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Bachelor's in Psychology
University of Virginia
Master's in Counseling and Higher Educational Administration
Like many admissions officers, I was introduced to this line of work after having been a tour guide at Valparaiso University. I went to graduate school to study counseling in higher education and, while working in the admissions office at UVA, realized that admissions was my passion. As an admissions officer at Franklin & Marshall, I read and made decisions on applications from NY, CA, and CO, was in charge of transfer admissions, and was the liaison to all coaches during the athletic recruiting process. Moving to Georgetown, I continued to oversee transfer admissions and reviewed applicants from the Midwest, reading up to 1800 applications each year. I also acted as the liaison for the soccer coach, and led one of the business school admissions committees. During my time in the admissions world, I particularly enjoyed meeting with students, helping student athletes decide if they really wanted to play a sport in college, helping transfer students find a better fit at a different college, and helping students and parents debunk the myriad of myths that are out there regarding this process.
In the continuation of our Meet an Admissions Counselor series, we introduce Karen Spencer. Karen worked in admissions at Georgetown and Franklin & Marshall.
We are often asked how homeschooled applicants are evaluated in the admissions process, and the answer is, per usual, “It depends.”
College admissions consultant Karen Spencer provides guidance for writing the University of Delaware’s test optional supplemental admissions essays.
One of the most common questions we’re fielding right now is if a gap year makes sense for incoming freshmen. Read on for important considerations.