College Counseling

The Mastery School’s College Counseling Office views the college search and application process as an important aspect of each student’s educational experience at Hawken. Our approach is designed to ensure an appropriate academic, social, and financial match for each student. While outcomes are important, priorities are in student advocacy and counseling, not serving as a college placement office to guarantee admission to a specific college or university. We’re all about helping families find the fit. The college search aligns with many aspects of the Mastery philosophy: Students will take ownership of the process and discover strengths and interests while overcoming challenges as they plot their future path with clear guidance and tailored feedback. 
At the Mastery School, we strive to individualize the experience for each student; the college search process is no different. The College Counseling Office develops strong rapport with students, teachers, and families, building a community of trust and support. Through observations of the crediting process, classes, Macro Challenge presentations, and more, the Office aims to understand each student's academic path and how they have taken advantage of the school’s unique curriculum. As a small community, we have the opportunity to acknowledge, develop, and celebrate every student’s talents and goals. Our highest goal is to maximize the individual growth of every student as both a scholar and a citizen, ready to embrace all of the experiences and opportunities college has to offer.

The Mastery Transcript

Hawken’s Head of School Scott Looney founded the Mastery Transcript Consortium in 2016. With a membership of more than 400 public and private schools, the MTC has developed a digital transcript — a whole new record that truly reflects the unique skills, strengths, and interests of each learner, and that effectively translates your learning to colleges.

Not only will your Mastery Transcript reflect your growth, but it will also showcase your mastery of skills, knowledge, and passions - things that simply can’t be captured in a traditional transcript.

Read more about how we use the Mastery Transcript to get students into college.

Colleges Are Changing Too

Colleges and universities around the world are reconsidering their admissions practices. More and more are moving away from standardized tests and seeking ways to get to know students beyond what the typical transcript can show them.

After all, admission officers at selective institutions want to see more than just numbers when reviewing applications; they want to see a story. That’s the magic of a mastery-based education and the Mastery Transcript.

When you apply to college, you will share a clear picture of who you are and what you can do. With an easy-to-navigate design, the Mastery Transcript illustrates your knowledge and abilities in much more detail than traditional records can.

The Mastery Transcript Consortium is designing this new transcript in partnership with colleges and universities to ensure their success with admissions officers. Students from Mastery Transcript Consortium member schools all over the country are successfully applying with their Mastery Transcripts, and they’re earning admission to colleges and universities everywhere.

When the time comes to apply to colleges, you’ll have a dedicated college counselor here by your side, along with a dynamic and illustrative Mastery Transcript to make you and your story stand out.

2023 Acceptance and Matriculation List:

  • Belmont University
  • UC - Berkeley
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland State University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Colorado College
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • Connecticut College
  • Denison University
  • DePaul University (2)
  • Elon University
  • Emory University  
  • Fordham University (2)
  • Goucher College
  • Guilford College
  • Hiram College
  • Juniata College
  • Kent State University
  • Lake Forest College
  • Macalester College
  • McDaniel College
  • Miami University - Oxford
  • Michigan State University
  • Oberlin College
  • The Ohio State University- main campus (4)
  • Ohio University (3) (1)
  • University of New Mexico
  • Skidmore College
  • SUNY – College of Environmental Science & Forestry
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Warren Wilson College
  • College of Wooster

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