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Welcome to College Guidance!

As you start thinking about life after graduation from AFS, your College Guidance Team is here to assist you every step of the journey.

Our goal is to help you assess your academic, social, and financial needs, identify schools that fit you well, and help you through the application and decision-making process. 

We’re here for students. We’re here for families. From the complicated questions to the simple assurance that there is someone who understands this process working on your behalf, we’re happy to guide you.

Here’s how to reach us:


Joanna Upmeyer, Acting Director of College Guidance, 215-881-7686


Lauren Walton, Associate Director of College Guidance, 215.576.3066


Maryann Cummiskey, College Guidance, Administrative Assistant and Registrar, 215-576-3955



We realize that much of the work students and families will do in the application process will be outside of regular school-day hours. We have compiled a brief list of online resources that we frequently reference in our college meetings and evening programs so that you can easily access them when necessary.  

Comprehensive Guide

NACAC Guide to the College Admissions Process

The College Search:

Big Future
College Scorecard


The Common Application

Standardized Testing:

Test Optional Schools

Financial Aid:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA)
CSS Profile
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)