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
Sean Ashburn started his college counseling work as a Senior Access Counselor at Bottom Line, working with 120 first-gen, low-income high school students through the admission process. Next, Sean headed to Tufts University where he became Senior Assistant Director of Admissions and reviewed over 8,000 applications during his tenure. He managed recruitment for parts of CT, MA, and NYC, managed partnerships with QuestBridge and local community programs, and focused a lot of energy on diversity recruitment and access initiatives.
Outside of his actual admission jobs, Sean volunteered as a College Access Coach for Breakthrough Greater Boston, a faculty advisor for Tufts’ Indigenous Students Organization, and a faculty mentor for first-gen students through the FIRST Resource Center at Tufts. In March, Sean jumped into a new role as Associate Director of Post-Secondary Support at Excel Academy Charter Schools in Boston where he'll work with scholars as a post-secondary advisor to make sure they're successful on the college side. Sean earned his bachelor's from Boston University in sociology. Then Sean earned his master's from Tufts University in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership, with thesis written on "Indigenous Student Affairs at Tufts University: A Community Needs Assessment of Native Students’ Feelings of Inclusion and Sense of Belonging."
When he's not advising students with a pragmatic-yet-empathetic approach, Sean is busy loving interior design, Broadway musicals, Taylor Swift, and TLC reality shows.
Education & Experience
B.A., Sociology, Boston University
M.A., Diversity and Inclusion Leadership, Tufts University
Senior Access Counselor, Bottom Line, Jamaica Plain, MA
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Associate Director of Post-Secondary Support, Excel Academy Charter Schools, Boston, MA
Professional Organization Memberships
NEACAC: New England Association for College Admission Counseling
NPEA: National Partnership for Educational Access