Meet Sydney!

Meet Sydney!

Get to know Sydney
counselor profile
counselor profile

Sydney Matthes, College Counselor

Sydney has done the math. In her nine-year career working with students and families to prepare them for the college journey, she has reviewed approximately 10,000 essays, 3,500 college applications, and presented to many (many is a number, right?) audiences on the topics of FAFSA, résumés, and the selective college admissions process. No need to calculate it: her passion for helping students is infinitely strong, and she’s made it her mission to support them in achieving their goals.

As a College and Career Center Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax, VA, she assisted students in the college search and the application process; facilitated community outreach programs for scholarships and financial aid; and led the first-ever Junior Focus Day, geared towards preparing 11th grade students and their parents to be successful in the college planning process. While serving as Assistant Director of Admission at George Washington University, she was heavily involved in the application review process, overseeing the student F-1 visa process, and working with students interested in accelerated medical school programs.

As a military spouse, she has a deeper understanding of military-connected students and has written extensively about finding the best campus fit and the transition to college for military families. Prior to joining the Collegewise team, she advised students online who were applying to 7-year BS/MD programs while living in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (more specifically, Hawaii).

When she is not being a power-island of admissions knowledge, Sydney enjoys surfing, spending time with her family outdoors, and decorating spaces.

Education & Experience

M.Ed., Higher Education Administration, George Washington University

B.A., Philosophy, West Virginia University

Assistant Director of Admission, George Washington University

College & Career Center Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools

Independent Counselor

Professional Organization Memberships

NACAC: National Association for College Admission Counseling

RMACAC: Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling

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