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
Born and raised in the mountains of Southern California, Joel didn’t step foot on a college campus until he was a senior in high school. Joel attended UCLA and became a loud and proud Bruin, which ultimately shaped him into the college admissions professional he is today. He worked for UCLA first as an Admissions Officer and then as an Assistant Director who lived and recruited in the San Francisco Bay Area. After four years at his alma mater, Joel went on to work as a regional admissions representative for UC Santa Cruz in the Northeast. While convincing east coasters to join the Banana Slugs on the beautiful, beaches of California, Joel learned all about liberal arts colleges, that the Ivy League is actually a sports conference, and that you need to wash your car every two weeks in winter due to salty road conditions.
Joel traded his California flip-flops for snow shoes when he moved to the east coast to complete his Higher Education Administration, M.Ed. at the University of Vermont. For two years he served as an Assistant Residence Director in Residential Life and conducted research on college pathways for rural student populations. Although he vows to never live in college dorms again, Joel’s time in grad school showed him how much he missed the world of college admissions. Joel jokes that he has a ‘West Coast Best Coast’ bias, but he has wealth of expertise and appreciation for colleges all over the country. His counseling style focuses on making the application process as easy and stress-free as possible, all while encouraging students to explore and push themselves out of their comfort zones.
When he’s not obsessing over specialized degree programs at universities you’ve never heard of, you can find Joel paddleboarding on a lake somewhere in the Pacific Northwest or shredding gnar on his snowboard in the Rockies.
Education & Experience
Former Assistant Director, UCLA Former Regional Admissions Representative, UC Santa Cruz M.Ed. Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration, The University of Vermont B.A. Communication Studies, UCLA B.A. World Arts & Cultures/Dance, UCLA
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