Consultant Profile: Julia Wilson
In her ten years as a college planning and application consultant, Julia has helped applicants gain admission to a wide range of elite schools, including Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, and UPenn. She possesses a uniquely comprehensive knowledge of the admissions process, having worked not only as an independent admissions consultant but also as an SAT/ACT test prep instructor, a Princeton alumni interviewer, an ETS-certified SAT essay rater, and, most recently, as Director of College Guidance at a private high school in Princeton, New Jersey.
In addition to her work in admissions consulting, Julia is an accomplished harpist; she spent 8 years in The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Program and received a Certificate in Advanced Harp Performance from L’École Normale de Musique de Paris. She has a passion for identifying and helping students to articulate their unique strengths while guiding them to colleges best suited to foster them.
Since earning my B.A. in French Literature from Princeton University and M.P.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, I have dedicated the past 10 years of my career to guiding students through the college admissions process. While I spent 4 years teaching SAT and ACT test prep courses and working as an ETS-certified SAT essay rater, my passion for counseling and working closely with individual students has led me to specialize in college admissions consulting; my clients have gained admission to a host of elite schools, including Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, UPenn, NYU, Brown, and Carnegie Mellon.
Prior to pursuing a full-time career in independent admissions consulting, I served as Director of College Guidance at a highly-rated private high school in Princeton, NJ. This role allowed me to be involved in every stage of the college application process—from introducing freshmen to the college application process and hosting “Financing College” workshops for parents to running an annual “College Application Essay Boot Camp” for seniors, writing counselor recommendations, hosting college admissions representatives, and coaching students in preparation for admissions interviews. My experiences as an alumni interviewer at Princeton the past four years and as a private admissions consultant for the past decade were of great use in giving students a leg up in the admissions process, as evidenced by the school adding the following to their list of college acceptances during my two years as College Guidance Director: Princeton University (3 students accepted), Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Carnegie Mellon University, Amherst College, and NYU Stern School of Business."
Furthermore, having applied to college as an advanced musician and competitive athlete, I apply both my personal experiences and professional insights to help students strengthen and highlight the extracurricular portion of their applications. Prior to attending Princeton, where I was a member of the Princeton University Orchestra, I spent 8 years in the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Program and one year in Paris, studying under an internationally renowned harpist and earning a Certificate in Advanced Harp Performance from L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Throughout my career, I have taken great pleasure in helping other young musicians, artists, and athletes successfully showcase their talents on applications and gain a competitive edge in the college admissions process.
While it is always a joy to celebrate alongside students when they are accepted to their top-choice schools, what I most enjoy about this line of work is the process itself: getting to know students who are on the verge of adulthood, helping them delve into the invaluable process of personal introspection while writing their essays and building a college list, assisting them in overcoming obstacles, and providing support and encouragement to parents who often feel overwhelmed by the college application process.