College Counseling

Our expert college counselors ease the way

Two full-time college counselors guide students and their families at every step.

Our counselors provide personal attention and top-notch information that focuses on the unique needs of each student. Mayfield’s college counseling program prides itself on the caring guidance, support and advocacy of each student as she makes her way through the college admission process. We believe this process is an extension of her Mayfield education requiring solid research, self-reflection and thoughtful analysis.
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      Mayfield's Co-Directors of College Counseling, Samantha Pieper & Lynn Maloney

The college counseling program at Mayfield Senior School prides itself on the personal guidance, support and advocacy of each student as she makes her way through the college admission process. We believe this process is an extension of her Mayfield education requiring solid research, self-reflection and thoughtful analysis. This necessitates looking beyond college rankings and discovering those universities where her unique gifts will be challenged and nurtured in order for her to truly flourish during the undergraduate years.

The college counselors educate students and parents on colleges, admission standards, trends and procedures in order for students to match their personality and goals with institutional communities and offerings. We believe in savoring the opportunities each young woman has and delighting in the thrill of the search. As with all aspects of a Mayfield education, we care deeply about our students and it’s a joy to walk alongside them throughout this journey.

How well a college matches the individual student's needs is the driving force behind our search process. We get to know the students through individual and parent meetings, weekly meetings as a class during senior year, questionnaires, as well as in their leadership roles and extracurricular activities. At Mayfield, this process is a partnership between the students, their parents and the counselors. Unlike many other high schools, we choose not to split each class amongst our two counselors. Rather, every student gets the full advantage of both counselors' knowledge and experience. They meet with both of them and feel free to access either one. The college counselors guide each senior in choosing a list of potential colleges emphasizing a good "fit" — communities where she can flourish personally and academically. Fully aware that there is no substitute for a campus visit, the college counselors stay current by touring multiple colleges each year.

— Samantha Pieper, Co-Director of College Counseling

We truly enjoy supporting our students through the process of college admissions and helping to find the right college fit. It’s so rewarding to see our Mayfield alums come back to campus and declare, “I am so happy and at home at my college! And Mayfield prepared me incredibly well for my college classes!” 

List of 1 news stories.

  • Our annual college car decorating day, which is usually a communal laugh-fest in the Senior parking lot, became a jubilant car parade through campus.

    The Class of 2020 is going places! Here’s the list...

    In a year when a global pandemic changed the landscape of the college admission process, senior students and their college counselors had to find new ways to navigate the next phase of their academic journey. Mayfield’s Class of 2020 certainly rose to the challenge! 

    Congratulations to our 77 graduating seniors, who will be attending 47 different colleges and universities in 19 states, plus Washington, D.C. Forty-five percent of our seniors will stay in California, with more than half of those students attending an in-state public university, and 18% of the class will attend a Catholic college.
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College Counseling Glossary

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  • A Comparison: New SAT and ACT

    The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school and follows high school curricula closely. The new SAT is an evidence-based test, and focuses on synthesis and analysis.
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  • Bi-Weekly Meetings

    During senior year, the college counselors meet with the entire class on a bi-weekly basis to co-teach a seminar on all aspects of the college admission process.
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  • GPA Calculation

    Cumulative grade-point-averages are calculated using all graded courses taken at Mayfield, starting in the 9th grade.
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  • Senior Transition

    As seniors are readying themselves for the college experience, Mayfield Senior School provides two meaningful programs.
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  • Student rankings

    Mayfield does not rank students because of many, many of our Seniors are highly accomplished students academically.

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  • Photo of Lynn Maloney

    Lynn Maloney 

    Co-Director of College Counseling
    (626) 799-9121 ext. 220
  • Photo of Samantha Pieper

    Samantha Pieper 

    Co-Director of College Counseling
    (626) 799-9121 ext. 232
  • Photo of Debra Abbott

    Debra Abbott 

    College Counseling Assistant/Registrar
    (626) 799-9121 ext. 240

The process, year by year

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  • Freshman Year

    It’s hard to think about the college admission process when you first walk through our doors as a freshman and honestly, we don't really want you to. We do want you to become invested in the Mayfield community in and out of the classroom.
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  • Sophomore Year

    Having made a strong transition and discovered your academic footing, sophomore year is the time in which we encourage you to challenge yourself scholastically, working hard in the classroom and honing in on your interests. Now is also the moment to start deeply pursuing your passions, whether they manifest within athletic, artistic or service oriented fields.
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  • Junior Year

    This is when the college admission process begins in earnest. As soon as you take your first semester finals, we get started. The conversation opens not with the colleges, but with you. We will ask you to reflect on what it is you really want for your college experience, your strengths, challenges, ambitions and personality. The soul-searching is first.
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  • Senior Year

    During the senior year, students will have the challenge of juxtaposing two skill sets in order to work through the admission process. On one hand, you're encouraged to think broadly, deeply examining your personal strengths and needs, and doing some serious reflection, all with the goal of uncovering a balanced list of colleges that you are thrilled to apply to and that you love! On the other hand, this process is filled with details and deadlines, and you must remain fully organized and in tune to all the minute pieces that need tending.
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College Counseling Events

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  • Oct

    Senior Parent College Night

    We will host our senior parent college night virtually this year! We will provide you with up-to-the-minute testing and application information for the class of 2021. Please provide your questions ahead of time on this Google Form.

    Zoom link:
  • Oct

    Financial Aid Night 2

    This year's Financial Aid Nights will be virtual. Part 2 is designed for parents of current seniors as the presenter will walk you through filling out the FAFSA.
    Meeting ID: 277 268 0605
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Suggested Reading

The Gatekeepers
by Jacques Steinberg
Colleges that Change Lives
by Loren Pope
Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years
by Karen Levin Coburn and
Madge Lawrence Treeger
Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College that is Best for You
by Jay Mathews

College Matriculation

Mayfield Senior School graduates are currently attending the following 116 colleges and universities:

University of Alabama
American University
Amherst College
University of Arizona
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Azusa Pacific University
Bates College
Boston College
Boston University
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
University of California
•  Berkeley
•  Davis
•  Irvine
•  Los Angeles
•  Riverside
•  Santa Barbara
•  Santa Cruz
California Institute of the Arts
California Polytechnic State University
•  San Luis Obispo
California State University
•  Chico
•  Humboldt State
•  Los Angeles
•  Northridge
•  San Marcos
•  Sonoma
The Catholic University of America
Chapman University
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado, Boulder
Columbia College, Chicago
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke University
Eckerd College
École Hôtelière de Lausanne
Elon University
Fordham University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College
Gonzaga University
Goucher College
Harvard University
High Point University
Hofstra University
Howard University
Instituto Technológico de Monterrey
Johns Hopkins University
Kingston University, London
University of La Verne
Lehigh University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University, Chicago
Loyola University, New Orleans
Lynn University
Marist College
Marymount California University
McGill University
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri, Kansas City
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Muhlenberg College
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
New York University
Northern Arizona University
Northwestern University
University of Notre Dame
Oberlin College
Occidental College
University of Oregon
Oregon State University
Oxford College of Emory University
Pasadena City College
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College
University of Portland
Pratt Institute
Providence College
University of Puget Sound
Purdue University
University of Redlands
Regis University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of Rochester
Saint Mary’s College of California
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
Santa Clara University
Scripps College
Seattle University
Skidmore College
University of Southern California
Southern Methodist University
Stanford University
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
The New School
Tulane University
United States Naval Academy
Vassar College
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
University of Washington
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
Westmont College
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Yale University
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 21 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.