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Spencer Barr

Spencer Barr

Admissions Expert

Spencer is an experienced college admissions counselor with 20 years of working with high school students as a mentor, coach and counselor. His work is student focused as he prides himself in helping students look within themselves to find the aspects they most want in a post-secondary institution.

Bio:

I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California and attended local colleges for my post-secondary education. I have stayed local working with High School students since 2000 as a mentor, coach and counselor. I have created an environment in my high school College & Career Center that is both inviting and welcome to any students or parents as well as providing thorough college, career, and financial aid counseling. Over the years, I have seen many changes in Higher Education and have worked hard to stay current on college admissions criteria and requirements.

Counseling Style:

My philosophy further focuses on helping the student match their career goals and aspirations to a college/university that can steer them in that direction. I focus on finding schools that can provide the student with ample opportunities and experiences – not just within the academic walls, but beyond the borders of the campus.

Personal:

Outside of school, my life revolves around my wonderful wife and our 2-year-old daughter. We love to spend time outdoors and exploring our country.

Education:

  • Bachelors of Arts in History and Art History – University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Masters in Educational Counseling – University of La Verne

Certification(s):

  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential, University of La Verne
  • College Admissions Specialist, American School Counselor Association
  • School Counselor Data Specialist, American School Counselor Association

Professional Affiliation(s):

  • The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • The Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC)
  • The American School Counselors Association (ASCA)
  • California Association of School Counselors (CASC)

Testimonial:

“Mr. Barr was always the first and last authority toread my essays and go over my applications because I was confident in his desire to help best prepare students in their future success.”

– Gabija (former student)

“Mr. Barr was always the first and last authority toread my essays and go over my applications because I was confident in his desire to help best prepare students in their future success.”

– Gabija (former student)

“From helping me figure out what I really wanted in a school, to what I was interested in, to which schools to apply to and even reading my essays and helping me fill out every application— Spencer was there without hesitation.”).

– Savannah (former student)

“Spencer is outstanding in equipping students to make informed choices for their post-secondary journeys.”

– Lori (community member)

My husband and I are so grateful for everything you are doing, and especially for the wonderful communication. It really makes a difference.”

– Daphne & Greg (current and former parents)

We would be honored to support you during this journey.

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