The landscape of college admissions has changed dramatically over the past twenty years. Colleges that were selective have in many cases doubled their application totals and become ultra-selective, while colleges that were once considered “safety” schools have become increasingly competitive as well. These changes can result in a great deal of stress, anxiety and mystery for families engaging in the the process of finding the right school. The College Counseling Office at Peddie sees our role as educators who will help lessen the anxiety and demystify the process.  In essence, we provide an extension to what our faculty does in the classroom.  As we educate students about the college admissions process, we also foster self-awareness so that each student can determine which colleges will be the best fit.
Ultimately, we view this process as student- and parent-driven, but the Peddie College Counseling Office offers our families resources and support. We introduce our students to the latest college counseling technology. Counselors and students meet regularly, and our office is available and accessible for our parents as well. We put a face on what can be a faceless process by connecting students with college representatives. We host college fairs on campus five times a year. A parents’ weekend symposium brings guest speakers in to address such specific concerns as essay writing, financial aid and making the most of the college visit. Happily, at the end of the process, almost all Peddie students attend colleges and universities ranked as most or highly selective. 

Quick reference guide

Peddie School Code: 310-535

College Office 
phone: 609-944-7515
fax: 609-944-7906
email: Contact Carole Tatar at

Meet the College Office

List of 5 members.

  • Mindy Rose 

    Director of College Counseling
    Skidmore College - B.A.
    College of William & Mary - M.A.
  • Leigh Wood 

    Teacher, Associate Director of College Counseling
    Denison University - B.A.
    University of Idaho - M.A.
  • Joe Rulewich 

    Assistant Director of College Counseling
    Haverford College - B.A.
  • Lisa McClellan 

    College Counselor
    Lafayette College - B.A.
  • Carole Tatar 

    Administrative Assistant
    College of Staten Island - A.A.S.
201 South Main Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520-3349
Phone Number: 609-944-7500
Fax Number: 609-944-7901