College Counseling

Our College Counseling Office, staffed with four full-time college counselors and a coordinator of student-athlete college recruitment, works to ensure all students matriculate to a college or university suited to their personalities and passions.

College Counseling News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Charles Murphy, Director of Freshman and International Admission, University of Florida

    Juniors hear from college admission officials

    RE juniors and their parents assembled at the upper school on January 8 to hear from a panel of experts in the field of college admissions on a range of topics that surround the college search and application process.  Representing a variety of school types (a highly-selective, private, liberal-arts school; a highly-selective national university; and a flagship public university), admission directors Chris Gruber from Davidson, Denny Paredes from Tufts and Charles Murphy from the University of Florida, entertained and informed during the school's annual College Admissions Symposium.
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  • L-R: Daniel Creasy, Claudia Jolivert, Terry Giffen, Aleny Garcia, Roger Caron

    College counselors tutor junior and sophomore parents

    RE’s college counseling office met with junior parents on November 10 and sophomore parents on November 22, sharing each group specific information about the challenges ahead as their children prepare for the college admission journey. The Junior Parent Program and Reception at the Lewis Family Auditorium included a talk by Bowdoin College admission office vice president and dean Claudia Marroquin and an introduction by Acting Director of College Counseling Terry Giffen.
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  • Seniors gather to submit college applications

    More than two dozen seniors gathered in the Dan Leslie Bowden Library at the upper school on October 24 to submit early college applications. With assistance from RE's college counseling office, the seniors proofed and reviewed their application materials and enjoyed mini-celebrations each time they clicked "submit." Counselors Lew Stival, Daniel Creasy, Aleny Garcia and Claudia Jolivert helped students as they stopped by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; they estimated that, by the end of the day, about 30 percent of seniors' early applications had been submitted. Most early deadlines are November 1.
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College Counseling Team

List of 6 members.

  • Photo of Terry Giffen

    Mr. Terry Giffen 

    Acting Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Roger Caron

    Mr. Roger Caron 

    Dean of the Senior Class, Coordinator of Student-Athlete College Recruitment, History & Social Scien
  • Photo of Daniel Creasy

    Mr. Daniel Creasy 

    Senior Associate Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Aleny Garcia

    Ms. Aleny Garcia 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Claudia Jolivert

    Mrs. Claudia Jolivert 

    Senior Associate Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Umehani Hassan

    Mrs. Umehani Hassan 

    Administrative Assistant for College Counseling


List of 3 items.

  • Freshmen & Sophomores

    Beginning in the ninth grade, a series of class meetings for students and evening programs for parents is offered to inform families about the college search and application processes.

    Freshmen students and parents attend “The Road Ahead” program during the spring semester where college planning resources are introduced laying the foundation for a successful college admissions journey. During sophomore year, multiple “Nuts & Bolts” programs educate families on a variety of topics designed to jumpstart their college search including an introduction to Naviance, our college planning technical tool.

    The College Counseling Office is open to underclassmen on an as-needed basis. Common questions concern standardized testing, summer programs and course scheduling. Through partnerships with advisory, college counselors are available to all underclassmen to answer any and all questions during the first two years of high school. 

  • Juniors

    Individual college counseling assignments occur during the fall semester of junior year. The kickoff event, our College Admissions Symposium, provides juniors and their parents in-depth insights into the admission process. The 18-month process will include frequent meetings between counselors, students and parents, along with continued class meetings, workshops and evening programs.

    Juniors are provided the opportunity to meet with college admissions representatives during fall visits to RE and in the spring at the AIMS College Fair, where over 250 colleges gather.

  • Seniors

    The College Counseling Office holds a series of senior workshops aiding students in all aspects of the college application process including composing effective personal statements and supplemental essays, completing the Common Application and applying for financial aid and scholarships. Mock alumni interviews and an application submit-a-thon are also signature events held during the fall semester.

    Throughout September and October, RE welcomes more than 100 admissions officers to campus, allowing students to learn about colleges in an intimate setting.

Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.