She is an alumna of William Mc Kinley High School as of Goodbye.She was the first ever captain of the school's Glee Club, the New Directions, having later recruited Finn Hudson as a co-captain in Mattress.Rachel is introduced in Pilot, in which she got the school's previous Glee teacher, Sandy Ryerson, fired for inappropriately touching Hank Saunders, a male student.Right off the bat, Rachel's show-offish personality shines through as she details how she had won her first dance contest while still a baby.During Wonder-ful, she and Cassandra July reconcile and they become friends, after promising she and other NYADA students will help her.In All or Nothing, she re-auditioned for Funny Girl, but it is unknown if she has been selected at the end of the fourth season.
She is portrayed by actress and singer Lea Michele.
In What the World Needs Now, with Mercedes' piece of advice and with New Directions' and Alumni's help, Rachel goes to New York to audition for a play in a new Broadway show, which is revealed to have gotten later in the season.
However, after personally requesting it, Rachel is reaccepted in NYADA, which leads her to drop the role and decide to go back to college to finish her education.
In the series finale, Dreams Come True, it is revealed that in 2020, she is now a successful Broadway actress, married to her friend and old love Jesse St.
James, who is also her director, and a surrogate for Klaine.