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 five-session workshop covering all aspects of the college process, from campus visits and interviewing to test preparation and application procedures. At College Night in January, Helen Bodell and an Admissions Dean present an overview of the college admissions process for juniors and their parent(s)/guardian(s). Recent Deans include Jim Miller from Brown University, Janet Rapelye from Princeton and Monica Inzer from Hamilton College. Following College Night, students and parents complete questionnaires to prepare for college meetings in February. The first meeting includes the student and college counselor only, giving the student the opportunity to articulate her interests and ask questions about the process. In the follow-up meeting, the college counselor meets with the student and her parent(s)/guardian(s), sharing a college list 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, a yearly event hosted by one of the four independent schools in the Providence area. As students visit colleges, register for SAT's and choose senior courses, they are encouraged to check in regularly with Helen Bodell 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 students. The opportunity to meet with admissions counselors at the Providence College Fair, on college campuses over the spring and summer, and again in the fall of senior year at Lincoln helps students both to be 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.
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 managing deadlines, requesting recommendations, and visiting colleges. Teachers provide feedback about essays while respecting the integrity and strength of the student's voice. Helen Bodell and dedicated teachers write in-depth, personalized recommendations in support of every student. From the Head of School to Lower School faculty and staff, the Lincoln community supports and celebrates the accomplishments of our seniors.
Lincoln graduates are not only admitted to outstanding colleges and universities, they go on to contribute to society with intelligence, integrity and a sense of gratitude for the education they have received.