Monica Gallego Rude has spent the entirety of her career working in admissions both in the United States and internationally. She has a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Post Graduate Diploma from the UCL Institute of Education, where she is also currently pursuing her doctorate, focusing on highly selective undergraduate admissions in the United States.
As a member of both the domestic and international teams, Monica enjoys helping students of all academic interests and backgrounds find and tell their best stories in their personal statements so they can ultimately be admitted to and attend their best-fit universities. Her students have been admitted to a variety of highly selective colleges, including both Ivy League and Russell Group institutions. When not thinking about all things college, Monica can most often be found practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, reading her favorite blogs, or planning her next travel adventure.
Education & Experience
- B.A., Washington University in St. Louis
- Completing Doctorate with the Institute of Education, University College London
- Worked in admissions in Taiwan, US, and UK
- Certificate in College Counseling, UCLA
What are people saying about Collegewise?
I found the brainstorming sessions to be helpful, and I appreciated the freedom given to me when I was writing the essays.
It was an absolute pleasure working with Collegewise. Monica was very sweet, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic, which helped my daughter as we went through this stressful process.
Negin, Parent of Shereen
We simply could not have navigated the college application process as well as we did without Collegewise. I believe that without Collegewise, we never would have found such a great fit for our daughter and the process would have been much harder.
JR, Parent of Samantha
Collegewise was incredibly helpful! I appreciate this program so much and do not think I could have made it through senior year without it! Every senior should use this program because it's absolutely amazing!
Sophie looked forward to her appointments and did the prep work religiously. Collegewise took the right approach, with clear guidance but a light touch in terms of letting Sophie drive the decision-making. Sophie owned her approach and ended up happy with her options.
David, Parent of Sophie
The University of British Columbia
Collegewise broke up the application process into very manageable pieces so that my son never felt overwhelmed. The essay assistance was top-notch. I have recommended Collegewise to many others!