Thank you to Connie Whitman of Whitman and Associates for hosting me on her Podcast, Enlightenment of Change. I absolutely loved talking to her about how to navigate the college admissions process with joy – and optimal results! Please listen to our conversation here.

A few highlights:

  • We talk about how to avoid common mistakes, including many that you don’t know you’re making.
  • We also cover the importance of creating the right school list.
  • We discuss how much the college landscape has changed since many parents were applying.
  • I talk a bit about my guiding my own three children through the college admissions process. (Two of my kids went to Ivies, and one chose a small liberal arts college that’s a perfect fit.)
  • There is a LOT of misinformation out there about the college admissions process – it’s critical to listen to the right voices.
  • I highlight the importance of finding colleges that are a good fit.
  • Overall, supporting your child as they apply to college can be a great experience. Really!


As I mention in our conversation, my college practice is now open to clients who are looking for help with components of their applications. (This is in addition to my comprehensive program.) Please ka***@no*****************.com“>reach out to learn more about my new seminars, individual intensives, school list and essay support, and more.



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Karen Marks

Karen has more than 12 years of experience evaluating candidates for admission to Dartmouth College and to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Since founding North Star Admissions Consulting in 2012, she has helped applicants gain admission to the nation’s top schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Wharton, MIT, Tuck, Columbia, Kellogg, Booth, Haas, Duke, Johnson, Ross, NYU, UNC, UCLA, Georgetown and more. Clients have been awarded more than $70 million dollars in scholarships, and more than 98% have gotten into one of their top choice schools.
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