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

Graduating classes in the last five years have been accepted to the colleges listed below. 100% of Annie Wright students applying to US colleges were accepted into four-year schools.

Colleges and Universities:

The University of Alabama
University of Alberta
American University
The American University of Paris
Arizona State University
Barnard College
Baylor University
Belmont University
Boston College
Boston University
University of British Columbia
Bryn Mawr College
California College of the Arts (San Francisco)
California Lutheran University
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Northridge
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
Carnegie Mellon University
Carroll College (Montana)
Case Western Reserve University
Central Washington University
Champlain College
Chapman University
University of Chicago
Coe College
University College London
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Colorado at Denver
Columbia College Chicago
Concordia University, Irvine
Connecticut College
University of Connecticut
Cornish College of the Arts
Davenport University
University of Denver
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Earlham College
The University of Edinburgh
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emerson College
Emory University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida International University
Florida State University
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
Furman University
The George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia State University
University of Georgia
Gettysburg College
University of Glasgow
Gonzaga University
Goucher College
Green Mountain College
Hamilton College
Hampshire College
University of Hawaii at Manoa
High Point University
College of the Holy Cross
University of Idaho
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illinois Institute of Technology
Indiana University at Bloomington
Ithaca College
Johnson & Wales University
University of La Verne
Lake Forest College
Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College
Linfield College
Loughborough University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
MCPHS - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
McDaniel College
McKendree University
Mercyhurst University
University of Miami
Michigan State University
University of Michigan
Middlebury College
Mills College
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Missouri, Columbia
Montana State University, Bozeman
The University of Montana, Missoula
Mount Holyoke College
Nagoya University
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
New York Institute of Technology
New York University
New York University in Shanghai
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Northeastern University
Occidental College
Oregon State University
University of Oregon
Pace University, New York City
Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pacific University
University of the Pacific
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
University of Pittsburgh
Pitzer College
University of Portland
Pratt Institute
Providence College
University of Puget Sound
Purdue University
University of Redlands
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
University of Rochester
Rutgers University
Saint Joseph's University
Salve Regina University
San Diego State University
University of San Diego
San Francisco State University
University of San Francisco
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
School of Visual Arts
Sciences Po - Columbia University Dual BA Program
Scripps College
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Simon Fraser University
Skidmore College
Smith College
University of Southern California
St. John's University
St. Lawrence University
St. Olaf College
Stanford University
Stony Brook University
Suffolk University
SUNY College
Syracuse University
The University of Texas, Austin
The Ohio State University
University of Toronto
Trinity College
Tsinghua University
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College (New York)
University of Bristol
University of Utah
The University of Utah, Asia Campus
Vassar College
University of Vermont
University of Victoria
Virginia Tech
University of Virginia
Wagner College
Wake Forest University
Washington State University
Washington University in St. Louis
University of Washington
University of Washington, Bothell
Wesleyan University
Western Washington University
Wheaton College IL
Whitman College
Whittier College
Whitworth University
Willamette University
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Wittenberg University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
University of York

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.