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Jordan Kanarek

Managing Counselor


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Jordan has the distinction of being the first former Collegewise student to later join our ranks as a counselor, a goal he set for himself soon after setting foot on campus at his dream school, Gettysburg College. After leaving his teen years behind and becoming a fully-fledged adult, Jordan completed a stint in the Gettysburg admissions office and later joined The Princeton Review’s Washington, D.C. office, where he directed the private tutoring division, growing it to over 1 million dollars in revenue in 2014. There, he also recruited and trained faculty, delivered more than 30 speeches annually at local high schools on the subject of college admissions and testing, and simultaneously worked to complete his college admissions certification from UCLA.

An avid chef, rabid soccer fan, and voracious consumer of college admissions information, we thought Jordan expressed his motivation best when he wrote in his cover letter, “Collegewise helped me find the right college fit. I hope to have the privilege and opportunity to do the same for our next generation.”

Education & Experience

  • Director of Private Tutoring, The Princeton Review of Washington, D.C., 2013-2015
  • Certificate in College Counseling, UCLA
  • Certificate in College Counseling, Columbia University
  • Invited Speaker, Johns Hopkins Pathway to College and Summer Discovery
  • Director of Operations, Curio Partnership

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What are people saying about Collegewise?

Without Jordan, I would not have known left from right with all of the varying steps that need to be completed in finding your dream school. Through Jordan’s caring approach, he was able to extract my intended message from occasionally flawed writing, enabling me to express a better version of myself to schools.

Jakob Hegewisch-Allen

Tulane University

We interviewed Jordan from Collegewise and another highly recommended college counselor. I have to say, I knew Jordan was the right choice immediately after our meeting. The enthusiasm and positive feelings we had after leaving our initial interview was amazing. We knew our daughter would be in good hands with Jordan guiding her and her MILLION questions. Jordan remained a constant companion and CHAMPION for our daughter throughout the entire process. Jordan excelled in making both the nervous parents and our daughter feel at ease with the enormous amount of work, time and effort needed to find, choose and apply to college. He was a great motivating factor in keeping everything on schedule. We cannot thank Jordan enough for the time and effort he has given our family.

Valarie Bernstein, Parent of Julianne Bernstein

University of Georgia

I was lucky enough to work with Jordan Kanarek during my college application process. After months of amazing counseling, the impossible was made possible and I was admitted to all of my top three choices. Jordan and Collegewise were very thorough, organized, and immensely encouraging throughout the entire process.

James Beasley


Collegewise and specifically Jordan were a fantastic help to our family as we navigated the college application process. Communication was both easy and convenient, which really allowed us to get thorough, consistent help. Most valuable was Jordan’s insight on colleges and his suggestion for Alex to evaluate other schools to find safety schools she would be happy with. In the end she got into her first choice and we are so thrilled! Thanks for all of your help—it truly was stress free for me as a parent.

Cindy Cooper, Parent of Alex Cooper

University of Maryland, College Park

We have been thrilled to have Jordan Kanarek coach our son through the college application process. Jordan adeptly guided our son to reach his college acceptance goal. Knowledgeable and organized, Jordan kept our son on schedule with the many submission deadlines. We found the Collegewise process maximized the chances of a successful outcome for our son. We highly recommend Jordan Kanarek as a college counsellor.

Wendy & Chuck Mathews, Parents of Charles G. Mathews (Graham)

Colgate University

My daughter’s counselor, Jordan K., was outstanding. He helped our daughter finalize and balance her list of colleges and create a timeline for brainstorming sessions for Common/Coalition App and supplemental essays. He pushed her to stick to the timeline but backed off when her workload was too heavy. He kept her morale up while providing realistic guidance on outcomes. The staff did an excellent job of providing feedback on essay drafts without rewriting essays.

Brenda Seaver, Parent of Rachel Gluck POP

University of Virginia