After graduating from Penn State University, where she studied psychology and worked as a teaching assistant for the course “Psychology of Adolescence,” Katie earned a 4.0 GPA while completing two master’s degrees at Columbia University in psychological counseling and school counseling. During her time at Columbia, Katie also spent a year in the counseling office at the High School for Math, Science and Engineering in New York City, where she guided a caseload of students through the college application process and ran a regular stress management support group for seniors.
Since opening the New York City branch of Collegewise in 2014 and becoming the Senior Director of our Orange County offices, Katie has successfully had students admitted to a wide range of schools including Cornell, Vassar, Brown, Michigan, NYU, Dartmouth, Duke, and many more. A former competitive gymnast who can still walk on her hands and do a backflip, she also still holds the district and high school records for pole vaulting back in her hometown.
Education & Experience
- M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and M.Ed. in School Counseling, Columbia University
- Former School Counseling Intern, High School for Math, Science, and Engineering
Professional Organization Memberships
What are people saying about Collegewise?
Choosing to use Collegewise was definitely the best decision I made throughout the whole college application process. Not only did Katie help me touch up my essays, submit everything I needed to, and make everything so easy for me, but she also was such a sweet, compassionate person who really believed in me and kept me self-assured when other students were stressed. Katie gave me the tools and the support I needed to apply and get into an Ivy League University, and it was one of the most manageable and enjoyable experiences I could have had.
Let me be frank with you, as it is the best way I know how to describe what Katie’s advice, encouragement, and guidance has done for me: SHE IS A LIFESAVER. Before Collegewise, I wasn’t even sure about where I wanted to apply, much less what I’d write about for my college essays. Katie was the one to rescue me from that rut with open arms, and remained by my side every step of the way. There are no two ways about it--Katie’s just the absolute best, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her help.
Katie was an absolute delight to work with. Her expertise made a difficult process easy. She intuitively knew exactly where parental involvement should start and end and had an answer for every question. My son was totally comfortable with Katie and mentioned that she made him feel like he was the only student she was working with. Even when it came down to the wire, she was always a calming force. Every comment Katie made was positive, even when she was encouraging my son to do more or better
Shari, Parent of Lucas
Katie was a breath of fresh air for our family throughout our daughter’s college application process. She was so positive and patient, and she always kept me updated and happily answered all of my questions. Katie kept Olga organized like never before, and having a set date for each supplemental essay helped keep my daughter on track. We will truly miss Katie. I have no doubt that without Katie's encouragement and help, Olga would not be attending her number one college, the University of Michigan!
Irina Fisher, Parent of Olga Lurye
University of Michigan
Katie Sprague is the college whisperer! She was able to truly connect with our daughter from day one and from then on, the work seemed to flow with ease. She kept her on her deadlines, always encouraged her, and maintained a positive working relationship through every single task. Katie really understood my daughter and advocated for her needs in the process. She communicated everything to us so clearly and positively, and we felt complete confidence with Katie. Our daughter was accepted ED to her first-choice school. We could not have done it without Katie!
Lucia Heros, Parent of Alessandra Heros
Washington University in St. Louis
Katie has been so helpful throughout the entire college process. From beginning my college research to receiving my acceptances, Katie has been with me the whole way. She effectively broke down every step of the process in a way my school's guidance department never did. Without her, I probably wouldn't have known where to begin any of my applications. On top of that, she was incredibly kind to me and genuinely cared about my thoughts. Katie was truly the best counselor I could have asked for.