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I work directly with high school students and families to guide them through the college search and admissions process.

My goal is to help you find colleges that fit academically, socially, and financially.

with calm, clarity & Confidence

College admissions advising

It feels like college admissions is a game to be won, but one with cryptic rules and secret penalties.

College rankings use flawed methodologies and focus on colleges that are well known for being well known.

You might be tempted to give up and just apply to the usual suspects at your school (or what your sister’s neighbor’s cousin claims are good colleges).

There is a better way that puts each student in the center of their process.

Together, we define factors that matter most in your college search. Then do we identify colleges that fit your criteria.

A balanced college list considers academic interests, the student’s profile, institutional priorities and the family budget.



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For families who want a full range of services, including help choosing classes, understanding testing options, and building a college list. Includes assistance with college applications.

Comprehensive College Planning

Guidance throughout high school

Help As You Need It

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Best for self-starters, who want help in specific areas, like college essays or homeschool documentation.

Hourly Advising

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Need help with military academy or ROTC scholarship applications? I have 20 years of experience with academy and ROTC applications.

Military Program Advising

Guidance throughout high school

About Lisa

I'm Lisa Rielage. As an Independent Educational Consultant, I work directly with high school students and their families to help them identify colleges that are good fits for them.

Together, we consider their academic goals and the college atmosphere they want, but also keep in mind the family budget and college admissions selectivity. 

As senior year approaches, I'm right there offering guidance on college application and essays.

Get the help your family needs as you approach college

meet Admissions Decrypted

- Jennifer E.

"It was great finding someone who understood exactly where we were coming from"

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An Independent Educational Consultant (IEC) works for YOUR family, not a college or a high school. So my priority is your kid. 

I specialize in colleges, and devote hundreds of hours a year to college visits, counselor conferences, and roundtables to stay current on admissions and affordability.

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