Advisors

Get to know CollegeAdvisor's 300+ former Admissions Officers and Admissions Experts representing over 100 top colleges and universities.
University of Pennsylvania

My name is Sara Whitelaw and I am a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania. I studied cognitive neuroscience and criminology and completed an honors thesis in my final year surrounding the effects of militarization on protest outcomes. Throughout university, I worked as a research assistant at the Center for Autism Research connected to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, while also being actively involved in student groups on campus. In my free time, I worked as a marketing intern for a woman-owned small business in Philadelphia. I have previous advising experience through working with Matriculate: a non-profit college advising company that helps low-income students and first-generation students apply to successful and financially accessible universities. I loved this experience and cannot wait to continue my advising journey for CollegeAdvisor. I have advised students who were successfully admitted into top programs such as USC's Annenberg School for Journalism & Communication with a full-ride scholarship as well as Stanford University. I look forward to building a connection with eager students excited about the college process!

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Florida State University

I hold my Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University where I majored in Secondary English Education. Upon graduating I was selected to serve as a 2010 Teach For America Corps Member Teaching Middle School English in Houston, TX. After completion of my teaching requirements, I stayed within my placement school and moved into the college initiatives team specializing in personal statement development and ACT/SAT test prep. Upon returning to my hometown of Chicago, I continued working within the college admissions sector. I served as a program director within a local nonprofit organization providing college access and success programming that included building college lists, personal statement essay support, test prep, career exploration and development, application and financial aid/scholarship submission. Most recently, I worked as a college advisor for academically ambitious students throughout the entirety of the application process, including interview preparation for some of the top universities. As an educator and college advisor, I have worked with students who have major(ed) in Business and Entrepreneurship, Education, Pre-Health and Sciences, Engineering, Psychology, and more. With 12 years of experience within the education sector, I can provide the support and knowledge to help navigate the college application and selection process. I am passionate about providing a holistic approach to college counseling to include identifying best fit schools in which a student is going to feel academically challenged, successful, supported and happy. I specialize in working with each student's unique goals and work in partnership to provide the support and encouragement to ensure those goals are met. I believe in ensuring that students are able to have a safe space to work through the application process and a healthy mindset to achieve the goals set forth.

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

I hold a Bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Michigan – Go Heels & Go Blue!! After graduating from UNC, I started my career as a college advisor where I helped guide students through the college application process, both in-person and virtually. As a first-generation college student, I am passionate about ensuring that students feel supported, uplifted, and encouraged through the college application process. I enjoy helping students craft their story to allow their strengths, their passions, and their authentic selves to shine in college applications. During my time as an advisor, I have had the honor of successfully advising students who have been accepted into top colleges and Ivy League schools across the US. Throughout my professional career I have gained experience as a College Advisor, an MBA student, a digital marketer, and a product manager. Understanding the importance of exploring your passions and pursuing your interests, I have had the opportunity to pivot and explore different opportunities – and I want to encourage you to also explore different pathways as you begin your college journey! The college application process doesn’t have to be stressful – I look forward to working with you to find colleges that are the best fit, craft your essays, and submit strong applications that you are proud of… and ensuring that we have fun along the way!

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University of Notre Dame

I hold my B.A. in Pre-Health Studies and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, where I graduated in the Spring of 2021, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, having completed a 4-year program in 3 years. I am a current first-year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine, where I plan to graduate with my M.D. in 2027. Between my undergraduate and graduate studies, I spent two gap years exploring my interests: applying cutting-edge computational techniques to the study of a rare genetic disorder in a research lab at Notre Dame, studying the most effective policies to aid in the elimination of malaria on-site in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and working to gain insightful clinical experience in a hospital near my hometown. Prior to joining CollegeAdvisor.com, I helped both international and U.S. students craft successful applications to both undergraduate and graduate programs. I have personally experienced both undergraduate and medical school applications within the past few years and understand firsthand how daunting it can seem, but enjoy using my expertise to help guide students through the process. With CollegeAdvisor.com, I work mostly with students applying to careers in the health professions, including both conventional pre-medical paths and accelerated BS/MD programs.

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17 + years of experience in College Admissions/Enrollment Management Professional at Vincennes University, Purdue University, Iowa State University, and the University of Louisville. Most recently served as Director of Admissions at Vincennes University. I love to build a trusting relationship with my students and provide guidance on the college application process. My goal is to put you on a path for success! I've recruited and helped guide thousands of students from all the across the US, Puerto Rico, and internationally.

New York University

As an accomplished educator, my background in tutoring has prepared me exceptionally well to serve as a college advisor. I have a proven track record of tutoring a wide range of subjects, including English Literature & Language, Math, History, French, Italian, Latin, Biology, and Physics. Through my expertise, I consistently elevate students' academic performance, often resulting in a minimum of a three-grade improvement within the first year of instruction. This highlights both the effectiveness of my teaching methods and my ability to provide tailored support to meet each student's unique needs and goals. What sets me apart is not just my professional experience but also my personal journey through the college application process. I took the SATs, and subject tests (in Maths and English Literature), scoring in the top 99th percentile for all, and wrote my college essays for Common App with very limited assistance from school advisors. My firsthand experience navigating the complexities of the college application process equips me to offer valuable insights to students embarking on the same journey. Furthermore, my unique experience of being a U.S. citizen applying to colleges while attending highschool in London, UK, allows me to provide specialized guidance to international students looking to pursue higher education in the United States. I understand the distinct challenges and considerations that international students face and can offer tailored support to help them achieve their academic goals in a foreign educational system.

Northwestern University

Getting into college is becoming increasingly difficult day by day. With more students getting top scores and developing strong extracurricular backgrounds, it's extremely tough to set yourself apart. However, I can help with the nuanced components of each individual application, helping to build a cohesive, unique story that can maximize your chances. I have extensive experience advising students on undergraduate admissions, running my own independent admissions consultancy for multiple years. I have helped students get into many of the top schools in the United States, such as Northwestern, UChicago, Duke, and more. I view the college admissions process as holistic in nature -- meaning I will work with students to optimize each and every component of their application. Whether it be maximizing impact on the resume, crafting school-specific essays, or applying for competitive scholarships, I know what it takes to build the "complete package" necessary for admissions in today's age. I have a particular interest in writing, something I've been passionate about for as long as I can remember. I specialize in helping brainstorm, plan, and edit essays that are impactful for top-school admissions.

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New York University

Like many residents of Washington Heights, I was born to immigrant parents who came here with nothing and had limited options. I am family-oriented, an advisor, a leader, and passionate about what I do. I have been a college advisor for the past 5 years. Within this position, I have been able to advise students at such a pivotal point in their lives where I am able to guide them towards a better future, whether it be college, trade school, work, or even building some post-secondary plan. I graduated with my Master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs from NYU Steinhardt, hoping to push further to become the best version of myself and continue advising students toward a better future. This expedition was not only for me but for others to see that it is possible, underserved students need representation. One must know that no one can stop you from achieving your goals but yourself.

Princeton University

Hello! My name is Persis and I am a senior at Princeton University studying neuropsychology, with a minor in African-American studies. As a first-generation college student from an underprivileged background, I am passionate about college access. I was accepted into prestigious summer programs and colleges, and earned over 1.5 million dollars in scholarships. Over the past four years, I have helped students get accepted into Yale, Princeton, Bates, and George Washington, among others. I assist students throughout the entire college process: researching schools, writing essays, finding recommenders, applying for scholarships, and choosing programs. Most notably, I have helped many students get full-tuition scholarships to their dream schools. You don’t need to be a prodigy, valedictorian, or class president to enter your target program! Nor do you need to be highly connected or wealthy. I empower my students to highlight the skills and experiences they already have, to show their unique value in their applications. In college, I started off pre-med, conducting and publishing neuroscience research. I was interested in marketing, and was selected from externships at Google and P&G. Now, I am pursuing a career in private equity and have had prestigious internships on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley. I have a hybrid of experiences that I can pull from to advise you. I’m excited to work with you!

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Brown University

Hello, my name is Nikki. I graduated from Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, which I am very proud of as a first-generation college student from the Rio Grande Valley in TX! At Brown, I was part of 2 different engineering research labs and worked a part-time job as a barista at the cafe in the engineering building. After graduating from Brown, I joined Teach For America and taught 8th grade math for 2 years. Now, I am a College Counselor at a charter school in Houston, TX. I walk students step-by-step through the college admissions process from building a college list to helping them understand their financial aid packages. I love having the opportunity to serve students whose shoes I was once in and show them the patience and kindness needed through the admissions process. I particularly enjoy getting to know students personally and finding the best way to help them tell their story in their application. I look forward to doing the same with my advisees and being a support for you in your journey to college!

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I am an educator with over fifteen years of experience working with diverse students in a range of educational settings. I hold a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Sociology and Chicana/o Studies, where I graduated with honors and a Presidential Citation. After graduation, I participated in an AmeriCorps volunteer program at a K-12 school on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. In 2012, I earned a M.A. in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University, while working for a California Student Opportunity & Access Program at a high school in San Francisco's Mission District. Over the past ten years, I provided both hands-on advising, developed programming, and led strategic initiatives to support students throughout Southern California as they explore, identify, and apply to educational options that are a fit for their unique interests, needs, and goals. I approach my work with students with curiosity and care, ensuring that the college application process is accessible, empowering, and exciting.

After my time at Saint Joseph's, I attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania for my Masters degree. I received my Masters in School Counseling and I am now a School Counselor in a Middle School. I was born and raised in New York, did my higher education in Pennsylvania and now reside in Texas. I love talking about the future, exploring options, and getting organized.

Lehigh University

Hello, I'm Nick, a Mechanical Engineer with a B.S. degree from Lehigh University (2022), currently working in the Defense Industry. As a former Teaching Assistant in various engineering courses during my time at Lehigh, I honed my skills troubleshooting technical problems, and assisting students in developing their own skills at the dawn of their engineering journeys! Growing up in Brazil and Uruguay, I've navigated the challenges of international transitions. Serving as an International Orientation Leader at Lehigh, I've had experience guiding students at the beginning of their academic journeys. Having been on both sides of the student experience, I offer a unique perspective to my advising role. I am a passionate person, seeking to fully immerse myself in whatever I do, whether parachuting off bridges or strategically maximizing tax deductions! I enjoy taking life by the horns take pride in devoting myself to whatever piques my interest. Whether you're excited about your path or still exploring, I'm here offering guidance and support! Thank you for considering me as your advisor. I'm excited to embark on this journey with you, offering insights, guidance, and a personalized approach to help you achieve your academic and personal goals.

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Bucknell University
Yale University

As a first-generation college student, I understand how daunting the college admissions process may seem to those who have no experience with it. Despite the challenges I encountered, I was admitted to every college I applied to and learned how the process works along the way. I bring my past advising experiences helping students draft and write essays, create college application plans, and manage their time to my role as an Advisor. The pride in seeing my students succeed makes me excited to help you on your journey to college. I believe that behind every successful student there are individuals who have helped them find and express their voice, and I can’t wait to work with you to accomplish this!

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Princeton University

Hello! My name is Nathanael, and I graduated from Princeton University in 2022 with a degree in International Affairs and Public Policy. I am pursuing a Masters in Public Policy (MPP)at the University of Oxford in England and will be headed to Harvard Medical School in the fall. In addition to exploring different academic disciplines during my time at Princeton, I also worked as a tutor, academic advisor, and college counselor. I tutored Organic Chemistry and Introductory Physics, and I served as a learning consultant and held weekly one-on-one consultations with students to help them develop personalized learning, time management, and exam preparation strategies. Lastly, I worked with various college access programs and helped numerous students gain admissions to schools such as Princeton, Cornell, and Johns Hopkins. I can't wait to help you navigate the college application process as well and support you in any way I can!

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Johns Hopkins University

Hello and welcome! I'm Natalie, a dedicated Senior Advisor with a passion for guiding students through the transformative journey of higher education. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University in May 2023 and currently hold a full-time position at Emory University, where I continue to learn more about the academic world. My journey in advising high school students began in the summer of 2020 when I, alongside fellow alumni from my high school, founded Brentwood Alumni College Coaches. This initiative was born out of our shared recognition of the need for personalized support in the college admissions process within the Brentwood Free Union Free School District in Brentwood, NY. As a first-generation, low-income college student myself, I deeply understand the challenges of navigating this crucial phase without adequate guidance. During this program, I had the privilege of mentoring two students who successfully enrolled in Johns Hopkins University and Stony Brook University. Inspired by this experience, I joined Matriculate during my undergraduate years, a national nonprofit organization that virtually connects high-achieving, low-income juniors and seniors with highly-trained undergraduate advisors. My role as an Advising Fellow allowed me to empower students to attend colleges where they would thrive, such as New York University and Cornell University. In addition to advising, I took on the responsibility of a Working Group Lead, facilitating monthly meetings to discuss the college advising process and the Matriculate curriculum with my peers. One of the aspects of my approach to advising is the incorporation of personal experiences, drawing not only from my journey but also from the diverse experiences of my peers. I believe in providing students with real-life accounts of college life, sharing insights into what I wish I had known during the admissions process, and offering guidance on optimizing both the admissions process and the overall college experience. My commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of students extends beyond the technicalities of college admissions. I find immense joy in assisting students in realizing their full potential, fostering a supportive environment that goes beyond academics to encompass personal growth and fulfillment. I look forward to working with you and helping you navigate the exciting path that lies ahead in your academic journey. Let's embark on this adventure together!

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Yale University

Hello! My name is Naomi Beckley and I am a recent graduate of Yale University. I majored in Global Affairs in addition to a certificate in Education Studies. I am very passionate about working towards a state of equity in education, particularly improving the quality of education and access to academic resources for marginalized students. I professionally hope to do so by attending law school and becoming involved with education policy and legislation. I have 4 years of experience of advising high school students through their college application processes, with my students going on to attend schools like Vanderbilt, University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin - Madison, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and University of Pennsylvania. I really enjoy the work that goes into being an advisor, particularly guiding a student in figuring out their college fit and reading essays. Super excited to meet and work with you on what will be a challenging but ultimately fulfilling journey!

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Princeton University

Hi! My name is Nannette Beckley, and I’m super excited to work with you! I recently graduated from Princeton University in May of 2023 with a B.A. in the School of Public and International Affairs and earned a certificate (minor) in Global Health & Health Policy. As a student, I participated in several organizations, including Matriculate, a college access program. Through my work as an Advising Fellow for Matriculate, I gained several years of experience advising high-achieving, lower-income students on the college application and financial aid process. I am also a member of the AP Alumni Council through the College Board. I enjoy helping students form their college lists and reviewing students’ essays. Outside of CollegeAdvisor, I serve as a Research Associate at NORC at the University of Chicago in their health-adjacent departments.

I look forward to guiding you through the long, complicated, but fulfilling college admissions process!

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Texas A&M University

I have worked with students full-time for over 7 years and worked with high school students part-time for over 2 years in my undergraduate career. At Mays Business School, I had the pleasure to advise and mentor students who are part of the Regents’ Ambassador First-Gen Scholars Program, a program of approximately 250 freshmen through senior year first generation college students with high financial need. I have also had the opportunity to collaborate with the Office of Admissions Regional Prospective Student Centers to recruit students throughout the state of Texas including Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Laredo, San Antonio, Austin, and the Rio Grande Valley. Before my current role, I served as a College Access Advisor at Aldine Senior High School, a Title 1 school in North Houston. At Aldine, I advised 700 high school seniors through the college application and matriculation process utilizing programs such as Apply TX, Common App, FAFSA, and TASFA and approximately 600 juniors on the college application process including finding best-fit, SAT/ACT preparation, scholarship applications, and career guidance. I am currently a College and Career Readiness Advisor for Houston ISD where I have advised over 300 students in the college application and financial aid process. One of my greatest strengths is having experience with students both in the secondary and post-secondary level with assistance in the financial aid application process. I am passionate about helping students reach their college and career goals.

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Michigan State University

I hold over 6 years of higher education administration experience advising students on their educational and academic pursuits. I obtained my B.S. in 2017 from Bowling Green State University where I received a 4-year full-ride scholarship. I graduated from Michigan State University with my master's in Education Administration in 2019. As a higher education professional, I strive to remove barriers to education and provide support to students from all backgrounds, identities, and experiences. I believe that having access to affordable higher education is an amazing avenue to pursue, and an opportunity everyone should be able to access affordably. I have experience advising a diverse array of students from many different institution types and love connecting with students holistically and providing them support and resources to best reach their collegiate goals. As an educator the driving force behind my advising style is to provide guidance and support as well as getting to know my student goals, values, and priorities to help them make decisions best suited for their situation. My time in higher education has allowed me to gain a great understanding around academic requirements, extracurricular activities, and institution types. I am always excited to learn about the experiences that have shaped students and how they want to make their impact on the world. I am very skilled in assisting students in finding out what it is they value and how they want to "share their story" with higher education institutions. I know the application process and the search for the right school can feel daunting and overwhelming at times, but I know from experience with the right support it can be incredibly rewarding and exciting as well!

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I am a first generation, low income student and I have a bachelors degree in Human Services from Western Washington University. I started my higher education career as a student worker with Western Washington University where I worked as a Tour Guide, was the Admissions Office Transfer Days and Personal Visits Manager, worked with the WWU Donor Foundation as a Student Ambassador, and was a Student Staff Manager for our Alumni Association. During this time I had so many opportunities to learn about the different sides and facets of higher education and really fell in love with Admissions. When I graduated from WWU in 2017, I was hired as an Admissions Officer for Vanderbilt University where I got the opportunity to learn the parts of a highly selective admissions process. Currently I work with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology where I help setup, oversee and support all of our dual enrollment programs within Metro Nashville Public Schools. Through all of my jobs at these various colleges and universities, I have had the opportunity to learn so much about the industry and how I can support students in whatever their journey is from a technical education, to a mid-size liberal arts state school, to a highly selective, top 20 university. My approach to student support is to listen to them first and really learn what their main priorities are and hear what their goals are. Once these are identified, I can help guide students with my knowledge of the admissions process. The college admissions process is such an exciting time, and while it can feel daunting when students focus on what all they HAVE to do, then they also get to learn about what they will GET to do and there's something so special about that!