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Walnut Hill School for the Arts

College Counseling

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Walnut Hill School for the Arts has a tradition of successfully placing students in many of the most prestigious and selective colleges and conservatories in the United States and abroad. Every arts discipline at Walnut Hill requires specialized preparation throughout the college search and application process, and our team is exceptionally equipped to offer support and guidance to each student who comes through our program.

At Walnut Hill, we view the college counseling process as one that is rich in opportunities for students to learn about themselves, to develop critical life skills, and to find an environment in which they will thrive academically, artistically, and personally. The college process, to us, is a “match to be made, not a prize to be won,” and we encourage students to shift their focus from finding the “best college” to discovering “the best college for them.”

Walnut Hill is proud to be a member in good standing of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling and the Boston Independent School College Counseling Association.

The Path from the Hill

While at Walnut Hill, I was a ballet major and entirely committed to achieving my dream of making a career out of dancing. Little did I know that my plans would be sidelined due to chronic injuries that made ballet an unrealistic pursuit. It is because of Walnut Hill, and its emphasis on holistic creativity, artistry, learning, reasoning and human connection, that I was able to transition smoothly into an academic and life path focused on using dance as a means of empowerment and social change around the world. I wouldn’t be where I am today (currently at a music center in Ghana, West Africa!) if I hadn’t had the opportunity to learn and grow as an artist and person at Walnut Hill."

- Dana Vanderburgh '13

Nadine Abigana

Nadine Abigana

Associate Director of College Counseling
Roberta Benson Owen

Roberta Benson Owen

College Counseling Assistant
Sarah Lovely

Sarah Lovely

Director of College Counseling