Welcome to College Advising

With our advice but through the merit of the individual student, it is not uncommon to find The Montgomery Academy graduates in the classrooms of some of the nation’s premier universities and colleges. Over the last five years, 75% of our seniors have been awarded over $25 million in merit-based scholarships.

Because the college process is an educational journey that culminates with a student’s years at The Montgomery Academy, we believe that it is a journey for the student to undertake and lead. The Montgomery Academy’s College Advising Office is an ally and advocate to offer the appropriate help in getting our students into the schools of their choice. We promote the idea that students get themselves into college, allowing us to work with them to find the right fit, not just the fastest find.

At The Montgomery Academy, we believe that with the plethora of colleges and universities from which to choose, students begin with a national search that narrows as they engage in college visits, conduct a self-exploration, and meet with representatives from colleges both on and off our own campus.

Knowing that the decision about where to go to college emerges as the most important and exciting aspect for any high school student, the College Advising Office of The Montgomery Academy serves as both a resource and a service to help families find “the one.”

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College Advising Office

Nicole Walberg
Director of College Advising
  1. 334-273-7132
  2. nicole_walberg@montgomeryacademy.org

Nicole joins the Academy community after working in higher education since 2002 and establishing her own independent college counseling company. She has a broad range of experiences ranging from admissions counseling, international student advising, study abroad advising, academic advising, and fellowship advising. Furthermore, Nicole has been an active member of the Southern Association of College Admission Counseling (SACAC) and the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA).

Nicole earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in German Language and Literature from Pacific Lutheran University in 2001. During the 2006-07 academic year, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Trier, Germany as an English teaching assistant. She earned her Master’s of Education in Student Development Administration from Seattle University in 2009.
Mandy Poundstone
College Advisor and Upper School Guidance Counselor
  1. 334-273-7113
  2. mandy_poundstone@montgomeryacademy.org
Mandy Poundstone has been with The Montgomery Academy for 24 years, and this year she joins the college advising staff. During her tenure, she has served as Lower and Middle School counselor, K -12 testing coordinator, director of both the MA+ after school program and Camp Eagle, and co-director of Philanthropy 101. She co-chaired the most recent SACS/SAIS accreditation process for The Montgomery Academy, and has served as an accreditation team visiting committee member.

She has earned masters degrees in both secondary education and school counseling. She enjoys helping individuals as they explore colleges options in search of a great fit for their college experience.
Christine Watkins
College Advising Assistant
  1. 334-273-7112
  2. christine_watkins@montgomeryacademy.org