College Counseling

Academy graduates are prepared to achieve great success in life and go on to attend many of the finest colleges and universities in the nation.
At The Albany Academies, our personalized college program steers students in the right direction. We provide our Upper School students with an individualized, comprehensive program that helps them choose the right college. The College Counseling Department also coordinates in-school visits with admission representatives from a wide array of colleges and universities.

Our highly experienced counselors encourage students and families to consider colleges that will be the best fit for them, not just those deemed prestigious by the outside world. With that said, the Academies regularly have students admitted to many of the nation’s top colleges and universities.

The College Counseling Department at The Albany Academies begins working with students and their families in Ninth Grade in order to make the college process stress-free. Our college counselors meet regularly with each student and takes special care in helping them understand their strengths and prioritize goals.

Meet our Counselors

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Jak Bestle

    Jak Bestle 

    Director of College Counseling, The Albany Academy
    (518) 429-2436
  • Photo of Jennifer Poole

    Jennifer Poole 

    Director of College Counseling, Albany Academy for Girls
    (518) 429-2300
  • Photo of Amy McDonald

    Amy McDonald 

    Assistant Director of College Counseling /Special Events
    (518) 429-2393
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Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Amherst College
Bentley University
Boston College (3)
Boston University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Clark Atlanta University
Clemson University
College of the Holy Cross
Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Cornell University (6)
Cushing Academy
Davidson College
Duke University
Fairfield University (4)
Fordham University (3)
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Hamilton College
Hartwick College
Hudson Valley Community College
Indiana University-Bloomington
Iowa State University
Lafayette College
Lawrence Technological University
Lehigh University
Louisiana State University, Agricultural & Mechanical College
New England College
New York University
Northeastern University (3)
Occidental College (2)
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg
Providence College (2)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (3)
Saint Mary's College of California
Saint Michael's College
Saint Norbert College
Salve Regina University
Seton Hall University
Siena College (3)
St. Lawrence University (5)
State University of New York at New Paltz
Stony Brook University
SUNY College at Oswego (2)
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse University
Trinity College
Tulane University of Louisiana 
Union College (3)
United States Air Force Academy
University at Buffalo
University of California-Davis
University of California-Irvine
University of Chicago 
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Hartford
University of Maryland-College Park
University of New Haven
University of Notre Dame
University of Rhode Island
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
University of Toronto
University of Vermont
University of Virginia-Main Campus
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wyoming
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Yale University 

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