Guidance & Wellness

College Counseling

My first choice school had an early action deadline that I hoped to utilize.  With support from the College Counseling Office, which became my home away from home, I was able to meet the deadline and apply to most of my other schools in time to hear back before Christmas.  Hearing back from my schools so quickly relieved a huge amount of stress, which allowed me to focus that much more on my friends and on my last year at AHN!

 - Julia McKeon, AHN '16  (University of Notre Dame - Class of 2020)
We work with both students and parents, individually and in groups, to find the higher education option that makes the best fit. Each of our girls is encouraged to find a college or university that will challenge her to reach her full potential, and be a place where she will be successful academically and personally. 

A Comprehensive Approach

The search for the best higher education option begins in a student’s freshman year. Under the guidance of our Office of College Counseling, each student begins to examine her interests and explore possible career opportunities.
Next, during the sophomore year, regularly-scheduled guidance classes help students navigate the various stages of the college search process. These interactive classes provide students the opportunity to:

  • Assess their strengths and abilities, matching them to possible career choices
  • Access information about colleges, as well as data relevant to to particular careers
  • Consider standardized testing strategies and preparation
  • Discuss college essay topics and sample application questions
  • Work on college applications
  • Learn college interview strategies
  • Examine skills to prepare for the transition to college

In the junior year, the Director of College Counseling meets with each student individually to discuss college information. Parents are also invited in to have their questions answered about the college search and application process.

When It's Time to Apply

When our students are ready to begin the college application process,  we’re ready to help students in so many different ways:
  • Guiding students in narrowing their search
  • Bringing to campus a full schedule of college representatives
  • Assisting students in completing applications and essays
  • Preparing students to demonstrate strong interviewing skills and strategies
  • Publicizing scholarship opportunities and assisting with scholarship applications

In addition to college acceptances, our seniors are annually awarded millions of dollars in college scholarships and awards.

            In 2018, 96% of this class received scholarships; 3.5 million dollars for the first year and 13.5                                                                     million dollars over four years!

Facilitating the Search with Technology

Students use Naviance, a web-based software, to facilitate and enhance their college-search journey. With the help of our College Counselors, students learn to use research, matching tools, course planning, career assessments, and surveys, to help them connect their passions and interests to the best possible college fit. 

This technology also provides additional functionality to our
 college counselors for communicating and collaborating with families, keeping them well informed throughout the college journey. 
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  • Helen Spiro 

    Dean of College Counseling and Career Planning
    518.438.7895 x477
  • Annemarie McGarry 

    Director of Student Activities, Assistant Director of College Counseling