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There is a reason why Spark Admissions is the highest-rated admissions consulting firm in the country—the depth of talent on our team. All of our admissions consultants are seasoned admissions professionals, who are experts in guiding and coaching students to reach their goals. Quite simply, we are caring, dynamic, and thoughtful.


While each student works with one particular consultant, our clients benefit from our team’s collective knowledge and experience and our proven admissions methodology. We are here to build strong relationships with students and families and provide personalized, in-depth support throughout this process.


We’ve served on the admissions committees of some of the nation’s most selective schools and guided hundreds of students through crafting exceptional, authentic applications.


We know what it takes for students to earn admission to their top-choice colleges, universities and private schools—and we’re passionate about the role we play in helping them succeed.

Rachel Rubin of Spark Admissions

Dr. Rachel Rubin

Co-Founder, Admissions Consultant

Dr. Rachel Rubin is one of the world’s foremost experts on college admissions and author of the groundbreaking Harvard University study on how elite U.S. colleges and universities make admissions decisions.

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Rachel Blankstein of Spark Admissions

Rachel Blankstein

Co-Founder, Admissions Consultant

Rachel Blankstein is an esteemed admissions expert. She is regularly lauded for how her analytic and strategic skills couple with her ability to help students feel comfortable and confident in the admissions process.

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Dr. Meggan Arp Dillard

Senior College Admissions Consultant

A veteran college admissions consultant, Dr. Meggan Arp Dillard has over a decade of experience guiding students through the admissions process. She pairs her extensive knowledge of the procedures involved with her in-depth awareness of what competitive colleges are seeking in their applicants to help students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools.

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Connor Beatty of Spark Admissions

Connor Beatty

Senior College Admissions Consultant
Director of Consulting Operations

An experienced college counselor, Connor Beatty has a deep-seated understanding of the nuances that set students apart, particularly in Ivy League admissions.

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Dr. Erin Cable

Senior Admissions Consultant

Dr. Erin Cable is a seasoned admissions consultant with over a decade of experience helping students gain admission to Ivy League and other highly-selective colleges. She pairs her vast knowledge of the college admissions process with her extraordinary advising skills to guide students in the creation of outstanding narratives and college applications.

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Lindsay Cohen of Spark Admissions

Dr. Lindsay Cohen

Senior College Admissions Consultant
Director of Professional Development

Dr. Lindsay Cohen is a veteran college admissions counselor who applies a deep understanding of how colleges assess applicants to help students find their best fit.

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Dr. Joseph Fisher

Senior College Admissions Consultant

As a former admissions professional and college writing professor, Dr. Joseph Fisher guides students through academic planning, crafting stellar college admissions essays, and preparing for college interviews.

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Rachel Knecht of Spark Admissions

Dr. Rachel Knecht

Senior College Admissions Consultant
Director of Administrative Operations

Dr. Rachel Knecht is a veteran admissions consultant. She is an expert in helping students transform their experiences and interests into stand-out applications that gain them acceptance to their best-fit colleges, universities and private schools.

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Dr. Stephanie Malak

Senior Admissions Consultant

Dr. Malak enjoys helping students cultivate their college application materials. She supports their academic and extracurricular development through higher education research.

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Dr. Alexandra Oxner

Senior Admissions Consultant

Dr. Oxner is invested in helping students understand the intricate details of the admission process so they can find the colleges and universities best suited to their interests and talents.

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Taylor Papallo-Wall of Spark Admissions

Dr. Taylor Papallo-Wall

Senior College Admissions Consultant
Director of Research and Recruiting

Dr. Taylor Papallo-Wall taps his writing experience and admissions expertise to help students develop strategic high school plans and perfect their college admissions essays.

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Dr. Megan Race

Senior College Admissions Consultant

Dr. Megan Race is a veteran admissions consultant who draws on her background working in undergraduate and graduate admissions at the University of Chicago and Yale University to help students tell their stories in a unique and meaningful way during the college admissions process.

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Dr. Rachel Rickard Rebellino

Senior College Admissions Consultant

As a veteran college admissions consultant, Dr. Rickard Rebellino has over a decade of experience helping guide students in the college admissions process. She pairs her extensive knowledge of the college admissions process with her expertise as a writing coach to guide students in the development of outstanding college applications, helping them to gain acceptance to their top-choice schools.

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Kirsten Smith

Senior College Admissions Consultant

A seasoned college admissions consultant, Kirsten Smith has a decade of experience helping students gain admission to their top-choice colleges. She pairs her extensive knowledge of the college admissions process with her exceptional writing skills to guide students in the creation of outstanding college applications.

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Dr. Kelly Whitford

Senior Admissions Consultant

Dr. Kelly Whitford is an experienced admissions counselor who relies on her deep writing expertise and extensive background in higher education to help students craft outstanding personal narratives and college applications.

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Jami Williams of Spark Admissions

Jami Williams

Senior College Admissions Consultant

A seasoned college admissions consultant, Jami Williams has more than a decade of experience helping students gain admission to their top-choice colleges. She pairs her extensive knowledge of the college admissions process with her exceptional writing skills to guide students in the creation of outstanding college applications.

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