Our college process reflects Quaker values of simplicity, honesty and the worth of every individual. In the intimate environment of our all-girls, Quaker school, Lincoln students develop confidence and competence in a challenging environment of mutual respect and support. By her junior year, a Lincoln student has developed and refined her skills as a critical thinker; skills she will need as she begins her college search. Through sports, student leadership, arts and community service, students knit academic excellence and discipline with an awareness of the wider world. College Counseling at Lincoln balances recognition of the highly competitive admissions climate with an unwavering emphasis upon each student's strengths, gifts and interests. Lincoln students go on to outstanding colleges and universities. Throughout the college counseling process, the goal is to achieve the strongest fit for every student.
All juniors take College Awareness, a trimester long weekly workshop covering all aspects of the college process, from campus visits and interviewing to test preparation and application procedures. At Jr College Day in January, Helen Burke Montague and an Admissions Dean present an overview of the college admissions process for juniors and their parent(s)/guardian(s). Workshops discussing campus visits and interviews, playing sports in college, and a senior panel round out the morning. Throughout January, students and parents complete questionnaires to prepare for college meetings with Ms. Montague. The first meeting includes the student and college counselor only, giving the student the opportunity to articulate her interests and share information about her experience at Lincoln School to date. In the follow-up meeting, the college counselor meets with the student and her parent(s)/guardian(s), where they will review plans for senior courses, make a plan for standardized testing, and collaborate on a list of colleges that they will revise together throughout the search process. In April, students and families have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with Admission Counselors from around the country at the Providence Independent School College Fair, an annual event hosted by Wheeler School this year. Late spring is a perfect time for each girl to connect with junior year teachers to discuss Teacher Recommendations. As students visit colleges, register for ACT’s / SAT's and finalize plans for senior courses, they are encouraged to check in regularly with Helen Montague to share reactions and ask questions as they arise.
By senior year, some students know exactly where they will apply; others continue to narrow and refine their college list. Over 100 college admissions representatives visit Lincoln School each fall, offering an invaluable resource to our students. The opportunity to meet with admissions counselors at the Providence Independent School College Fair, on college campuses over the spring and summer, and again in the fall of senior year at Lincoln helps students to be both thorough in their search and to develop a rapport with admissions counselors. By the time of the fall visit at Lincoln, it is not uncommon for a senior and an admissions representative to know one another by name. The goal for each girl is to identify a range of colleges that meet her needs and priorities, and where she believes she will thrive.
Seniors develop independence and a sense of responsibility throughout the application process, but they do so knowing that help is always available. Our College Counseling Handbook provides clear instructions for registering for tests, managing deadlines, requesting recommendations, and visiting colleges. Both Helen Montague and Lincoln teachers provide feedback about essays while respecting the integrity and strength of the student's voice. Additionally, Helen Montague and dedicated teachers write in-depth, personalized recommendations in support of every student. From the Head of School to faculty and staff, the Lincoln community supports and celebrates the accomplishments of our seniors.
The application process stretches from October to December of the senior year, depending on the application plan the student initiates (Early Decision / Action; Rolling; Regular Decision), but our goal is to have every girl file her applications before the Winter Break. Admission decisions arrive from January through March, and many students will return to those colleges where they have gained admission in April to sort through questions as they make their final decision for enrollment by MAY 1.
We celebrate our Lincoln graduates with pride and respect for their many accomplishments. Our young women matriculate at outstanding colleges and universities as well as participate in interesting GAP Year activities, leaving Lincoln with a sense of anticipation and gratitude for all they have gained from their Lincoln School experience.