Since being established in 2012, North Star Admissions Consulting has been helping people take the next critical step in their education and career.

North Star is led by Founder and President Karen Marks. Karen has more than a decade of admissions experience, including time as:

  • Associate Director of Admissions at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she was the lead Diversity Recruiter, and a member of Tuck’s admissions committee
  • A member of the Board of Trustees for the Consortium for Graduate School Management where she chaired the organization’s Executive Committee
  • A member of Dartmouth’s undergraduate admissions selection team

During her time in admissions, Karen has:

  • Adjudicated thousands of applications and conducted hundreds of interviews
  • Consulted about scholarship awards
  • Met and advised hundreds of candidates
  • Helped to write essay and recommendation questions
  • Trained interviewers

Colleges and universities use complex criteria to make admissions decisions, and while the details may vary from school to school, the basic components are the same. All schools are looking for multifaceted candidates who will contribute and excel. Karen’s experience gives her a deep understanding of admissions criteria.

Including the following topics:

  • Why schools ask the questions that they do
  • What schools look for in recommendations
  • What anecdotes to share and not share
  • How to articulate your goals
  • How to address areas of concern
  • How to shine in interviews


Over the last three years, North Star has helped business school, college, medical school, law school, and PhD and Master’s candidates identify and gain admission to their best fit schools.

In addition, North Star has helped applicants earn more than $8.2 million in scholarships at the world’s top schools, including but not limited to:

  • Columbia
  • Cornell
  • Dartmouth
  • Duke
  • Georgetown
  • Harvard
  • London Business School
  • MIT
  • New York University
  • Northwestern
  • Oxford
  • Stanford
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Virginia
  • Wellesley
  • Yale

Cornell University

Harvard University

Columbia University

Stanford University


Customized Approach

North Star’s key to success is a personalized engagement with each client that includes:

  • Working closely with clients to understand their individual strengths and weaknesses
  • Determining each candidate’s unique value to potential schools
  • Helping develop a strategy for communicating this information to admissions teams through powerful applications

Through our close collaboration, you can feel confident that you are doing all you can to gain admission to the best possible institution.

Karen Marks

President & Founder
President & FounderNorth Star Admissions Consulting

Prior to her college admissions career, Karen was a civil rights attorney working for the ACLU, specializing in race and gender discrimination litigation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University School of Law. She currently lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

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