After being named valedictorian of her high school class and MVP of her cross country team, Rhiannon (pronounced “Ree-ANN-inn,” just like in the Fleetwood Mac song of the same name) turned down an offer of admission from UCLA to attend UC Santa Cruz, eventually graduating summa cum laude with degrees in economics and history. She then earned a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania and spent a year in admissions at Sweet Briar College in Virginia before joining Collegewise in July 2013.
When she’s not running or watching Forrest Gump for the 137th time, Rhiannon enjoys visiting Civil War battlefields, testing the check-out limits of her local library, and spending time with her husband, Michael, and young daughter, Daisy.
Education & Experience
- Former Admissions Counselor, Sweet Briar College
- M.S.Ed. in Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania
- Former Graduate Assistant for Admissions and Financial Aid, University of Pennsylvania
What are people saying about Collegewise?
I can’t imagine navigating the college application process without Rhiannon’s support. Rhiannon goes above and beyond to make sure her students’ unique personalities and passions are reflected in their applications. Because of her support, I am attending one of my dream schools this fall!
Rhiannon’s advice was essential to our daughter’s successful results. Mariela applied to 13 liberal arts colleges and was accepted to all of them! (One of them had a 37% acceptance rate!) She was offered a full tuition scholarship at Marlboro College and is enrolled there.
Linda and Dave McConoughey, Parents of Mariela McConoughey
Rhiannon is not only a perfect college counselor, but also a funny and kind and amazing person. I don’t know where my college search would have gone without her, but honestly I don’t want to know because she made the whole process so much more manageable and so much better than I ever imagined it would be.
Rhiannon connected immediately with Kelle and was excellent at providing constructive feedback. She kept Kelle on track with milestones and provided great guidance with the college list, the essay, applications and even her interviews. There was barely anything that we had to do!
Michael Keyles, Parent of Kelle Keyles
Rhiannon’s guidance helped to put us at ease throughout the entire process, and made us very comfortable formulating and refining our strategy, ultimately landing our son in the college of his choice. We will definitely be calling on Rhiannon when our other three sons are college-ready!
Neslihan & Brian Montag, Parents of Cameron Montag
Carnegie Mellon University
Rhiannon was fantastic! She guided our middle son through the process, raised his awareness to possibilities that would have likely eluded us as parents, and worked tirelessly to make sure we were all on the same page. We will undoubtedly use her again for our youngest…