Casey Near pattern

Casey Near, Dean of Counselor Development

After transferring from the University of Pennsylvania to Scripps College, Casey caught the college admissions bug and hasn’t turned back. She started as a professional backwards walker (tour guide) at Scripps, then helped run visit programs for the admissions office. After graduation, she returned to her Bay Area home to work as an admissions counselor at Mills College, where she ran the tour program, assisted with transfer admissions, and convinced people that women’s colleges are indeed a wonderful idea.


In 2013, she opened the first Collegewise expansion office in the Bay Area and found her true professional fit. After a year of backpacking and working around the world in 2016 (and collecting a few stories along the way), she returned to her counseling roots to work from our Newton office.


Education & Experience

Former Admissions Counselor, Mills College

Summa cum laude graduate, Scripps College

Outstanding Collegewise Counselor Award, 2014


Professional Organization Memberships

NACAC: National Associations for College Admission Counseling

NEACAC: New England Association of College Admissions Counseling

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