College Counseling

class of 2021 bbq

The Class of 2021 wearing their college sweatshirts at the Senior BBQ.

 

The Office of College Counseling at Austin Preparatory School oversees the entire college application process throughout a student’s journey at Austin Prep. The office creates an environment in which students take ownership in their college application process under the direction of a college advisor.

 

Starting as sophomores, students are assigned a college counselor and begin the college exploratory process through one-on-one meetings and practice ON standardized tests. As juniors, students begin work on their college application list, starting with a broad stroke and working through a number of meetings and programs to create a comprehensive list of schools to which they’ll apply. 

Most of the work on the college application process occurs during the second semester of junior year in the College Preparatory Course.  Students begin the class with 4-6 weeks of test preparation curriculum for both the SAT and ACT and conclude the test prep portion by taking an official SAT and ACT.  Students also work on their college essay, begin their college applications, and participate in admission case studies.  They also have the opportunity to interact with college admissions representatives whether it be to participate in mock interviews, gain feedback on their essay drafts, or learn more about how to navigate the admissions process.

Students return in their senior year fully prepared to tackle their final standardized exams and put the finishing touches on their college applications.

In the past three years, more than 300 colleges have visited Austin Prep through a multitude of events for both parents and students. Some of our events include:

  • Annual College Fair Night

  • College Admissions Professional Panel

  • Financial Aid 101 Information Night

  • Admission Case Study: Be an Admissions Counselor for the Day

  • Naviance Information Night

College Bound

At Austin Prep, 100% of our seniors are accepted to four-year colleges and universities, including some of the top institutions in New England and beyond. 

See Full Listing of Colleges

boston college
Boston University
bowdoin
Brown University
georgetown university
harvard crimson
holy cross
middlebury college
northeastern university
northwestern university
new york university
penn state
tufts university
ucla
umass amherst
university of california berkeley
university of miami
university of notre dame
villanova university
american university

Meet the Staff

The Office is made up of four college counselors who devote themselves to each student individually and are always looking to stay up to date on current trends within college admissions. All members of our office are involved with the National Association of College Admission Counselors, New England Association of College Admission Counselors, the Catholic School Counselors Association, the Association of College Counselors of Independent Schools, and many more regional and smaller networks. Between these networks as well as personal connections created with college representatives, the office visits between 25-35 campuses on their own each year.

Heather Dwyer

College Counselor
Anya Huston

Anya Huston

College Counselor
Emily Morris

Emily Morris

College Counselor
Cynthia Pitta

Cynthia Pitta

Director of College Counseling
Jordan Shapiro

Jordan Shapiro

College Counselor