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College admissions is constantly evolving. Although we guide students individually, the diverse experience we bring to our collaborative advising model is distinctive. We participate in ongoing professional development, attend webinars and conferences and visit campuses throughout the country each year, bringing current knowledge and informed perspectives to our work. Compassion, humor, and common sense are present in all aspects of our business.


The high school years are a time for independence and exploration; each student is more than a GPA or test score. We believe in a holistic approach that starts with self-reflection as students begin to recognize their strengths and unique identity. We help students break down the necessary steps so the process is manageable and organized, identifying colleges that align with their interests, goals, and values. 


As professionals, we abide by the ethical guidelines of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and the Western Association of College Admissions Counseling (WACAC). We use HECA's Standards and Ethics Statement and NACAC's Guide to Ethical Practice in College Admission to guide our work. We take pride in being authentic and transparent as we guide each student to discover their genuine voice in essays and applications.

Welcome to Hawthorn College Advisors

Thank you for your interest in Hawthorn College Advisors. Combining our years of experience in the college admissions industry, we are excited to launch our company with a vision of collaboration, authenticity, and a holistic approach to the college advising process.


Our name comes from the hawthorn tree, which symbolizes the ability to express yourself in a unique and outstanding way while also representing strength, foundation, and growth. Our work is similarly inspired by the synergy between the hawthorn tree’s symbolic meaning and the growth that teens experience during the college search and application process as they discover their own unique path and identity. We would love to talk with you about how we can inform and guide your student during this exciting journey.

“We design a personal college plan for each student that best fits their goals, bringing our collective approach to the college admissions experience.”

- Liz & Janet

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