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.
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).
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).
Ben began his career within the undergraduate admissions department at Stevens Institute of Technology. While at Stevens, eventually serving as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Ben was able to understand the inner workings of the college admissions process at a highly selective institution. In 2013 Ben decided to move to the other side of the desk, joining The Prep as the Director of College Placement. Ben leads the college program, fosters strong relationships with admissions representatives throughout the country and has visited a breadth of college campuses across the United States.
Ben received his undergraduate degrees in Finance and Marketing from Syracuse University and his master's degree in Global Innovation Management from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Tom’s experience within the education field spans over 40 years as a teacher, coach and counselor. He began his career as an English teacher at his alma mater, Emerson Junior-Senior High School in Emerson, NJ. Tom then moved on to Ridge High School as a Guidance Counselor and the Head Football Coach. It was during his tenure that the Ridge High School College Program developed into one of the most accomplished in the state of New Jersey. After leaving Ridge, Tom spent two years at Delbarton School as the Director of Guidance, supervising grades 7-12 as well as the College Counseling Program. Tom went on to work in College Counseling at both Bergen Catholic High School & Immaculata High School prior to joining The Prep community in 2018 as a College Placement Counselor.
Tom earned his undergraduate degree from Lebanon Valley College, Pennsylvania and his Masters in Administration and Supervision as well Student Personnel Services from Montclair State University.
Barbara has been a fixture within the Seton Hall Prep community since joining in 1987. Prior to her tenure in College Placement, Barbara also worked in both the Guidance and Development offices. In her current role, Barbara works closely with students on the submission of college related documents; ensuring that all application materials are received successfully. Barbara also organizes many aspects of College Placement events for students and parents, manages the Seton Hall Prep college visit calendar and facilitates the many community scholarships available to Seton Hall Prep students.
Barbara has Seton Hall Prep blue in her family as her son Christopher Farley is part of the class of ’92.
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