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.)
    • 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.
    • 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.)
    • 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 2019-2023 were accepted into the 4-year colleges listed below. They chose to attend those institutions listed in bold. Women’s colleges have an asterisk. HBCUs have two asterisks.

Adelphi University Knox College The Ohio State University (Main Campus)
Agnes Scott College La Sierra University The University of Alabama
Allegheny College Lafayette College The University of Montana
American University Lake Forest College Trinity College
Amherst College Lawrence University Trinity University
Andrews University Lehigh University Tufts University
Arizona State University (Main Campus) Lewis & Clark College Tulane University of Louisiana
Arizona State University (Polytechnic) Lewis-Clark State College Union College
Babson College Linfield University University of Alaska Fairbanks
Bard College Louisiana State University University of Arizona
Barnard College* Loyola Marymount University University of California (Berkeley)
Bates College Loyola University Chicago University of California (Davis)
Baylor University Loyola University New Orleans University of California (Irvine)
Beloit College Macalester College University of California (Los Angeles)
Bennington College Manhattan College University of California (Merced)
Bentley University Marion Military Institute University of California (Riverside)
Boise State University Marist College University of California (San Diego)
Boston College Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts University of California (Santa Barbara)
Boston University Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of California (Santa Cruz)
Bowdoin College McDaniel College University of Central Florida
Brandeis University McKendree University University of Chicago
Brown University Medaille College University of Cincinnati (Main Campus)
Bryn Mawr College* Menlo College University of Colorado Boulder
Bucknell University Mercer University University of Colorado Denver
California Lutheran University Mercyhurst University University of Connecticut
California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo) Merrimack College University of Connecticut (Stamford)
California State University (Long Beach) Miami University (Oxford) University of Delaware
California State University (Northridge) Michigan State University University of Denver
Carleton College Middlebury College University of Florida
Carnegie Mellon University Miles College** University of Georgia
Carroll College Mills College* University of Hartford
Carthage College Montana State University University of Hawaii at Manoa
Case Western Reserve University Mount Holyoke College* University of Idaho
Central Michigan University Mount Saint Mary’s University* University of Illinois at Chicago
Central Washington University New College of Florida University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Centre College New York University University of Iowa
Chaminade University of Honolulu North Carolina Central University** University of La Verne
Chapman University Northeastern University University of Maine
Claremont McKenna College Northern Arizona University University of Maryland (Baltimore County)
Clark Atlanta University** Northwestern University University of Maryland (College Park)
Clark University Oberlin College University of Maryland (Eastern Shore)
Clarkson University Occidental College University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
Clemson University Oregon Institute of Technology University of Massachusetts (Boston)
Coe College Oregon State University University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth)
Colby College Pace University (New York City) University of Miami
Colgate University Pacific Lutheran University University of Michigan
College of Charleston Pacific University University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)
Colorado College Peninsula College University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Colorado School of Mines Penn State University (Behrend) University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Colorado State University (Fort Collins) Penn State University (University Park) University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Columbia University Pepperdine University University of North Florida
Concordia University (Irvine) Pitzer College University of Northern Colorado
Connecticut College Pomona College University of Notre Dame
Cornell University Portland State University University of Oregon
Creighton University Princeton University University of Pennsylvania
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice Purdue University (Main Campus) University of Pittsburgh (Main Campus)
Dartmouth College Reed College University of Portland
Davenport University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute University of Puget Sound
DePaul University Rhodes College University of Redlands
Dickinson College Rice University University of Richmond
Dominican University New York Rochester Institute of Technology University of Rochester
Drew University Roger Williams University University of San Diego
Drexel University Rollins College University of San Francisco
Duke University Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology University of South Carolina
Earlham College Rutgers University (Newark) University of South Florida (Main Campus)
Eastern Washington University Saint Anselm College University of Southern California
Eckerd College Saint Joseph’s University University of St Thomas
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach) Saint Martin's University University of the Pacific
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Prescott) Saint Mary's College of California University of the Sciences
Emerson College Salve Regina University University of Utah
Emory University San Diego State University University of Vermont
Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School San Francisco State University University of Virginia (Main Campus)
Fisher College San Jose State University University of Washington (Bothell Campus)
Flagler College Santa Clara University University of Washington (Seattle Campus)
Florida Atlantic University Sarah Lawrence College University of Washington (Tacoma Campus)
Florida Institute of Technology Scripps College* University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire)
Florida Memorial University** Seattle Pacific University University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Florida State University Seattle University University of Wyoming
Fordham University Seton Hall University Utica University
George Mason University Sewanee: The University of the South Vanderbilt University
George Washington University Simmons University* Vassar College
Georgetown University Skidmore College Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Georgia Institute of Technology Smith College* Wagner College
Georgia Institute of Technology (Main Campus) Southern Methodist University Washington State University
Georgia State University Southern New Hampshire University Washington University in St. Louis
Gettysburg College Southern University and A&M College** Wellesley College*
Gonzaga University St Catherine University Wesleyan College
Goucher College St Mary’s College of Maryland Western Washington University
Grand Canyon University St. John’s College (Annapolis) Wheaton College
Green Mountain College (CLOSED) St. John’s College (Santa Fe) Whitman College
Grinnell College St. John’s University (New York) Whittier College
Hamilton College St. Lawrence University Whitworth University
Hampshire College St. Olaf College Wilberforce University**
Hampton University** Stanford University Willamette University
Haverford College Stony Brook University Williams College
Hawaii Pacific University Suffolk University Wittenberg University
High Point University SUNY College at Geneseo Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Hobart and William Smith Colleges SUNY University at Buffalo Xavier University
Hofstra University Swarthmore College Xavier University of Louisiana**
Hollins University Syracuse University Yale University
Howard University** Tacoma Community College
Hult International Business School (Boston) Texas A&M University
Illinois Institute of Technology Texas Christian University
Indiana University (Bloomington) The College of Idaho
Ithaca College The College of William and Mary
Jackson State University** The College of Wooster
James Madison University The Evergreen State College
Johns Hopkins University The New School
Juniata College The Ohio State University
Kenyon College

Art Center College of Design Aberystwyth University University of Bristol
Berklee College of Music Brunel University London University of British Columbia
California College of the Arts Duke Kunshan University University of Galway
California Institute of the Arts Franklin University Switzerland University of Glasgow
California Lutheran University Goldsmiths, University of London University of Limerick
Columbia College (Chicago) International University in Geneva University of Melbourne
Cornish College of the Arts Leeds Beckett University University of St Andrews
DigiPen Institute of Technology Maynooth University University of Sussex
Fashion Institute of Technology McGill University University of Toronto
Maryland Institute College of Art Monash University University of Victoria
Massachusetts College of Art and Design Nagoya University Waseda University
Otis College of Art and Design NYU Shanghai Yale-NUS College
Pacific Northwest College of Art Quest University
Parsons School of Design at The New School RMIT University
Pratt Institute The American University of Paris
Rhode Island School of Design The University of Edinburgh
Savannah College of Art and Design The University of Sheffield
School of the Art Institute of Chicago University College Dublin
School of Visual Arts University of Birmingham

For College Admission Professionals

We welcome you to visit our campus and meet our Juniors and Seniors this fall from September 12 to November 15. All sessions are in person after academic hours, but when students are still required and/or encouraged to be on campus. We use SCOIR for scheduling. Please contact the Director of College Counseling, Scottie Hill ( with any questions, or requests for virtual meetings. 
For questions please contact Upper Schools Admissions Director
Maddy Mancuso ’05MS at 253.284.8603
Read this 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.