The goal of ASM’s university counseling office is to help our students identify the appropriate "fit" for all post-secondary options. “Fit” is defined as finding an institution that meets the academic, emotional, geographical and financial needs of the student. This improves a student’s likelihood of graduation from a chosen college, as well as ultimate success in their chosen field of work.
The university counselor will guide the students towards autonomy and emphasize the following important aspects of the admissions process:
- Attention to detail and organization (helping students gain control of applications and deadlines)
- Self-Knowledge (helping students to discover and articulate their strengths)
- Education (helping students to research all academic programs)
The ASM University Counselors present information periodically throughout the year at ASM. Beginning in the spring of the junior year or by request, the counselors offer customized university consultation for students and their families; the individualized counseling relationship continues through to the end of the application, graduation and new enrollment process. Working together, students, parents and counselors generate recommendations for prospective universities. Furthermore, in a series of University Preparation lessons, the counselors advise the students about a strategy for the process, including psychometric testing, career and university research, required test-taking, college visits, essay writing, presenting oneself in a CV and interview, and an overall timeline for the process.
Additionally throughout the year, admissions representatives from universities around the world travel to ASM to meet students. The purpose of their visits is to speak with students about particular colleges and to answer questions about the application process. At this time, students may sign up to receive admissions mailings, and admissions interviews may also be arranged.
Please note that counselors are assigned by alphabet.
A-K: Mrs. Karathanasis, firstname.lastname@example.org
L-Z: Ms. Westmoreland, email@example.com
Ms. Westmoreland is also the SAT Coordinator, and Mrs. Karathanasis is the IB CAS Coordinator.
Basic application ethics
Our University Counselors abide by the best practices of admissions as defined by NACAC, International ACAC and the College Board.
- Fabricate or exaggerate activities and accomplishments.
- Have someone else write or substantially rewrite their essays.
- Fail to disclose disciplinary infractions if asked directly about them on an application form. (Colleges generally give applicants a chance to explain infractions.)
- Tell more than one college that it's their first choice.
- Mislead a college about their intended major just because they think it might help them get in.
- Fail to notify the other colleges that have accepted them when they accept an admission offer.
Students and parents should know that counselors are obligated to tell colleges about any disciplinary infractions or changes in a student's academic status that happen between the time they wrote a recommendation for a student's application and graduation.
Early decision programs
Early decision programs (and some types of early action programs) are binding. If a student applies to a college early decision, that student is agreeing to attend if accepted.
- Apply to early decision programs at more than one college. Many colleges now ask that counselors sign their students' early decision applications, and NACAC's guidelines bar members from signing more than one per student per application season.
- Fail to withdraw their applications to other colleges after they've been accepted to a college under a binding early decision program. The only acceptable reason not to withdraw other applications immediately is that the student is waiting to hear about financial aid.
- Try to get out of the early decision contract because the student's mind has changed. The only acceptable circumstance under which to break the contract, according to NACAC, is the following: "Should a student who applies for financial aid not be offered an award that makes attendance possible, the student may decline the offer of admission and be released from the Early Decision commitment" (from NACAC's Statement of Principles).
Note that many colleges have nonbinding early action plans, in which the student can apply (and get a decision) early but is not required to commit to attending the college.