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Our Mission & Approach

The Prep College Placement office provides our families with comprehensive, attentive and thoughtful college advisement. In the winter trimester, junior students are assigned their College Counselor and are able to schedule introductory meetings. Our College Counselors build both trusting and supportive relationships with our students while also encouraging them to take the reins of their future. We inspire our students to become self-advocates while building self-confidence along the way. Our mission is to assist our students with finding colleges and universities that match the breadth of their educational and social needs; where they will be happy and maximize their potential.
Our College Counselors build both trusting and supportive relationships with our students while also encouraging them to take the reins of their future. 

In-School Programming

  • The College Placement Lecture Series: A sequence of in-depth presentations in both junior & senior years which address items at each stage of the college planning timeline (All Trimesters).
    • College Placement Recitations:  Interactive meetings in small groups to reinforce college application processes and procedures covered in the Lecture Series (Fall Trimester).
  • College Essay Writing Curriculum: In the winter & spring of junior year, our students tackle idea generation, drafting and finalizing their college essay within their English course (Winter & Spring Trimesters).
  • College Visitation: We welcome college representatives from across the country and internationally to speak and present to our students (Fall Trimester).

Evening Programming

  • The College Planning Kick-Off: The formal beginning of the college planning process for parents and students (Fall Trimester).
  • Financial Aid Night: With the help of Financial Aid professionals, this event allows our families to understand the financial aid process and current landscape (Fall Trimester).
  • College Admission Panel: Representatives from a diversity of institutions allow our families behind the curtain of college admissions (Winter Trimester).
  • College Admission Case Studies: Admission representatives provide our families with a detailed analysis of how decisions are made on a range of Seton Hall Prep college applications (Spring Trimester).
  • Common Application Webinar: We guide our students through each individual section of the Common Application, so they understand how to present themselves effectively in the college application process (Fall Trimester). 

Our Team

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Benjamin Laster

    Benjamin Laster 

    Director of College Placement
    (973) 325-7737 x 6628
  • Photo of Tom Falato

    Tom Falato 

    College Placement Counselor
    (973) 325-7737 x 6623
  • Photo of Candace Hightower

    Candace Hightower 

    Associate Director of College Placement
    (973) 325-7737 x 6627

Class of 2023 Highlights

  • Received 899 total college acceptances, an average of approximately 5+ acceptances per student
  • Students will attend 102 colleges in 27 different United States, Canada & Asia
  • Admitted to 216 colleges and universities throughout 38 United States, Canada and Asia
  • 87 colleges and universities accepted 3 or more Prep Students in the class of 2023
  • 37 colleges and universities accepted 7 or more Prep students

Students in the Classes of 2020-2023 were admitted to the following
Most Competitive
National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges:

Amherst College · Bates College · Boston College · Boston University · Brown University · Colgate University · Colorado College · Columbia University · Cornell University · Dartmouth College · Duke University · Emory University · Georgetown University · Georgia Institute of Technology · Grinnell College · Hamilton College · Harvard University · Harvey Mudd College · Haverford College · Johns Hopkins University · Middlebury College · New York University · Northeastern University · Northwestern University · Princeton University · Stanford University · Swarthmore College · Trinity College · Tufts University · Tulane University · United States Military Academy · United States Naval Academy · University of California-Berkeley · University of California-Los Angeles · University of Chicago · University of Michigan-Ann Arbor · University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill · University of Notre Dame · University of Pennsylvania · University of Richmond · University of Southern California · University of Texas-Austin · University of Virginia · Vanderbilt University · Villanova University · Wake Forest University · Washington & Lee University · Washington University in St. Louis · Wesleyan University · Yale University
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