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
  • 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
Alfred University
*American University
American University of Beirut
The American University of Paris
*Amherst College
Arcadia University
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
Binghamton University
Boise State University
*Boston College
*Boston University
*Bowdoin College
*Brandeis University
*Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
California College of the Arts
*California Lutheran University
*California State University
Carleton College
Carnegie Melon University
Carroll College
*Case Western Reserve University
Centre College
*Chapman University
College of Charleston
University of Chicago
*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
Cornish College of the Arts
Coventry University (UK)
CUNY New York
*Denison University
*DePaul University
Dickinson College
Dominican University
*Drew University
*Drexel University
*Duke University
*Eckerd College
Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (SUI)
*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
*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
College of the Holy Cross
*Howard University
Hult International Business School
IE University – Madrid (Spain)
Illinois Institute of Technology
*Indiana University
*Iowa State University
Ithaca College
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Juniata College
Keio University (JP)
Kent State University
*Kenyon College
The King’s College (UK)
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)
*Louisiana State University
*Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University of Chicago
Loyola University of New Orleans
*Macalester College
Manhattan College
Marist College
*Marquette University
Maryville University of St. Louis
Massachusetts College of Art & Design
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
     & Health Sciences
Miami University
Michigan State University
*Middlebury College
Montana State University, Bozeman
Montana Tech University
*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
Notre Dame de Namur 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 Brookes University (UK)
*Oxford College of Emory

Pace University
*Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pacific University
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
*Pitzer College
Point Loma Nazarene University
*Pomona College
Portland State University
Pratt Art Institute
Providence College
*Purdue University
Quest University (CN)
Reed College
*Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
*Rhode Island School of Design
Rhodes College
*Richmond, The American International
    University in London
*Ringling College of Art & Design
*Rochester Institute of Technology
Rollins College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
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 Methodist University
Southern Oregon University
Southwestern University
Spelman College
St. John’s University (NY)
St. Lawrence University
St. Olaf College
*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 Coast Guard Academy
United States Military Academy
*United States Naval Academy
The University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of Brighton (UK)
University of Bristol (UK)
*University of British Columbia (CN)
*University of California
*University of Colorado – Boulder
University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
University of Connecticut

University of Dayton
*University of Denver
University of Greenwich (UK)
University of Hawaii - Hilo
*University of Hawaii - Manoa
*University of Illinois
University of Illinois - Chicago
University of Iowa
University of La Verne
University of Leeds (UK)
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 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 Richmond
*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 St. Thomas
University of Surrey (UK)
*University of the Pacific
*University of Texas
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 College
*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
College of William & Mary
Woodbury University
Wofford College
*Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University
Xavier University of Louisiana

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).