We could not be happier with our decision to use Collegewise as our college consultant/counselor. Due to covid and being a little unfamiliar with new requirements, we decided it would be best to hire an expert. This is exactly what we got plus the added value of Karen Kimball. She was amazing communicating with us, keeping all of us on task and making accurate recommendations on how we should make decisions. This was no easy task for her working with us. She had unbelievable follow up.
JUNAB, PARENT OF LILIANA
Karen Kimball was a great college advisor! She was very kind and encouraging. Moreover, she always made time to help me whenever I needed even if it was last minute. With her help, I got into one of my top schools!
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!
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!
Karen Kimball, College Counselor
With over 25 years in education, Karen is an expert at guiding students through self-discovery and thoughtfully positioning their unique strengths on college applications. Regardless of a student’s grades, test scores, or resume, Karen is able to empower the student to reflect, identify, and celebrate who they are. In doing so, Karen guides the students to take courses, engage in activities, and apply to colleges where they will thrive. Each student who works with Karen will feel supported and armed with clear goals to continue their growth in college.
While teaching at the University of North Texas Honors College, Karen designed and implemented the department’s Capstone project: a required project-based course for college seniors that prepares them for their next steps. Now as a college counselor, Karen draws upon her refined organization and prioritization skills to create clear timelines and structure for students. She is known for breaking large projects into small, manageable chunks, all with an encouraging smile.
As a parent whose child has been through the college application process, Karen understands the stress the process can place on students and parents. With a Master’s in Communication Studies, it’s no surprise that Karen is masterful at communicating in a way that keeps the entire family feeling informed and prepared at every step. Families who have worked with Karen describe her as calm, kind, and firm, with a great sense of humor. Her students have been admitted to a myriad of programs (including business, computer science, and psychology) at colleges such as UCLA, LMU, Clemson, Boulder, and Gonzaga. She is also experienced in working with students pursuing a rigorous curriculum (including International Baccalaureate) and students with learning differences.
When she’s not guiding students in their college application process, you can find Karen spending time creating pottery, reading a good book, or chasing after her corgi Bess.
Education & Experience
College Counseling Certificate, UC San Diego
M.A. in Communication Studies, University of North Texas
B.A. French, Trinity University
Professional Organization Memberships