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College Counseling

Sayre School’s college counseling process utilizes the knowledge that colleges and universities have individual personalities just as each of our Sayre School students has an individual and distinctive personality.  The college counseling process aims to identify for each student the right “type” of school, in regard to size, cost, distance from home, region of the country, quality of specific academic programs, social climate, community settings, and so forth, and to help students gain admittance to colleges where they will grow and thrive.

Program Highlights

  • College Application Support
  • College Essay Summer Workshops
  • One-to-One Consultations on The College Essay
  • Mock Interview Sessions
  • Campus Visit Tips
  • Free Online Test Prep
  • Resume Writing
  • Senior Internship Program
  • Summer Enrichment Programs


  • Cup of College Counseling, for sophomore parents in the Upper School conference room
    • Tuesday, September 12, 8:15-8:45 AM
    • Thursday, November 9, 3:30-4:00 PM
    • Tuesday, February 6, 8:15-8:45 AM
    • Thursday, April 18, 3:30-4:00 PM
  • Financial Aid Workshop, for junior/senior parents in the Upper School Atrium
    • Thursday, September 28, 5:30-6:30 PM
  • College Tips from our Sayre Alumni Panel, for juniors and parents in the Upper School Atrium
    • Monday, January 8, 5:30-6:30 PM
  • College Application Season: It's Game-Time!, for junior parents in the Upper School Atrium
    • Tuesday, April 11, 5:30-6:30 PM 
  • Senior Transition Day, in the KUA
    • Friday, April 19, 9:00-11:30 AM
  • Senior Parent Transition Night, in the Upper School Atrium
    • Thursday, May 2, 5:30-6:30 PM
Thank you so much for including UNC in Sayre's College Admissions Forum. It is always such a interact with your always courteous and bright students. Thank you also for including me in the college panel. I felt honored to be in such esteemed company. 
UNC-Chapel Hill Admission Officer

Mrs. Bilberry and I are fortunate to serve as college counselors in an environment such as Sayre, where college counseling is a mindset. The meaningful relationships we develop with each student is integral to the personalized guidance and support we provide. We partner with families, listen to their ideas and goals, and help them sort out the myths versus the realities of what makes a college a good fit.  Our ultimate privilege and challenge is to lead each student to an array of schools that best serves their personal interests and passions.
Laura Bonzo-Sims


Laura Bonzo-Sims
College Counselor
(859) 254-1361, Extension 253

B.A. University of Kentucky
M.A. Georgetown College
Ed.D. University of the Cumberlands

Cathy Bilberry

Cathy Bilberry
Assistant College Counselor
(859) 254-1361, Extension 254

B.A. University of Kentucky
M.A. University of Kentucky