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?
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. Katie remained by my side every step of the way with every query and quandary I had. There are no two ways about it–I wouldn’t be where I am today without her help.
Katie Sprague is a consummate professional who is not only extremely competent at what she does, but also a wonderful and caring counselor who will go above and beyond to help her students. Katie’s words of encouragement were invaluable, and she was there to help at any time of the day.
Mariusz Pisarek, Parent of Michal Pisarek
With Katie’s help, I was able to confidently express myself in my own words. She was critical in allowing me to see my potential as a writer and as a college applicant. Collegewise gave me the confidence I needed to tackle the college process head-on.
Katie was a breath of fresh air for our family throughout our daughter’s college application process. She always kept me updated and happily answered all of my questions. Katie kept Olga organized like never before. I have no doubt that without Katie’s encouragement and help, Olga would not be attending her number one college!
Irina Fisher, Parent of Olga Lurye
University of Michigan
Katie was an absolute delight to work with. She intuitively knew exactly where parental involvement should start and end and had an answer for every question. My son was comfortable with Katie and mentioned that she made him feel like he was the only student she was working with. She has consistently gone above and beyond.
Shari, Parent of Lucas
Before I met Katie, I was extremely stressed about the whole college application process. I was ready to give up, but Katie devoted her time to helping me and reassured me that I could do it. Katie instilled a faith in me that lifted a lot of the stress and had a positive impact on my year.