Laura joined Collegewise as a seasoned admissions counselor, having spent the entirety of her 17-year career in education working as a high school counselor and in admissions at two small liberal arts colleges and a large public university. Along the way, she earned her master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she served as the Associate Director of Admissions before earning her stripes as a Collegewise counselor.
Laura is passionate about helping students find their perfect college fit and coaching families through the (often stressful) college admissions process, but don’t let her credentials and extensive experience in admissions intimidate you—she’s more likely to start her student meetings with a discussion of the latest episode of her favorite Netflix series than with a question about SAT scores. When Laura isn’t expertly guiding her students, you can find her baking, practicing yoga, and learning Italian.
Education & Experience
- Master’s degree in Public Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Former Associate Director of Admissions, University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Former Assistant Director of Admissions, Millsaps College and Spring Hill College
Professional Organization Memberships
What are people saying about Collegewise?
Collegewise has been such a valuable and helpful resource for me. The stress of applying to college and for scholarships has been minimal with all of the help and support available. Laura has given me such helpful reviews of application essays during the application process. Not only is she helpful, but she is also kind and easy to talk to whenever I have questions. My Collegewise experience is so valuable to me. I don't know where I'd be without it!
When my daughter first began the process of applying to colleges, it was stressful. Laura was able to make my daughter feel better right away. Her knowledge about the entire application/essay process, along with her ongoing knowledge straight from admissions counselors, was invaluable.
Jayne Chambers, Parent of Lilli Chambers
Fuquay-Varina High School
We were impressed with the outcome: Our son not only got accepted to his “reach” school, but the financial offers were unbelievable! He got multiple merit-based scholarships and fully paid tuition at many great colleges. We believe Collegewise made a big difference.
Olga, Parent of Nicholas
The University of Texas at Austin
I’m thrilled with the options Juliana has for college now. She was accepted by almost all the universities she applied to. It was a good problem to have to pick one of the acceptances. I’m really glad that I had Collegewise to help us out–it was sure worth it, and I recommend Collegewise to all my friends.
Marcelo DeSouza, Parent of Juliana DeSouza
I was very pleased with Ryan’s experience. It took so much pressure off of me, and made Ryan responsible and accountable throughout the application process. Collegewise’s knowledge base of schools, their applications and stats was very helpful.
Michele Miller, Parent of Ryan Miller
Collegewise not only helped me find a number of great potential schools, but also helped open my eyes to some of the great components of the college experience to come.