College Counseling

A Word About College

Our office, commonly referred to as the CCO, is led by dean Sean Logan and staffed by a team of experienced college counselors and administrative assistants. The CCO offers students a vast array of resources designed to help them find good matches between themselves and colleges. Counselors engage students frequently in individual conferences that are designed to help students reach a greater awareness of who they are. Armed with the well-articulated sense of self, students are prepared to find colleges that are good matches. 

“While outcomes are important, it is the process of self-discovery and college-discovery on which our program focuses.”

The CCO Team

The Process

We are committed to the notion that the process requires close communication and cooperation among the three major players: student, families, and counselor.

The process unfolds most successfully when all parties involved approach their various roles and responsibilities with open-mindedness, intelligence, honesty, a sense of adventure, and a sense of humor. 

Standardized Testing

Phillips Academy is a test center for a variety of standardized tests. 

For College Admissions Officers

Many of us in the Andover College Counseling Office began our careers as college admission officers, and we all have immense respect for the work you do. We enjoy our work with admission officers and are always happy to speak with you if you have questions about our students or our school. At the same time, we remember how busy life in college admissions can be, so we have posted some of the most commonly requested information below for quick reference.

  • Course of Study
  • School Profile
  • Meeting with students: we host two smaller college fairs in the fall exclusively for the PA community and a larger college fair in April that is open to the public. For details, or to be added to the group of invitees, please contact our office.

What To Expect

Welcome!

You just arrived at Andover, so focus your energy on getting acclimated. Approaching your first year with thoughtfulness and genuine inquiry will lead to a successful outcome down the line. Take advantage of the resources available to you. Get involved. Start developing your interests and passions by exploring the extracurricular opportunities that are available outside the classroom. Familiarize yourself with course offerings and engage thoughtfully in the curriculum. 

Thoughtful Choices

Continue to stay engaged in the Andover community. Work toward honing your skills as a student and start taking on more leadership in your areas of interest. 

Members of the CCO are looking forward to getting to know you this year! We will meet with you three times throughout the year in small groups. We invite your advisors to join us for these meetings as well. Our goal is to first and foremost have you come to know members of our office and to engage in conversation on a wide range of topics, but primarily focused on how to best approach your Lower Year in all venues. 

Getting to Know You

In your Upper year you will be assigned a college counselor. Your college process officially begins over Family Weekend. Starting in the winter, we will meet in small groups and then our first individual meeting will be in January.

Embedded Curriculum of the CCO

  • The ability to be a self-advocate
  • The ability to be more self-reflective
  • The ability to work and communicate with adults
  • The ability to deal with and manage expectations that can be very public at times
  • And ultimately the ability to navigate a complicated process to make an informed decision

Tang Institute

Preparing students for today’s complex and interconnected world by developing and sharing innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Community Engagement

We believe that education gains value when you bring it into the world, find ways to put it to use on behalf of the public good.

Senior Year

Think about what your legacy will be on your high school community and brainstorm all of the things you'd like to do before graduating. Gradually work through the items on your list, making the most of your remaining time.

From the first ASM to commencement and beyond, we will be working with and cheering for you!

Finis Origine Pendet

It all starts at the first All-School Meeting.

The End Depends on the Beginning

And ends by receiving a diploma on the Great Lawn.

Meet the CCO Team

These are the people who will help you successfully navigate your college search.

Sean Logan

Dean of College Counseling

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Kassy Fritz

Director of College Counseling

Anya Brunnick

Associate Director

Marvin Coote

College counselor and director of the PALS program

Maggie Farnsworth

Associate Director

Aya Murata, P’19, ’21

Associate Director, College Counseling and Ninth Grade Course Head, Empathy, Balance & Inclusion Program

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Jamie Phinney

Associate Director

Nicole Shadeed

Associate Director

Ken Shows

Associate Director

LaShawn Springer

Director of Community and Multicultural Development and an Associate Director of College Counseling

lspringer@andover.edu

Taylor Ware

Associate Director

Veronica Craven

Office Manager/Administrative Assistant

Sarah Kinney

Administrative Assistant

Theresa Nartowicz

Administrative Assistant

Kara Norris

Administrative Assistant

Debra Colombo