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 they are 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 2018–2019 Upper School Profile.

Class of 2018 College Acceptances

Class of 2018 College Acceptances

*Denotes matriculation

Agnes Scott College
University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Alabama *
Allegheny College
American University
Appalachian State University *
Arizona State University
Auburn University *
Barnard College *
Bates College *
Baylor University
Belmont University
Bentley University
Boston College *
Boston University *
Bowdoin College *
Brandeis University *
Brown University *
Bucknell University
Butler University
California College of the Arts (San Francisco)
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
Carleton College *
Centre College
College of Charleston *
University of Chicago *
Clemson University *
Coastal Carolina University
College for Creative Studies *
University of Colorado at Boulder *
Colorado School of Mines
Columbia College Chicago
Dartmouth College *
Davidson College *
University of Dayton
Denison University *
University of Denver
DePaul University
DePauw University
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke University
East Carolina University *
Elon University *
Emerson College *
Emory University *
Fairfield University
Florida A&M University
Fordham University
Fort Lewis College *
Franklin & Marshall College
Furman University *
The George Washington University *
Georgia Institute of Technology *
University of Georgia *
Gettysburg College
Goucher College
Grinnell College
Hamilton College - NY *
Hampden-Sydney College *
Hampton University *
Harvard University *
High Point University
Hofstra University
Hollins University
University of Houston
Howard University *
Indiana University at Bloomington *
Ithaca College
James Madison University
University of Kentucky *
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Lenoir-Rhyne University *
Lewis & Clark College
Louisiana State University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University New Orleans
Macalester College
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Mercer University
Miami University, Oxford *
University of Miami *
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri Columbia
Mount Holyoke College
Muhlenberg College
New York University *
North Carolina A&T State University
University of North Carolina at Asheville
The University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill *
University of North Carolina at Charlotte *
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Wilmington *
University of North Carolina School of the Arts*
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
University of Notre Dame *
Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
Occidental College *
Oklahoma City University
The University of Oklahoma
Olin College of Engineering
Otterbein University
Pennsylvania State University
Point Park University
Princeton University *
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice University *
University of Richmond *
Rider University
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Rochester
Rollins College
Roosevelt University
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Louis University, Madrid
Samford University
University of San Francisco
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Seattle University
Sewanee: The University of the South *
Simmons College
Skidmore College *
University of South Carolina *
University of Southern California
Southern Methodist University *
Spelman College
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University *
University of Tennessee, Knoxville *
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University *
Texas State University
The University of Texas, Austin *
The Ohio State University *
Trinity College
Tufts University
Tulane University *
Vanderbilt University *
Vassar College
Villanova University *
Virginia Tech
University of Virginia *
Wake Forest University *
Washington and Lee University *
Washington University in St. Louis *
Webster University
Western Kentucky University
Western State Colorado University
College of William and Mary *
Wingate University
Wofford College *
Wright State 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
66
Clemson University 44
Wake Forest University
29
University of South Carolina 19
Davidson College
14
North Carolina State University
14
University of Georgia
13
Auburn University
12
Elon University
12
University of Southern California
12

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
  • Member of NACAC and SACAC
  • 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.S. 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

Marty Minchin, Essay Specialist

Marty Minchin
  • Joined Latin in 2018
  • Prior experience: more than 25 years as a journalist, writer and editor at daily newspapers and magazines, academic institutions and non-profit organizations; taught composition, literature, academic research and journalism at the university level; 20+ years editing and proofing graduate level admissions essays
  • Contributions as a freelance writer since 2003 in Charlotte Parent magazine, The Charlotte Observer, LendingTree and MagnifyMoney.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from UNC Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in English from UNC-Wilmington