In recent years, the college application process has earned a dubious reputation for the anxiety and mystery that surrounds it. At Peddie, college counselors help "demystify" the process by developing a partnership with students, parents, teachers and advisors. Understanding that no two Peddie students are alike, counselors work with students and their families to find the school that best matches each individual's abilities, interests and aspirations.
All students and their parents are encouraged to seek the advice and insight of the college counselors; however, the formal process begins in the student’s junior year. Guest speakers address specific concerns, such as financial aid, essay writing and college visits. These seminars are enhanced by the counselors’ individual appointments with each member of the class. The senior year is then one of fine-tuning – visiting a few more college campuses, finalizing the college list, meeting regularly with the college counselors, completing the applications and essays, and with the hoped-for acceptances in hand, making the appropriate choice.
Peddie's college counseling office provides a central location for all resources, along with a comfortable setting for students to work. Among the resources available to students are current college catalogues, computer programs with the most up-to-date software for selecting colleges and determining financial aid eligibility and a collection of college videos that students and parents may borrow.