Our UWC-USA college counseling team believes in a student-centered counseling approach within a comprehensive model that is grounded in best practices for identifying the best fit for each student considering their unique talents and interests.
The counselors guide students in taking ownership of the college admissions process so that they may embrace this journey of self discovery, self – advocacy, goal-setting and decision making. As students engage in this process, they will enhance their healthy independence, confidence and leadership and recognize that their college choice is the result of considerable effort and investment.
Services are delivered to first-year (IB 1) and second-year (IB 2) students through classroom presentations, workshops and individual meetings. Throughout the year, representatives from more than 100 universities visit UWC-USA to meet with students. The excitement of college counseling at UWC-USA is that the world is our campus. Our graduates attend colleges and universities across the United States and the globe – a full list of institutions where our students have been admitted can be found on our School Profile. We are honored to be a part of this journey as students take this important next step into the world.
Learn more about the Class of 2021 and the great things they are doing next year.
Casey Nolen Jackson
Director of College Counseling
Casey comes to UWC-USA from posts in university and school counseling in Thailand, Vietnam, Belgium, and Indonesia. Casey is in her 13th year of international university counseling, a career which has focused primarily on students of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Casey has her BA in History and Geography from the University of Vermont and received her certification in College Counseling from UCLA. Casey has travelled the world visiting universities in Europe, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. She has presented at International conferences on a number of topics including how to write the college essay. Casey is an advocate of helping students identify their values and aspirations as they design their way forward for life after high school. As a mother of three grown children, Casey also has a very soft-spot for the parent experience in the process of applying to college or planning a Gap year. When not at work, Casey and her husband can be found on their mountain bikes exploring the countryside of Northern New Mexico, planning and tending their garden or visiting the farmer’s market and locally-owned restaurants.
Associate Director of College Counseling
Patrick brings experience in both college admissions and college access to UWC-USA. He came here from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where he recruited students, and reviewed applications, as an Assistant Director of Admission. Prior to that, he was an Americorps member with College Forward, a college access non-profit in Austin, Texas. He graduated from Beloit College with a BA in Theatre Arts, and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Medan, Indonesia.
The Davis United World College Scholars Program is the world’s largest, privately funded, international scholarship program. The program provides grants to partner universities in the United States. UWC graduates are eligible to receive institutional grants that support need-based scholarships at partner institutions.