College Counseling


The College Counseling program is committed to assisting all Woodward students in reaching their full potential by helping them recognize their strengths and identifying colleges that will match their needs. Believing that students are more successful when they are happy with their college choice, the goal of the college counseling program is to help students make a good match for themselves with the college they will select to attend.

The Process

While specific discussions about college planning take place mostly in the junior and senior years, the College Counselors direct students in developing college awareness throughout their Upper School years by offering a variety of programming and learning experiences. Additionally, College Counseling involves educating parents on different colleges and current college admission procedures, standards and trends. Working closely with Upper School Grade Level Counselors, the College Counselors relate crucial college admission information so that students and their parents are well informed of the impact of academic and extra-curricular choices throughout the four-year Upper School experience on the student's college options.

It is our privilege to work with these wonderful, talented, and pleasant young people who really are the hope of the future. We also thoroughly enjoy working with such an involved and supportive parent group.

Contact Us

Main Number: 404.765.4465
Fax Number: 404.765.4469

Dr. Mary Ann Parker
Director of College Counseling

  • Furman University High School Advisory Board, 2014-15
  • Auburn University Advisory Board, 2007-2009
  • Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions
  • Member and presenter at NACAC, SACAC, College Board and GASC
  • J.D. Woodrow Wilson College of Law, M.Ed. University of Georgia,
    B.A. Woman’s College of Georgia
  • / 404.765.4468
  • At Woodward since 1991

Ms. Jodi Hester

College Counselor

  • FastWeb, Advisory Board 2007-present
  • Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges (GFIC), Board of Advisors 2010-present
  • Task Force on Admissions in the 21st Century, College Board, 2007-present
  • Georgia State University Counselor Advisory Board, 2010-present
  • UGA, Advisory Board, 2007-2008, Miami University Ohio, Advisory Board, 2004-2006
  • Member of NACAC, SACAC and College Board
  • Director of College Counseling, Gonzaga College High School, Washington, DC 1995-2008
  • Assistant Director of Admissions, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 1991-1995
  • Assistant Director of Admissions, Grinnell College, 1989-1991
  • B.A. Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
  • / 404.765.4464
  • At Woodward since 2008

Ms. Michele Davis
College Counselor

  • Representative, Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools, 2007-2011 
  • Co-Chair, Potomac Area ACAC Counselors College Fair Committee, 2010-2011
  • Harvard Summer Institute on College Admission
  • Faculty Member, College Summit, 2007-2008
  • Assistant Director of College Guidance, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockfield, MD, 2006-2011
  • Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2004-2006
  • Assistant Director of Admission, Emory University, Goizueta Business School, Atlanta, GA, 2002-2004
  • Assistant Director of Admission - System Support, Emory University, Oxford College, Oxford, GA, 2000-2002
  • Member of NACAC, PCACAC and SACAC
  • M.A. The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
    B.A. The University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • / 404.765.4466
  • At Woodward since 2011

Mr. Jesse Bowen
College Counselor

  • SACAC Summer Institute Faculty Member, 2006, 2007 ­ Training new admissions personnel in the Southeast Region­
  • Assistant Director of Operation and Technology, Coordinator for Limited Enrollment Programs, Senior Admissions Counselor, Admissions Counselor, University of Maryland, College Park. MD, 2007-2014
  • Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, Assistant Director of Admissions, Visitor Center Coordinator, Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA, 2003-­2007
  • Member of NACAC and College Board; member and presenter of PACAC, SACAC
  • Member of Georgia Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers, 2004-­2007
  • M.P. Adm. Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA
    B.A. Presbyterian College, Honors Program, Clinton, SC
  •  / 404.765.4467
  • At Woodward since 2014

Ms. Meg Jordan
Administrative Coordinator for College Counseling

  • B.S. in Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi 
  • Owner/CEO of a medical transcription service since 1989
  • Naviance Summer Institute 2011
  • Member of ACCIS College Counseling Assistants
  • / 404.765.4465 
  • At Woodward since 2010 

College Fair

Please go to the College Fair page for the list of schools planning to attend the 2014 Woodward Academy College Fair. 



  • Parent Information Form and Teacher Recommendation Forms are available through Edline or the College Counseling Office
  • To register for the SAT or ACT test, please go to the test information page.
  • For other counseling related forms, please check with the Upper School counseling office.

Guiding Students and Parents as they Plan for the Future

A Sample of College Counseling Offerings

  • What Counts for College Admissions? -  9th grade student orientation: by Woodward college counselors
  • College Awareness & Planning: Insights & Tips - 10th grade students: current seniors and Woodward college counselors
  • Annual Woodward Academy College Fair - 11th & 12th grade students: over 250 colleges and universities represented
  • Atlanta Case Studies (Mock Admissions Simulation) - 11th grade students and parents: led by over 40 college admissions representatives and includes a college fair
  • Visitations on Woodward's Campus - all US students: Approximately 100 college admissions representatives per year present information sessions and Q & A
  • LUNCH & LEARN - 11th & 12th grade students: small instructional sessions on interviewing, essay writing, scholarships, visual & performing arts admissions by Woodward college counselors
  • Athletic Recruiting/Playing Sports in College - 11th grade students: by Woodward athletic staff and college counselors
  • ROTC/ United States Service Academies - all US students: By college ROTC staff, current service academy cadets and/or liaison officers 
  • Sophomore Family Night, Planning for College - 10th grade students & parents: What do you need to know? From the college admissions side, presenters are directors of college admissions and outstanding admissions representatives
  • Straight Talk from College Admissions: Senior Fall Family Night - 12th grade students and Parents: College admission directors and admissions representatives from a diverse group of institutions
  • How will we pay for College? - All US parents: In-depth presentation on merit scholarships, need-based financial aid, and other means of paying for higher education from a highly experienced college financial aid director
  • Letting Go - For parents: helping to ease the transition when your graduate heads to college -  college personnel and Woodward college counselors
  • College Knowledge for Juniors, Part 1 - Early fall introduction;  Part II - January, College Seminar Day, by college counselors and grade level counselors
  • Junior Parent College Seminar -  In-depth presentation concerning the specifics of the college application and selection process, by Woodward college counselors
  • College Jump Start for Seniors - 12th grade students: College Counselors work with them in small groups to kick off the fall college application process prior to the opening of senior year


  • Individualized college counseling is a primary focus for each student and his/her parents throughout the Junior and Senior years. Our major concern is assisting seniors in deciding which colleges they will apply to, helping them to prepare and submit those applications, advising and supporting them throughout the admission consideration and decision process, culminating in their college choice selection in their the final year of Upper School. Additionally, seniors are nominated for and guided in submitting scholarship applications and in preparing for subsequent selection steps.

College Counseling