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260 S. Los Robles Avenue Suites 313 and 315

Pasadena, CA 91101

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    Erin Buoen

    College Counselor

    • M.S. in School Counseling (Applied Behavior Analysis)
    • Former College and Career Counselor, Aveson Global Leadership Academy
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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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    Liz Marx

    Director

    • B.A., Wesleyan University
    • Certificate in College Counseling, UCLA
    • Former Casting Director for Universal Studios, Warner Bros., and 20th Century Fox
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About Collegewise Pasadena

We opened our Collegewise Pasadena office in 2014, bringing our straightforward, clear-eyed approach to college admissions to the area near the Paseo and Lake Avenue. Every time a student submits an application, we ring our old school bell in celebration—more than 350 to date.

Families are likely to happen upon some delicious home-baked goods at some point during their tenure with us, and we’re happy to share the calories. If you’re looking to infuse some sanity into your admissions journey, we invite you to visit and talk with one of our counselors.

98%

of Collegewise Pasadena students were admitted to one of their top three college choices

85%

of Collegewise Pasadena students come through referrals from other Collegewise families

100+

students served

What are people saying about Collegewise Pasadena?

My counselor was so helpful in the entire application process. The thought of having to write my personal statement was terrifying at first, but after my first meeting of brainstorming, I was excited to start writing. Knowing that there was someone I could go to with questions about the college process was priceless.

Talia

Georgetown University

Our counselor instantly became our son’s biggest cheerleader, guiding and inspiring him to better grades and test scores, which prepared him for the application process and then provided a template for him to investigate his choices. He was accepted at his first choice as well as gaining spots at numerous other choices.

Annabelle, Parent of Ezra

Sarah Lawrence College

Our counselor was so much more than a college counselor for us; she was instrumental in keeping me and my teenage daughter working together in harmony! Amazing feat! My daughter got into every college to which she applied and received GREAT merit scholarships from all! Time and money well spent!

Sheri, Parent of Ashley

Pitzer College

Our counselor was a joy to work with–her unending patience and reminders kept Charlie ahead of the game. Her guidance in navigating the essays, Common App and college choice selections helped keep Charlie focused. Charlie got into his first choice college ED, giving us a chance to take a big breath and enjoy the holidays.

Lisa, Parent of Charlie

Santa Clara University

Without the help from my counselor, I do not know where I would be. I started very late in this whole process and did not know much, but thanks to the determination and dedication of my counselor, I accomplished all of my goals. I am truly thankful for all of her help and would not ask her to change a thing.

Rachel

UCLA

My experience with my counselor was amazing. She made me feel that if I had any question, day or night, it was answerable. With her help I feel I put my best foot forward in my applications and my essays truly reflected who I am. My counselor gave me self-confidence, support, and an unforgettable experience.

Tatiana

San Jose State University

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