Working with Katie has made my college search and application process an amazing experience. I thoroughly enjoyed every meeting with her, and even had fun (not something you hear all the time from a teenager applying to colleges!). The Collegewise method and Katie's guidance was an integral part in making my application process manageable and successful. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to work with Katie and the editors who really helped me clarify and improve my main essay and supplemental essays with constructive feedback, which I believe made my applications much stronger.
GABY VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
Katie’s guidance and support helped us through what could’ve easily been a nightmare college application process. She made the experience very positive for our family. Her intuition, calm demeanor, and quiet direction turned everything around. Her message to Emery was consistent and unwavering: trust yourself. Katie led gently, but supported fiercely, and I had the pleasure of watching my daughter forge a unique path that feels just right for her. Katie gave the gift of pride and excitement to my daughter, and that's priceless.
SAM, PARENT OF EMERY THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
Katie made the college application process easier than I ever could have imagined! She’s extremely knowledgeable and broke everything into clear, doable chunks, making for a smooth and easy process for my daughter. She covered the testing schedule, school choices, essay brainstorming, and application submissions. The biggest bonus for me was having a third party whom my daughter respected manage the process. Katie's knowledge is so impressive, I didn’t have to battle with my teenager at all. Katie made the journey seamless and allowed us to celebrate the milestones and victories. We cannot thank her enough for all of her help—we appreciate it immensely!
HOPE, PARENT OF ALICE LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
We could not be happier with Katie and Collegewise! We were dreading the college application process, and Katie made it an enjoyable experience. From the beginning, she made it all about our daughter and listened to who she was and what she wanted. She broke the application process down into small steps that made the process totally manageable—never overwhelming—and totally enjoyable. We highly recommend her to anyone who is going through the college search and application process. She is truly amazing!
AMY, PARENT OF ADDISON WHITMAN COLLEGE
I don’t think I could have survived the college application process without Katie! She kept me on track to finish my applications early, helped me write quality essays, managed the supplemental parts of my application, and kept my nerves in-check throughout the whole process. The thing I liked the most about working with Katie was that she made writing college essays so easy. I have trouble writing and coming up with ideas about myself, and Katie would ask me questions and pick out interesting topics out of our casual conversation. This made the writing process a million times easier because I had an outside source offering feedback and helping me structure and edit.
MONISHA NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Katie owns and runs our Bellevue, Washington office, where she has helped more than 500 students get accepted to the right colleges. She was also the well-deserved recipient of the 2014 Collegewise Counselor of the Year award, a distinction which she has subtly but successfully wedged into conversations with everyone from coworkers to the local Starbucks barista (“I’ve got a double-foam nonfat latte here for Collegewise Counselor of the Year!”).
Katie is a graduate of Colgate University and a former collegiate softball pitcher who can still hurl a ball fast enough to strike out most batters at the annual company softball game. She also has a certificate in college admissions counseling from UCLA and is one of our Collegewise Master Counselors who trains our new hires. A proud grammar snob and a diehard fan of her hometown Denver Broncos, Katie is a doting mom to her daughter, Everly.
Education & Experience
Counseled over 500 students since 2004
Collegewise Counselor of the Year, 2014
Certificate in College Counseling, UCLA
Professional Organization Memberships