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Casey Near

Executive Director of Counseling


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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

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What are people saying about Collegewise?

I have had an amazing experience working with Collegewise. It was such a relief to feel so confident in my college list after having been encouraged to do so much thorough research. I had so many questions throughout the college application process that my parents were not equipped to answer, and thankfully Casey was always someone I could turn to for advice.

Sophia Levin

Northwestern University

Casey Near is the very best college search artist a student and parent could have the pleasure of working with. Casey has a very approachable and friendly style that complements her professionalism, knowledge, and coaching experience. As a parent, I was able to let go and be the cheerleader instead of the taskmaster.

Heidi Schwenk, Parent of Conner Harden

Carnegie Mellon University

Our counselor was Matthew’s counselor, friend, big sister, and advocate. The first acceptances were received before Thanksgiving, and she celebrated each and every one with him. Her expertise, professionalism, and genuine kindness made the college admissions process easy for Matthew. Collegewise is a great investment.

Kathleen Walker, Parent of Matthew Ludwig

Trinity University

Casey was such a wonderful resource for our family. She provided help and guidance throughout the entire process, from identifying schools that were potentially a good fit, to editing essays and reviewing applications, to offering valuable insight about different colleges. We couldn’t have done it without her!

Laura Chen, Parent of Julia Chen


Consider this: Casey is an adult teenagers like, she watches sports, is extremely cheerful all the time, executes deadlines like pandas eat bamboo, and will absolutely make the college application process 100 times easier, not to mention improving your final results. Go, Casey! I’d recommend her to anyone.

Soren O’Connell

UC Santa Cruz

All of my friends had such a rough college application experience. They had so much trouble picking good schools, brainstorming, and making sure they met all of the deadlines. But working with Casey made it SO easy and surprisingly fun. My college application process was (relatively) painless! THANK YOU, CASEY!!!

Summer Boucher

American University