Friends' Central School provides highly personalized, expert college admission counseling to students and their families. Our two 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. Click here to read more about the college choices of our graduates. 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 2020 were admitted to an incredible range of schools across the country.

Hear what our recent graduates have to say about their college choices, their experiences with FCS College Counseling, and more here.

College Counseling

Grant Calder
Director of College Counseling & Upper School History Teacher

Andrea Pien
Associate Director of College Counseling

Mary Lynne Jeschke
College Counseling Administrative Associate

Class of 2020 Stats

90% of our graduates accepted to top-choice schools

The Class of 2020 received over $1.4 million in merit grants

Members of the Class of 2020 attending specialized
colleges and programs including:

Business Schools
New York University Stern School of Business

Howard University

Honors Colleges
Drexel University Pennoni Honors • University of Oregon Robert D. Clark Honors College • College PSU Schreyer Honors College 

Ivy League
Brown University (2) • Cornell University  • Harvard College • University of Pennsylvania (5) • Princeton University 

MIT • Stevens Institute of Technology 

Theater and Arts Programs
Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design • Loyola Marymount University • New York University Tisch (2) • Point Park University

Athletic Recruits
Brown University • Cornell University • Elon University • College of the Holy Cross • Haverford College • University of Oregon • Princeton University • York University of Pennsylvania (2)  

Women's Colleges
Bryn Mawr College • Wellesley College • Mt. Holyoke 

United States Service Academies
U.S. Air Force Academy

International Universities
University of Sydney