College Counseling Amy VanTassel


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"Let me help you find a college that fits."

College Admissions Experience

I served over a decade in selective college admissions. It baffles me how many myths, misconceptions, and rumors pervade high school communities about what makes a competitive college candidate. Having served in the trenches and read hundreds of applications, I learned what actually matters. I also made some great buddies. My colleagues in admission keep me up-to-date on the ever-changing industry of college admissions. Here's my background...


Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Master of Education, human development and psychology; May 2003

Mount Holyoke College
Bachelor of Arts, art history; Bachelor of Arts, psychology; May 1998

The Emma Willard School
graduated May 1994

Professional Experience

Associate Director of Admission, The Colorado College
Colorado Springs, Colorado; 2008—2010

Associate Director of Admissions, Marlboro College
Marlboro, Vermont; 2006—2008

Assistant Director of Admission; Northfield Mount Hermon School
Gill, Massachusetts; 2003—2006

Athletic-Education Research Director; Harvard University Athletic Department
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2003—2003

Graduate Research Outreach Committee Chair, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Cambridge, Massachusetts; 2003

Professional Memberships

HECA, The Higher Education Consultants Association; 2014—present

NACAC, National Association of College Admission Counselors; 2003—present

PACCC, Portland Area College Counseling Consortium; 2013—present

PNACAC, Pacific Northwest Association of College Admission Counselors; 2008—present