It felt like we sent Blake on a journey in a faraway land, and he got a tour guide who told him what paths to try and which to turn away from. Not having been in this strange land ourselves, as parents, our greatest fear was we would give wrong directions. Great experience, comfortable for Blake from start to finish!
BILL, PARENT OF BLAKE CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY
Collegewise helped make my daughter’s college application process smooth and painless. In the end, my daughter was accepted to and will be attending her first choice school, USD. I could not be more thrilled for Alana, and I owe so much to Collegewise for making my daughter’s dream school a reality!
TORREY, PARENT OF ALANA UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
Collegewise provided me with a better understanding of the college application and decision process than I thought possible. Collegewise’s guidance throughout the process allowed me to really figure out what I was looking for in a college, while also maximizing my options.
ISABELLE SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
I would often be stressed about what I needed to get done or about how things were turning out, but every time I walked out of the office, I was so at ease. I think the most important part about being at Collegewise was how personalized the process was, and how much care and time and effort went into me specifically.
EMMA UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Going to my meetings at Collegewise never felt like a chore, but more as something to look forward to! Everyone in the office is so friendly, willing to help, and made for such great motivators and supporters when it came time to fill in apps and write essays. 10/10!
EMILY BOSTON UNIVERSITY
The college application process is confusing and tedious, and Collegewise really helped with that process. It was reassuring to go over my application with my counselor so that we could make sure that I had a better chance of getting in!
KYRA VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
Brenna has been immersed in admission since 2011. She first landed in admissions at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, then to MIT's Office of Undergraduate Admissions where she was a senior admission counselor, and finally to Swarthmore College where she just finished a run as their Associate Dean of Admissions and Director of Recruitment. In these roles, Brenna has served as a faculty member for College Horizons and Cherokee College Prep Institute, and a reader for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s College Scholarship Program.
Brenna earned her bachelor's degree in philosophy at Tufts and then her master’s in Education, Culture, and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. Brenna grew up in Alaska and after finishing her undergrad, she did stints as a naturalist tour guide in Juneau and as a field research assistant at NOAA Fisheries Auke Bay Laboratories.
Brenna loves any dog she sees (including her own, Sprout, who sometimes ignores her), Peloton-ing, and cooking mostly vegetarian and vegan food (though still maintains loyalty to that wild-caught AK salmon). She's also pretty hard to rattle at work—if you ask how she handles stress, she'll tell you about the time she ran into a bear while leading a group of tourists through the forest.
Education & Experience
B.A., Philosophy, Tufts University
M.S.Ed., Education: Education, Culture, and Society, University of Pennsylvania
Associate Dean of Admissions, Director of Recruitment, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
Assistant Dean of Admissions, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
Senior Admissions Counselor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Admissions Assistant, Harvard Graduate School of Education Office of Admission, Cambridge, MA
Professional Organization Memberships