Karen Rowe

Karen Rowe

Admissions Expert

Karen has close to 20 years of college admissions counseling experience and expertise with students from both large public school and academically challenging private schools.


About Karen

As a career educator with close to 20 years of college planning experience, I specialize in college essay development, proper course selection, and fitting students into the most ideal university environment. I have been selected to speak at national events, published county-wide college planning workbooks that are still in use today, developed a multi-day college planning bootcamp, and visited hundreds of colleges and universities around the country.I am highly active at the national and local levels of the college planning practice, interacting with colleagues in an array of environments to hone best practices and stay current with college selectivity, testing standards, and student development trends. This includes college admissions representatives and other critical college and university leaders.Your child will receive unmatched attention and unique insight into how high school choices and personal achievements overlap with the widely varying admissions standards of today’s colleges. For me, college counseling offers a semester of reasons to be passionate about working with high school students. Whether it’s the excitement a student experiences upon learning they’ve been accepted at their first choice or the sudden awakening of an anxious parent who for so long was nervous about allowing their first child to pilot the college planning journey, I am in it to help families learn together for the benefit of their graduating senior.


  • Masters of Education
  • Bachelors of Arts Psychology

Professional Affiliation(s)

  • National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS)
  • Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC)


Communication and clear expectations are key. I am a relational, student centered, holistic counselor. Fact and information gathering is essential to this process. Helping students know what questions to ask and where to find the information they need to assess each college and university is a great place to start. I ask questions to help students understand what they are truly looking for, and what is important to them. Using my experience in many different areas we work together to find not only the best fit in a college and university, but also, to present the best application possible to these schools.


“Karen was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and cared deeply for both my kids who are now at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and Georgetown University. She guided them from the early stages of researching to the final stages of admission results. They are thriving in their studies and in life. We owe Karen a debt of gratitude and a ton of thanks forever!”

–M.B. , parent, TMS

We would be honored to support you during this journey.