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    Tara Swoboda

    Director of College Counseling

    • Former Assistant Director/Program Specialist, USC Marshall School of Business
    • Former Scholarship Auditor and International Field Study Staff, University of Southern California
    • B.A. and Peer Counselor, University of California at Berkeley
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    Lisa Caruso

    College Counselor

    • M.S. in Counseling Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
    • Magna cum laude graduate, University of California – Irvine
    • Former Advisor and Admissions Officer, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara
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    Kirsten Hanson-Press

    College Counselor

    • Former Executive Director, Parents Education League of Los Angeles
    • Successful career as a film commercial and music video producer
    • Member of NACAC and WACAC
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About Collegewise Los Angeles

Collegewise Los Angeles has been infusing passion and expert insight into the college admissions process since 2004. Nearly 500 students and more than 5000 applications later, we’re more excited and more committed to our craft than ever.

We love supporting our students and are known to host our seniors on the occasional fall Saturday to have lunch on us while they work on applications, polish essays, practice interviews, and get some extra counseling. We also open our beautiful office (with a view!) to college reps when they're in the area to interview prospective students.

3x

the national admit rate to USC

100%

of students admitted to a top 3 choice university in 2017

450+

students served

What are people saying about Collegewise Los Angeles?

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    Hannah

    Middlebury College

    I had a fantastic experience with Collegewise! The whole process was smooth, and because of my counselor’s help, I am going to my top choice college! My counselor guided and advised me from beginning to end, whether I was exploring different schools, writing essay drafts, or perfecting my final application.
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    Katy, Parent of Kathryn

    Johns Hopkins University

    CollegeWISE’s name fits. Our counselor left both of our girls in awe. They started off early and in a panic. By the end they were headed to their dream schools.
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    Olivia

    Dartmouth College

    My counselor has inspired me beyond the scope of high school and college. Not only did he help me find the perfect place to spend the next four years of my life, but he also taught me so many lessons and skills that I will continue to use in building my future. His advice will stay with me forever.
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    Anonymous

    MIT

    As a former admissions officer, our counselor was able to quickly read my son’s application and provide insightful comments. The end result? AdMITted in December and comMITted in April to his top choice school.
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    Gina, Parent of Ally

    Syracuse University

    Working with our college advisor was the best decision we made as a family. Our counselor was able to craft a realistic but aspirational college list that resulted in a high acceptance rate. She listened to this parent’s hopes and fears and answered every call, text and email.
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    Bianca

    Georgetown University

    It was actually my counselor who introduced me to the school I would end up attending. She helped me to better understand myself and the type of school I wanted. Through Collegewise, I was able to write an essay that I was proud of, and I received help in navigating the crazy world that is college applications.

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