Challenging and Comprehensive College Preparation
Cranbrook Schools boasts unequaled student advocacy in a college counseling team with more than a century of combined experience in college placement, college admissions, and financial aid.

Our five full-time college counselors work closely with admissions offices at colleges and universities across the country—and are themselves all former university admission or financial aid officers. One hundred percent of their work day is devoted to advocating for students, helping them find the right match with the right school, and to developing Cranbrook’s relationships with colleges and universities. In a typical year, the counseling team visits more than 30 college campuses.

When the more than 130 top universities visit our campus each year, their visits are very different than the typical “school fair” experience at most high schools. An admission representative from each college is available to meet face-to-face with our students. In most cases, this same person will be advocating for the Cranbrook student during the admission process, and will be better able to do so because of the relationship formed during that meeting.

Our counselors provide expert, professional knowledge about the entire college admissions process. From preparing students for interviews to holding admissions essay-writing seminars, to calling a university admissions officer for an immediate answer to any question, Cranbrook’s counselors are a unique and indispensable resource to our students and families.

Meet Our Team

List of 7 members.

  • Deren Finks 

    Dean of College Counseling
    248-645-3630
    Bio
  • Ms. Sheila Bailey 

    Associate Dean of College Counseling
    248-645-3771
    Bio
  • Ms. Lauren Fields 

    Associate Dean of College Counseling
    248-645-3614
    Bio
  • Mr. William Hancock 

    Senior Associate Dean of College Counseling, Asst. House Advisor
    248-645-3615
    Bio
  • Dr. Patrick O'Connor 

    Associate Dean of College Counseling
    248-645-3430
    Bio
  • Mrs. Vicki Skok 

    Senior Administrative Assistant
    248-645-3246
  • Margaret Higgins 

    Administrative Assistant
    248-645-3406

College Counseling General Information

Office Hours: M-F, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Phone:
248-645-3630

Fax:
248-645-3068

Email: collegecounseling@cranbrook.edu

The college counseling offices are located in the main academic building on the Cranbrook Campus, 520 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304. Parking is available for visitors in the 520 Lone Pine Road lot.

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Codes

Cranbrook School Code: 230-355
CK Test Center Code: 23-165

College Counseling Facts

Cranbrook’s College Counseling Office meets the NACAC guidelines for “Ideal Scenario for College Counseling offices.”

Cranbrook has five full-time college counselors – the only school in the state of Michigan with a ratio of 50 students to one counselor.

With CK CollegeNet, Cranbrook uses the latest in technology, making us way ahead of the curve when compared with most Michigan schools.

Over 135 colleges and universities visit Cranbrook’s campus every year.

Cranbrook's graduating classes have earned as much as $7.1 million in scholarships each year.

Cranbrook Schools

·39221 Woodward ·Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304
Cranbrook Educational Community admits students and makes its services, activities, and education programs available to students without regard to sex, race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status as required by state or federal law.

Cranbrook Schools is a private college prep boarding school located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, near Detroit, consisting of three schools; an elementary school with a private preschool, a single gender middle school with a distinct boys middle school and girls middle school, along with a co-ed college prep private boarding high school. Cranbrook is regarded as one of the top private schools in Michigan. Many of Cranbrook’s students attend top universities and colleges.

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