About Kate

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Kate Brazzale is a Smart College Selection Consultant.

After twelve years working in higher education and on the college side of college admissions, I joined Smart College Selection so I could work more directly with students and their families on all aspects of the college search and application process.

Over the years, I’ve reviewed countless college applications and this informs my work with students. As a college admissions officer, I read incredible applications constructed by students sharing the very best of themselves. From this vantage point, I now help students understand how their experiences can be most effectively highlighted in their applications and how admissions officers will use the information to guide admissions decisions.

I love helping students find the best colleges for their personal preferences, abilities, and potential. With my years of experience on the college side, I find that students readily accept my advice. I use humor, coupled with insider information, to ease student and family anxiety throughout the admissions process.

My goal in working with students and their families is to help demystify the college selection process and to help showcase each student’s unique attributes. Selecting a college should be fun, and it can be with a smart guide, structured tools, and a sensible and sane process.

I have an M.Ed. in Higher Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University, and a degree in public relations from Creighton University. I am a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and the Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling. To ensure that I stay current on looking at applications from an admissions officer point of view, I also read college applications for Carnegie Mellon University.

I live in Zionsville, Indiana, with my husband and three young children, who bring me chaos, joy, and hope for the future.