Every fall, Director of College Guidance Sanford Pelz '71 whisks the Forms V and VI boys away for three days to visit six to eight college campuses, a trip we believe is unique to Browning. Watch a video about the annual college trip and the recent successes of our college placement.

Director of College Guidance Sanford Pelz ’71 discusses his college prep program in the Fall-Winter 2014 issue of the Buzzer, providing a guide to “what a boy needs to do to start and finish the college search process.” Click Here to read. (The article begins on page 4.)


Founded in 1888 as a college preparatory school, Browning maintains its commitment to the college application process both through curriculum and practicum. Our College Guidance program offers a hands-on approach through every facet of the application process. Whether they are in the classroom with our Director of College Guidance, meeting with visiting admissions representatives, or touring campuses on our annual college trip, students are provided with unique insight to, and understanding of, the academic opportunities available after they graduate from Browning.

College Prep Courses

In Form IV, students are given a basic and wide-reaching introduction to the college process. In Form V, students begin to explore their preferences to the type of academic environment that will serve them best after Browning. In Form VI, students spend the fall receiving logistical guidance on organizing their applications, essays and recommendations. Every boy takes the Advanced Expository Writing class with Head of Upper School Mr. Reynolds that focuses on essay writing with the objective of creating several essays that will appropriately address their college application requirements. Click here to read more on this class. The winter and spring terms help seniors prepare to make the transition from Browning to college.

College Trip

Every fall, Browning’s Form V and Form VI students take a three-day trip to visit 7-10 regional colleges and universities. The purpose of the trip is to expose students to the breadth and variety of schools available to them and to spark discussions about what other schools they might want to investigate. On each trip, students will visit big schools and small schools, public and private, urban and rural. By the time a Form VI student applies to college, he will have visited upwards of 15 campuses, helping him form a much clearer sense of the type of environment in which he could see himself thriving.

View photos from the 2015 College Trip where the boys visited Yale, University of New Haven, Bowdoin, Colby, Bates, Babson, and Olin.

View photos from the 2014 College Trip where the boys visited Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Johns Hopkins, Loyola University of Maryland, Richmond, and University of Virginia.

View photos from the 2013 College Trip where the boys visited Colgate, Cornell, Hamilton, Hobart and William Smith, Ithaca, Rochester, and Syracuse.


Form VI class members received the results of their college acceptances, and we're pleased to report positive news once again this year! Please click here to see the list of acceptances to date. Congratulations to the Class of 2016 on their achievements!


Contact the Office of College Guidance directly at 212-838-6280 x 112 or