College Counseling

College Counseling at Hopkins

In support of the Hopkins mission, “the breeding up of hopeful youths…,” the College Counseling Office provides individualized guidance and support while fostering student engagement in the college search and application process. Our goal is to encourage independent reflection, research, and academic and personal growth in our students that promotes informed decision-making when planning their academic future.

College counseling is available to all high school students, and individual meetings begin during the winter of junior year. College counselors are matched with adviser groups, which allows us to work closely with advisers during this pivotal time in students' Hopkins experience. Hopkins college counselors are experts in the world of highly selective college admissions, including both domestic and international opportunities for students. The director and associate directors are full-time college counselors at Hopkins School.

Sophomores and juniors participate in class meetings and college fairs to familiarize themselves with the variety of options available to them. We host parent programming throughout the school year focusing on topics such as financial literacy, college entrance exams, and panel presentations with college admissions officers to provide context on the current admissions landscape. We are in regular contact with juniors, seniors, their parents, and their advisers to address specific questions and to share general information. Hopkins families also have access to an extensive website with grade-specific and topically organized content that they can utilize at any time.

Meet the Team

Erika Giaimo Chapin

Director of College Counseling
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Erika came to Hopkins in 2007 from Cheshire Academy where she served as Associate Director of College Counseling. Prior to that, she spent seven years at the University of New Hampshire as a Senior Assistant Director of Admissions and Academic Adviser. She also served as an Admissions Counselor at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Kate Bashaw

Associate Director of College Counseling
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Kate came to Hopkins after spending eleven years as Associate Director of College Counseling at Suffield Academy. In addition to her role in college advising, Kate served as a dormitory head, advisor, and athletic coach. Prior to Suffield Academy, Kate worked in college admissions at The Pennsylvania State University and her alma mater, Gettysburg College, where she played varsity lacrosse. In addition to her professional experience in college counseling, Kate earned her Master's degree in counseling focused on Human Services Administration from Wake Forest University. 

Jessie Ramos–Willey

Associate Director of College Counseling
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Jessie joined the College Counseling team in the summer of 2018. Prior to Hopkins she served as College Counselor and Program Manager at Watkinson School and Associate Director of College Counseling at The Taft School. She also worked at her alma mater, Wesleyan University, as Associate Dean of Admission. She earned her master’s degree in counseling with a specialization in higher education from Central Connecticut State University.

Sarah Tarrant Madden

Associate Director of College Counseling
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Sarah joined the Hopkins College Counseling team in the summer of 2017 after spending three years in Deerfield's College Advising office and thirteen years in NYC, where she taught English and served as the Director of College Counseling at the Calhoun School. Her personal educational journey includes degrees from Wesleyan and Columbia; professionally, she's visited over 100 college campuses. Sarah is excited to help Hopkins students explore their future intellectual adventures.

Dan Drummond

College Counselor / English Faculty
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A native of Duluth, Minnesota, Dan served as a Senior Admissions Officer for six years at Harvard College before joining the staff at the University School of Milwaukee as a Director of College Counseling and English teacher for five years. Dan then served as an English Teacher and a College Counselor at St. Sebastian's School in Massachusetts for 11 years before coming to Hopkins in 2016.

Elizabeth Edwards

Registrar / Admin. Assistant to College Counseling
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Elizabeth Edwards joined the College Counseling team in 2004. Her work experience includes 13 years with JC Penny in Milford, where she was Office Manager. At Hopkins, she serves as Registrar and Administrative Assistant of the College Counseling Office. She processes and coordinates all paperwork relating to college counseling, and she assists students with senior year material, including transcripts.

College Matriculation (Class of 2023)

American University  1
Barnard College 2
Boston College   3
Bowdoin College  1
Brandeis University  1
Brown University  3
Bucknell University  1
Carnegie Mellon University  1
Colby College  3
Colgate University  1
College of the Holy Cross  1
Columbia University  1
Cornell University  3
Dartmouth College  3
Duke University  1
Emerson College  1
George Washington University  1
Georgetown University  4
Grinnell College  1
Hampden-Sydney College  1
Harvard University  2
Harvey Mudd College  1
Howard University  1
Johns Hopkins University  1
Kenyon College  2
Lafayette College  2
Marist College  1
Middlebury College  2
New York University  3
Northeastern University  3
Northwestern University  2
Occidental College  1
Penn State University (University Park)  1
Pomona College  1

Princeton University  2
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  2
Rochester Institute of Technology  1
Smith College  1
St. Olaf College  1
Syracuse University  1
The Ohio State University  1
The University of Texas at Austin  1
Trinity College  1
Tufts University  1
United States Air Force Academy  1
United States Naval Academy  2
University of Chicago  1
University of Colorado Boulder  1
University of Connecticut  3
University of Denver  2
University of Illinois at Chicago 1 
University of Maryland (College Park)  1
University of Massachusetts (Amherst)  3
University of Miami  1
University of Michigan  5 
University of Notre Dame  1
University of Pennsylvania  2
University of Rochester  2
University of Southern California  1
University of St Andrews  1
University of Vermont  3
University of Virginia (Main Campus)  1
Villanova University  1
Wake Forest University  1
Washington University in St. Louis  1
Wesleyan University  1
Worcester Polytechnic Institute  1
Yale University  16

College Matriculation (Classes of 2020–2023)

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College Admission Officers


Hopkins does not typically offer traditional day college visits. Instead, we offer several college fairs which are open to interested colleges. Please contact Elizabeth Edwards for more information on our college fairs.


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Deja Brew Cafe
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Manjares Bistro
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Bella’s Cafe
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Pistachio Cafe
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Dayton Street Pizza
60 Dayton St, New Haven, CT 06515

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