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Tom Barry

College Counselor


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Tom served for four years as an assistant director of admissions at his alma mater, Colorado College, home of the beloved Block Plan where students plunge into one course at a time for three-and-a-half weeks before moving on to a new subject. After earning a master’s degree in international education administration from Stanford, Tom worked as a global programs manager for the African Leadership Academy before migrating to the Pacific Northwest to join Collegewise in June 2014.

A budding master chef who can flip food in a pan with only the rare catastrophic floor drop, Tom won first place in the “Took a Risk and Totally Nailed It” category of a recent pie baking competition for his original creation, The Burrito Pie. When he’s not counseling or cooking, Tom enjoys traveling, spending time in the great outdoors, and writing the occasional product review for USA Triathlon Magazine.

Education & Experience

  • M.Ed., Stanford University
  • Former Assistant Director of Admissions, Colorado College

Professional Organization Memberships

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What are people saying about Collegewise?

Tom was an immensely thoughtful and considerate guide for me throughout the daunting college admissions process. I am sure that without the help I received from Tom, I would not be attending my dream school in the fall. Collegewise has given me a gift I can never repay: the freedom of choice and happiness.

Jared Hector

Stanford University

Tom made our son’s college application process run smoothly and easily. His pre-planning eliminated all fire drills, and deadlines were met efficiently and calmly. Tom’s previous experience as a college admissions counselor provided us with inside information on what colleges and universities are really looking for.

Marie Kent, Parent of Cooper Kent

University of San Diego

Just saying that I loved my experience with Collegewise would be an understatement. I honestly feel that Tom made my applications and essays fulfill their potential and really made me look like the college candidate I wanted to look like. Instead of being treated like a student, I was treated like a friend.

Jackson Irwin

Syracuse University

Collegewise changed the application process from daunting and stressful to manageable and, well, not quite so stressful. While my friends complained about pulling all-nighters to finish applications and essays, I got to enjoy the last year of high school because my applications were already in!

Allison Collier

Whitman College

Collegewise was worth every penny. We didn’t even know where to start two years ago, and with the help of Tom, our daughter actually got eight acceptance letters from prestigious colleges all over the country. We strongly recommend Collegewise and will certainly be back with our younger daughter.

Ulrike Rylance, Parent of Elizabeth Rylance

University of Washington

Tom helped guide Max, gave him great advice, and most importantly kept him on track and on pace to get all of his applications in on time–with excellent results! Max actually completed all of his applications before Thanksgiving without breaking a sweat. Tom was wonderful and we were SO grateful for his help.

Nan Burton, Parent of Max Studer

University of Southern California