College Counseling

Annie Wright students can go anywhere and do anything after high school. No matter their goal - large research institution, small liberal arts college, international university, visual arts conservatory, service academy - the college counseling team is here to support them every step of the way.
Preparation for the college admission process is embedded in the curriculum starting in Grade 9, allowing students to participate in activities that not only prepare them to be competitive for the process, but also to empower them to be strong students and engaged community members. College Counselors know and care deeply about each student as an individual, and can help them discover colleges where they will thrive.

Year after year, an overwhelming number of recent graduates tell us they are happy with the support for the college process, as well as the outcome.

College Counseling at a Glance

List of 4 items.

  • Grade 9: Laying the groundwork for a successful high school experience

    • Select the most challenging courses appropriate to you.
    • Explore extra-curricular activities such as sports teams, school activities or volunteer opportunities outside campus.
    • With guidance and encouragement from faculty, develop a love for reading and writing.
    • With guidance and encouragement from the 9th Grade Dean, focus on issues of wellness, study skills and time management.
    • With your Academic Coach/ Advisor and the Director of College Guidance, evaluate your interests, activities, and strengths to set ambitious goals for the next school year.
  • Grade 10: Beginning to think seriously about college

    • Continue to focus on appropriately rigorous academics and good study habits.
    • Take the PSAT a year early, for practice.
    • With support and encouragement from faculty, get involved in the life of the school and consider opportunities for leadership.
    • With your parents, attend the sophomore International Baccalaureate & College Counseling night.
    • With guidance from Academic Coach/ Advisor, identify and explore an area of interest and use the Spring Showcase as an opportunity to share it with the rest of the school.
    • If you are interested in playing a sport in college, meet with Annie Wright’s Athletic Director to map out a plan for recruitment.
    • With faculty guidance and support, evaluate your interests, activities, and strengths to set ambitious goals for the next school year and plan for an enriching summer.
  • Grade 11: Entering the heart of Annie Wright's college counseling

    • Excel, with faculty guidance and support, at appropriately rigorous academic coursework. In addition to earning the AWS Diploma, students can pursue the full IB Diploma or IB Course Candidacy.
    • Step into leadership roles in activities where you can make the most impact.
    • Take the PSAT in October (scores will be submitted to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for consideration) and a practice ACT.
    • Work with your college counselor to create a customized plan for standardized testing in the spring and summer of junior year.
    • Visit several college campuses and attend information sessions during several day trips in the spring with the junior class.
    • Meet with college admissions officers that visit campus in the fall. (Some 75 colleges and universities visit the Annie Wright campus to meet with our students. Another 120 schools attend our independent school fall fair hosted in conjunction with Charles Wright Academy.)
    • Start regular meetings with your college counselor to build a strong relationship and get individual advice on how to shape a tentative list of colleges.
    • Participate in a 2-day case study and panel event with visiting college admission deans (this event is co-hosted with Charles Wright Academy).
    • Together with your parents, meet with your college counselor to create a customized strategy for your college applications that meets your academic, financial and career goals.
    • After a two-week essay-writing workshop in English class, write multiple college essay drafts before leaving for summer break.
    • With the help of your college counselor, identify teachers for letters of recommendation, work through NCAA eligibility questions, shape a tentative list of schools and finalize summer enrichment opportunities.
  • Grade 12: Choosing a college

    • Continue academically rigorous coursework throughout senior year, as your counselor will keep colleges updated on any exemplary performance.
    • Register to take your final SAT and/or ACT exam.
    • Meet with college admissions officers that visit campus in the fall, and when feasible, meet for an interview as part of your application. (Some 75 colleges and universities visit the Annie Wright campus to meet with our students. Another 120 schools attended our independent school fall fair hosted in conjunction with Charles Wright Academy.)
    • Attend College Week, where you will: finalize the application list, review deadlines, workshop your activities list and resume, meet with an assigned essay advisor to fine-tune application essays, and meet with your counselor for a final review of all applications. (The vast majority of seniors are done with their applications after College Week.)
    • Work with your teachers and college counselor to make sure all recommendation letters and applications materials are submitted on time.
    • Make any final trips to visit colleges.
    • Take any IB tests, as the vast majority of Annie Wright students score well enough on IB test to earn credit at colleges and universities.

College Acceptances

Graduates from 2017-2020 were accepted into the 4-year colleges listed below. 100% of Annie Wright students applying to U.S. colleges were accepted into four-year schools. Art schools are in italics and non-U.S. schools have an asterisk.

American University
Arizona State University 
Babson College
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bryn Mawr College
California College of the Arts
California Lutheran University
California Polytechnic State University 
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Carroll College
Case Western Reserve University
Central Washington University
Chapman University
Columbia College (Chicago)
Concordia University (Irvine)
Connecticut College
Cornish College of the Arts
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Earlham College
Emerson College
Emory University
Fordham University
Furman University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College
Gonzaga University
Goucher College
High Point University
Indiana University 
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Knox College
Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University New Orleans
Maryland Institute College of Art
McDaniel College
McGill University*
McKendree University
Menlo College
Mercyhurst University
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
Mills College
Montana State University
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Muhlenberg College
Nagoya University*
New College of Florida
New York Institute of Technology
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
NYU Shanghai*
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Oregon State University
Pace University 
Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pacific University
Parsons School of Design at The New School
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Pratt Institute 
Princeton University
Purdue University 
Queen’s University*
Quest University Canada*
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
Rice University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Saint Anselm College
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Martin’s University
Salve Regina University
San Francisco State University
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
Scripps College
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Seton Hall University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Simmons University
Simon Fraser University*
Skidmore College
Smith College
Southern Methodist University
Southern Oregon University
Southern University and A & M College
St John’s College (Annapolis) 
St John’s University (New York)
St Lawrence University
St Mary’s College of Maryland
St. John’s College (Santa Fe) 
St. Olaf College
Stanford University
Stony Brook University
Suffolk University
Syracuse University
Texas A & M University
The American University of Paris*
The College of Idaho
The College of Wooster
The Evergreen State College
The New School
The Ohio State University 
The University of Alabama
The University of Edinburgh*
The University of Montana
The University of Tennessee 
The University of Texas at Austin
Thomas Aquinas College
Trinity College
Tufts University
Tulane University of Louisiana
Union College
University of Alaska (Fairbanks)
University of Arizona
University of Bristol*
University of British Columbia*
University of California (Berkeley)
University of California (Davis)
University of California (Irvine)
University of California (Los Angeles)
University of California (Riverside)
University of California (San Diego)
University of California (Santa Barbara)
University of California (Santa Cruz)
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati 
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado Denver
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Georgia
University of Glasgow*
University of Hartford
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Idaho
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of La Verne
University of Maryland 
University of Massachusetts (Boston)
University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth)
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota 
University of Missouri 
University of Nevada 
University of New Hampshire 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh 
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Sussex*
University of the Pacific
University of the Sciences
University of Toronto*
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Victoria*
University of Virginia 
University of Washington (Bothell)
University of Washington (Seattle)
University of Washington (Tacoma)
University of Wisconsin 
University of Wyoming
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Wagner College
Wake Forest University
Washington State University
Washington University in St Louis
Wellesley College
Western Washington University
Wheaton College
Whitman College
Whittier College
Whitworth University
Willamette University
Wittenberg University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University of Louisiana
Yale-NUS College*
York University*

For College Admission Professionals

We welcome you to visit our campus and meet our students this fall starting September 2. We are starting the school year online, and thus have set up virtual meeting slots that start anywhere from 10:00 am - 4:45 pm PST. We use SCOIR for electronic scheduling. Please use this link or contact with any questions.
For questions please contact Upper School Admissions Director Laura Bales '85 at 253.284.8601 or
Read this recent issue of Strength magazine to learn about the college process, including how to plan, test, choose, pay, talk about it and more.


Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower  and Middle Schools offer coed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls  and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.