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The Next Step College Report 2015

The 66 talented and motivated students of The Bryn Mawr School Class of 2015 will attend 54 colleges and universities in 27 states across the U.S., as well as two foreign countries. Eighty-five percent will study out of state.

For most students, the college search began near the end of their junior year when they met with one of Bryn Mawr’s three college counselors to begin the process of narrowing down the seemingly endless options. While Ivy League, “Ivy Plus” and other top-tier institutions are well represented on the Class of 2015’s college list, the main goal of Bryn Mawr’s college counseling process is to find the right “fit” for each girl, and to help her identify what she wants from her college experience. “What we want to help them do is figure out who they are, what their values are, and how to articulate that to the world,” explains Patti Whalen, director of college counseling. Senior Lizzie Smith always knew that art would be in her future. A talented actress, singer and artist, Smith was able to discover her artistic passions in a multitude of ways during her Upper School years. “Bryn Mawr has allowed me to branch off and explore a lot of the things I’m interested in, in terms of extracurricular activities,” she says. “I really got into theater here, and learned how I can lead groups and organizations such as Arts Council – that’s been really great for me.” However, as Smith started her college search, she realized that art school would not be the best fit, because she



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wanted to go somewhere that would allow her to explore more subjects. After a lengthy application and decision process, Smith is excited to be heading to the University

LIZZIE SMITH University of Michigan Prospective Major: Undecided Hear Lizzie’s story >