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Lizzie Leonard, College Counselor

Originally from Westport, Connecticut, Lizzie worked her way across the country by attending Kenyon College in Ohio, then moving to San Francisco after graduation. After four years in SF, she moved to Boston to pursue her passion for college admissions at Northeastern University. She spent four years reading some amazing college essays, traveling to meet high school students all over the globe, and finding ways to make the college process more joy-filled for families. 


After Northeastern, Lizzie took a brief stint to serve as Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Cambridge Friends School. While this gave her some great insight into independent schools, it turns out she missed high school students too much and was eager to get back to the higher education world – which brought her to Collegewise!


It is in Lizzie’s DNA to bring levity and comfort to people in stressful situations. She knows the college admission process can be (unnecessarily) nebulous, exclusionary, and fraught with anxiety. She aims to meet students where they are, and to be a friendly, knowledgeable, and (sometimes too) energetic partner throughout the process.

Education and Experience

Former Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Cambridge Friends School

Former Assistant Director of Admissions, Northeastern University

B.A. English, Kenyon College

M.S. College Student Development and Counseling, Northeastern University

Professional Organization Memberships

NACAC: National Association for College Admission Counseling

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