Judy’s career in admissions began at her alma mater, Yale, where she worked as Assistant Director of Admissions and reviewed applications from seven states. She later earned her master’s degree at Stanford’s School of Education, where she also took courses at the Graduate School of Business. Throughout her career, Judy has held various posts in education, from a stint as Principal Analyst at the UC Office of the President to her more recent position as a college counselor and essay coach. Judy also enjoyed helping her own sons successfully navigate the admissions and athletic recruiting processes. Working with Judy means partnering with a true admissions expert; her years working in admissions and university administration give her a depth of knowledge that allows her to manage the application process with ease and clarity.
When she’s not expertly advising students on all things college admissions, you can find Judy busting a move at her hip hop class (though she’ll be the first to tell you that she’s intermediate at best) and testing out her foreign language chops (she’s a native Cantonese speaker and has studied Spanish, French and German). Judy is also an expert traveler, having been born in Hong Kong and raised in NYC’s Chinatown. She later lived in San Francisco and New Haven before settling down in a small town in Connecticut.
Education & Experience
- Former Assistant Director of Admissions, Yale University
- M.A. in Administration and Policy Analysis, Stanford University
- Former Principal Analyst, UC Office of the President, Student Academic Services
Professional Organization Memberships
What are people saying about Collegewise?
I truly enjoyed working with Judy! She was endlessly patient and kind about reminding me to keep the pace up on writing my supplementals, and very helpful as both a general guide to the college application process and in her comments for my essays. I really appreciated her help!
It was awesome to have Judy as counselor for our son. She guided him through the application process, encouraged him to do his best at school, and got him to participate in activities he was interested in…all while tracking the results. She always provided us with relevant information so we could make the right decisions, in some cases going the extra mile of calling the colleges to answer our questions. She also offered good suggestions for colleges that would best fit our son and clearly explained why.
Parents of Ivan Rosales
Judy helped me figure out how to write about my personal experiences and develop the best answers that I could write. I can’t thank her enough for everything she’s done!
With Collegewise, it’s truly a partnership, and you have a great team working on your side! They know how to integrate and engage everyone with professionalism, attentiveness, and expertise. A lot goes into looking for the right college, and many factors must be taken into consideration: financial situation, student goals, etc. Judy's guidance played a huge role in getting our daughter accepted into eight colleges of her choice. It was evident she really cared. Infinite thanks to Collegewise and Judy!
Samuel & Lorma Montano, Parents of Melissa Montano
Norwalk Community College
We engaged Collegewise to assist our family with the daunting application process for multiple universities. Our counselor, Judy, was really fantastic from the start. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and sincere about her desire to help our son through the process. Judy quickly earned our trust through multiple meetings where she took the time to understand not only our son’s goals, but also our thoughts as parents. It was really a seamless process that went exactly as planned. With our busy schedules, it gave us a great deal of comfort knowing Judy was helping guide our son. There is no question that she reduced the overall stress associated with applying to multiple, Tier One schools.
Parents of Dennis W.
Not only was my counselor amazing, but the proofreading service for my essays was also very helpful. Collegewise really provided a strong foundation for me as I applied to multiple colleges. They helped me create a solid list, brainstorm essays, and made sure my deadlines were met. The process was much less intimidating with a counselor by my side!