Alumni testimonials

What do graduates of our School Counseling program think about their experiences at the University of Dayton? Read insights from our alumni below:

Share your story! School Counseling program alumni can email their testimonials to Layla Kurt.


Jessie Combs

School Counselor, Cambridge City Schools

The University of Dayton is well known and highly respected. The school counseling program is rigorous and thankfully so because I was/am confident in my abilities and knowledge as a result of this program. The counselor friendships I made while at UD are priceless! I use these friendships frequently as contacts for advice or school situations and second opinions. The UD graduate professors are truly amazing. These professors understand the material and are perfectly suited for educating future counselors. I still contact them for encouragement and advice. I can't say enough about the quality of the program that UD provides. With the many options available, there has never been a doubt in my mind that I chose the right school and program! I am the school counselor I am today because of UD, the exemplary program, the hard work, and the supportive and knowledgeable professors that this awesome university provides.

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Lavonne King

School Counselor, Licking Heights West

I was really nervous when I began the school counseling graduate program. I am a single mother and my son was fairly young. I was also working full time. I was expected to complete my assignments but my professors were well aware that many of us had families. The program was flexible enough for my lifestyle. I was also nervous because it had been years since I had been in school. It worked out really well because rarely did we work in isolation. We worked in groups. By working in groups, I bonded well with other potential school counselors. I continue to collaborate with those with whom I bonded. 

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Alicia Mulkey

School Counselor, Southwestern City Schools

The Counselor Education program at the University of Dayton was a remarkable experience that taught me the ins and outs of being a school counselor. The fundamental knowledge base of counseling was a dominate aspect of the program in which I still refer back to notes and textbooks in daily practice. As a current school counselor, I feel competent and content in my work with children. I gained knowledge as well as professional relationships and friendships that I will cherish for a lifetime.

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Deidra Muse

School Counselor, ECOT (Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow)

The school counseling program was a great experience at the University of Dayton. When I started the program, I had just moved to Ohio from Knoxville, TN. I was looking for a graduate program that was highly respected by other professionals, flexible enough for its students to work full-time, accredited, and offered a cohort experience. The University of Dayton was the only program that had everything I wanted. UD’s alumni base is incredible and I am always running into great school counselors that were trained there. I was able to maintain full time employment throughout the program and UD is CACREP accredited. My favorite part of the UD experience was having a cohort. The people that were in my cohort came from all different backgrounds and experiences and have become true friends and colleagues that I will have throughout my career as a school counselor. The professors were always up for a discussion and we all learned from each other. As a current school counselor, I am so grateful for my time at UD because I was so well prepared to meet the needs of my students and succeed in this always changing and challenging field.

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