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Welcome to College Counseling

The Castilleja College Counseling Office seeks to empower students to direct their own college searches and reach their college decisions by providing information, advice, reflection and resources throughout the process to students and parents/guardians alike. The program is a natural extension of Castilleja’s educational philosophy, emphasizing independent thinking, introspection, personal responsibility, leadership, and informed decision making. We believe that the college search process should be student centered, supportive, and even fun, and that it is a time for students to further develop their interests, explore and define their talents, and deepen their individual ideas and values.

Students who engage fully in the academic, social, and cocurricular life of Castilleja during their four years in Upper School will develop interests that they love and emerge well-prepared academically and socially for success in challenging undergraduate programs. Through this immersion in all that Castilleja has to offer, the college search process can become a natural part of a student’s life and development. 

Our mission is not about placing students in prestigious colleges, but about educating students to seek excellence and balance in all that they do, to engage the world around them, and to lead rich, full lives. Our hope is that the lessons they learn at Castilleja will serve them well as they venture out into the world as students and adults.

Gabrielle McColgan                             
Director of College Counseling     

Alyson Tom 
Associate Director of College Counseling 


For Students and Parents

For access to Castilleja's College Counseling resources, please log into the Upper School Portal or Parent Portal.

College Counseling Handbook

Key Contacts

Gabrielle McColgan, Director of College Counseling
650.470.7761 or gmccolgan@castilleja.org

Alyson Tom, Associate Director of College Counseling
650.470.7739 or atom@castilleja.org

Heidi Gallegos, Registrar and Administrative Assistant to College Counseling
650.470.7706 or hgallegos@castilleja.org

Castilleja CEEB/ACT Code: 052330
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