College Advising

Our approach to the college selection process is to find the right match for each student. The College Advising Office helps our students through every step of their college process, from helping develop a balanced college list to offering workshops on essay writing and interviewing techniques to application review, and everything in-between. Since each girl is different, we tailor our process to fit the needs of each student and her particular scholastic and personal goals. We get to know our students extremely well, and are able to help them find the place in which they will flourish academically, socially and professionally. Our formula works, as proven by the over 225 colleges in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom where we have sent our students.

Highlights from the Class of 2019 (78 total students)

The Class of 2019 had an over 80% admit rate for early applications (early action, early decision, and rolling).

The Class of 2019 will attend 46 colleges (40 private, 6 public) in 21 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Scotland, and Switzerland.

21.7% of the Class of 2019 were admitted to Ivies.
 
100% admit rate at 35 colleges where 2+ KPS students applied.
 
Seniors were admitted to an average of 7.2 colleges each (not including those who were admitted ED or those who only applied to one college).
 
34 colleges with 4+ acceptances of KPS students: American, BC, BU, Colgate, Columbia, Connecticut College, Cornell, Dickinson, Drexel, Elon, Emory, Fordham, GW, Georgetown, Gettysburg, Hamilton, Lafayette, Lehigh, Loyola, Maryland, Michigan, NYU, Notre Dame, Oxford College at Emory University, Penn State, Princeton, Sarah Lawrence, Skidmore, Syracuse, UMass, UPenn, Vanderbilt, Villanova, and Wisconsin.
 
The most popular schools for the Class of 2019 by the number of matriculants are Boston College (6), New York University (5), and University of Pennsylvania (5).
 
7 students (out of the Class of 2019's 78 total) will play college athletics at Division I and III levels.

Our Timeline

The Academic program at Kent Place School is designed to ensure that each girl who graduates is ready to succeed in a challenging college curriculum. College advising starts the minute a girl enrolls in the Upper School. Primarily her work begins with her academic advisor with an appropriate course schedule. Each year, the Director of College Advising and the Director of the Upper School review course sign-ups to make sure that every student not only completes her Kent Place graduation requirements, but also that her overall program reflects growth and challenge.

Throughout their Kent Place experience, students are encouraged to work as hard as they can in the classroom, to explore their extracurricular interests and to search for ways to contribute to the good of their community. The process of identifying prospective colleges begins officially in winter of the junior year with a kick-off class meeting and an individualized family meeting. The College Advising Office helps our students through every step of their college process, from helping develop a balanced college list to offering workshops on essay writing and interviewing techniques to application review, and everything in-between. Our college advisors and academic advisors guide and support each future graduate with regular personalized meetings until all applications are submitted. In the spring of senior year, our college counselors collaborate with students and their families to make the best decision for their next matriculation.

Our Graduates

Admissions representatives from top colleges and universities are drawn to Kent Place each year to meet our students, whose impressive achievements encompass academics, athletics and visual and performing arts. 99.6 percent of our graduates have taken at least one Advanced Placement course, and our students are regularly named National Merit Scholars, National Achievement Scholars, and National Advanced Placement Scholars. They have presented research findings at national conferences. Their creative work has won accolades on regional and state levels. As a result of their Kent Place experience, our students go on to become dynamic contributors to their college communities.

Meet the Team

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Jennifer Simpson

    Jennifer Simpson 

    Director of College Advising
    (908) 273-0900 ext. 275
    Bio
  • Photo of Anne Marie Ferriere

    Anne Marie Ferriere 

    Associate Director of College Advising
    (908) 273-0900 ext. 283
    Bio
  • Photo of Melissa Guarino

    Melissa Guarino 

    Administrative Assistant to the Director of Studies
    (908) 273-0900, ext. 266
    Bio
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.