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Jennifer Simons

College Admissions Consultant

She/Her/Hers

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Wellesley College

Bachelor's Degree in Women's Studies and Sociology

Harvard University

Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration

My interest in the college application process stems from my own experience navigating the college process mostly by myself, albeit with supportive but hands-off parents. I was fascinated by trying to understand how colleges know how many students to accept and why. My first job in admissions at Barnard College allowed me to supervise joint programs with the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Manhattan School of Music, while also running the tour guide programs and traveling throughout the American Midwest. In my subsequent role as Associate Director of Admissions at Connecticut College, I ran the Transfer and Return to College Program for non-traditional students. It was at Connecticut College where I got my first taste of international recruitment. Subsequently, I served as the Director of International Recruitment for ten years at Tufts University, where my focus was Asia. One of the highlights of that time was leading a three-week recruitment tour for 30 admissions officers across India. One of the aspects I loved about admissions, specifically international admissions, where there is a great deal of joint and team travel, is that you learn so much about other colleges and universities, and you realize that colleges are not competitors per se but rather institutions in search of the right student, just as students are searching for the right college. I moved from Tufts to take on the Director of Recruitment position at Northeastern University, an institution I admired from across the Charles River for a long while. And in the midst of all of this, I served as a college counselor at the Ramaz School in Manhattan for a few years, and that is why I am adamant about students fostering a positive relationship with their school counselor as they navigate this process.

Featured Blogs from Jennifer

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COLLEGE ESSAYS

Preparing to Write Your College Essays without Actually Writing

If you’re seeking inspiration for putting pen to paper, admissions consultant Jen Simons has some recommendations for preparing to write your college essays.

Posted on June 7th, 2022
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How to Find an LGBTQ+ Supportive College

As part of your college search for LGBTQ+ supportive colleges, be sure to read the university’s non-discrimination policy and mission statement.

Posted on May 26th, 2022
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What Juniors Can Do Now: Spring Edition

It’s almost spring, which means juniors should begin building a pragmatic college list based on a thoughtful, research-informed process.

Posted on March 1st, 2022
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What Juniors Can Do Now to Make Next Year Less Stressful

Don’t panic, high school juniors: it’s neither too late nor too early to start thinking about college admissions.

Posted on November 8th, 2021

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