College Counseling

So much more than you might expect …
definitely not your parents’ college guidance experience.

Course Catalog

FF2_7195StoryImageThe hallmarks of NYA college counseling include:

  • knowledge,
  • access,
  • individual attention,
  • comprehensive oversight, and
  • focus on fit


  • Of individual students and what they value;
  • Of a wide range of colleges and what they offer;
  • Of what is going on behind  the scenes in college  admissions that is informing what it means for our kids to be applying to college today.


  • With  individual students;
  • With college admissions professionals to ensure that NYA students benefit from current information and strong advocacy throughout the process;
  • With other college counseling professionals for perspective and advice. We travel extensively throughout the year to colleges and universities across the country,  both at their invitation and on our own, to maintain and build connections with a wide variety of colleges. The networking that occurs in this context is invaluable, providing access to added layers of resources from which NYA students directly benefit.


  • To the most up-to-date information about programs, opportunities and trends;
  • To the college admissions professionals who represent the state of Maine in their respective admissions offices. About  95 admissions representatives visit NYA each fall to meet with our students who are interested in their colleges. We also meet individually with each of these representatives to build connections with  each college and university.

Individual attention…

We have an open door  policy.

We encourage and welcome students to use us as a resource according to their  level of interest and need.  Some students will be in and out for quick chats almost daily; others will navigate the process more independently.

Regardless of their individual approach or preference, we maintain contact with students and check in regularly to monitor how each is doing.

Comprehensive oversight ...

Support and encouragement in a framework of thorough organization combined with a caring approach, which depends on the involvement and investment of each student, but meets each student where he/she is at.

Focus on fit ...

It’s what this entire process is about.

We are firm believers that there is no one perfect college  for each student, that there are a number  of excellent colleges that will ultimately be a good match for each student and meet their goals and needs.

The primary goal of the college counseling process at NYA is to help students identify a balanced range of schools that constitute that good, personal  fit.

We tend to shift the focus away from rankings and onto how individual colleges match up with what students
want most from the next step in their educational journey.  We then assist them as they navigate the complexities and challenges of the application process.

2016 Acceptances

The Class of 2016 was accepted to the following schools:

Albany Academy American University University of Arizona
Assumption College Bard College Becker College
Bennington College Binghamton College Boston College
Bowdoin College Brandeis University Bridgton Academy
Bryant University Bucknell University California College of the Arts
University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis University of California, Ervine
University of California, Merced University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz Carleton College College of Charleston
Chatham University University of Cincinnati Colby College
Colgate University Connecticut College Curry College
Dalhousie University Daniel Webster College University of Denver
Dickinson College Drexel University Duquesne University
Eckerd College Elizabethtown College Elmira College
Elon University Emmanuel College Endicott College
Florida Southern College Franklin and Marshall College Franklin Pierce University
The George Washington University Gettysburg College Hamilton College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Hofstra University College of the Holy Cross
University of Iowa Ithaca College Johns Hopkins University
Johnson & Wales University Kenyon College Lafayette College
Laguna College of Art and Design Lake Forest College Lasell College
Lehigh University Lewis & Clark College Loyola University, Maryland
Lyndon State College Maine Maritime Academy University of Maine
Manhattanville College Miami University, Ohio Michigan State University
Middlebury College Moravian College Mount Allison University
Mount Holyoke College University of New England University of New Hampshire
Nichols College Northfield Mount Hermon Norwich University
Oberlin College University of the Pacific Pennsylvania State University-Altoona
Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg Plymouth State University Pratt Institute
Providence College University of Puget Sound Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of Rhode Island University of Rochester Roger Williams University
Saint Anselm College Saint Joseph’s College – Maine Saint Mary’s University – Canada
Saint Michael’s College Salve Regina University Santa Clara University
Savannah College of Art and Design School of Museum of Fine Arts – Boston Simmons College
University of Southern Maine Springfield College St. Lawrence University
Stonehill College Stony Brook University Suffolk University
Susquehanna University Syracuse University University of Vermont
Villanova University Wake Forest University Westminster School
Wheaton College – Massachusetts Whitman College College of William and Mary