A Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 co-educational independent day school in Westchester, New York

College Counseling

In many ways, preparation for "the college process" begins as soon as a student enters Rye Country Day School.


RCDS students take challenging courses in the full range of academic subjects (including a special focus on writing); participate in a variety of extracurricular activities; and form close relationships with faculty. Resulting in academic preparation and personal growth for our students, these experiences contribute to the eventual goal of enrolling in a college that is well suited to individual interests, learning styles, and future plans.

We are both idealistic and pragmatic; this balance allows our students to follow their dreams without losing sight of the details and demands of the college process.

We work closely with students and families, with college admissions deans, and with our own faculty and coaches. Our goal is to help Rye Country Day students have college options that offer both great “fit” and the best possible opportunities for future growth. Because the college counselors also serve as twelfth grade deans, we are intimately involved in all aspects of our seniors’ daily lives, and we get to know them as students, as athletes and artists, as leaders, and as friends. 

College Process Roadmap

The college application process offers students a chance to make choices about the types of learning and living environments that will both nurture and challenge them when they go on to further study. While we recognize that each student follows an individual path, we hope this overview will give you a preview of the important milestones on the road to college admission.

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As counselors, it is our privilege to work with a dynamic group of independent and talented students. We proudly offer ongoing support and encouragement while ensuring that our students and parents become well versed in the nuances and practical aspects of the college application process.
Director of college counseling, Grade 12 Dean

Jeff Bates

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Senior Associate director of college counseling, Grade 12 Dean

Susan Davidson

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Associate Director of College Counseling

Aimee Rincon

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Administrative Assistant to the College Counseling Office

Nicole Reindel

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Dean of Financial Aid

Dion Reid

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Class of 2022 Matriculation

As of June 13, 2022

One attendee unless otherwise indicated.

American University of Paris
Amherst College
Barnard College
Bates College
Boston University (3)
Brown University 
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Choate Rosemary Hall
Colby College
Colgate University (3)
Colorado College
Connecticut College
Cornell University (3)
Dartmouth College (2)
Duke University (3)
Elon University (2)
Emory University
Fordham University 
Furman University 
Georgetown University (3)
Grinnell College
Haverford College

Indiana University Bloomington
Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Miami University, Oxford
Middlebury College (2)
Muhlenberg College
New York University 
Northeastern University 
Northwestern University (3)
Polimoda International Institute
Princeton University
Rice University 
Rochester Institute of Technology (2)
Saint Louis University
Skidmore College (3)
Southern Methodist University
Stanford University
Syracuse University
The Cooper Union
Trinity College
Tufts University (2)
Tulane University of Louisiana (4)
University of California, Los Angeles 
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Chicago (4)
University of Connecticut 
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Miami
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (4)
University of Pennsylvania (3)
University of Richmond
University of Rochester (2)
University of Southern California
University of St. Andrews, UK
University of Texas, Austin
University of Virginia (2)
University of Wisconsin, Madison (2)
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis (4)
Wellesley College
Westminster School
Williams College
Yale University (2)

Classes of 2017-2022 Matriculation

As of June 13, 2022

One attendee unless otherwise indicated.

The American University of Paris
Cornell University (31)
University of Pennsylvania (28)
Harvard University (18)
New York University (16)
Northwestern University (16)
Brown University (13)
University of Chicago (16)
Colgate University (15)
Duke University (15)
Georgetown University (15)
University of Michigan (12)
Bucknell University (12)
Lehigh University (11)
Vanderbilt University (10)
Wake Forest University (10)
University of Southern California (10)
Washington University in St. Louis (13)
Yale University (10)
Dartmouth College (10)
Boston University (10)
Columbia University (7)
Princeton University (8)
Stanford University (8)
Tufts University (8)
Boston College (6)
St Andrews University (7)
University of Notre Dame (6)
University of Wisconsin, Madison (9)
Wesleyan University (6)
William College (6)
Bowdoin College (5)
Colby College (6)
University of Miami (5)
Northeastern University (6)
Skidmore College (8)
Syracuse University (6)
Tulane University (9)
University of California, Santa Barbara (6)
Carnegie Mellon University (4)
Grinnell College
Polimoda International Institute 
Westminster School

Emory University (5)
Pomona College University (4)
American University (3)
Amherst College (4)
Barnard College (4)
Johns Hopkins University (4)
Middlebury College (5)
University of Richmond (4)
Southern Methodist University (4)
Union College (3)
University of California, Los Angeles (4)
Bates College (3)
Claremont McKenna College (2)
Franklin and Marshall College (2)
Hamilton College (2)
Haverford College (3)
Indiana University (3)
Iona College (2)
Lafayette College (2)
Miami University, OH (2)
Muhlenberg College (3)
Purdue University (2)
Rice University (3)
Rochester Institute of Technology (4)
Roger Williams University (2)
The Taft School (2)
Trinity College (3)
University of California, Berkeley (2)
University of Connecticut (3)
University of Texas, Austin (3)
University of Virginia (4)
Washington and Lee University (3)
Wellesley College (3)
College of the Atlantic
Babson College
Bard College
Brandeis University
Bryn Mawr College (2)
California Institute of the Arts
Choate Rosemary Hall
Fordham University 
Furman University 
University of Maryland, College Park

Carleton College
Case Western Reserve University 
College of the Holy Cross
Colorado College
Davidson College
Drexel University
Elon College (3)
Emerson College
Fairfield University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gordon College
Howard University
Kalamazoo College
Loyola Marymount University
Manhattanville College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2)
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Pitzer College
The Pomfret School
Purchase College, SUNY
Quinnipiac University
Richmond University, UK
Santa Clara University
Smith College
SUNY Cortland
Swarthmore College
Trinity College Dublin
University at Buffalo, SUNY
University of Edinburgh, UK
University of Georgia
University of Illinois
University of Massachusetts
University of Rochester (3)
University of Warwick, UK
Vassar College
Wheaton College
Connecticut College
The Cooper Union 
Miami University, Oxford
Saint Louis University
Williams College
Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings (USPHL)