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 2019–2020 Upper School Profile.

Class of 2019 College Acceptances

Class of 2019 College Acceptances

*Denotes matriculation

The University of Alabama*
Allegheny College
American University
Appalachian State University*
Arizona State University
The University of Arizona*
University of Arkansas
The University of the Arts*
Auburn University*
Baldwin Wallace University
Bates College*
Baylor University
Belmont University
Berklee College of Music
Boston College
Boston University
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University*
Butler University
University of California, Santa Barbara
Carnegie Mellon University*
Case Western Reserve University*
College of Charleston*
Clemson University*
Colgate University
University of Colorado at Boulder
Colorado State University
Columbia University
Converse College*
Cornell University*
Dartmouth College*
Davidson College*
University of Dayton
Denison University*
University of Denver
DePaul University
Drexel University*
Duke University*
East Carolina University*
Eckerd College
Elon University*
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emerson College
Emory University
Fordham University
Furman University
The George Washington University
Georgetown University*
Georgia Tech*
University of Georgia*
Gettysburg College*
Goucher College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampton University

Harvard College*
High Point University*
Hollins University
Howard University
IE University - Segovia
Indiana University at Bloomington
The University of Iowa
University of Kentucky*
Kenyon College
Knox College
Lafayette College*
Lehigh University*
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Louisiana State University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Maryland Institute College of Art
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Marymount Manhattan College
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts Institute of Technology*
Miami University, Ohio
University of Miami
University of Michigan
Middlebury College
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri Columbia
University of Missouri Kansas City
The New School*
New York 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*
North Carolina State University*
Northeastern University
Northwestern University*
University of Notre Dame
Occidental College
Ohio Wesleyan University
Oregon State University
University of Oregon*
Otis College of Art and Design
Pace University, New York City
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pennsylvania State University*
Point Park University
Pratt Institute
Presbyterian College
Purdue University*
Rhode Island School of Design*
University of Rhode Island

Rhodes College
University of Richmond*
Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology*
University of Rochester
Rollins College
University of St Andrews*
Samford University
University of San Francisco
Santa Clara University*
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design*
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Scripps College
Seattle University
Sewanee: The University of the South*
University of South Carolina*
University of South Florida
University of Southern California*
Southern Methodist University*
Spelman College
St. Norbert College*
Stanford University
Susquehanna University
Syracuse University*
The University of Tampa*
Temple University
University of Tennessee
Texas Christian University
Trinity College
Trinity College Dublin*
Tufts University*
Tulane University
Ursinus College
Vanderbilt University*
University of Vermont
Villanova University*
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech*
University of Virginia*
Wake Forest University*
Washington and Lee University*
Washington University in St. Louis*
University of Washington
Wesleyan University*
College of William & Mary*
Winthrop University
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Wofford College*
The College of Wooster*
Xavier University
Yale University*

Top Schools

The following are the schools most attended by our alumni over the last five years:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Clemson University
Wake Forest University
Elon University
North Carolina State University

University of South Carolina
University of Georgia
Auburn University
Washington & Lee University
College of Charleston

Duke University


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