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.

The UWC Counselors Network

The UWC Counselors Network, across 18 schools and four continents, are excited to invite colleges to our Virtual Fairs for the 2021-2022 academic year! We hope that these virtual fairs will make it easier for you to meet all UWC students at once, and will allow UWC students to meet you all in one place.

We are running three fairs this year:

  • Sept 14: UWC Davis Partner Fair (9-11 AM EST, 1-3 PM EST)
  • Sept 20: UWC Davis Partner Fair (9-11 AM EST, 1-3 PM EST)
  • Oct 6: UWC Scholarship Partners Fair (9 am-11 am EST, 1 pm-3 pm EST)

The “UWC Scholarship Partners Fair” on October 6 is for colleges that have supported our students through UWC specific scholarships. If you are curious about whether your institution qualifies for the October 6 fair, please contact our office.


For the 2021-22 school year, in lieu of traditional college visits UWC-USA, in coordination with the other 17 UWC campuses worldwide, invites college admission officers to host virtual workshops for our students. If interested, college admission officers may schedule workshops for our students on topics related to the college application process, life in college, career development, and other topics. You can do this by contacting the office at Admission officers from colleges who haven’t visited UWC-USA are welcome to have virtual meetings with one of our college counselors. We also encourage our students to schedule individual meetings with college admission officers.

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

— Nelson Mandela, Former UWC President