Rebecca Eckstein

Educational Consultant

Admission Network, LLC

I coach students in the admission process by offering advice on testing, applications, essays, financial aid and scholarships.

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15 minutes $30.00
30 minutes $60.00
60 minutes $125.00

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Educational Consultant College Coach Testing Advice Interview Coach Atlanta Georgia Essay Edits Affordability Coach Scholarship Search Financial Aid Advice Educational Coach College Advice SAT Advice ACT Advice Career Coach Career Assessments Career Match

Biography

Rebecca Eckstein is an enrollment management expert who coaches clients to achieve their career goals.  She has a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies/Computational Science from Hollins University and a Bachelor's Degree from Mary Baldwin College in Business Administration/Accounting.  She is also a Certified Executive Coach.  In her 25 year career in education, she assisted over 8,000 students to obtain their affordable college degrees.   She has worked at small liberal arts colleges, an all women’s college, more diverse Division I and Division II universities and most recently at the largest independent school in the continental U.S.  


She is published in educational journals on enrollment strategies and affordability.  She has appeared on television in the U.S. and in India, and she speaks nationally on subjects related to education, motivation, success and team dynamics.  In 2015, she led her team to win a Telly award for a creative educational video in education, and in 2016 and 2017 she served on the U.S. Presidential Scholarship Review Committee.  She has also served on the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands Scholarship Committee and she is a Maggie Award Judge. 


She travels extensively throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean to attract and enroll the best students.  She has enrolled famous athletes and celebrities but her passion is forging a path for students who might not otherwise have an academic opportunity.  She gives seminars and workshops for parents on affordable educations, and to coach Division I athletes and first-generation students. Rebecca has two adult sons who completed their undergraduate degrees without debt, and she completed both of her degrees with grants. Her expertise is coaching because along the way she had many mentors who assisted her when she needed it most.  Rebecca has memberships and affiliations with HECA, EMA, NAIS, NACAC, SACAC and the College Board. She always chooses to engage with extraordinary people.   


In July of 2017, she launched Admission Network, LLC, a coaching and consulting firm for higher education, independent schools, and their families.  She coaches families in their college search, speaks and presents workshops nationally, and offers coaching and training to executive teams.  

Experience

Educational Consultant

Admission Network, LLC
July 2017 - present

I assist students with their college search by giving them advice on testing, interviewing, and visiting colleges.  I coach them with their career choice by administering career pathway assessments, and I coach them on issues relating to financial aid, scholarships and affordability.  I work in Metro Atlanta and virtually everywhere.

Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment Management

Woodward Academy
December 2013 - September 2017

I was responsible for the admission and enrollment management of the largest independent school in the Continental U.S. with 100 acres on 2 campuses, pre-k - graduation.

Vice President for Enrollment and Strategic Communications

Ohio Wesleyan University
July 2011 - December 2013

I was responsible for the Enrollment Management and recruiting of students at Ohio Wesleyan. 

Dean of Admissions

Stetson University
July 2010 - July 2011

Recruited and enrolled students at Stetson University.

Financial Aid Director

Hollins University
January 1996 - July 2005

Responsible for awarding and administering financial aid and scholarships to enrolled students.  Supervised office staff.

Education

Mary Baldwin College

Bachelor's Degree
1991 - 1995

Business Management/Accounting/Computer Science

Hollins University

Master's Degree
1996 - 2001

Other

Publications

College is Not as Unaffordable as You Think

Christian Science Monitor
March 2004

Eight Enrollment Strategies that Work

The Yield
March 2017

Eight Enrollment Strategies that Work

The International Admissions Bulletin
September 2017

Certifications

Certified Executive Coach

The Center for Executive Coaching
November 2017 - present

Volunteer

Scholar Selection

United States Presidential Scholarship Review Committee
March 2016 - April 2017

Select scholars for the President of the United States.

Judge

Maggie Awards
April 2015 - present

Judge published authors

Select Scholarship Recipients

Community Foundation for the Virgin Islands
February 2017 - April 2017

Select students for scholarship funds.

4/5/2018 8:31:36 PM,
Rebecca Eckstein replied:

If the application does not specify a current teacher, certainly you can use a teacher that you had previously.  Colleges and universities wish to get a feel for your character, aptitude, and grit.  If your sophomore teacher has kept up with you and your successes, by all means, use them.

4/21/2018 8:40:22 PM,
Larry Blumenstyk replied:

The Common Application, which we can look to as a guideline, offers up a menu of factors a teacher can “rank” right on their Teacher Recommendation form. The first three items are academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, and quality of writing.

While we always hope a teacher will write a glowing narrative letter and not use a checklist, the primary factors being evaluated are essentially the academic and intellectual potential of the candidate. So... I suggest you make this important choice on the basis of a thoughtful consideration of which teacher you engaged with intellectually. I enjoy exploring this topic with students because they frequently want to choose the teacher they liked most, but by prodding we learn the “why” behind that positivity. Maybe it’s the right reason. Maybe not.

If the best thoughtful choices include a teacher you had in your sophomore year, well then that might be the smart selection. However, don’t avoid the teacher who challenged you if your response was to rise to the challenge. The teacher noticed!