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 Discussion Series: A sequence of ten assembly sessions in both junior & senior years which address items at each stage of the college planning timeline (All Trimesters).
  • 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 Planning Seminars: Smaller group sessions for seniors addressing questions regarding application procedures (Fall Trimester).
  • 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).
  • College Representatives Night: We welcome over one hundred admissions representatives from colleges and universities across the country to speak with our students and families (Fall Trimester).
  • College Night & Panel: Representatives from a diversity of institutions allow our families behind the curtain of college admissions (Winter 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 Placement 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 Barbara Farley

    Barbara Farley 

    Administrative Assistant
    (973) 325-7737 x 6627

Class of 2020 Highlights

  • 82% admitted to a college/university ranked in the USNEWS top 100 National Universities and/or Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Received 1,051 total college acceptances
  • Admitted to an average of 6 colleges & universities each (not including those admitted in Early Decision or who applied to only one college)
  • 75 Colleges and universities accepted 4 or more Prep Students.
  • 26 Colleges accepted 10 or more Prep students.
  • 64% admitted to a college/university ranked in the USNEWS top 75 National Universities and/or top 50 Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Attending 96 colleges in 30 different states
  • Admitted to 223 colleges and universities throughout the United States & Europe

Students in the Classes of 2019 & 2020 were admitted to the following

Most & Highly Competitive Institutions:

Amherst College • Bates College • Boston College • Boston University • Brandeis University • Brown University • Bucknell University • Carnegie Mellon University • Case Western Reserve University • Colgate University • College of the Holy Cross • College of William & Mary • Columbia University • Cornell University • Dartmouth College • Duke University • Emory University • Franklin & Marshall College • Georgetown University • Georgia Institute of Technology • Grinnell college • Johns Hopkins University • Lafayette College • Lehigh University • Massachusetts Institute of Technology • Middlebury College • New York University • Northeastern University • Northwestern University • Oberlin College • Occidental College • Princeton University • Rice University • Skidmore College • Stanford University • Tufts University • Tulane University • United States Naval Academy • University of California-Berkeley • University of California-Los Angeles • 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 • Vassar College • Villanova University • Wake Forest University • Washington & Lee University • Washington University in St. Louis •  Wesleyan University •  Yale University

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