Ashley McWilliams


Ashley McWilliams

Ashley has 15+ years of experience working with students and their families as they navigate the college admissions process. As a counselor at a high ranking Northern California high school and a former college admissions officer, she has a holistic understanding of how the admissions process works every step of the way.


As a Bay Area native and having worked with students from various Bay Area high schools, I have experience working with a diverse group of students, helping them apply to selective colleges all over the country and internationally. I understand the competitive nature of college admissions since I started my career as a college admissions officer at a liberal arts college in Massachusetts. My goal in working with students and families is to break the process down and build a solid foundation starting in 8th grade.

Counseling Style:

Ashley takes a strengths-based approach with all of her students, striving to counsel each student with a focus on their unique strengths and abilities as they work towards their future goals.


In my free time, I love to cook and travel! I live for exploring new cities and countries and especially love experiencing new cultures through food. My love of cooking was born when I lived and studied in Italy for a semester in college and became inspired by the Italian way of life and of course their food.


  • Santa Clara University – Masters in Counseling
  • University of California, Los Angeles – College Counseling Certificate
  • Gordon College – BA Psychology


You have been instrumental in my college process and decision. Thank you for calming me during hectic times and celebrating with me during joyous times. Thank you for helping me discover myself: my goals, my values and my desires. Thank you for rooting for me and being in my corner.

Thank you for being so supportive of me as I progress throughout high school and apply for college. It’s wonderful to have you as my college counselor. You know everything and are so encouraging! I appreciate your concern for my future and enjoy the fact that you are willing to share in my happiness.

We would be honored to support you during this journey.

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