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Nikayla Loy

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Nikayla Loy is an extraordinary presence with the innate ability to instantly connect with absolutely everyone she meets. Before joining Collegewise, Nikayla enjoyed five years as an admissions officer at Drexel University, where she seemingly did all of the jobs. Evaluate thousands of applications – done. Travel throughout the year to promote her university – check. Supervise the student ambassadors – yup. Align the internal and external recruitment efforts of Drexel’s School of Biomedical Engineering (just try to say that five times fast!) and serve as the NCAA DI athletics-admissions liaison—check. She also earned her master’s degree in higher education leadership and management. We have no idea how this next item could be true, but Nikayla swears that she was still able to get eight hours of sleep every night.

While Nikayla is technically a Pennsylvania native, her love for the Jersey Shore (not the TV show, the actual shore) and the fact that she owns a boat make her quintessentially New Jersey. When she’s not working, Nikayla can be found aboard said boat, bargain shopping at garage sales near her home in Midland Park, or doing any of the many other things that make her so very much Nikayla.

Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership, Drexel University
  • Read and evaluated several thousand applications for Drexel University
  • Deep knowledge of biomedical engineering field

Professional Organization Memberships

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What are people saying about Collegewise?

Nikayla was my Collegewise counselor for this school year, and I couldn’t have been more grateful. She’s honestly the BEST! Any student is lucky to have her as a guide. Being the eldest child in my immediate family, as well as the first child in my extended family to have completed an American K-12 education and applied to college, the whole process was extremely new to everyone. Yet, Nikayla couldn’t have been more helpful! She told us when we were being unpractical, with complete honesty. And, for each of my problems, Nikayla had a terrific solution. She was also very supportive—she cheered me on for everything, which I appreciated. Our Zoom calls were not only productive, but filled with laughter and storytelling. After all, applying to colleges doesn’t have to be so serious! Nikayla truly helped make it easy for me—I didn’t feel stressed like my peers. So, thank you, Nikayla, for keeping me on task, being a friend/mentor, and helping me get into Northeastern!

Riya Kapur, Student


My time with Nikayla was extremely helpful, especially because I was balancing applying to 18 colleges while still having my schoolwork plus sports schedule. She kept me on-track with specific due dates, so I could finish everything about three weeks ahead of time. In addition, her support with my essays really helped set my applications apart!

Duytam Vu


We moved to the U.S. six years ago, and we had no clue about the college application process. Nikayla provided us with clear, detailed explanations and answered all our questions in a timely manner. She did a great job helping our son create a solid list of schools based on his preferences. She’s a good listener, funny, and efficient!

Delphine Maillard, Parent of Robin Maillard

Lehigh University

Nikayla is a devoted, dedicated professional. She supported our daughter, Maxime, all the way! She encouraged and guided her through the whole admissions process and was always available to help. Her knowledge of college admissions was priceless, and her kind attention and perseverance enabled Maxime to get accepted (Early Decision) to her first-choice school!

Elizabeth Rosso, Parent of Maxime Valentina Rosso

University of Miami

My parents, having come from China, knew almost nothing about the college admissions process, which meant Collegewise was a godsend. Collegewise is amazing at bringing out the inner you, the one that you want colleges to see, in essays and interviews. Frankly, applying to colleges was the least stressful part of my year!

Brandon Zhang

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Collegewise’s knowledge of the different schools and the way the “system” works was invaluable, and the regular appointments kept Erin on track. And the SAT tutor Collegewise recommended was able to give Erin the confidence she needed to get really competitive scores. Erin was accepted at all 11 schools to which she applied!

Amy Lederman, Parent of Erin Aufrichtig

SUNY Binghamton