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College Center

School Code: 052327

About Us
The College Center is a student-centered office. We are open (almost) all the time; before school, during the day, after school, sometimes in the evening and during the summer. We help students prepare and plan for college (college search, testing, essays, applications, recommendations, transcripts, etc.); if it's college-related, the College Center is the place to come. We are here to help students through the high points - and the low points - of the college application process, dispensing advice, hugs, high fives, sometimes a shoulder to cry on.

95-97% of Palisades graduates go on to attend two and four-year colleges and universities, at public and private institutions across the country. Assisting our students in their college preparations is a dedicated College Center staff. - (310) 230-6643

General College Center Services

  • Library of college guides, test prep and financial aid books
  • Use of computers, photocopier and telephone for college-related matters
  • Registration materials and fee waivers for SAT and ACT
  • Advising regarding testing schedule and registration procedures
  • Grade-appropriate mailings about College Center events and services
  • Information about summer programs (academic, community service, internship, etc.)
  • Scholarship and program nominations (Posse Foundation, Links, Gates, etc.)
  • AP examination registration and administration


Online Services


Services for Seniors

  • Naviance Student – web-based college planning and application management system. 
  • Summer college planning appointments available one-on-one
  • Fall college planning appointments available one-on-one with volunteer counselors
  • Fall senior college planning workshops (day and evening) for seniors and parents
  • Writing coach available for help with college essays
  • Santa Monica College representative visits on a regular basis
  • College visits; dozens of college reps visit in the fall semester during the school day
  • UC and CSU application workshops
  • Senior and parent questionnaires to facilitate recommendation writing
  • Counselor recommendation letters and forms prepared and sent to colleges
  • Midyear grades and final transcripts sent to colleges
  • Information about national and local scholarships posted to Naviance Student and Schoology


Services for Juniors

  • PSAT registration and administration in October
  • Spring college planning appointments available one-on-one with volunteer counselors
  • Spring junior college planning workshops (day and evening) for juniors and parents
  • College Center staff visits Junior classrooms in Spring fro college planning
  • Naviance Student – web-based college planning and application management system
  • Classroom-based SAT and ACT prep course (scholarships for students in lunch program, fee-based for others)


Services for Sophomores

  • PSAT registration and administration in October
  • Visits by College Center staff to all World History and English classes for college advising
  • Naviance Student – web-based college planning and application management system, access codes distributed in spring class visits



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Karen Ellis

Head College Advisor


Ruth Grubb

College Advisor


Melissa Rangel

College Advisor


Kristi Morrow

College Advisor


Phone: (310) 230-6643



This is a partial list of the more than 125 Colleges and Universities that visit Pali.


Amherst College

Arizona State University

Bard College

Boston College

Boston University

Brown University

Carnegie Mellon University

Chapman University

Colgate University

Columbia Chicago

College of Charleston

Cornell College

Denison University

Dickinson College

Drexel University

Emory College

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles

George Mason University

Grinnell College

Indiana University-Bloomington

Ithaca College

Johns Hopkins University

Kenyon College

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola Marymount University

Lynn University

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Mills College

Mount St. Mary's College

New York University

Northwestern University

Oberlin College

Ohio State University

Oregon State University

Pennsylvania State University

Pepperdine University

Pitzer College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Richmond University

Santa Monica College

Seattle University

Skidmore College

Smith College

Syracuse University

Tulane University

Tufts University

UC Santa Barbara


UC Santa Cruz

UC Merced

University of Alabama

University of Arizona

University of Chicago

University of Colorado-Boulder

University of Denver

University of Delaware

University of Illinois-Urbana

University of La Verne

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University Montana

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

University of Oklahoma

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of Puget Sound

University of San Francisco

University of South Carolina

University of Vermont

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin

Vassar College

Wellesley College