Roger Williams University
Rollins College
Rutgers University
Saint Louis University
San Francisco University
Savannah College of Art & Design
School of Visual Arts
Seton Hall University
Siena College
Skidmore College
St. John’s University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stony Brook University
SUNY Albany
SUNY Brockport
SUNY Buffalo
SUNY Morrisville
SUNY New Paltz
SUNY Old Westbury
SUNY Oswego
Syracuse University
Temple University
The New School
UC-Los Angeles
UC-Santa Barbara
Union College
University of Arizona
University of Cincinnati
University of Connecticut
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
University of the Pacific
Vassar College
Wagner College
Wake Forest University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Wheaton College
Whittier College
Xavier University – Cincinnati
Yale University
Wesleyan University
Western Connecticut State University
Wheaton College

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