About
Student Services

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
    925-362-7253
    Bio
  • Photo of Rebecca Munda

    Rebecca Munda 

    Co-Director of College Counseling
    925-362-7241
    Bio
  • Photo of Keane Tarrosa

    Keane Tarrosa 

    925-837-5375
    Bio

College Admissions 2019 - 2022

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 (*). 
 
Adelphi University
Agnes Scott College
Alfred University
*American University
American University of Beirut
*The American University of Paris
*Amherst College
*Arizona State University
Ateneo de Manila University (PH)
Auburn University
Babson College
*Bard College
*Barnard College
*Bates College
*Baylor University
*Belmont University
Beloit College
Bennington College
Bentley University
*Berklee College of Music
Binghamton University
Boise State University
*Boston College
*Boston University
*Bowdoin College
*Brandeis University
*Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
*Butler University
California College of the Arts
*California Institute of Technology
*California Lutheran University
*California State University
*Carleton College
Carnegie Melon University
Carroll College
*Case Western Reserve University
*Chapman University
*Claremont McKenna College
Clark University
Clemson University
*Colgate University
Colorado College
Colorado Mesa University
*Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Columbia College – Chicago
*Columbia University
Concordia University - Irvine
Connecticut College
*Cornell University
*Denison University
*DePaul University
Dickinson College
Dominican University
*Drew University
*Drexel University
*Duke University
*Eckerd College
*Elizabethtown College
*Elon University
*Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emerson College
*Emory University
*Erskine College
Evergreen State University
*Fashion Institute of Technology
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida International University
Florida Southern College
*Fordham University
Fort Lewis College
*Franklin & Marshall College
Furman University
George Mason University
*George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology


Gettysburg College
Gonzaga University
Goucher College
Grand Canyon University
*Grinnell College
Guilford College
*Hamilton College
*Hampshire College
Harvey Mudd College
*Haverford College
High Point University
Hiram College
Hofstra University
*Howard University
Hult International Business School
IE University – Madrid (Spain)
Illinois Institute of Technology
*Indiana University
Indiana University - PUI
*Ithaca College
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Keio University (JP)
Kent State University
*Kenyon College
Knox College
La Sierra University
*Laguna College of Art & Design
*Lafayette College
Lawrence University
*Lehigh University
*Lesley University
*Lewis & Clark College
Linfield College
Loughborough University (UK)
*Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University of Chicago
Loyola University of New Orleans
Macalester College
Marist College
Marquette University
Maryville University of St. Louis
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
     & Health Sciences
*McGill University8
Miami University
Michigan State University
*Middlebury College
Montana State University, Bozeman
Montana Tech University
Morehouse College
*Mount Holyoke College
Muhlenberg College
New Mexico Highlands University
New Mexico Institute of Mining
      & Technology
*New York University
*North Central College
*Northeastern University
*Northern Arizona University
*Northwestern University
*Oberlin College
*Occidental College
*The Ohio State University
Ohio Wesleyan University
*Olin College of Engineering
*Oregon State University
Otis College of Art & Design
Otterbein University
Oxford College of Emory
Pace University
Pacific University
*Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
*Pitzer College
Point Loma Nazarene University
*Pomona College
Portland State University
*Pratt Art Institute


Princeton University
Providence College
*Purdue University
Quest University (CN)
*Reed College
*Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
*Rhode Island School of Design
*Rhodes College
*Rice University
*Richmond, The American International
    University in London
*Ringling College of Art & Design
*Rochester Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
SUNY Purchase
Saint Louis University
*Saint Mary’s College of California
Salve Regina University
*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
Simpson University
*Skidmore College
Smith College
Sophia University (JP)
Southern Adventist University
Southern California Institute of Architecture
*Southern Methodist University
Southern Oregon University
Southwestern University
Spelman College
St. John’s University (NY)
St. Lawrence University
*Stanford University
Stevens Institute of Technology
*Stony Brook University
Suffolk University
*Swarthmore College
*Syracuse University
Temple University
Texas A & M University
*Texas Christian University
*The American Musical & Dramatic Academy
The College of Wooster
The New School
Trinity College
*Trinity University
Trinity Washington University
*Tufts University
*Tulane University
Union College
United States Air Force Academy
United States Naval Academy
The University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of Bristol (UK)
University of British Columbia (CN)
*University of California
*University of Chicago
*University of Colorado – Boulder
University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
University of Connecticut
University of Dayton
University of Delaware
*University of Denver
University of Hawaii - Hilo
*University of Hawaii - Manoa
University of Houston
*University of Illinois
University of Illinois - Chicago
University of Iowa


University of La Verne
University of Leeds (UK)
University of Maine
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of Massachusetts – Boston
University of Miami
*University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri
University of Nevada, Reno
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina - Charlotte
University of North Texas
*University of Oregon
*University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
*University of Portland
*University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
University of Rhode Island
*University of Rochester
*University of San Diego
*University of San Francisco
University of Scranton
University of South Carolina
*University of Southern California
*University of Southern Maine
*University of St. Andrews (UK)
*University of the Pacific
University of Texas - Arlington
*University of Texas - Austin
University of Toronto (CN)
University of Utah
*University of Vermont
*University of Victoria (CN)
*University of Washington
University of Waterloo (CN)
*University of Wisconsin
*Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Villanova University
*Virginia Tech
Wagner College
Wake Forest University
Warren Wilson College
*Waseda University (JP)
Washington & Jefferson College
*Washington & Lee University
*Washington State University
*Washington University, St. Louis
Wellesley College
*Wesleyan University
*Western Colorado University
*Western Washington University
Westmont College
Wheaton College (IL)
Wheaton College (MA)
*Whitman College
Whittier College
Willamette University
William Jessup University
Williams College
Woodbury University
*Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University
Xavier University of Louisiana
*Yale University


College Reps

Thank you for your interest in visiting Athenian in Fall of 2022.  We have two options available to you, both of which can be scheduled using Maia Visits.

COLLEGE NIGHTS:
  • Arrival and set-up 5:45 PM
  • Dinner & Program 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
These evening programs typically draw 80 students/parents on average, providing an excellent opportunity to connect with more of our students and families in a meaningful way.  If one of these dates is an option for you, we encourage you to join us for a College Night in lieu of a day visit.  The evening will include dinner, a panel presentation, Q&A, and a college fair format to wrap up the evening.  You can sign up by using Maia Visits, and will find them listed under the following dates: September 7; September 19; September 28; October 10.
 
Although we encourage you to take advantage of our college night programs, if one of these dates does not fit into your travel schedule, you are welcome to schedule a day visit (in-person or virtual).
 
Please only schedule a College Night OR Day Visit, not both.

If you have questions, please contact College Counseling at ebull@athenian.org.