We in the Connecticut College Office of Admission know the pivotal role that guidance counselors play in the college search process. We offer a selection of resources to help you navigate the selective admission process, as well as shortcuts to information about the College itself, including student-faculty research, academic centers, international experiences, residential life in the context of the honor code and shared governance, and more.
We hope these links prove helpful to you and the students you serve as you navigate the process together. You’re always welcome to contact us if you would like further information or clarification.
Meet the Admission Committee
Our Admission Committee members travel the world over, visiting schools, meeting with counselors and students and conducting interviews.
Connecticut College on the road
See when members of the Admission Committee may be visiting a city near you, whether in the U.S. or abroad.
We encourage rising seniors and prospective transfer students to interview. Counselors offer interviews on the road as they can. Invitations to interview are automatically emailed to prospective students on our mailing list who live in the area where counselors are offering interviews and who haven’t already interviewed. Otherwise, you can find out where a counselor will be offering interviews by checking the travel schedule.
Students who interview on campus in the fall, when counselors are traveling, are likely to meet with an Admission Fellow. Fellows are current seniors who have been specially trained to conduct admission interviews.
Tips for interviewees.
Class of 2018 Profile
A lauded career program
The Princeton Review recently named Connecticut College’s career program one of the top 20 in North America, and Connecticut College is the only New England liberal arts college on the list. The four-year career program is an integral part of the Connecticut College experience, complementing the academic rigor inside the classroom. It combines one-on-one counseling, workshops and career advising, and guarantees $3,000 to all students for a summer internship or research experience. The College is one of only four in the country that offers all students a funded internship, and the program has been helping students get meaningful internships for more than 15 years. Three-quarters of the Class of 2015 completed College-sponsored internships over the 2014 summer break.
Ben Carpenter, author and vice chairman of CRT Capital Group, recently mentioned the College’s career program in an op-ed in The New York Times.
A newly renovated library
The College just completed a $9.1 million renovation and expansion of Shain Library, which provides more comfortable, usable, technology-rich study spaces, as well as new tools and services to conduct digital scholarship. The new Shain Library reopened in March 2015.
New science center
The recent renovation and expansion of New London Hall, now certified LEED Gold, transformed the historic building into a state-of-the-art home for the life sciences and computer science.
Five centers for interdisciplinary scholarship offer students the opportunity to commence work on an independently designed project as sophomores, integrate study away and the funded internship to deepen their project through the junior year, and bring it to fruition through a capstone course and thesis in their senior year.
Tips from the Dean
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Martha C. Merrill '84 was often featured in “The Choice”, the New York Times blog on all things admission. She still stands behind every word of advice.
- "What (Not) to Ask on a Campus Tour" (April, 2013)
- "A Dean's Advice to Seniors: Don't Slack Off" (February, 2012)
- "Scholarship Advice From Inside the Financial Aid Office" (February, 2011)
- "Note to Applicants: Admissions Officers Read What Your Teachers Say" (October, 2010)
- "Now That the Application Is In, What's a Parent To Do?" (January, 2010)
- "An Admissions Dean Offers Advice on Writing a College Essay" (June, 2009)
Tips for applying
Essays that worked
Here is a selection of successful admission essays. Each was written by a currently enrolled student.
Standardized test policy
Learn more about our approach to standardized testing.
For counselors of undocumented students
A Connecticut College alumna, Lauren Burke ’06, runs Atlas: DIY, Developing Immigrant Youth. Atlas offers a number of online resources including video tutorials and “Know Your Rights” trainings to undocumented youth, which can be accessed at www.atlasdiy.org.