An Individualized Process

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  • Determining the Best Route to Success

    At Northwest Academy, college counseling is an individualized process that encourages students to examine their ambitions, abilities, and interests to determine the best route to success. Students concentrate on finding schools that will fulfill their academic needs and be a good match for them personally. Our role is to assist, encourage, challenge, and support students as they set goals and make decisions about college attendance. While the school invites parent involvement, we also firmly believe that students should take ownership of the process.

    More than 50 college and university representatives come to campus each year to visit with the juniors and seniors to talk about their programs. We provide workshops for students to prepare for the college admissions process. Northwest Academy graduates attend a diverse selection of colleges and universities across the country, including Pitzer College, New York University, Bard College, and Rhode Island School of Design. Northwest Academy alumni are currently pursuing goals as varied as acting on television to completing a Master’s Degree in infectious disease and microbiology.

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    Julia Cain 

    Director of College Counseling

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College Acceptances & Awards

Our graduates are consistently accepted to, and receive awards and scholarships at, a remarkable array of excellent institutions of higher learning.  We are proud to present this comprehensive list of college and university acceptances since 2010, and this list of awards offered to our alumni at the collegiate level.

The Class of 2021 was Accepted into these Colleges and Universities *Attending colleges in bold. Congratulations, graduates!
Adelphi University
American Musical and Dramatic Academy
Arizona State University
Ball State University
Bennington College
Berklee College of Music
California College of the Arts
Chapman University
Clark University
College of the Atlantic
Columbia College Chicago
Cornish College of the Arts
Davidson College
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Eckerd College
Five Towns College
Fordham University
George Fox University
Hawai’i Pacific University
Indiana University Bloomington
Kenyon College
Lawrence University
Lewis & Clark College
Linfield College
Loyola University New Orleans
Macalester College
Michigan State University
New York University, Tisch
Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
Oregon State University
Otis College of Art and Design
Pace University
Pacific University Oregon
Portland Community College
Portland State University
Reed College (2)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Rutgers University – Newark
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design (2)
Seattle University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
The New School, School of Jazz and Contemporary Music
University of Aberdeen
University of British Columbia
University of California, Davis
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Glasgow
University of Oregon (3)
University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of the Pacific
University of Vermont
University of Victoria
University of Washington
Western Washington University
Whitman College


Below, find information for students and parents moving through the college search and application process. This list contains some major sites that have helpful information on college searches, financial aid, scholarships, and testing, as well as links to other sites.  Scroll or click to find the resource type you are looking for.

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  • General Information

  • College Searches

    • Cappex  College search and financial aid information
    • GoCollege  College search, scholarship search, SAT practice tests and campus crime statistics
    • CampusTours  College tours online, plus campus maps and web sites
    • College Confidential  Hundreds of pages of articles about choosing a college, getting into the college you want, how to pay for it, and much more
    • Peterson’s  Detailed information on over 4,000 colleges and universities, online schools, and graduate programs. Also provides financial aid information and test preparation
    • CollegeInsight  A higher-education data and research resource for anyone interested in college affordability, student debt, economic and racial diversity, student success, and other important issues in higher education
    • Unigo Read college reviews, get matched to schools, find scholarships, and more
    • College Navigator – National Center for Education Statistics  A free consumer-information tool designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others get information about over 7,000 colleges from the US Department of Education’s database
  • Financial Aid

    • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  Complete the Application for Federal Student Aid online
    • CSS Profile  The CSS Profile goes into more detail than the FAFSA and gives a more in-depth financial picture to the college.  Over 350 institutions and organizations use PROFILE to award their aid funds equitably to the right students at the right time.
    •  A scholarship search program with information on local and federal aid
    • Information on scholarships, loans, and all types of financial aid. Includes a college expense calculator to determine financial aid eligibility
    • ApplyingTOSchool  Search for financial aid, college applications, and online degree programs
    • Searchable, personalized scholarship database
    • ZeeMee Mobile app for connecting with colleges and fellow applicants
    • GoodCall Scholarship search engine which is one of the largest databases of scholarships on the web. Requires no personal information and it’s free to use
    • CollegeBoard Register for the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid Profile. Many schools require the CSS Profile as part of the financial aid application
    • Private Student Loans Guide  Coverage on the latest student loan news and information, plus resources and guides for borrowers and their families about paying for college and repaying student debt
    • Student Loan Guide Free resource designed to help students compare reviews for student loans and make the right consumer decisions for themselves
  • Standardized Tests

    • College Board Register for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, plus practice tests, information about interpreting scores, and more
    • ACT  Register for the American College Test (ACT), plus prep information, a college search program, and financial aid estimator
    • FairTest Up-to-date source listing colleges and universities that do not require national tests for admissions.
    • The Princeton Review  View average SAT and ACT scores of various colleges and compare and contrast the SAT and ACT
  • Applications

    • Common Application  Download the common application and a program to help you fill it out on your computer, or complete the application online and submit electronically.  Offers links to obtain most of the required supplements to applications
    • All About College  Links to college web pages with downloadable applications and online submission forms
  • Books & Print Resources

    • Colleges that Change Lives by Loren Pope.  Published in 1996 and revised in 2000, this timeless classic reminds students about the tremendous potential that exists for them if they find the right college match.
    • College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy by Lloyd Thacker.  In this book, the presidents and admission deans of leading colleges and universities remind readers that college choice and admission are a matter of fit, not of winning a prize, and that many colleges are good in different ways. 
    • Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College by Sally P. Springer, Jon Reider, Joyce Vining Morgan.  The new 4th Edition offers comprehensive, expert, and practical advice for parents and students to guide them through the college admissions process.
    • The Fiske Guide This straightforward guide describes the academic climates as well as the social and extracurricular scenes at the “best and most interesting” schools in North America.
    • The Insider’s Guide to Colleges Reference book by students covers topics from admission criteria and majors to housing, food, and social life
    • Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges A thoughtful approach to ranking the colleges. Rugg’s advice and comments have appeared in such diverse publications as USA Today, Rolling Stone, College Bound, The Boston Globe, Rocky Mountain News, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, New Jersey Monthly, and Your Money.