At Gravitas, we encourage each student to develop his or her unique interests and skill sets and apply to fitting colleges and universities. Recognition of each student’s individuality and focus on college fit are central to the Gravitas college counseling philosophy. The motto of Gravitas, “Character Before Career” is at the core of our work with our students in the college process. We not only want students to enroll at great institutions of higher education; we want them to thrive with excellence and integrity in college and beyond. Achieving this important and complex goal begins many years before our students’ college matriculation.


In 9th grade, students focus on acclimating to and excelling in their rigorous courses as well as exploring and getting involved in extracurricular activities. In 10th grade, Gravitas students continue their quest to do well academically while also taking on projects, activities, and assessments that help them to better understand their interests, passions, and strengths. The 11th grade year is considered the most important year for college preparation. In addition to continuing to employ their strong work ethic and perform well academically, students attend one-on-one college counseling sessions and group and family meetings to learn about the college search and begin strategically developing their college lists. Each Gravitas 12th grader works with his or her college counselor on the multi-faceted process of applying to the colleges and universities of their choice as well as applying for financial aid if needed.


At Gravitas we use a platform called SCOIR, which our students use to take strengths assessments, track their activities and achievements over time, search for and compare colleges and universities, and log their applications and admissions outcomes. There are many other websites that students and their families can use to learn about higher ed institutions that may be a good fit, including The College Board’s Big Future, The Education Trust’s College Results Online, and the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard. However, we believe that SCOIR is the most comprehensive, intuitive, and useful platform for our work with our students.


Gravitas graduates attend the world’s most renowned colleges and universities. In fact, over 40% matriculate at the 30 highest-ranked universities in the United States. We prepare our students for admission to and success at elite higher ed institutions. However, once again, helping students find schools that are the best fit for their unique interests, strengths, and needs is always core to our college counseling work. We want Gravitas students to be happy and flourish at their chosen college or university and go on to thrive in their professional careers and lives overall.

Classes of 2021-2024

Gravitas Graduates
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Davidson College
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
New York University (2)
Princeton University
The Pennsylvania State University
University of California Santa Barbara
University of Edinburgh
University of Rochester
University of Southern California

Gravitas Participants

Boston College (2)
Boston University (3)
Bowdoin College (2)
Brandeis University
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Colgate University
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
Cooper Union
Cornell University (6)
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Drew University (2)
Drexel University
Eckerd College
Emory University (6)
George Washington University (2)
Goldsmiths, University of London
Gordon College (2)
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University (2)
Lafayette University
Liberty University
Loyola Marymount University
Massachusetts Institution of Technology
New York University (13)
Northeastern University (4)
Northwestern University (3)
Nova Southeastern University
Olin College of Engineering
Rice University
Smith College
St. Francis College
Stanford University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stony Brook University (2)
SUNY Potsdam
Syracuse University
The Pennsylvania State University
Tufts University (2)
University of California San Diego
University of Chicago (4)
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Florida
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of Miami (4)
University of Michigan (2)
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (2)
University of Notre Dame (2)
University of Rhode Island
University of Southern California
University of St. Andrews
University of Toronto
University of Washington
Vanderbilt University (2)
Villanova University (2)
Wake Forest University
Washington University in St. Louis (2)
Wellesley College
West Point
Wofford College

Gravitas Graduates are students who graduated with a Stony Brook School diploma as Gravitas students. Gravitas Participants are students who took Gravitas courses and graduated as Stony Brook School campus students.




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The Stony Brook School admits students and provides equal educational opportunities in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender. The School does not discriminate against students on the basis of any of the above protected classifications in the administration of its educational, athletic or admissions policies.