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Mary Spiegel, MA, Certified Educational Planner

Owner, Spiegel College Planning

Mary’s professional life began in arts management and development, with a local symphony and a regional arts festival, but very early in her career, she was drawn toward the world of higher education.  In 1996, she was appointed Director of Admission at Fairfield University.  In that post, she gained an invaluable “inside the college admission office” perspective, developing a direct understanding of the nuances in the world of selective college admission.

During her tenure at Fairfield, she was drawn to the student side of the process: how students were going about their college searches, and how exciting but so very stressful this time of life is. While meeting with applicants and their families, she noted that students often approached their college search and applications with a lack of perspective, and  that often led to poor decisions and missed opportunities. She therefore decided to take her skills, knowledge and awareness of the college admission process to “the other side of the desk” as a college admissions consultant.  In 2000, Mary became an Independent Educational Consultant and has enjoyed working with students directly in attaining their higher education goals.

Since that time, Mary has been offering personalized college search and admissions counseling, guiding hundreds of students to the right match for their college choices.

Mary’s professional credentials

Mary is a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consulting Association (IECA) (2001), and a Certified Educational Planner (CEP) (2006).  CEPs have achieved the profession’s most rigorous standards; they must be re-certified every five years, validating their ongoing education and professional development. These certifications assures families that they are hiring a vetted and trusted admissions expert. Mary is also a long-standing member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the New England regional ACAC.  All of these memberships require adherence to strict ethical standards and “good practice” codes.

She is committed to maintaining a broad knowledge of the higher education landscape to assure her clients that her services add significant value to their college exploration. Her ongoing education includes attending College Board, NACAC, IECA and other professional conferences and workshops regularly to maintain her expertise in all areas of college counseling.

Most importantly, Mary regularly visits and assesses college campuses throughout the US each year. She endeavors to meet with admissions staff, faculty, and students on these visits, to guide students to the right match in their college search.

“Mary, (my son)  loved working with you…thank you.  He thought the whole experience was so relaxing and motivating at the same time…

Your warm home and your warm approach were terrific! 

Thank you! “