Students and families come to Friends' Central seeking a challenging academic and extracurricular environment in a supportive school community. We encourage our students to identify similarly intellectually demanding and socially stimulating environments as they explore the world of higher education. Our belief is that the primary responsibility for the process lies with the student and that the function of the College Counseling Office is to act as a resource. We define that role as having four central aspects:

  • Working with each student to create a profile of the types of colleges or universities which will best serve his or her individual academic and extracurricular needs and interests
  • Helping each student develop a list of schools which fit his or her individual criteria
  • Evaluating each student's academic and extracurricular record within the context of each of the applicant pools of the schools he or she is considering
  • Acting as a supportive and thoughtful advocate for each student throughout the college admissions process

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