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College Counseling

"Our son had all the information and guidance he needed every step of the way, including formulating a list of schools, fulfilling application requirements and meeting deadlines. We had a great degree of confidence in the advice our son was given, and were always able to get prompt answers to our questions and concerns."
Paul and Angela DiGiovanni, Parents

College Counseling

As a top college prep school in Connecticut for boys, we thoughtfully guide our students to identify and facilitate the right higher learning match.

An Avon student begins his college counseling process during sophomore year – setting expectations and goals early. By senior year, he is prepared to take the lead on this leg of his journey to adulthood. As a result, our students attend some of the world’s finest colleges and universities and go on to become highly successful during their post-secondary careers.

Avon Old Farms’ approach to college counseling stems from three fundamental beliefs:

  1. Our role is to find and facilitate good matches between our students and institutions of higher learning. We want graduates of our boys college prep high school in Connecticut to matriculate to colleges and universities where they will be challenged and successful academically, and where they will find the setting, the extracurricular offerings, and the campus culture both welcoming and broadening.
  2. The college admission process itself offers students a very positive growth experience. To be successful, a student must engage in serious self-assessment; he must come to understand his own strengths and weaknesses, his own values, and his own likes and dislikes.
  3. It is essential that the student himself play the principal role in the college selection and admission process. Parents provide guidance, emotional support, and the physical and financial means to visit and apply to colleges. Counselors provide guidance, information, and support in the actual process of applying (counselors also act as advocates for our students, making sure college admission officers understand our school and read our students accurately). It is the student, however, who must take the lead in most aspects of the process: researching and visiting colleges, deciding where to apply, completing applications, requesting teacher recommendations, establishing and maintaining contact with athletic coaches or other inside advocates, and, finally, deciding where to enroll.



"Ms. Barzun provided my son with all the tools, encouragement, and counseling needed to confidently submit his college applications at the beginning of his senior year."

- Carmen Vega, Parent

College Matriculation List

Avonians Are Currently Enrolled At

American University
Amherst College
Assumption College
Babson College
Bard College
Bates College
Baylor University
Bentley University
Bergen Community College
Berklee College of Music
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bryant University
Bucknell University
Cardiff University
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Catawba College
Catholic University of America
Central Connecticut State University
Chapman University
Clark University
Clarkson University
Clemson University
Colby College
Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros
Colgate University
College of Charleston
College of International Studies
College of the Holy Cross
College of Wooster
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Denison University
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Duke University
Durham University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Endicott College
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
Furman University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Southern University
Gettysburg College
Gordon College
Goucher College
Guilford College
Hamilton College - NY
Hampton University
Haverford College
High Point University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Indiana University at Bloomington
Instituto de Empresa Business School
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Kean University
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
Lancaster University
Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College
Long Island University, Post
Longwood University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Maryland
Lynchburg College
Marist College
McGill University
Mercyhurst University
Merrimack College
Miami University, Oxford
Middlebury College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Oklahoma State University
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University
Providence College
Purchase College State University of New York
Queen's University
Quinnipiac University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
Richmond, The American International University in London
Rider University
Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Rollins College
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Sacred Heart University
Saint Joseph's University
Saint Michael's College
Salve Regina University
San Jose State University
Sarah Lawrence College
Skidmore College
Southern Methodist University
Southern New Hampshire University
St. John's College
St. Lawrence University
State University of New York at Albany
Stetson University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stonehill College
Stony Brook University
SUNY College at Cortland
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
Trinity College
Tufts University
Union College (New York)
United States Air Force Academy
United States Coast Guard Academy
United States Merchant Marine Academy
United States Military Academy - Army
United States Naval Academy
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Hartford
University of Louisville
University of Maine
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Missouri Columbia
University of New England
University of New Hampshire at Durham
University of New Haven
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southampton
University of Southern California
University of Tampa
University of Texas, Austin
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Waterloo
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Ursinus College
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wesleyan University
West Virginia University
Western University
Wheaton College MA
Wofford College
Xavier University

Meet the College Counseling Team

Jonathan Crocker

Jonathan Crocker

Director of College Counseling
Kathleen Barzun

Kathleen Barzun

English Teacher, Director of Online Summer Programs, Assistant Director of College Counseling
Henry Flanagan

Henry Flanagan

Dean, Major Gifts Officer, Varsity Lacrosse Coach
Claudine Meaney

Claudine Meaney

College Counseling Administrative Assistant
Timothy Roller

Timothy Roller

Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Associate Director of College Counseling, Head Coach, Varsity Basketball