College Counseling and Academic Guidance

Shalhevet’s College Counseling program integrates the unique pedagogy of the school with the college application process. We do not simply measure the success of a college application by a letter of admission from a prestigious college. We encourage students to take ownership of the process and recognize that this is a time of great maturity and personal growth. We look to help each student find the best fit in a potential college – academically, socially and Jewishly.


Throughout high school, with emphasis on junior and senior year, we help students explore and identify their priorities and values, and teach them crucial research, time management and decision making skills, ensuring our graduates grow into responsible young adults once they arrive on the campus of their choice. We support this by helping students to assess their goals and investigate universities that best meet their individual needs.


College Counseling begins informally as students transition to the rigor of high school coursework and become comfortable with the challenges entailed. We work closely with students to guide them academically throughout high school, choosing appropriate courses and teaching them how to strive for balance in their lives, academically and co-curricularly. In their junior year, students begin to meet formally with Mr. Eli Shavalian and Mrs. Lisa Gruenbaum, who guide students through the college process step-by-step. Eli and Lisa also meet with students and parents individually and in small groups to answer questions about the college application process and to discuss plans and goals post-high school.


For more information, feel free to contact our counselors:

Mr. Eli Shavalian

Interim Director of College Counseling and Academic Guidance


Mrs. Lisa Gruenbaum

Associate Director of College Counseling and Academic Guidance

Colleges to which Shalhevet students have been admitted (Classes 2016-18):

American University

Arizona State University

Bar-Ilan University

Barnard College

Baruch College

Binghamton University

Boston University

Bowling Green State University

Bradley University

Brandeis University

Brown University

Bucknell University

California College of the Arts

California Lutheran University

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

California Polytechnic State University, Pomona

California State University, Dominguez Hills

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Northridge

Case Western Reserve University

Chapman University

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Hollywood

Columbia University

Cornell University

Dartmouth College

DePaul University

Drexel University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Emerson College

Emory University

Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles

Franklin and Marshall College

Haverford College

Hofstra University

Indiana University at Bloomington

Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya

Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Johns Hopkins University

Kent State University

Lehigh University

Lewis & Clark College

Los Angeles Valley College

Loyola Marymount University

Maryland Institute College of Art

Marymount Manhattan College

Muhlenberg College

New York University

Northeastern University

Occidental College

Ohio University

Pace University

Pepperdine University

Princeton University


Reed College

Rice University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rutgers University

San Diego State University

San Francisco State University

Santa Monica College

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

School of Visual Arts

Seattle University

St. John’s College

Suffolk University

Syracuse University

The George Washington University

The New School

The Ohio State University

Trinity University

Tufts University

Tulane University

Union College

University of Arizona

University of British Columbia

University of California at Berkeley

University of California at Davis

University of California at Irvine

University of California at Los Angeles

University of California at Merced

University of California at Riverside

University of California at San Diego

University of California at Santa Barbara

University of California at Santa Cruz

University of Chicago

University of Colorado

University of Connecticut

University of Delaware

University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Kansas

University of La Verne

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Missouri

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California

University of Toronto

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Vancouver Island University

Vanderbilt University

Washington University in St. Louis

Western Michigan University

Yale University

Yeshiva University

Yeshiva University, Honors Program

York University