College Counseling



Latin's College Counseling Office guides our students and families through the college admissions process. Staffed by three full-time counselors, a registrar, an administrative assistant and two essay specialists, College Counseling ensures our students' continued success after Latin at respected colleges and universities, both here and abroad.

Through one-on-one meetings, parent info sessions and college representative visits on campus, students and their families are introduced to the many possibilities open to them after graduation.

Counselors help students determine which schools best meet their needs and interests. They work with them on test prep, strategies for effective interviews and how to craft essays that highlight their individual strengths. Support is individualized and proactive, empowering students to take ownership of the process.

Services offered include:
  • extensive individual advising sessions
  • parent meetings and seminars
  • seminars for students at every grade level
  • essay review and feedback
  • application review (counselors read every application before it is submitted)
  • test prep guidance
  • school selection guidance
  • application scheduling and planning the senior year
  • recommendations
  • on-campus visits by 100+ college representatives each year

The College Counseling Office is open throughout the year for appointments and student drop-in.

Learn more about College Counseling in the 2017–2018 Upper School Profile.

Class of 2017 College Acceptances

Class of 2017 College Acceptances

*Denotes matriculation

American University*
Anderson University-SC
Appalachian State University*
Auburn University*
Barnard College*
Baylor University*
Belmont University
Bentley University
Boston College*
California Institute of Technology
Chapman University
Christopher Newport University
Clemson University*
Cleveland Institute of Music
Coastal Carolina University
Colby College
College of Charleston
College of William and Mary
Colorado College*
Colorado School of Mines
Columbia University
Dartmouth College*
Davidson College*
Denison University*
DePaul University
DePauw University
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke University*
East Carolina University*
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emory University*
Fairfield University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida State University
Fordham University
Furman University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gettysburg College
Hampden-Sydney College*
Harvey Mudd College
High Point University
Hofstra University
Hollins University
Howard University
Indiana University at Bloomington*
Ithaca College (School of Music)
James Madison University
Johnson & Wales University (Charlotte)
Kenyon College
Lehigh University*
Lehigh University (Business & Economics)
Loyola University Maryland
Lynchburg College
Macalester College
Marshall University*
McGill University*
Miami University, Oxford*
Middlebury College
Morehouse College
New York University
North Carolina State University*
Northeastern University*
Pennsylvania State University
Presbyterian College
Princeton University*
Purdue University
Queens University of Charlotte*
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhodes College*
Rice University
Rider University
Rollins College
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Saint Louis University
Samford University*
San Diego State University
Santa Clara University
Scripps College
Sewanee: The University of the South*
Southern Methodist University*
Stanford University*
SUNY College at Potsdam
Syracuse University*
Temple University
Texas Christian University*
The American University of Paris
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
The George Washington University*
The Ohio State University
The University of Alabama*
The University of Georgia
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill*
The University of Texas, Austin*
Tufts University*
Tulane University*
United States Military Academy Preparatory School - Army*
University of Aberdeen
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of Chicago*
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Dayton
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Kentucky*
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Miami*
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri Columbia*
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Charlotte*
University of North Carolina at Greensboro*
University of North Carolina at Wilmington*
University of Notre Dame*
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania*
University of Pittsburgh
University of Richmond*
University of Rochester
University of South Carolina*
University of Southern California*
University of St Andrews*
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Vermont
University of Virginia*
Vanderbilt University*
Villanova University*
Virginia Tech*
Wake Forest University*
Washington and Lee University*
Washington University in St. Louis*
Wesleyan University*
Western Carolina University
Wheaton College IL
Williams College
Wingate University*
Wofford College
Xavier University
Yale University*

Top Schools

The following are the top ten schools our students attended over the last five years:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
68
Clemson University 37
North Carolina State University
21
University of South Carolina 21
Wake Forest University
20
Davidson College
15
University of Georgia
12
University of Southern California
10
Northeastern University
10
Sewanee: The University of the South
10

Meet the Team

Jody Jennings, Director

  • Joined Latin in 2007
  • Prior experience: Assistant Director of Admission at Wofford College
  • 2013 Upper School recipient of the Jane Bratton Spratt Award
  • Member of NACAC, SACAC and Furman University's High School Advisory Board in 2015 and 2016
  • Earned a B.A. from Wofford College

Haley Cripps, Associate Director

  • Joined Latin in 2017
  • Prior experience: Assistant Director for Southern Regional Recruitment for Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt University Graduate Admissions
  • Earned a B.A. from Virginia Tech and an M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University in Higher Education Administration

Lucy Smith, Associate Director

Lucy Smith
  • Joined Latin in 2013
  • Prior experience: Counselor at Lake Norman Charter School, Sun Valley High School and four years at a high school in MD
  • Member of NACAC and SACAC
  • Earned at B.A. from University of Maryland and an M.A. in School Counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill

Abigail Cudabac, Registrar

Abigail Cudabac photo
  • Joined Latin in 2004
  • Prior experience: Registrar at St. Timothy's-Hale School in Raleigh, Testing Coordinator for Chapel Hill – Carrboro schools
  • Earned a B.A. from Sewanee: The University of the South

Sonja Turpin, Administrative Assistant

Sonja Turpin photo
  • Joined Latin in 2015
  • Previously the Assistant for the Lower School Library at Charlotte Country Day School
  • Experience as Academic Administrator and Graduate Placement Specialist for DeVry Institute of Technology in Dallas, TX
  • Earned a B.A. from UNC–Chapel Hill

Mary Beth Foster ’99, Essay Specialist

  • Joined Latin in 2017
  • 1999 Latin alumna
  • Prior experience: Senior English teacher at Cannon School, a ninth grade teacher at Notre Dame Academy and the chair of the English department at Queen's Grant High School
  • Contributes as a freelance writer to The Mint Hill Times
  • Earned a B.A. in English and Italian from Notre Dame and an M.A. in Education from Wake Forest University

Caroline Langerman, Essay Specialist

  • Joined Latin in 2016
  • Prior experience: Director of Individual Giving at The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center and Assistant Director of Individual Giving at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Written for The New York Times, The Charlotte Observer, Elle.com, Southern Living, Salon and Town & Country Magazine
  • Earned a B.A. in English Literature from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MFA in creative writing from The New School