CGS college counselors present free events for Portland families

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March 19, 2010
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“Making Sense of the College Admissions Process”

Catlin Gabel college counselors present two free events for Portland students & families
Catlin Gabel college counselors Nancy Donehower and Kate Grant will speak on “Making Sense of the College Admissions Process” at two free public events, open to all interested Portland high school students and their families. Space is limited, so attendees will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Monday, April 12
6:30 p.m.
Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook, Portland 97212
Tuesday, May 4
6:30 p.m.
Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd., Portland 97239
These presentations will help demystify the college admission process and address the most common fears and anxieties involved in applying to college. Nancy Donehower and Kate Grant will address the following questions, in addition to answering questions posed by students and families:
* What is the best college for me, and how do I figure it out?
* What are colleges looking for?
* How can I best show who I am in my essay?
* How do I get financial aid?
Nancy Donehower has served as dean of admissions at Reed College and as senior associate director of admissions at Duke University, where she also directed international student recruitment for its undergraduate colleges. She also worked as an independent college counselor in Portland before serving as director of college counseling at California’s Head-Royce School and co-director of college counseling at Catlin Gabel. Her articles and comments about college admissions have appeared in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Oregonian. She holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Edinburgh and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.
Kate Grant began her career in college admissions at Smith College, then went on to serve as assistant dean of students at Georgetown University, dean of first-year students at Wellesley College, director of residential life at Reed College, and director of academic advising at Lewis & Clark College. She has served as college counselor at Catlin Gabel for the last 11 years, and has also served as dean of students. A graduate of Smith College, she holds an MEd in counseling and consulting psychology from Harvard University.
Catlin Gabel serves Portland and the world as an educational catalyst, drawing together dedicated educators, motivated students, superb curricular resources, and thoughtfully applied technology, in a beautiful and functional setting, all for the purpose of forming bold learners who become responsible action-takers for life. Catlin Gabel is an independent, non-sectarian, progressive coeducational day school serving 730 students from preschool through twelfth grade. Its roots go back to the Portland Academy, founded in 1859. The school occupies 54 acres on Barnes Road, five miles west of downtown Portland. For more about the school, please visit
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