I can’t say enough wonderful and positive things about our experience with Nikayla at Collegewise. Our son Zach was overwhelmed and unmotivated when he started the college application process. We decided to hire a professional in order to keep the peace in our family. Zach connected with Nikayla immediately. They just seemed to “get” each other. In the end, Zach was accepted to all 12 schools he applied to - almost all with merit money. He received a full ride to the University of Delaware! Thank you to Nikayla for somehow meeting both Zach and our needs perfectly. She is literally worth every penny we spent and more!
MARNIE, PARENT OF ZACHARY UNIVERSITY OF DELEWARE
I thought that my time with Nikayla was extremely helpful especially in that I had to somehow balance applying to 18 colleges with school and sports. Having a schedule with due dates was pretty much necessary for me to finish everything about 3 weeks ahead of time. On top of that I thought that her help with my essays was really what set me apart in my application especially since some of my first drafts were garbage but then they ended up pretty good.
DUYTAM UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
I was always told that the college application process was the most challenging and stressful part of high school. Clearly, those people did not have the support of Collegewise. Nikayla and the entire Collegewise team made my college application process strategically-planned, managable, and quite honestly, fun. Nikayla specifically is just an incredible person. She is always there to respond to my messages, edit my essays, inspire me, and help take that stress off my shoulders. I really would not have come out of this process sane (or successful!) without Nikayla. She helped me do everything possible to put my best foot forward for my applications. She is dedicated to making her students excel, and she knows so much about thriving in the application process. I cannot thank Nikayla and Collegewise enough. My college dreams came true because of the knowledge and support of the Collegewise team.
EMILY VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
My husband and I went to College in the UK and thus have limited understanding of the US college application process or the pros and cons of the various colleges. We signed up for Collegewise with our son on the recommendation of our SAT tutor and we are very glad we did. Nikayla was our advisor and kept our son on track with his essays and applications and helped select the best colleges to apply to. It took away a lot of our family stress :) We were so happy with our son's success in getting accepted to his first-choice college, that the following year our daughter also worked with Nikayla. Our daughter had no idea what she wanted to study or where, but Nikayla helped her through the process of selecting a college and major. Again, our daughter was accepted at her first choice college! Thank-you Nikayla and Collegewise-I highly recommend you to other parents who are looking for help and guidance in the college application process.
KAREN, PARENT OF ALEX AND BECKY
As we moved to the US six years ago, we had no clue on the college application process. She provided us with clear and detailed explanations. She answered all our questions on a timely manner. We were very confident on her support. Nikayla did a great job helping our son to make a good selection of schools based on his feelings and wishes. She is very structured and a good listener. She guided our son on essay writing. Nikayla is nice, funny and efficient. Thank you so much Nikayla! Nikayla knows her job very well.
DELPHINE, PARENT OF ROBIN LEHIGH UNIVERSITY
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