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 2021 were admitted to an incredible range of schools across the country.

Ben Lehrer '20

Johns Hopkins University
"I plan to major in mechanical engineering with a minor in aerospace engineering. I love the homelike feel of Hopkins and I have been fascinated by all things that fly for my entire life. I hope to one day design and build spacecraft to expand our horizons."

Read More about Ben Lehrer '20

College Counseling

Grant Calder
Director of College Counseling & Upper School History Teacher

Andrea Pien
Associate Director of College Counseling

Sonja Bhan
Associate Director of College Counseling

Class of 2021 Stats

Members of the Class of 2021 attending specialized
colleges and programs including:

Hampton University • Lincoln University • Morgan State University • Spelman College • Xavier University of Louisiana

Ivy League
Brown University • Cornell University • University of Pennsylvania • Yale University

Theater and Arts Programs
Boston Conservatory at Berklee • Boston University • Champlain College • Emerson College • Loyola Marymount University • New York University Tisch School of the Arts • Temple University Japan • Tyler School of Art, Temple University • Wagner College

Athletic Recruits
Colby College • Cornell College• Misericordia University • Morgan State University • Neumann University • University of Pennsylvania • Smith College • Suffolk University • University of Virginia • York University of Pennsylvania

Women's Colleges
Smith College 

International Universities
University of St. Andrews • Temple University Japan • University of Toronto