College Counseling at The Governor’s Academy

Our college counseling curriculum asks students to consider the significance of their experiences in and beyond the classroom as they begin their college search. 

Through our signature College Seminar Series, including the Essay Writing Unit and online aptitude and talent inventories, and individual meetings with their college counselor, students at The Governor’s Academy articulate their moments of learning and discovery, as well as the issues and causes that matter most to them. This active, purposeful approach equips students to make authentic connections with the colleges they pursue and empowers them to make their best college choices.

Throughout their college search, Govs students are encouraged to articulate their values, the implications of their education, and appreciate how their actions make a difference in the lives of others. With this broad approach, students learn to match their diverse personal and school experiences with the colleges they choose to pursue.

Learn more about college counseling at The Governor's Academy below, and take a peek at some of the distinguished universities and colleges our recent graduates have gone on to attend.


To help our students prepare fully for their college search, the College Counseling Office includes three college counselors dedicated fully to the college admission process. All three college counselors have extensive experience as college counselors in independent secondary schools and as admission officers at selective colleges. This combined experience ensures that all Govs students have full access to the resources and insight necessary for a successful college search.

Four-Year Curriculum


Thank you for your partnership in helping prepare our students for their college experience! To learn more about Governor’s, including context for our academic and extracurricular offerings, please see our 2023 School Profile

We offer college visits for seniors each fall on Tuesday or Thursday evenings, both virtually and in-person. To schedule a visit, please search for The Governor’s Academy on Scoir. It is free to create your account. Once you submit your request, we will contact you via email (usually within 24 hours during the week!). If you have questions or scheduling challenges, please email the CCO at Our CEEB # is 221995.

For more in-depth information regarding our college counseling curriculum and program, we invite you to review our College Counseling Guidebook as well.

alumni snapshots

From unique classroom and research experiences in college, to innovative projects and professional endeavors after college graduation, Govs grads are taking the lead in the most creative, meaningful ways. 

Beyond the colleges they choose to attend, Govs grads understand that their leadership and initiative are at the center of their success. The alumni profiles below offer a glimpse of the opportunities our graduates pursue in college as well as the professional experiences they create and discover as young professionals after college graduation.

Kaitlin Alimenti '18

Hometown: Beverly, Massachusetts
Education:  Northeastern University Class of ‘22
Major/areas of study: Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology 
Occupation: PhD Student in Genetics and Genomics at Boston University

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Katy Maina '15

Hometown: West Newbury, Massachusetts
Education: University of Southern California Class of 2019, Cornell University Class of 2023
Major/areas of study: BS in Neuroscience from USC, Project Management Certificate from Cornell University
Occupation: Project Manager, Brain Aging and Dementia Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital

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Charles Odei '14

Hometown: Jersey City, New Jersey
Education: Santa Clara University 2018
Major/areas of study: Bachelor of Science in Economics
Graduate School: Harvard Business School, Master of Business Administration Candidate (May 2024)

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Nick Moore '16

Hometown: Georgetown, MA

My research experiences at Macalester informed my interests in physics and environmental science and influenced my path into the renewable energy sector... 

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Yuqi (Holly) Zheng ‘18

Hometown: Beijing, China

Before college, I really had little knowledge of computer science, and I was somewhat intimidated by it. Thankfully, the introductory computer science courses at my college made the field very approachable for beginners, so I took those classes to give them a try...

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Erin Daly '17

Hometown: North Andover, MA

It is more than okay not to know what you want to do and to take some time to figure it out when you arrive at college. I certainly wasn’t sure what interested me, and it took some trial and error to determine my academic path...

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Meet the CCO Team

Joseph Coletta

Director of College Counseling

Jack Nivison

Associate Director of College Counseling
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The College Counseling Guidebook offers a comprehensive overview of the college search process at Govs. While the Guidebook is largely designed for juniors and seniors, ninth graders and sophomores may wish to review specific topics. And while it is not all-inclusive, the Guidebook covers major college search themes and topics most students will encounter such as:

  • College search timeline
  • Standardized testing timeline
  • Financial aid and scholarship
  • Collegiate athletics recruitment

College Matriculation

Recent Govs graduates have gone on to attend: