College Counseling

Counselor and student sitting in an office talking together

Building a Foundation

We’re here to help you find the right college fit, for life. Find out how.
The journey is as important as the destination and nowhere is that notion more appropriately applied than the college process."
—The CCO Guidebook

Just as teachers at the Harkness table create a student-centered learning environment, the counselors and staff of the College Counseling Office foster active and open-minded collaboration with students and parents. 

In this supportive environment, students learn to identify their goals and interests, to manage a complex process, and to make healthy and confident decisions about higher education. We believe that each student should control the self-evaluation, research and application writing that is essential to good college selection. Exeter’s college process is designed to help students transition from adolescence to young adulthood.  

Counselors and staff provide unparalleled guidance and support.

Phases of College Preparation

9th and 10th Grades

Why think about college when you’ve just arrived? Making thoughtful choices now will impact your college search later.

Go to the page titled 9th and 10th Grades

11th Grade

It’s all about fit! Focus on your personal criteria and a well-balanced list of schools will follow.

Go to the page titled 11th Grade

12th Grade

You know who you are and it’s your time to shine!

Go to the page titled 12th Grade

More to Explore

Beyond Exeter

Information for college admissions representatives and Exeter alumni.

Go to the page titled Beyond Exeter

Diverse College Enrollments

See where PEA students in the classes of 2021-2023 have matriculated.

Go to the page titled Diverse College Enrollments


The number of full-time counselors helping students find their path.

Current students can request transcripts by logging in to ExeterConnect, and alumni can request transcripts by going to the Alumni Portal.