College Counseling

The process of researching, applying to, and being accepted by colleges can be an exciting time for students and their families.

College Fait at PDSWhile the College Counseling Office begins its official work with students during the fall of their junior year, we recognize that anxiety, rumors, and misconceptions can surround this process long before then.

Thus, the College Counseling Office at PDS provides many resources to students and parents throughout their four years in our Upper School. We officially assign students to a counselor during the fall of their junior year; however, students and families can meet with a member of our College Counseling team anytime. Our hope is that this information will help lessen early anxiety and familiarize families with the basics of both how to prepare for the college search and application process on the horizon.

Our college counselors spend many weeks traveling to conferences and college campuses each year and maintain their membership in several professional organizations. In addition, they stay on top of the most recent college admissions trends and forge strong connections with admissions representatives throughout the country.



  • Individual meetings with students and families (open to all Upper School families)
  • A weekly college seminar class for juniors and seniors, covering all aspects of the college admissions process
  • Several parent programs that aim to expose parents to all aspects of the college search and application process (for parents of students in 8th through 12th grade)
  • Expertise from three college counselors, all of whom have worked in highly selective college admissions offices and have collectively visited over 200 colleges
  • Guidance in the athletic recruiting process
  • Visits to Princeton Day School from college admissions representatives from many different colleges around the country and around the world
College Fait at PDS

Sarah Graham

Director of College Counseling

Cynthia Michalak

Associate Director of College Counseling

Christina DeCesare

Associate Director of College Counseling

Darling Cerna

Class of 2013
Assistant to College Counseling

Thomas Davis

Speech & Debate, Athletics Liaison, Athletics Liaison, Coach