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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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Connor Beatty of Spark Admissions

Connor Beatty

Senior College & Private School Admissions Consultant

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

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Kate Bermingham of Spark Admissions

Dr. Kate Bermingham

Senior College Admissions Consultant

Dr. Kate Bermingham is a seasoned admissions consultant who harnesses her writing expertise to teach students how to craft compelling and authentic essays that effectively convey their unique stories to the colleges of their choice.

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Lindsay Cohen of Spark Admissions

Dr. Lindsay Cohen

Senior College & Private School Admissions Consultant
Director of Professional Development and Outreach

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

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Rachel Knecht of Spark Admissions

Dr. Rachel Knecht

Senior College Admissions Consultant

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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Matt Newman of Spark Admissions

Dr. Matt Newman

Senior College Admissions Consultant

As a former admissions professional and college writing professor, Dr. Matt Newman creatively and energetically guides students through academic planning, crafting vibrant essays, and preparing for college interviews.

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Taylor Papallo-Wall of Spark Admissions

Dr. Taylor Papallo-Wall

Senior College Admissions Consultant

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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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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