College Search Strategies
Portola Valley, CA
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Nancy at the BeachNancy Wigley started her college search consulting business in 2008 after successfully helping her own children find a college. She holds the UCLA Certificate in College Counseling that included classes on the college admissions process, personality/career and standardized testing, financial aid, and other special issues. The courses culminated in an internship with a local private Catholic high school working with students from California's Bay Area, China, Korea, Japan and Europe.

Nancy is a professional member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the National Association for College Admission Counselors (NACAC) and the Western and Southern regional Associations for College Admission Counselors (WACAC and SACAC). She subscribes to the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice. Annual attendance at regional and national conferences, as well as visiting over 50 colleges each year, keeps her up-to-date with the latest trends and requirements of the college application and admission process.

She has extensive, first-hand experience with NCAA Division I recruited athletes, Division III and Club sports, especially water polo and football.

Nancy's educational background includes 2 masters' degrees(Psychology and Audiology), a bachelor's in Communication Disorders and a certificate in Marketing and Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM).

In addition to being the mother of 2 adult sons, Nancy has travelled throughout the U.S., Europe and South America. She studied at the International School of Geneva, Switzerland for four years. She has been in commercials and movies, onstage with local theater, and sung professionally for the past 20 years at private events. Her secret dream is to be on Broadway...but we digress...

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College Search Strategies Mission Statement

Independent counseling dedicated to serving students and their families as they solve their unique college admission puzzle while maintaining the highest ethical standards of practice. I strive to create excitement and self-knowledge for college-bound students that will allow them to flourish and grow in the years ahead while easing the stress.

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"I love the uniqueness of every campus."