About
Student Services

College Counseling

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  • A Comprehensive Program

    Devoted to Student Development
    In an ever-changing college admissions environment, our office goals wholeheartedly reflect the Athenian mission of “preparing students for the rigorous expectations of college and for a life of purpose and personal fulfillment.”

    We offer a comprehensive college counseling program devoted to developing in our students the confidence and skills required to meet the complexities of their futures.  The Athenian college counseling team offers a curriculum for grades 9-12 that promotes self-exploration through assessments, career exploration, goal-setting, and portfolio building. We host more than 180 college admission officers on our campus every year. 

Upcoming College Counseling Events

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  • Apr
    16

    College Admission Case Studies Program (Class of 2025)

    Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m.  The program will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. with small group discussions about the cases facilitated by college admission representatives.  Following the case study discussion, there will be a college fair in the gym from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.  This will be your opportunity to walk around and personally meet and talk with the college representatives in attendance.
  • May
    7

    9th Grade Parent Coffee with College Counselors

    The college counseling office will host an information meeting with 9th grade parents to discuss current trends and preliminary steps in the college process.
  • May
    9

    Junior Parent Session - Next Steps for Class of 2025

    Join college counselors for a virtual conversation about how your student can best prepare for the college application process over the summer and what you can do to help. There will be ample time for large group and small group Q&A.

    Registration link to come.
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Comprehensive 9th-12th Grade Preparation

Ready for College

Athenian students have gone on to attend schools in more than 30 states and multiple countries. The institutions they attend range from small liberal arts colleges and arts conservatories to large public universities and institutes of technology.

When they get to college, Athenian graduates are ready for the challenges that this new phase of life presents. Athenian and its programs are recognized and admired across the globe and our students are lauded for their academic preparedness, interpersonal skills and public engagement. They are exceptionally well prepared for the academic demands of a college education and continue to enrich and improve their college communities.

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  • We are committed to:

    • Providing consistent guidance and support while working closely with parents, teachers, and advisors to ensure students remain the focal point of the process
    • Facilitating a reflective, thoughtful, and individualized college counseling experience
    • Advising with an emphasis on collaboration, ethical behavior, and a focus on process rather than placement
    • Helping students and families maintain a healthy perspective about the realities and demands of the process
  • We believe that a successful college application process:

    • Relies on the student’s active engagement and exploration
    • Aligns with the student’s academic profile, personal interests, qualities of character, and financial fit
    • Is approached with a realistic lens that reflects balance, intention, and integrity
  • We expect students to:

    • Take ownership and responsibility for the demands of the process
    • Thoroughly explore the vast options available to them
    • Conduct quality research, and communicate openly
    • Remain organized, curious, and open-minded
  • We want our students to:

    • Engage in and enjoy their high school experience
    • Enroll at a school where they will continue to thrive and grow
    • Consider all post-secondary options including gap years, work, service etc. if immediate enrollment in an undergraduate program may not be the best choice

College Counseling Staff

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  • Photo of Mark van Warmerdam

    Mark van Warmerdam 

    Co-Director of College Counseling
    925-362-7253
    Bio
  • Photo of Rebecca Munda

    Rebecca Munda 

    Co-Director of College Counseling and Academic Advising
    925-362-7241
    Bio
  • Photo of Keane Tarrosa

    Keane Tarrosa 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
    925-837-5375
    Bio
  • Photo of Rachael Moscato

    Rachael Moscato 

    Registrar and College Counseling Associate
    9253627235

College Admissions 2020 - 2023

This is a list of colleges to which our students have been admitted (313) over the last four years.  An * indicates where Athenians have matriculated (145). We share this exciting and diverse list to celebrate the excellence of every college to which our students are admitted and choose to attend. The Class of 2023 had wonderful college choices and will follow in the footsteps of Athenian’s previous classes to extraordinary educational experiences, whether in the fall of 2023 or after a gap year.
 
Allegheny College
*American University
American University of Beirut
*The American University of Paris
Amherst College
*Arizona State University
*Art Center College of Design
Auburn University
*Babson College
*Bard College
*Barnard College
*Bates College
*Baylor University
*Belmont University
Beloit College
Bennington College
Bentley University
*Berklee College of Music
Boise State University
*Boston College
*Boston University
*Bowdoin College
*Brandeis University
Bryant University
*Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
*Butler University
California College of the Arts
*California Institute of Technology
California Institute of the Arts
California Lutheran University
*California State University
*Carleton College
Carnegie Melon University
*Case Western Reserve University
Centre College
*Chapman University
*Claremont McKenna College
Clark University
Clemson University
*Colgate University
Colorado College
Colorado Mesa University
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Columbia College – Chicago
*Columbia University
Connecticut College
*Cornell University
*Dartmouth College
*Denison University
*DePaul University
DePauw University
Dickinson College
*Diablo Valley College
Dominican University
Drake University
*Drew University
*Drexel University
*Duke University
Eckerd College
*Elizabethtown College
*Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emerson College
*Emory University
*Endicott College
*Fashion Institute of Technology
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida International University
*Fordham University
Fort Lewis College
 




*Franklin & Marshall College
Furman University
George Mason University
*George Washington University
*Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gettysburg College
Gonzaga University
Goucher College
*Grinnell College
Hamilton College
*Hampshire College
*Haverford College
Hendrix College
High Point University
Hofstra University
*Howard University
Illinois Institute of Technology
*Indiana University
Indiana University - PUI
Iowa State University
*Ithaca College
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Keio University (JP)
Kent State University
*Kenyon College
Knox College
La Sierra University
*Lafayette College
Laguna College of Art & Design
*Las Positas College
Lawrence University
*Lehigh University
*Lewis & Clark College
*Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University of Chicago
Loyola University of New Orleans
Macalester College
Marist College
Marquette University
Maryville University of St. Louis
*McGill University
*Merritt College
Miami University (OH)
Michigan State University
*Middlebury College
Montana State University, Bozeman
Montana Tech University
Morehouse College
*Mount Holyoke College
Muhlenberg College
New Mexico Highlands University
New York Institute of Technology
*New York University
*North Central College
*Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
*Northwestern University
*Oberlin College
*Occidental College
*The Ohio State University
Ohio Wesleyan University
*Olin College of Engineering
*Oregon State University
*Otis College of Art & Design
Otterbein University
Pace University
*Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
*Pitzer College
*Pomona College
Portland State University


*Pratt Art Institute
Princeton University
Providence College
*Purdue University
Quest University (CN)
*Reed College
*Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
*Rhode Island School of Design
*Rhodes College
*Rice University
Ringling College of Art & Design
*Rochester Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
SUNY Purchase
Saint Louis University
*Saint Mary’s College of California
Salve Regina University
*Santa Clara University
*Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art & Design
School of the Art Institute Chicago
School of Visual Arts
*Scripps College
*Seattle University
Seton Hall University
Simpson University
*Skidmore College
*Smith College
Sophia University (JP)
Southern Adventist University
Southern California Institute of Architecture
*Southern Methodist University
Southern Oregon University
Southwestern University
Spelman College
St. John’s University (NY)
St. Lawrence University
St. Olaf College
*Stanford University
Stevens Institute of Technology
*Stony Brook University
*Swarthmore College
*Syracuse University
Temple University
*Texas A & M University
*Texas Christian University
The College of Wooster
The New School
*Trinity College
*Trinity University
*Tufts University
*Tulane University
Union College
The University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of British Columbia (CN)
*University of California
*University of Chicago
University College Dublin (UK)
*University of Colorado – Boulder
University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
University of Connecticut
University of Dayton
University of Delaware
*University of Denver
University of Hawaii - Hilo
*University of Hawaii - Manoa
University of Houston
*University of Illinois
University of Illinois - Chicago
 
 


University of La Verne
University of Maine
*University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of Massachusetts – Boston
*University of Miami (FL)
*University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri
University of Nevada, Reno
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina - Charlotte
University of North Texas
*University of Oregon
*University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Portland
*University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
*University of Rochester
*University of San Diego
*University of San Francisco
University of Scranton
University of South Carolina
*University of Southern California
*University of Southern Maine
*University of St. Andrews (UK)
*University of the Pacific
University of Texas - Arlington
*University of Texas - Austin
University of Texas - Dallas
University of Toronto (CN)
University of Utah
University of Vermont
*University of Victoria (CN)
*University of Washington
*University of Wisconsin
*Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Villanova University
*Virginia Tech
Wagner College
*Waseda University (JP)
*Washington & Lee University
*Washington State University
*Washington University, St. Louis
Wellesley College
*Wentworth Institute of Technology
*Wesleyan University
*Western Washington University
Westmont College
Wheaton College (MA)
*Whitman College
Whittier College
Willamette University
William Jessup University
*Williams College
Woodbury University
*Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University
Xavier University of Louisiana
*Yale University


College Reps

Thank you for your interest in visiting Athenian in Fall of 2023.  We have two options available to you, both of which can be scheduled using Maia Visits.

COLLEGE NIGHTS:
  • Arrival and set-up 5:45 PM
  • Dinner & Program 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
These evening programs typically draw 80 students/parents on average, providing an excellent opportunity to connect with more of our students and families in a meaningful way.  If one of these dates is an option for you, we encourage you to join us for a College Night in lieu of a day visit.  The evening will include dinner, a panel presentation, Q&A, and a college fair format to wrap up the evening.  You can sign up by using Maia Visits, and will find them listed under the following 2023 dates: September 6; September 27; October 9.
 
Although we encourage you to take advantage of our college night programs, if one of these dates does not fit into your travel schedule, you are welcome to schedule a day visit (in-person or virtual).
 
Please only schedule a College Night OR Day Visit, not both.

If you have questions, please contact College Counseling at rmoscato@szyz88.net