College Counseling

College Counseling

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.

Marie Assir
Director of College Counseling

Marie is an experienced educator who came to UWC-USA from Beirut, Lebanon. She was the Director of College Counseling and Career Guidance at two different international schools in Beirut and was responsible for all aspects of the college counseling process. Marie is in her 17th year as a college counselor at International Baccalaureate schools and has visited over 130 universities in North America, Europe, Asia and the UK. Previously, Marie worked in the field of counseling after obtaining her B.S. degree in Family and Community Services from Syracuse University and an M.S. in Counseling from Northeastern University.

Patrick Firme
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.

Planning a visit to UWC- USA? We are excited to host you on campus. The majority of visits are scheduled between September and November but we are happy to host you whenever you might be visiting New Mexico. Virtual visits will take place after school, Monday-Thursday at 4:15 PM and 5:30 PM MDT. Please contact Patrick Firme to schedule a visit at; 505-454-4201 if you require additional information. A map and directions can be found here  and visitors are requested to check in with security at the welcome center when they arrive.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

— Nelson Mandela, Former UWC President