About Bill

Dr. Bill Yarwood of YES College Planning has been helping students and parents with college planning for more than 30 years.  He began his counseling career at Radnor High School in St. Davids, Pennsylvania.  Bill went on to become Director of Guidance at North Penn High School in Lansdale, PA and Dean of Studies at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, PA, where he supervised guidance services.  He continues to serve as Director of Guidance at Moorestown High School in Moorestown, New Jersey.

Widely known in admissions circles in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the Middle Atlantic region, Bill is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC).  He has served on a variety of regional and national committees of the College Board.  He has been a presenter and panelist at a multitude of state and national conferences of admissions-related professional associations such as The College Board, PACAC, and the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC).

Bill is active in professional development for beginning counselors and admissions professionals.  For fifteen consecutive years and as recently as 2008, Bill was a member of the faculty of the PACAC Summer Institute on College Admissions.  His early involvement with admissions officers in their formative years has enabled him to establish life-long relationships with admissions officers at a wide variety of colleges and universities.

College admissions officers seek Bill’s input on a variety of topics and he has served on admissions advisory committees at Penn State University, Rutgers University, Rider University, Widener University, Rosemont College, Johnson and Wales University, and other institutions.  He has chaired an external evaluation committee examining admissions procedures at Penn State and his services have been sought to serve on and/or to chair guidance program evaluation committees for Pennsylvania high schools and school districts such as Lower Merion, Upper Dublin, Methacton, and Conestoga.

Bill has visited more than 160 colleges and universities in 24 states, and he continues to make campus visits on a regular basis.  These visits enable him to get a feeling for the climate of campus life and to get a sense of what students like and dislike about their colleges.  When he is on campus, he makes it a point not only to talk with admissions staff members but also with college and university professors.  Bill has been invited to sit in on the deliberations of admissions committees at various colleges, providing him with insights into the decisions made by admissions officers from year to year.

Bill is a contributor to and is quoted in the College Board publication College Counseling Sourcebook: Advice and Strategies from Experienced School Counselors, first published in 2004.  Over the years, Bill has written articles on college admissions for local newspapers.  His most recent work was published in the Moorestown Sun.  Bill has also been a guest speaker on both radio and local television.

In 1988, Bill earned his doctorate in Educational Administration at Temple University.  His doctoral dissertation focused on college and university programs and support services for students with learning disabilities.  He received his master of science degree in counseling from West Chester University and his bachelor of science degree in science education from Millersville University.  He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at Villanova University.

Bill is married and has one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren.  His interests include photography, sailing, tennis, and playing guitar and banjo.  You can contact Bill at wfyarwood@gmail.com or by calling 610-304-6008.