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College Counseling U strives to provide information on the college admissions process in an affordable and accessible way. We seek to educate and empower families about college admissions through online courses, webinars and presentations. We’re passionate about our work in higher education and the students and families whose lives we impact.

Jen Motzer Rause is an experienced admission counselor who most recently served as Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Lake Forest College.

During her eleven years working in admissions at Lake Forest, Jen reviewed thousands of applications for admission utilizing a holistic review process including review of essays and evaluative admission interviews. She also held many administrative roles during her time at Lake Forest, including managing campus visit programs, tour guide program, national admissions alumni volunteer program, high school counselor communication, reception planning and management of merit-based scholarship programs. Jen utilizes all of these experiences to assist her in providing students with inside knowledge of the admissions process. Jen’s passion for helping students drove her decision to begin work as an independent college consultant in 2015 when she founded Rause College Consulting. Jen is greatly involved and active within the higher education profession. She’s a professional member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling (RMACAC) and the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA). She serves on the executive board for the Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling as Membership Chair and recently launched a new mentorship program for the organization. Jen has presented at conferences for the National Association for College Admission Counseling, Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling and Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling. Her involvement and volunteer roles in these professional organizations serve her students well as she continues to stay up-to-date on recent changes and trends in college admissions.

Stacy Hernandez received both her B.S. and M.S. from Northeastern University in Boston.

From 1999 – 2011, Stacy worked in undergraduate admissions at Johns Hopkins University and Northeastern University with short breaks during these years to have a family, work at an art school, and start a yoga business. In admissions, Stacy read thousands of college applications, made admissions decisions, managed a variety of recruitment territories, oversaw the recruitment process and the tour guide program, and developed programming for underrepresented multicultural students.

Stacy switched sides of the desk and moved over to the high school side. While the Director of College Counseling at Dawson School in Lafayette, CO, from 2011 – 2015, Stacy worked with all types of students to support their college admissions process.

From 2003 – 2015, Stacy served as a volunteer for College Horizons, a college admissions workshop program for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students and it remains an important part of the work she does to give back to her community. Currently, she volunteers with Access Opportunity an organization that supports high-potential, low-income students, through high school and college. Stacy is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling (RMACAC), and serves on the National Advisory Committee for the College Board’s 2017 Native American Student Advocacy Institute (NASAI) conference. In 2015, Stacy transitioned into working with families independently.

Outside of CCU, Stacy is the co-owner of an independent college counseling company called The Best U, thebestu.net. She works with families one-on-one to coach them through the college admissions process.

Skills, Experience and Expertise

30+

Years of Experience

Worked in college admissions offices and as college counselors

20k

Applications Reviewed

Holistic review of admissions applications and made admissions decisions at four colleges and universities

100

College Campus Visits

Continually visit national and international colleges and universities to increase our knowledge of opportunities available to students

50

Conferences Attended

Attend regional and national conferences and organizations to remain up-to-date on trends and issues in higher education

300

Presentations Given

College admissions presentations at high schools, organizations, community events, and professional conferences

College Acceptances Through Our Work As College Counselors

Allegheny University
American University
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Babson College
Bard College
Barnard College
Bates College
Baylor College
Bentley University
Berry College
Biola University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University

Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Butler University
Calvin College
Carnegie Mellon University
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College
Colgate University
College of Wooster
Colorado College
Colorado Mesa University
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Cornell College
Columbia College – Chicago

Columbia University
Dartmouth College
Denison University
Dickinson University
Dickinson State University
Drexel University
Duke University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Evergreen State University
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
Franklin University Switzerland
George Washington University

Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gettysburg College
Gonzaga University
Goucher College
Grinnell College
Hamilton College
Hobart William and Smith College
Hofstra University
Indiana University – Bloomington
Iowa State University
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Kansas State University
Kenyon College
Knox College

Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
Lawrence University
Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University – Chicago
Macalester College
Maine Maritime Academy
Marist University
Marlboro College
Marquette University
Marywood University
Maryland Institute College of Art
McGill University
Miami University of Ohio

Montana State University
Mount Holyoke College
Muhlenberg College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
Northwestern University
Nova Southeastern University
Occidental College
Oregon State University
Pacific University
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Philadelphia University
Pitzer College
Portland State University

Princeton University
Providence College
Purdue University
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Regis University
Rhode Island School of Design
Richmond University (UK)
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rollins College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rowan University
San Diego State University
Santa Clara University
Savannah College of Art & Design
Scripps College

Seattle University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Skidmore College
Southern Methodist University
Stanford University
St. Edward’s University
St. Olaf College
Suffolk University
Swarthmore University
Syracuse University
Temple University
The Citadel
Trinity College
Trinity University (TX)
Trinity University of Dublin
Tufts University

Tulane University
University of Alabama
University of British Columbia
University of California – Berkeley
University of California – Irvine
University of California – Los Angeles
University of California – San Diego
University of California – Santa Barbara
University of California – Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Colorado – Boulder
University of Colorado- Colorado Springs
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Georgia
University of Iowa

University of Kansas
University of Maryland – College Park
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
University of Missouri
University of Montana
University of Notre Dame
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
University of Northern Colorado
University of Oklahoma
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands

University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of St. Thomas
University of Tampa
University of Tennessee
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University Virginia
University of Washington – Seattle
University of Wisconsin – Madison
University of Wyoming
Vassar College
Villanova University

Wake Forest University
Washington State University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Western Washington University
Westmont University
Wheaton College (MA)
Whitman College
Whittier College
Willamette University
Yale University

Testimonials of Our Work as College Counselors

The instructors have extensive experience as college counselors and college admissions counselors. Below are testimonials from previous students and parents they have assisted individually.

Flexible, Informed and Well Prepared

Stacy’s expert guidance provided excellent support and a personalized approach that helped our son and daughter get into their top choices. She has the perfect balance; years of experience coupled with the knowledge of current trends and expectations of admission process. Our children headed off to college completely confident they were going to the right school for them. Working online with an upbeat, organized and genuinely sincere expert, Stacy allowed them to take ownership of the search, dispel the worry and pressure and instead feel satisfied that they found the best match. Stacy Hernandez's online sessions saved us time and money. She was flexible, informed, well prepared and helped us avoid countless hours that we would've otherwise applied to the college search. She gave a great deal of personal attention to our children, guided them through the process in a positive, informed, strategic manner and very capably, in a genuine and caring manner found perfect matches.
~ Mom, son attending Miami U of Ohio and daughter attending Loyola Marymount University

I Got Into My Dream School

I remember the first time I met with Stacy, my family was overwhelmed- not only by how much we needed her and hadn't known it but also by the sheer amount of knowledge she had. I could throw out any school name and she would be able to tell me not only the basic facts but if she thought I would like it or not and who she knew that had gone to the school or had a connection to the school she could put me in touch with. Looking back on my college process, I couldn't have done it without her and I wouldn't have gotten into my dream school.
~ Student attending University of Michigan

My Daughter was Optimistic and Focused!

Jen was outstanding in guiding our daughter through the process of college applications. She was amazing at keeping on top of all the details and deadlines. She provided excellent and insightful coaching on the essays and applications. She kept my daughter optimistic and focused. And, perhaps best of all, she relieved me of the responsibilities of tracking due dates and (heaven forbid), offering suggestions on essays! Because of her involvement my daughter and I were able to enjoy her senior year together!
~ Mother, student attending University of Puget Sound

Personal Student Advocate

From our first meeting we felt we were in very competent hands, and we felt a warm connection that carried on throughout the process. Stacy is an advocate for the student and was a perfect partner to distill this intimidating process into manageable pieces and keep our daughter on track. As a parent our hope was that our child would find a good fit for college, not suffer too much emotional stress, retain her confidence and sense of achievement, and feel good about herself at the end of the process. Stacy delivered on these goals in an exceptional manner. Stacy has great integrity and we felt our daughter came out of the process with her self-confidence fully intact. Our endorsement and recommendation is unqualified and if our daughter was not an only child, we would be signing again!
~ Dad, student attending Wake Forest University

Light Years Ahead of the Rest

Jen was terrific. We could not have gotten through the confusion of applying for college without her in-depth knowledge of the process and the universities my daughter was looking to attend. She made the process pleasant, was very responsive to questions and kept our daughter on track. Jen is light years above the college counselor we hired 4 years ago for our other daughter. I highly recommend her services.
~ Father, student attending University of Oklahoma

A Successful Admissions Strategy

It was great to work with Stacy because she has significant experience with the college admissions process, both in the admissions department of a college and on the other side—with high school applications. Since she has deep experience on both sides, she was able to optimize the process. She was familiar with many institutions and has contacts across the US. She really took her time to understand our daughter’s interests and collaboratively worked with us to put together an admissions strategy that worked for my daughter. I highly recommend Stacy!
~ Mom, student attending Northeastern University

Found the Perfect School!

Working with Jen Rause was essential for helping me pick the perfect school for my undergraduate education. Not only did she give me guidance on which school to go to, upon getting to college, she continues to me one of my most valued resources as I look towards grad school and a career.
~ Student, Lake Forest College

How many years has it been since you applied for college?

Exactly. It's a new landscape, and Jen's knowledge built on years of experience as an admissions counselor were invaluable to my son's application process. Jen is knowledgeable, professional and helped my son to manage the multiple requirements and application deadlines. I'm happy to report my son was accepted to all four schools he applied to, and Jen's guidance was instrumental to his success.
~ Father with a high school senior