Our Core Values: Inquiry, Care, Integrity, Agency, Interconnection


For Parents

The University High School college process is intentionally designed to be student-centered and student-driven. We offer a program that is aligned with UHS’ core values.

Inquiry: This process should engage students’ minds and hearts. We encourage counselees to approach it with a spirit of curiosity.

Care and Interconnection: Our counseling practice is about more than a college list. We measure student success based on how well students can articulate what success looks like for them and how much they can chart their own growth throughout the process. Our program is an extension of a UHS education, and we hope our work with students will be transformative.

Integrity and Agency: The college process provides an opportunity for students to cultivate their own voices, individuate from (and appreciate) those who have guided them this far, and decide how they will define success. We will work in partnership with you to help your child develop an approach to the college process that is both true to the self and realistic about the realities in higher education today.

Our office brings many years of combined experience counseling students. When students are empowered to take the lead, they reap rewards that go beyond merely getting into college. We know this process can be overwhelming, and we are here to help. We hope you will find the resources below helpful as you partner with your child to navigate the college process.

Financial Aid Resources

Recommended Online Resources

Recommended Reading

The Road to Character (David Brooks)

Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be (Frank Bruni)

Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide To Understanding The College Years (Karen Levin Coburn & Madge Lawrence Treeger)
I’m Going To College – NOT YOU!: Surviving the College Search with Your Child (Jennifer Delahunty)

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (William Deresiewicz)

At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools (David Gleason)

The Self-Driven Child: The Science of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives (Ned Johnson and William Stixrud)

Admission (Jean Hanff Korelitz)

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Raise Your Kids For Success (Julie Lythcott-Haims)

Colleges That Change Lives (Loren Pope)

The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth ( Alexandra Robbins)

College(Un) Bound (Jeffrey J. Seligo)

The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admission Process of a Premier College (Jacques Steinberg)