Co-ed independent day school in Boston's Back Bay for academically adventurous students in grades 9–12

College Counseling

College ambitions and choices are as unique as students themselves. That's why Commonwealth students and their families receive close and individualized guidance through the college search, mitigating its stressors and ensuring students have college options that will allow them to thrive.

Prepared for College and Beyond

Colleges frequently report that our graduates distinguish themselves in the depth of their preparation and interest in their studies. Most are ambitious in what they seek from college: demanding work and intellectual excitement. Many move directly into advanced undergraduate courses.

In choosing among a variety of institutions large and small, near and far, our students go through an exercise in patience, thoughtful self-assessment, and organization. They also benefit from the steady support of a school that knows them well. Starting in the junior year, college counselors, who are also teachers, meet regularly with students and help them plan applications and meet deadlines.

The education I got at Commonwealth was spectacular. I had such good teachers and such good peers. And a funny thing, it kind of spoiled college for me.... Commonwealth put me so far ahead that it was a different experience.Will Brownsberger ’74, Massachusetts State Senator

Representatives from some fifty colleges and universities visit Commonwealth each fall, and several days are set aside in October for students' visits to campuses. Teachers, the Head of School, and college counselor can write recommendations that are at once comprehensive and specific.

We work hard to help students prepare strong applications, but we also encourage them to regard college placement not as the reason for, but as a consequence of their achievement here. We are proudest of our success in preparing students for their lives beyond Commonwealth, and of how often they prioritize work that can make a difference in the world.

College Counseling at Commonwealth

In the middle of 11th grade, each student starts working with a college counselor. As they begin to plan for the coming year, students receive individual accounts on Commonwealth's Naviance system.

During 12th grade, many other elements come into play:

  • College visits: The school designates several days in September and October as college visiting days for seniors. 
  • Essay advisor: In addition to a faculty advisor and college counselor, each senior also has an advisor who helps them present their experiences so college admissions officers can more fully appreciate the student’s interests and strengths.
  • Recommendation letters: Because teachers, the Head of School, and college counselor know each student well, their recommendation letters sparkle with vivid detail.
  • Academic recognition: By senior year most students have taken several Advanced Placement exams. A senior class of thirty-six typically includes two dozen students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program and a dozen or more AP scholars.

College Counseling for Current Families

Current parents and guardians can view College Counseling and Standardized Test Resources via our Parent Portal (login required).

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Class of 2024 Matriculations

Boston College
Brandeis University
Carnegie Mellon University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University
McGill University
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Princeton University
Stanford University
Tufts University
University College Dublin
University College London
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Toronto
Washington University in St. Louis
Wellesley College

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College Counseling Staff

Gena Rodriguez

Director of College Counseling, Class Advisor: 11th and 12th Grade
B.S., Ursinus College
Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education