College Counseling


Consistent with our Quaker school philosophy, the college counseling office seeks to nurture students’ Inner Light through the college process. We encourage young people to reflect deeply about their values and priorities as well as their talents and gifts in order to identify institutions that best match their personal, educational and professional goals.

Whether our students choose to enroll in one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, public flagship universities or premier research universities, they are well prepared to let their lives speak as they lead in the 21st century. The college options for Moses Brown graduates are as broad and diverse as the students’ talents and interests.

School CEEB Code: 400180

College Counseling

College counseling is highly personalized at Moses Brown. Three college counselors and an office coordinator serve a class of approximately 100 students. Each of our counselors has professional experience in both college counseling and college admissions. The office hosts visits from over 100 college admission representatives each year. In turn, our counselors regularly visit college campuses and attend conferences in order to maintain excellent relationships and to be cognizant of the latest trends in higher education. Our counselors are experienced in working with students whose processes are influenced by a vast scope of factors. And so, every college process is treated individually. We believe strongly in allowing students to grow and flourish during the college search while minimizing stress and anxiety. Each student takes a leadership role in his or her college process, and an assigned counselor partners with the student to weigh individual needs and goals, think creatively about options, and organize tasks and deadlines. Amidst the frenzy surrounding the selective college admissions world, Moses Brown preserves a Quakerly simplicity: six tends to be the average number of applications filed by our seniors.    
Our Program
Moses Brown's formal college counseling program begins during the second semester of junior year. After completing a detailed questionnaire, students meet individually with their assigned counselor. This is followed by a meeting that includes the student’s parent(s.) Some families enter these meetings with a level of familiarity surrounding college options and the application process. For other families, the process is entirely unfamiliar. Regardless of where families are in their knowledge, our staff assesses individual needs and provides expert guidance. Senior course selection, standardized testing, and college preferences are discussed. Following each meeting, the counselor provides college suggestions for students to investigate. Personalized counseling continues into the senior year when counselors help students develop an application strategy, brainstorm and review application essays, and refine their list of applications. Regular communication with families summarizes information that is relevant to each stage of the application timeline.

The college counseling offices hosts several programs for students and families throughout the year, including:
  • Coffee and conversation with parents of 9th and 10th graders
  • Senior Night for seniors and their parents
  • Junior Class College Day - a Saturday program led by college admission officers
  • Presentations on the content and scoring of standardized tests
  • Naviance training sessions
  • Interview and essay workshops
  • Student panels of Moses Brown alumni
  • Financial Aid workshops
  • The Providence Independent School College Fair


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(This link is also found with MyMB on the US Parent and US Student group pages.)

Naviance is a web-based student application and data manager that allows the college counseling office to electronically submit application materials to colleges. Each student has a unique Naviance account allowing them to conduct college searches, update college lists, view historical admissions data, research scholarship information, investigate summer enrichment programs, and access a schedule of visits from college representatives to Moses Brown. All Moses Brown freshmen are given a unique Naviance login. Parents are registered in junior year. Multiple training sessions are offered each year.

Our counseling staff

Helen Burke Montague
Director of College Counseling, x136
Helen returned to the College Counseling office at Moses Brown School in 2015 as Director, having served as Associate Director from 2008-2012. Helen was Director of College Counseling at both Lincoln School in Providence and at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass. Prior to her work in high schools, Helen was Associate Director of Admission at Boston University and Tufts University. She holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College.

Julia Gordon Baker
Associate Director of College Counseling, x248
Julia joined the college counseling office in 2013. Prior to working at Moses Brown, she directed the college counseling program at Saint John’s School, a college preparatory school in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Julia has also served as Assistant Director of Admission at Connecticut College and as an Account Manager for Chat University, a college admission software company. She holds a BA in Public Communication and Education Studies from American University and a M.S.Ed in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.  

Laurie Nelson
Associate Director of College Counseling, x107
An alumna of Bowdoin College, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Laurie received an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.Ed in Student Development in Higher Education at the University of Maine. Laurie has spent the balance of her career working with young people during times of transition, and she is especially excited to assist Moses Brown students and families as they traverse the last years of high school and make important decisions throughout the college admission process.

Jill Stockman
Coordinator of office operations, x106
Jill was appointed to her position in 1998. An alumna of Union College and former employee of IBM, she manages student records, applications, AP exam administration and scheduling activities. Jill supervises the implementation of and training for our Naviance application program.

Information for College Representatives

Please contact Jill Stockman, our Office Coordinator, to request missing application documents or to schedule a visit to Moses Brown. Email:, Phone: 401-831-7350 x106

On April 21, 2016, Moses Brown will host the annual Providence Independent School Fair. Please contact Jill if you would like an invitation.

How to find us

Follow directions to campus and enter through the Lower Gate on Lloyd Avenue. You will pass the Moran Softball field on your right as you drive up a hill. As you near the top of the hill, you will see a small parking lot on your right with spots labeled for visitor parking. There is a parking attendant if you need assistance. The college counseling office is located in Friends Hall, the building closest to the visitor lot. Walk up the flight of outdoor stairs, enter through glass doors on the first floor, and our office will be straight ahead, to the right of the Upper School Office.