The goal of the College Counseling Office is to support, inform and encourage students and their families as they navigate the exciting, complex and ever-changing process of college admissions.
The counselors educate students and families about the nuances of admissions, advise students about appropriate and interesting college options that best suit their individual needs, and support and encourage students as they successfully complete the application process.

Lawrenceville’s college counselors offer the Lawrenceville community decades of professional experience as college counselors and college admissions officers. This degree of experience enables the counseling staff to provide valuable and timely advice to families as the process unfolds and to help students present their abilities, talents and experiences to the colleges in the most appropriate manner. Over the course of their Lawrenceville careers, families and students receive information through Form specific newsletters, class-wide meetings and Parent Weekend programming. Further, students and families have access to a detailed “Naviance” based college counseling program via the Web which gives them unlimited access to relevant topics on college admission, links to important sources of information and support, as well as overall advice on selecting and applying to college. All of these resources are designed to ensure that students and their families are well prepared to embrace the college counseling process when students are officially assigned to individual counselors in the middle of their Fourth Form year.

As Fourth Formers, students begin a series of college related standardized testing as well as start a self-reflective process with their counselor in preparation for college research. Students visit colleges during spring and summer vacations, attend on-campus college fairs with over 100 colleges represented, and meet individually with college counselors to discuss their goals and aspirations. Students and their counselors work together to develop a list of college options for active research and consideration, while keeping an eye on the realities of their college admissions prospects.

In the Fifth Form students work with their counselors to develop final lists with an eye for fit and selectivity balance, and begin to focus on the final details of the application process. College admissions counselors visit the School to meet with groups of interested students and/or to conduct individual interviews. Students are encouraged to devote considerable energy to their essays as they refine their self-presentation, and to make thoughtful decisions about the many exciting opportunities available to them in higher education. Through the middle of the Fifth Form year the counselors and the students work in concert to create a college list that comprehensively connects to the students’ personal attributes, supports their intellectual endeavors, and will provide them with exciting options for undergraduate study.

The college process at Lawrenceville is designed to be an extension of the overall education taking place in the Houses, on the athletic fields, in the classroom and in any venue on-campus where faculty Masters have the opportunity to teach Lawrentians. Fifth Formers leave with a sense of satisfaction for what they have accomplished while at Lawrenceville, a healthy dose of enthusiasm for the possibilities in front of them in college, and the educational tools necessary to have the same superlative experience in the years that follow.

Contact Information

List of 9 members.

Colleges/Universities Attended by Five or More Graduates of the Classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016

Princeton University 37
Georgetown University 26
New York University 24
Columbia University 22
Yale University 19
University of Pennsylvania 18
Cornell University 17
Duke University 17
Brown University 16
Davidson College 14
Harvard University 13
Trinity College 13
Boston College 12
Northwestern University 11
University of Michigan 11
Williams College 11
University of Virginia 11
Johns Hopkins University 10
University of Chicago 9
Dartmouth College 9
Carnegie Mellon University 8
Amherst College 8
Stanford University 8
The George Washington University 8
Southern Methodist University 8
Vanderbilt University 7
Bucknell University 7
Colgate University 7
Boston University 7
Middlebury College 7
Northeastern University 7
Wesleyan University 7
College of William and Mary 7
University of Richmond 7
Wake Forest University 7
Hobart and William Smith Colleges 6
Bowdoin College 6
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 6
Washington University in St. Louis 6
Franklin & Marshall College 5
Hamilton College - NY 5
Haverford College 5
Villanova University 5
University of California, Berkeley 5
Washington and Lee University 5
The University of Texas, Austin 5

College Representative Information

Parking

There is visitor parking available in back of the Mackenzie Administration Building.

What to Expect

  • Most visits are scheduled in half-hour time blocks
  • Our students are not permitted to miss class to visit with colleges
  • One of our counselors will meet with each college representative
  • If interested, interview days with potential applicants can be arranged

Visit Hours

As school policy prohibits students from missing class to meet with college representatives, we have organized our visit times during common free periods or periods which tend to have a higher number of students without a class. Given our daily schedule, the available 2015-2016 dates fall between September 15 and October 30 with the following available times during the day.
  • Monday: 9:45 -10:15 a.m. and 10:15 -10:45 a.m.
  • Tuesday: 9:45 -10:15 a.m. and 10:15 -10:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday:  8:30 - 9:00 a.m., 9:00 -9:30 a.m., 12:45 -1:15 p.m., and 1:15 -1:45 p.m.
  • Thursday:  No Visits
  • Friday: 9:45 -10:15 a.m. and 10:15 -10:45 a.m.
All the counselors at Lawrenceville have worked in college admission so we know how complex travel planning can become, but we hope one of these visit times works for you this fall.

Direction to Campus

The College Counseling Office is located in the main Admissions/Administrative Building (Mackenzie) on the 2nd floor.

Other Schools in the Area

  • Hun School of Princeton - 8 minutes away
  • Lawrence High School - 5 minutes away
  • Notre Dame High School - 7 minutes away
  • Peddie School - 24 minutes away
  • Pennington School - 10 minutes away
  • Princeton Day School - 12 minutes away
  • Princeton High School - 12 minutes away
  • Stuart Country Day School - 13 minutes away
  • West Windsor High School - 13 minutes away
Through House and Harkness, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose.  Our mission is to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.