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
Erinn Murphy was a counselor at Carbondale Community High School, a rural school in southern Illinois, for more than a decade, but four years ago, she officially became a college counselor -- not only was she the first at CCHS, she was the first college counselor in the entire region. In her role, Erinn focused especially on identifying and supporting underrepresented students and developed an annual College & Career guide to better support students and families. Erinn has also been very involved in Illinois ACAC, is the co-chair of IACAC's High School Counselor Professional Development Committee and won the 2021 Outstanding Educator Award from U Chicago (she was nominated by a student!).
Erinn earned her bachelor's in business at Eastern Illinois University. After a stint as an Annual Fund Manager for the Nature Conservancy and a year with the Peace Corps in Morocco where she taught business skills to local shopkeepers and worked with a women's carpet collective, Erinn headed south for her master's in education and school counseling from Southern Illinois University.
Erinn’s family (including her husband, 13-year-old son, and 2 basset hounds) enjoys spending their time traveling across the country. Erinn loves making cards out of New Yorker cartoons, will read from dawn until dusk if given the chance, loves her guilty pleasure Bravo reality shows, and believes that every question (and the humans and curiosities behind them) matters and is worthy of an answer.
Education & Experience
B.A., Business, Eastern Illinois University
M.A., Education and School Counseling, Southern Illinois University
Co-Chair, IACAC's High School Counselor Professional Development Committee
2021 Outstanding Educator Award, University of Chicago
Professional Organization Memberships