Meet our College Counselors
At The Wardlaw + Hartridge School we have two full-time college counselors available to work with our students and families on the ever-shifting college landscape. Our college counselors provide an array of programs aimed to meet the needs of our students and their families. Read below to learn more about our college counseling team.
Susan R. Swenson
Director of College Counseling
908-754-1882, Ext. 112
Susan first joined The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in 1989 as part of the Admission Office, immediately following the graduation of her eldest son, Kevin. At that point, she had already been a member of the Parents’ Association for 12 years, holding the positions of Treasurer, President and Chairman of the Fall Fair. After six years in Admission, she left to pursue her Masters in Education at Seton Hall, during which time she also worked in the College Counseling Office at Mother Seton Regional High School. After a seven-year period in which she completed her degree at Seton Hall, and rose to the Director of College Counseling role at Mother Seton, she returned to Wardlaw-Hartridge as the Director of College Counseling.
Susan has been an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC). She is also a member of the Middlesex County Guidance Counselor Association, the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS) and the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS). Susan has planned and presented at various professional development workshops and continues to add to her own professional development by attending workshops and touring college campuses as often as possible.
Russell W. Althouse
Associate Director of College Counseling
908-754-1882 Ext. 181
Russell joined The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in July 2015 with more than ten years of college admission experience. Before joining Wardlaw-Hartridge, he worked for Arcadia University, Binghamton University, and Bucknell University. While in college admission, Russell has read and evaluated thousands of applications, traveled across the United States to recruit students, served in liaison roles for Army ROTC and LGBTQ students, and worked with students interested in engineering as well as the visual and performing arts.
Russell is an active member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the New Jersey Association of College Admission Counseling (NJACAC), the Pennsylvania Association of College Admission Counseling (PACAC), and the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS). He has planned many professional development workshops for PACAC, co-Chaired the PACAC Professional Development Committee, and Chaired the PACAC Ad-Hoc Committee for Technology. Russell has also presented on various topics at the PACAC, NJACAC, and NACAC Annual Conferences.
In 2010, he was awarded the Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Students Through University or Community Service by the State University of New York College Admissions Professionals (SUNYCAP) and in 2016 he was awarded PACAC Honorary Membership for Outstanding Contribution/Leadership.
In addition to college counseling at Wardlaw+ Hartridge, Russell is Co-Advisor for the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) and the Stage Manager for the theatre productions.