Independent, conscientious, inventive. These are the words colleges consistently use to describe our graduates.
Just as we help students develop personal agency and mindfulness during their high school education, college counseling at Bay empowers students to calmly, mindfully, and competently navigate the many stages of the college application and enrollment process, preparing them for one of the first significant life decisions they will make for themselves and own.
Support for Every Student
Unique among independent schools, Bay approaches the college search process with the same intentional, balanced mindset shown in our mission and precepts. After a kickoff meeting with families in December of junior year, students have a dedicated flex period once a week that is built into their regular schedule and extends through December of their senior year.
During their weekly sessions, students meet with college counselors, research colleges and programs of interest, do test preparation, write college essays, and complete college applications. The careful design of this process as part of the regular schedule is driven by our commitment to equity for all of our students and ensures they are able to continue focusing on academic and other pursuits as they dream, design, and pursue their future plans.
Using state-of-the-art resources, students work with Bay's college counselors to consider their values, interests, and needs; research which colleges and universities may fit those criteria; and evaluate how their credentials position them for admission. In addition to traditional print and online resources, The Bay School uses web-based technology from SCOIR, the most comprehensive platform available for college research, to create an open and transparent link between Bay's college counselors, the student, and their family.
College Acceptance and Matriculation
Since our first graduating class in 2008, Bay students have been accepted to 572 colleges and universities nationally and internationally. Graduates of the Class of 2021 are attending 73 schools across the United States and Canada, with 84% of the class attending one of their top-choice schools.
Download the full acceptance and matriculation list for 2019–2023.
Class of 2023 Matriculations
|American University||Lehigh University||Tufts University|
|Arizona State University||Loyola Marymount University||Tulane University of Louisiana|
|Babson College||Macalester College||UC Davis|
|Bard College||McGill University||UCLA|
|Bates College||New York University||UC Merced|
|Boston University||Northeastern University||UC San Diego|
|Bowdoin College||Northwestern University||UC Santa Barbara|
|Cal Poly Humboldt||Occidental College||University of Colorado Boulder|
|Chapman University||Ohio Wesleyan University||University of Denver|
|City College of San Francisco||Parsons School of Design at The New School||University of Miami|
|Colby College||Pomona College||University of Oregon|
|Colgate University||Pratt Institute||University of Southern California|
|Cornell University||Reed College||University of St. Andrews|
|Drexel University||Rhode Island School of Design||University of Virginia|
|Duke University||Saint Mary's College of California||University of Washington|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University||Sarah Lawrence College||University of Wisconsin|
|Emory University||Savannah College of Art and Design||Vanderbilt University|
|Hamilton College||Stanford University||Washington University in St. Louis|
|Hobart and William Smith Colleges||The Boston Conservatory at Berklee||Whitman College|
|Kenyon College||Trinity College Dublin||Willamette University|
College Representative Visits
Each year, representatives from more than 160 institutions, representing a broad range of programs and specialty areas, visit Bay to meet with students and share information. This is far more visits than our Bay Area peer schools receive—because these colleges and universities have seen that our students are uncommonly well prepared for the type of learning they will engage in during their higher education years.
Internships, Summer Programs, and Gap Years
The College Counseling Office offers many resources for finding summer opportunities, and we are happy to assist students if they are interested in pursuing internships. As part of the college counseling process, students who express an interest in a gap year between high school and college are given the resources and support to understand the process and possibilities for this transitional time.
FastWeb: Comprehensive list of private scholarships; scholarship search
FinAid: Reliable information about financial aid, estimating family contribution, scholarship scams
California Student Aid Commission: Information on Cal Grants. Assists in the search for state, federal, and institutional financial aid information for funding post-high school education
Guide to FAFSA: Guide to applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid with a link to the online application; provides eligibility requirements and guidelines for those applying for federal student loans and aid.
College Board Profile Guide: Guide to completing the CSS Profile for financial aid with a link to the online application
NACAC - National Association of College Admission Counseling
This site includes helpful updates regarding deposit deadline extensions for seniors as well as virtual admission events.
NCAA - National College Athletic Association
UCAS - UK Admission Service