College Counseling

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  • A Comprehensive Program

    Devoted to Student Development
    In an ever-changing college admissions environment, our office goals wholeheartedly reflect the Athenian mission of “preparing students for the rigorous expectations of college and for a life of purpose and personal fulfillment.”

    We offer a comprehensive college counseling program devoted to developing in our students the confidence and skills required to meet the complexities of their futures. In conjunction with the advisory program and Maia Learning (our college planning and student engagement software), the Athenian college counseling team offers a curriculum for grades 9-12 that promotes self-exploration through assessments, career exploration, goal-setting, and portfolio building. We host more than 180 college admission officers on our campus every year. 

Upcoming College Counseling Events

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Comprehensive 9th-12th Grade Preparation

Ready for College

One-hundred percent of Athenian students who apply to four-year schools are admitted. Students have attended schools in more than 30 states and multiple countries. The institutions they attend range from small liberal arts colleges and arts conservatories to large public universities and esteemed institutes of technology.

When they get to college, Athenian graduates are ready for the challenges that this new phase of life presents. Athenian and its programs are recognized and admired across the globe and our students are lauded for their academic preparedness, interpersonal skills and public engagement. They are exceptionally well prepared for the academic demands of a college education and continue to enrich and improve their college communities.

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  • We are committed to:

    • Providing consistent guidance and support while working closely with parents, teachers, and advisors to ensure students remain the focal point of the process
    • Facilitating a reflective, thoughtful, and individualized college counseling experience
    • Advising with an emphasis on collaboration, ethical behavior, and a focus on process rather than placement
    • Helping students and families maintain a healthy perspective about the realities and demands of the process
  • We believe that a successful college application process:

    • Relies on the student’s active engagement and exploration
    • Aligns with the student’s academic profile, personal interests, qualities of character, and financial fit
    • Is approached with a realistic lens that reflects balance, intention, and integrity
  • We expect students to:

    • Take ownership and responsibility for the demands of the process
    • Thoroughly explore the vast options available to them
    • Conduct quality research, and communicate openly
    • Remain organized, curious, and open-minded
  • We want our students to:

    • Engage in and enjoy their high school experience
    • Enroll at a school where they will continue to thrive and grow
    • Consider all post-secondary options including gap years, work, service etc. if immediate enrollment in an undergraduate program may not be the best choice

College Counseling Staff

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  • Photo of Mark van Warmerdam

    Mark van Warmerdam 

    Co-Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Tillie Gottlieb

    Tillie Gottlieb 

    Co-Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Rebecca Munda

    Rebecca Munda 

    Co-Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Ellen Bull

    Ellen Bull 


College Admissions

Athenian’s college counselors identify colleges and universities that are well-matched to each student’s talents, interests, and aspirations. In the past four years, nearly 100 percent of Athenian graduates earned admission to 370 outstanding four-year colleges and universities. The 147 colleges in which Athenian graduates enrolled are marked with an asterisk (*). 
Academy of Art University
Adelphi University
Agnes Scott College
University of Alabama
Alfred University
Allegheny College
*American University
*The American University of Paris
The American University of Rome
*Amherst College
Arcadia University
Arizona State University
The University of Arizona
The Art Institute of California
Ateneo de Manila University (PH)
Auburn University
Azusa Pacific University
Babson College
*Bard College
*Barnard College
Barry University
*Bates College
Belmont University
Beloit College
Bennington College
Bentley University
*Berklee College of Music
Binghamton University
Biola University
Boise State University
*Boston College
*Boston Conservatory
*Boston University
*Brandeis University
*University of British Columbia (CAN)
*Brown University
*Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
California College of the Arts
*University of California
*California State University
*California Lutheran University
*Carleton College
Carnegie-Mellon University
Carroll College
*Case Western Reserve University
Centre College
*Chapman University
College of Charleston
*University of Chicago
Chulalongkorn University (TH)
*Claremont McKenna College
Clark University
Clemson University
Colby College
*Colgate University
*University of Colorado – Boulder
University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
*Colorado College
*Colorado School of Mines
*Colorado State University
Columbia College – Chicago
*Columbia University
Concordia University - Irvine
*Connecticut College
*Cornell University
Cornish College of the Arts
Coventry University (UK)
CUNY New York
*Dartmouth College
*Davidson College
*Deep Springs College
University of Delaware
Denison University
*University of Denver
*DePaul University
Dickinson College
Dominican University
Drew University
*Drexel University
Duke University
Earlham College
*Eckerd College
Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (SUI)
*Elon University
*Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
*Emerson College
*Emory University
*Erskine College
Evergreen State University
Fairfield University
Fashion Institute of Technology
University of Florida
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Southern College
*Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
Franklin University (SUI)
George Fox University
George Mason University
*George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gettysburg College
University of Glasgow (UK)
Gonzaga University
Goucher College
Grand Canyon University
Grinnell College
Guilford College
Gustavus Adolphus College
*Hamilton College
Hamline University
*Hampshire College
*Harvard University
*Harvey Mudd College
*Haverford College
University of Hawaii
*High Point University
Hiram College
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Hofstra University
College of the Holy Cross
Hope College
*Howard University
Hult International Business School
IE University – Madrid (Spain)
*University of Illinois
Indiana University
University of Iowa
*Iowa State University
*Ithaca College
James Madison University
*John Cabot University (Italy)
*Johns Hopkins University
Juniata College
*Kenyon College
The King’s College (UK)
Knox College
University of La Verne
*Laguna College of Art & Design
*Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
*Lawrence University
*Lehigh University
*Lesley University
*Lewis & Clark College
Linfield College
London Metropolitan University (UK)
London South Bank University (UK)
Loughborough University (UK)
*Louisiana State University
*Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University of Chicago
*Macalester College
Manhattan College
Manhattanville College
Marist College
*Marquette University
*University of Maryland
Marymount California University
Massachusetts College of Art & Design
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
     & Health Sciences
*Massachusetts Institute of Technology
*University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of Massachusetts – Boston
Merrimack College
Miami University
University of Miami
*University of Michigan
*Michigan State University
Middlesex University (UK)
*University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi
Montana State University, Bozeman
Morehouse College
Mount Holyoke College
Muhlenberg College
University of Nevada, Reno
University of New England
The College of New Jersey
University of New Mexico
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
New York School of Interior Design
*New York University
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
University of N. Carolina School of the Arts
*Northeastern University
*Northern Arizona University
Northwestern University
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame de Namur University
Nottingham Trent University (UK)
*Oberlin College
*Occidental College
Ohio University
Ohio Wesleyan University
*Olin College of Engineering
Oregon State University
*University of Oregon
Otis College of Art & Design
*Oxford Brookes University (UK)
*Oxford College of Emory
Pace University
Pacific Lutheran University
*Pacific Northwest College of Art
*Pacific University
*University of the Pacific
*Pennsylvania State University
*University of Pennsylvania
Pepperdine University
Philadelphia University
*University of Pittsburgh
*Pitzer College
Point Loma Nazarene University
*Pomona College
Portland State University
*University of Portland
*Pratt Art Institute
*Prescott College
*Princeton University
*University of Puget Sound
*Purdue University
Quinnipiac University
Randolph-Macon College
*University of Redlands
*Reed College
Regis University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
*Rhode Island School of Design
Rhodes College
Rice University
University of Richmond
*Richmond, The American International
    University in London
*Ringling College of Art & Design
Robert Morris University
*University of Rochester
*Rochester Institute of Technology
*Rollins College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rosemont College
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
Saint John’s College (NM)
*Saint Mary’s College of California
Salve Regina University
University of San Diego
*University of San Francisco
*Santa Clara University
*Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art & Design
School of the Art Institute Chicago
School of Visual Arts
*Scripps College
Seattle Pacific University
*Seattle University
Seton Hall University
Simmons College
Skidmore College
Smith College
*University of Southern California
*Southern Methodist University
Southern Oregon University
Spelman College
St. Olaf College
University of St. Thomas
*Stanford University
*Steven’s Institute of Technology
Stony Brook University
Suffolk University
SUNY Albany
SUNY College at Oneonta
Susquehanna University
*Syracuse University
Temple University
University of Tennessee
Texas A & M University
Texas Christian University
*University of Texas
*The American Musical & Dramatic Academy
*The New School
The Ohio State University
University of Toronto
Trinity College
Trinity University
Trinity Washington University
*Tufts University
*Tulane University
*Union College
United States Air Force Academy
United States Coast Guard Academy
*United States Military Academy
*United States Naval Academy
*Universidad Europea de Valencia (Spain)
University of Brighton (UK)
University of Bristol (UK)
*University of Greenwich (UK)
University of Hertfordshire (UK)
University of Leeds (UK)
University of Surrey (UK)
University of West London (UK)
University of Westminster (UK)
University at Buffalo, SUNY
Ursinus College
University of Utah
Vassar College
*University of Vermont
University of Victoria (CAN)
*Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Military Institute
*Wagner College
Wake Forest University
Warren Wilson College
Washington & Jefferson College
*Washington & Lee University
*Washington College
Washington State University
*Washington University, St. Louis
*University of Washington
University of Waterloo (CAN)
Wellesley College
*Wesleyan University
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
*Western Colorado University
Western New England University
*Western Washington University
Westmont College
Wheaton College (IL)
Wheaton College (MA)
*Whitman College
Whittier College
*Willamette University
*College of William & Mary
University of Wisconsin
Wofford College
College of Wooster
*Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Yale University

College Reps

Thank you for your patience while we finalized our process for offering visits this fall. Please register for virtual day visits with The Athenian School via Maia Learning. Our students are looking forward to connecting with you!

If you have questions, please contact Ellen Bull: ebull@athenian.org | 925-362-7235
Our priorities will not be fully realized in a year or two, and maybe not even five. We are, however, committed to moving boldly toward our vision for the school, one that fulfills our promise to each generation through a curriculum that is dynamic, experiential and relevant, and a culture that supports a deep sense of belonging and shared commitment to our founding pillars and diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice (DEIS).