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Class of 2020 School Profile

Class of 2020 Profile
The college guidance team helped me make a balanced list of schools to apply to, proofread and made suggestions on many of my supplemental essays, and reassured me that I could be confident in myself and my capabilities. I am very grateful because they made my experience stress-free and easy. The college office makes sure to provide attention to every single student, and they are such amazing people! 

Victoria Gualario ’20

will be attending Smith College

About College Counseling at Ranney

Ranney’s commitment to know and value every student informs everything we do in the College Counseling office. We aim to make the college process one of discovery and possibility by providing the full scope of resources and depth of expertise our students and families need to reduce stress, make informed decisions, and be successful.

Adam Materasso

Dean of Enrollment Management and College Counseling

Embrace the Journey

The College Process

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Our Philosophy and Goals

    The College Counseling office’s approach to the college process embodies Ranney’s commitment to know and value every student. Our experienced team of college counselors, who bring extensive college application review experience to the process, help students identify colleges that meet their academic, extracurricular, and personal interests and needs. Our college counselors are devoted to helping each student find the best “fit” schools where they will thrive, collaborating with parents and guardians and acting as advocates throughout the process. 
     
  • Overview of the Process

    At Ranney, college planning and finding the right-fit school for each student begins as early as the eighth grade, when students and their families meet with college counselors to discuss predictive scheduling and each student’s goals and aspirations for Upper School. Students are assigned a college counselor at the end of ninth grade. As students move into their sophomore and junior years, students and their parents are invited to attend college fairs and more in-depth workshops on the college process. They are advised on courses, schedules, extracurricular activities, summer plans, and standardized test preparation. Through personalized, in-depth counseling, students are able to begin building their unique college profiles early in their Upper School careers. Counselors work closely with Juniors and Seniors, and their families, throughout the process coordinating and advising on college visits, essays, teacher recommendations, applications, interviews, and college selection.
     
  • Other Program Highlights

    • We lead a regional multi-day visit to select colleges and universities each year helping students envision themselves in different college settings.
    • We offer workshops, bootcamps, and panels for students and parents on a range of topics including test prep, financial aid, and the application process.
    • More than 100 college and university representatives visit Ranney every year and we advise students on how to make the most of these visits.
    • Our young alumni participate in panels for students and parents sharing strategies for a successful transition to college .  
    • We provide guidance on college recruitment for athletics, as well as visual arts submissions, and performing arts auditions.

Meet the College Counseling Office

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Adam Materasso

    Adam Materasso 

    Dean of Enrollment Management and College Counseling
    Bio
  • Photo of Adrianne Greth

    Adrianne Greth 

    Associate Dean of Enrollment Management and College Counseling
    Bio
  • Photo of Dana Matassino

    Dana Matassino 

    Associate Dean of College Counseling
    Bio
  • Photo of Valerie Schwake

    Valerie Schwake 

    Upper School Science Teacher, College Counselor
    Bio
  • Photo of Catherine Hicks

    Catherine Hicks 

    Registrar and College Counseling Assistant

Where Our Students Go to College

List of 2 items.

  • Class of 2020 College Acceptances

    Colleges in bold accepted more than one student.
    American University
    Bard College
    Barnard College
    Boston College
    Boston University
    Brandeis University
    Brown University
    Bucknell University
    Case Western Reserve University
    Clark University
    Clemson University
    College of Charleston
    Colorado State University, Fort Collins
    Cornell University
    Curry College
    Dartmouth College
    Dickinson College
    Drew University
    Drexel University
    Duke University
    Elon University
    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach
    Emerson College
    Emory University
    Fairfield University
    Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus
    Florida Institute of Technology
    Fordham University
    Furman University
    The George Washington University
    Georgetown University
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Gettysburg College
    Hampton University
    Harvard College
    High Point University
    Hobart William Smith Colleges
    Hofstra University
    Howard University
    Indiana University, Bloomington
    Ithaca College
    Johns Hopkins University
    Kings College London
    Lafayette College
    Loyola University Maryland
    Maine College of Art
    Marist College
    Merrimack College
    Monmouth University
    Moravian College
    Morgan State University
    Muhlenberg College
    New York University
    Northeastern University
    Northwestern University
    Oberlin College
    Pennsylvania State University
    Princeton University
    Providence College
    Quinnipiac University
    Ramapo College of New Jersey
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Rider University
    Ringling College of Art and Design
    Rowan University
    Rutgers University, New Brunswick
    Sacred Heart University
    Sarah Lawrence College
    Savannah College of Art and Design
    Seton Hall University
    Skidmore College
    Smith College
    Southern Methodist University
    Spelman College
    Stanford University
    Stevens Institute of Technology
    Syracuse University
    Temple University
    The College of New Jersey
    The Ohio State University
    The University of Tampa
    Union College
    University at Buffalo The State University of New York
    University of Alabama
    University of California, San Diego
    University of California-Berkeley
    University of California-Davis
    University of California-Irvine
    University of California-Santa Barbara
    University of California-Santa Cruz
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    University of Connecticut
    University of Delaware
    University of Georgia
    University of Maine
    University of Maryland,College Park
    University of Miami
    University of New Hampshire
    University of Notre Dame
    University of Rhode Island
    University of San Francisco
    University of South Carolina, Columbia
    University of Southampton
    University of Southern California
    University of Vermont
    University of Virginia
    University of Washington, Seattle
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Ursinus College
    Vanderbilt University
    Villanova University
    Wake Forest University
    The College of William and Mary
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Yale University




  • Class of 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 Matriculation

    American University (3)
    Babson College
    Barnard College (2)
    Baylor University
    Belmont University
    Bentley University
    Berklee College of Music
    Boston College (8)
    Boston University
    Brandeis University
    Brown University
    Bryn Mawr College
    Bucknell University (3)
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Chapman University (2)
    Choate Rosemary Hall (PG Year)
    Clark University
    Clemson University
    Colby College
    Columbia University (5)
    Sciences Po-Columbia University
    Connecticut College
    Cornell University (6)
    De Paul University
    Dickinson College (4)
    Drexel University (3)
    Duke University (3)
    Elon University (5)
    Emerson College
    Emory University (11)
    Fairfield University (2)
    Florida Gulf Coast University
    Florida State University (Honors College)
    Fordham University (9)
    Georgetown University (8)
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Gettysburg College (6)
    Hampton University
    Harvard University
    High Point University
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    Hotchkiss School (PG Year)
    Howard University
    Indiana University, Bloomington
    Johns Hopkins University (4)
    Lafayette College (8)
    Lehigh University (7)
    Louisiana State University
    Loyola Marymount University (2)
    Loyola University, Maryland
    Marist College (2)
    Miami University, Oxford
    Michigan State University
    Middlebury College
    Monmouth University (3)
    Mount Holyoke College
    Muhlenberg College (5)
    The College of New Jersey
    New York University (23)
    Northeastern University (11)
    Nova Southeastern University
    Oberlin College (2)
    Pennsylvania State University (3)
    Pratt University
    Princeton University
    Providence College
    Purdue University
    Queens University of Charlotte
    Ringling College of Art & Design
    Rollins College (Honors College)
    Rowan University
    Rutgers University, New Brunswick (3)
    Saint Joseph's University
    Sarah Lawrence College (2)
    School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    Scripps College
    Skidmore College
    Southern Methodist University (4)
    Stevens Institute of Technology (8)
    Syracuse University (5)
    Temple University
    Texas Christian University
    The George Washington University (10)
    The New School - All Divisions (2)
    Trinity College, Dublin
    Tulane University (3)
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of California, Riverside
    University of California, San Diego (2)
    University of Chicago (2)
    University of Colorado at Boulder (3)
    University of Delaware (5)
    University of Florida (2)
    University of Georgia (2)
    University of Maryland, College Park (3)
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    University of Miami (13)
    University of Michigan (7)
    University of Notre Dame (4)
    University of Pennsylvania (4)
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Richmond (4)
    University of South Carolina (2)
    University of South Florida
    University of Southern California (2)
    University of St. Andrews (2)
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    University of Vermont
    University of Virginia
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Vanderbilt University
    Vassar College
    Villanova University (8) 
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute
    Wake Forest University (5)
    Wellesley College
    The College of William and Mary
    Yale University (2)
    York Saint John University (England)

Ranney School

235 Hope Road
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
Tel. 732.542.4777
Our mission is to nurture intellectual curiosity and confidence to inspire students to lead honorably, think creatively, and contribute meaningfully to society. Learn more.