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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Senior Associate director of college counseling, Grade 12 Dean

Susan Davidson

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Administrative Assistant to the College Counseling Office

Nicole Reindel

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Class of 2021 Matriculation

As of June 11, 2021

One attendee unless otherwise indicated.

American University (2)          
Bates College (2)
Boston University
Bowdoin College (2)
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University (2)
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University (3)
University of Chicago (2)
Colby College
Colgate University (3)
College of the Holy Cross
Columbia University
Cornell University (3)
Drexel University
Duke University (2)
Emory University (3)
George Washington University
Georgetown University (3)
Georgia Institute of Technology

Harvard University (3)
Howard University
Indiana University Bloomington
Kalamazoo College
Lehigh University (2)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Middlebury College
Muhlenberg College
New York University (2)
Northeastern University (2)
Northwestern University (3)
Pomfret School
Pomona College
Princeton University (2)
Purchase College, SUNY
Purdue University
Rice University
Skidmore College
Southern Methodist University
Stanford University
Tufts University (2)
Union College
University at Buffalo, SUNY
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Santa Barbara (3)
University of Georgia
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami (3)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Notre Dame (2)
University of Pennsylvania (3)
University of Richmond
University of St. Andrews, UK (2)
University of Southern California
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin, Madison 
Vanderbilt University
Wake Forest University (3)
Washington and Lee University
Wellesley College
Williams College (3)
Yale University (2)

Classes of 2017-2021 Matriculation

As of June 11, 2021

One attendee unless otherwise indicated.

Cornell University (28)
University of Pennsylvania (25)
Harvard University (18)
New York University (15)
Northwestern University (13)
Brown University (12)
University of Chicago (12)
Colgate University (12)
Duke University (12)
Georgetown University (12)
University of Michigan (12)
Bucknell University (11)
Lehigh University (10)
Vanderbilt University (10)
Wake Forest University (10)
University of Southern California (9)
Washington University in St. Louis (9)
Yale University (9)
Dartmouth College (8)
Boston University (7)
Columbia University (7)
Princeton University (7)
Stanford University (7)
Tufts University (7)
Boston College (6)
St Andrews University (6)
University of Notre Dame (6)
University of Wisconsin, Madison (6)
Wesleyan University (6)
William College (6)
Bowdoin College (5)
Colby College (5)
University of Miami (5)
Northeastern University (5)
Skidmore College (5)
Syracuse University (5)
Tulane University (5)
University of California, Santa Barbara (5)
Carnegie Mellon University (4)

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

Carleton College
Case Western Reserve University
College of the Holy Cross
Colorado College
Davidson College
Drexel University
Elon College
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
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
University of Warwick, UK
Vassar College
Wheaton College