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Friends' Central School provides highly personalized, expert college admission counseling to students and their families. Our three full-time counselors have extensive experience working in independent school college counseling and selective college admissions.

Our emphasis is on counseling rather than placement–educating and advocating throughout the process, with a focus on each student and his or her talents, interests, and needs. The goal of this student-centered approach is for each member of the class to have the best possible college search experience and for students to find schools where they will continue to flourish beyond their years at Friends' Central.

For many seniors, this process results in enrollment in some of the world's most selective colleges and universities. Others choose to attend institutions that offer programs and opportunities uniquely suited to their passions and interests. Read about the college choices of our graduates below. With many of our students receiving financial aid, the best opportunity is sometimes the best funded opportunity, allowing students to avoid burdensome debt in the future.

Members of the Class of 2022 were admitted to an incredible range of schools across the country. Click below to see the list. 

Max Marinelli '22

Wesleyan University

"[College Counselor] Andrea helped me a lot throughout my college search. Not only did she help me create a helpful preliminary list, but she met with me multiple times per month as I refined such a list. "

Read More about Max Marinelli '22

College Counseling

Grant Calder
Director of College Counseling & Upper School History Teacher
610.645.5100

Andrea Pien
Associate Director of College Counseling
610.645.4483

Sonja Bhan
Associate Director of College Counseling
610.645.5133

Class of 2022 Stats

Members of the Class of 2022 attending specialized
colleges and programs including:

21 attending public universities

20 attending traditional, small liberal arts colleges

7 attending Ivy Leagues
Penn (4), Cornell (2), Columbia

5 attending HBCUs
Hampton (3), Howard, Virginia State

3 at art schools
Parsons School of Design (2), Savannah College of Art and Design

4 at Catholic universities
Alvernia, Loyola Chicago,
Loyola Marymount, Villanova

2 at international universities
Trinity College Dublin,
University of York

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