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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Associate director of college counseling, Dean of Financial Aid

Dion Reid


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Associate director of college counseling, Grade 12 Dean

Susan Davidson


Class of 2020 Matriculation

One attendee unless otherwise indicated.

Babson College
Boston College (4)
Bowdoin College
Brown University (3)
Bucknell University (2)
Claremont McKenna College
Colby College
Colgate University (2)
Columbia University (2)
Cornell University (8) 
Dartmouth College (2)
Elon University 
Fairfield University 
Georgetown University (2)
Hamilton College 
Harvard University (5)
Lehigh University (2)

Miami University, Oxford (2)
Middlebury College
Muhlenberg College 
New York University (3) 
Northeastern University (2) 
Northwestern University (5)
Oberlin College 
Pomona College
Princeton University
Purdue University
Skidmore College
Stanford University
Syracuse University (3)
Taft School (2)
The New School, Mannes School of Music
Tufts University
Tulane University 
Union College 
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Chicago (3)
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania (4) 
University of Southern California 
University of St. Andrews, UK (2) 
University of Wisconsin, Madison 
Vanderbilt University (3) 
Wake Forest University (4) 
Washington University in St. Louis 
Wesleyan University (2)
Williams College (2)
Yale University

Classes of 2016-2020 Matriculation

One attendee unless otherwise noted.

Cornell University (34)
University of Pennsylvania (27)
Harvard University (19)
New York University (17)
Vanderbilt University (14)
Brown University (13)
Duke University (13)
Georgetown University (13)
University of Michigan (13)
Washington University in St. Louis (13)
Northwestern University (12)
University of Chicago (11)
Bucknell University (10)
Colgate University (10)
University of Southern California (10)
Wake Forest University (10)
Yale University (9)
Dartmouth College (8)
Columbia University (7)
Lehigh University (7)
Stanford University (7)
Wesleyan University (7)
Boston College (6)
Middlebury College (6)
Skidmore College (6)
Syracuse University (6)
Tulane University (6)
University of St. Andrews, UK (6)
University of Wisconsin, Madison (6)
Williams College (6)
Boston University (5)
Princeton University (5)
Tufts University (5)
Colby College (4)
Franklin and Marshall College (4)
Johns Hopkins University (4)


Lafayette College (4)
University of Miami (4)
University of Notre Dame (4)
Southern Methodist University (4)
Amherst College (3)
Barnard College (3)
Bowdoin College (3)
Colorado College (3)
Hamilton College (3)
Northeastern University (3)
Pomona College (3)
Rochester Institute of Technology (3)
Trinity College (3)
University of California, Los Angeles (3)
University of Richmond (3)
University of Virginia (3)
Bard College (2)
Carleton College (2)
Carnegie Mellon University (2)
Claremont McKenna University (2)
Haverford College (2)
Iona College (2)
Miami University-Oxford (2)
Muhlenberg College (2)
Occidental College (2)
Roger Williams University (2)
The University of Warwick, UK (2)
Union College (2)
University of California, Berkeley (2)
University of California, Santa Barbara (2)
University of Rochester (2)
University of Texas, Austin (2)
American University
Babson College
California Institute of the Arts
Case Western Reserve University

College of the Atlantic
Davidson College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Fairfield University
Fordham University
Gordon College
Indiana University 
Loyola Marymount University
McGill University (CDN)
Mount Holyoke College
The New School–Mannes College of Music
Oberlin College
Ohio Wesleyan University
Pitzer College
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice University
Richmond University, London (UK)
Santa Clara University
Smith College 
SUNY College at Cortland
Swarthmore College
Trinity College Dublin, IRE
University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut at Stamford
University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne
University of Vermont
Vassar College
Warren Wilson College
Washington & Lee University
Wellesley College
Wheaton College