Meet Kiersten

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Since 1992, I have been directly involved in admissions and school counseling in a variety of primary, secondary and college settings on both coasts of the United States. Educated at Gettysburg College and the College of Saint Rose, I hold a Bachelor's in Political Science and Master's in Education in School Counseling. Working independently as a consultant since 1993, I have concurrently held positions as Assistant Director of Admissions, Director of Financial Aid, and as a Student Advisor in independent secondary schools as well as at the collegiate level. In addition to working in the private sector, I have spent time working in a public high school as a guidance counselor intern. As I have a strong background in both college and secondary school admissions, I am well versed in the various duties that these professionals carry out on a daily basis.  I am also one of the few in the greater Seattle area that has actually worked in college admissions.

I take on a small client base each year to ensure personalized attention. I have worked with students from across the nation and around the world and I am able to assist both in person as well as via email, Skype and FaceTime. In an effort to stay on top of trends, I attend national conferences on college admissions each year, I network with college admission counselors when they travel to the Seattle area and spend a significant amount of time visiting college campuses across the nation to best facilitate matches between my clients and potential campuses. In 2015, I visited and assessed over 20 colleges and since I started practicing, I have personally toured over 270 campuses.

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As a recognized expert on college admission counseling, I have been frequently quoted in the press, including articles in The Seattle Times, Alaska Airlines Magazine, USA Today, Forbes, Fox Business and in Life's Little College Admissions Insights  and The Princeton Review's  The Portable Guidance Counselor. I was a contributor to Unigo's Expert Admission Column as well as Hundred of Heads. I have also made appearances on public radio, television and XM satellite radio. I am an instructor with the University of California at Irvine’s Educational Consultant Certificate program.  I am a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), an organization of experienced educational consultants. I served on IECA’s College Committee, mentored new members and was Co-Chair of the Naviance Affinity Group. I also hold membership with the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and I uphold all standards set forth by NACAC’s Statement of Good Practices as well as IECA’s Principals of Good Practice. Locally, I am a member of the Seattle Area College Consultants (SACC) group.

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