As a college counseling team, we have the experience and knowledge to help with the most daunting or the most obscure searches. At the same time, we do a good job for the many families who want their students to be admitted to local and regional public universities with as much financial aid as possible. There is no typical search nor a standard process because the needs of each boy and family are unique.
Students should apply to the colleges that will give them the best experience and the best chance to be successful. We send plenty of students every year to the nation’s most selective universities, but there is no pressure to produce an impressive list of colleges simply for its own sake.
At McCallie boys lead their own college searches with parents and counselors in a supporting role. We structure our program this way both because it is most likely to lead to the best possible outcome and because there are so many valuable lessons and skills boys can learn through the process.
Our college application process is intentionally not stressful and not competitive among our students. Occasionally, boys do get stressed, like when they procrastinate, but generally there is not the frenzy that exists at many other schools. Boys are also extremely supportive of each other’s application choices and decisions.
McCallie parents, by and large, do a great job of letting their sons run their own searches. We have amazingly few negative interactions with parents in what can be a stressful experience for both parents and their sons.