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College Counseling

At Packer, the college application process is a highly individualized experience that puts students at the center of decision-making.

The goal of our three full-time College Counselors is to work with students to determine where they will flourish personally, academically, and socially. Beginning in 11th Grade, our counselors foster close partnerships with each student and family to identify colleges that fit their strengths and interests. Over several months, our counselors take a comprehensive approach to explore and identify each student’s specific preferences, including learning styles, desired courses and majors, student demographics, school culture, school size, campus setting, and geographic location. While students work directly with a single counselor, they benefit from the wisdom and support of the entire team, which deliberates on and collectively approves every senior’s final college list to help ensure a successful outcome.

More than 100 college admissions officers visit Packer each year, and students attend an annual fair attended by nearly two hundred colleges and universities. Our college counselors host substantive informational events for parents and students. They also offer workshops on college essay writing and interviewing and partner with Packer’s peer schools for informational events on financial aid, gap-year strategies, and specific programs of study such as engineering and fine arts. As our matriculation list below illustrates, Packer students attend a wide range of outstanding colleges and universities in the country and around the world. 

Meet the College Counseling Office

Nila Fortune

College Counselor

Claudia Mendez

College Counselor

Lydia Monzio

Administrative Assistant College Counseling, Student Services Coordinator

Lisa Shambaugh

College Counselor

College Matriculations 2014 - 2018

Listed below are the colleges and universities to which Packer graduates have matriculated in the past five years. Colleges in bold have enrolled one or more members of the class of 2018. A + indicates that a student has deferred enrollment until the fall of 2019.

American University (2)
Amherst College (3) 
Arizona State University (1)
Bard College (5)
Barnard College (7) 
Bates College (3)
Binghamton University (2)
Boston College (4) 
Boston University (2) 
Bowdoin College (8) 
Brandeis University (4)
Brooklyn College of CUNY (1)
Brown University (7) 
Bucknell University (5) 
California Institute of Technology (1)
Carleton College (3) 
Carnegie Mellon University (2)
Case Western Reserve University (1)
Claremont McKenna College (4) 
Colby College (8)
Colgate University (10) 
College of Charleston (2)  
Colorado College (3) + 
Columbia University (5) 
Connecticut College (1)
Cornell University (10) 
Dartmouth College (3) 
Davidson College (4)
Denison University (1)
Dickinson College (1) 
Drexel University (1) 
Duke University (5)
Emory University (7) +
Eugene Lang College (2)
Fashion Institute of Technology (1)
Fordham University (1)
Franklin & Marshall College (2) 
George Washington University (5) 
Georgetown University (3) 
Goucher College (4) 
Guilford College (1)
Hamilton College (7) 
Hampshire College (1) 

Hofstra University (1)
Howard University (1)
Indiana University (1)
Ithaca College (2)
Johns Hopkins University (9) 
Kenyon College (6) 
Lafayette College (1) 
Lehigh University (7) 
Lewis and Clark (1) 
Loyola University, New Orleans (2)
Macalester College (3)
Maryland Institute College of Art (3)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1) 
McGill University (3) 
Middlebury College (7)
Morehouse College (1)
Mount Holyoke College (1)
New York University (8) 
Northeastern University (5)
Northwestern University (9) 
Oberlin College (17) 
Occidental College (1)
Ohio State University (1)
Oxford College of Emory (1)
Parsons The New School for Design (1)
Pennsylvania State University (2)
Pitzer College (3) 
Pomona College (1)
Princeton University (2) 
Purdue University (2)
Reed College (1)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1)
Rhode Island School of Design (3) 
Rhodes College (1)
Rochester Institute of Technology (1)
Santa Clara University (2) 
Scripps College (1)
Skidmore College (5) 
Smith College (3) +
Sophie Davis School of Biomedical
Stanford University (3) 

St. John’s University (1)
SUNY Buffalo State (1)
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (1)
SUNY New Paltz (2)
SUNY Purchase (1)
SUNY Stony Brook (1)
Susquehanna University (1)
Swarthmore College (3)
Syracuse University (10)
Trinity College (1) 
Tufts University (16) 
Tulane University (6) 
Union College (1) 
University of Alabama (1)
University of Arizona (1)
University of British Columbia (1)
University of California at Berkeley (2)
University of Chicago (9)
University of Colorado, Boulder (3) 
University of Edinburgh (5) 
University of Glasgow (1)
University of Maryland (2)  
University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2)
University of Miami (1)
University of Michigan (9)
University of Missouri (1) 
University of Pennsylvania (8)
University of Pittsburgh (1)
University of Rhode Island (1)
University of Rochester (3) 
University of St. Andrews (5)
University of Southern California (7) 
University of Texas, Austin (2)
University of Vermont (1)
University of Wisconsin (3) 
Vassar College (12) 
Wake Forest University (1)
Washington University (11) 
Wesleyan University (18) 
Whitman College (2)
Williams College (3) + 
Yale University (11) 

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