What to Look for in a College Consultant

With many practicing consultants across the country, it’s a good to know that not all consultants have the same level of experience or qualifications. Since 1993, as founder of Murphy College Consultants, I have been committed to facilitating a personalized match between a student and his/her future college. A combination of specific training and experience in the field allows me to recommend schools best suited to the strengths and interests of the student. 

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30 minutes is the average amount of time that your son or daughter will have with their high school counselor preparing for college – the whole year. Kiersten spends approximately 40 hours on each client depending on their individual needs.

As I have personally visited hundreds of colleges across the nation, I am able to recommend the most appropriate options for students to pursue (I visit approximately 20-30 colleges each year). This personalized approach is one that is superior to reviewing websites, rankings and catalogs alone. In addition, I pride myself on being current with admission trends and application policies. This insight is invaluable to students as they make decisions about their future. 

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Professional Affiliations
Since 2001, I have been a member of an organization that holds members accountable to higher standards and ethical practices. Founded in 1976, the nation’s oldest organization of consultants, Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) requires that all members have at least three years of related admission or guidance experience, visit at least 50 college campuses, work with at least 50 clients, obtain a Master’s degree in a related field, and sign a yearly ethics contract. According to Dr. William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions at Harvard University, “IECA is the Harvard of the counseling profession.” Without a doubt, IECA has set the bar high for professional standards and is an industry leader.

First and foremost, clients are inspired to take charge of their college process and are held accountable for their decisions. I act as an objective third-party, helping the student to navigate the process. I do not accept compensation from colleges, nor guarantee admittance to a particular college. I do not write student essays, fill out application forms or write the guidance counselor letter. I will however provide you with the attention and expertise necessary to navigate the college search and application process.

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The current economy has driven applicant numbers to record highs at public universities making admission much more competitive than it once was.


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