It felt like we sent Blake on a journey in a faraway land, and he got a tour guide who told him what paths to try and which to turn away from. Not having been in this strange land ourselves, as parents, our greatest fear was we would give wrong directions. Great experience, comfortable for Blake from start to finish!
BILL, PARENT OF BLAKE CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY
Collegewise helped make my daughter’s college application process smooth and painless. In the end, my daughter was accepted to and will be attending her first choice school, USD. I could not be more thrilled for Alana, and I owe so much to Collegewise for making my daughter’s dream school a reality!
TORREY, PARENT OF ALANA UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
Collegewise provided me with a better understanding of the college application and decision process than I thought possible. Collegewise’s guidance throughout the process allowed me to really figure out what I was looking for in a college, while also maximizing my options.
ISABELLE SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
I would often be stressed about what I needed to get done or about how things were turning out, but every time I walked out of the office, I was so at ease. I think the most important part about being at Collegewise was how personalized the process was, and how much care and time and effort went into me specifically.
EMMA UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Going to my meetings at Collegewise never felt like a chore, but more as something to look forward to! Everyone in the office is so friendly, willing to help, and made for such great motivators and supporters when it came time to fill in apps and write essays. 10/10!
EMILY BOSTON UNIVERSITY
The college application process is confusing and tedious, and Collegewise really helped with that process. It was reassuring to go over my application with my counselor so that we could make sure that I had a better chance of getting in!
KYRA VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
When it comes to navigating the college admissions process, Lori is exceptionally skilled in supporting students applying to universities all over the U.S. and around the world. With 20+ years of experience both behind the college admissions desk and as a high school counselor, she thrives on getting to know her students and supporting them in achieving their goals. For Lori, the most rewarding aspect of guiding families through the college journey are the strong relationships she builds as a mentor to students and a trusted advisor to families.
With a master's in educational administration and policy from the University of Georgia under her belt, Lori began her career in college admissions as Senior Assistant Director of Admission, first at Mercer University, and then at the University of Georgia. Wanting to connect even more individually with students, Lori spent the next 16 years of her career serving as a college counselor in independent schools in Seattle and Atlanta. As Head of College Counseling at Atlanta International School (AIS), Lori led a team of counselors and developed expert knowledge to tackle non-US admission processes – 30% of students at AIS also apply internationally each year, from the Netherlands and Canada to the UK and Australia. In each of her counseling roles, she has also advised international students through the US admission process.
When she’s not counseling students, she’s likely looking for an adventure. When everything went virtual, Lori and her family put their life in storage, packed up the car, and hit the road. They went to 22 different states and 15 national parks (the family favorites were White Sands, Zion, Arches, Crater Lake, Rocky Mountain, and Glacier), and she did all that while advising her AIS students virtually.
Education & Experience
M.A., Educational Administration and Policy, University of Georgia
Senior Assistant Director of Admission, Mercer University, Atlanta, GA
Senior Assistant Director of Admission, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Head of College Counseling, Atlanta International School
Professional Organization Memberships