Lisa Sohmer

Independent College Consultant

Sohmer College Counseling

I bring more than 20 years of experience in working with students and families in the college process.

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Applying to college is a complicated process, but Lisa Sohmer can provide the step-by-step guidance and support that you and your child need to successfully complete the high school to college transition.

Lisa Sohmer brings more than 20 years’ of experience in working with students and families in the college process.  An expert college counseling professional, Lisa works holistically with each student and focuses on finding the college where the student can be both happy and successful.

Lisa is a past President of the New York Association for College Admissions Counseling (NYSACAC) and was awarded the association’s President’s Award in 2008. She also served a three-year term on the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) Board of Directors.

Lisa is a frequent speaker on college topics and has been interviewed by The New York Times, Newsweek, CBS’s “Up to the Minute,” US News & World Report, The Daily, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Good Housekeeping, American Airlines’ in-flight magazine,,, and many other publications.

Lisa is active in NACAC, NYSACAC, Western ACAC and the Higher Education Counseling Association (HECA) and has worked with students and families in California, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, China, England, and Spain.


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6/3/2018 6:58:26 PM,
Lisa Sohmer replied:

Dear Henry:

Thank you for your question.

I have worked extensively with students from China over the past decade, including those studying in the states on student visas and those completing their high school educations in China.

I have offered several group presentations on understanding the US college application process and am well equipped to work with students and families who are preparing to make the transition to higher education in the United States.

Please let me know if you have specific questions about my experience or the college process.

I look forward to hearing from you again.

All the best,

Lisa Sohmer

3/20/2018 8:25:34 PM,
Lisa Sohmer replied:

Colleges manage their wait lists in a variety of ways, but are unlikely to adhere to a strict ranking of students.

If you are still interested in attending a college where you have been placed on the wait list, be sure the college knows it. Return the reply card (paper or electronic) by the deadline and then send a follow-up e-mail expressing your continued interest.

Once that is done, I recommend that you focus on the college or colleges where you have been admitted and that you choose the one where you feel you can be both happy and successful.

4/21/2018 9:01:10 PM,
Larry Blumenstyk replied:

If the “top choice” college you are still wishing for does rank it’s list in advance (some do, some don’t) please don’t assume anything about the nature of that ranking.

The colleges that find themselves under-enrolled on May 1 might start going to their waitlists, which include students who are of good quality for that college but for some reason were not selected outright. Frequently, the students taken from the waitlist are those who meet institutional priorities. Those institutional priorities or goals are a strong factor in assessing who gets the calls. 

So the answer I offer to your question might be that the entire list is not ranked (it is much larger than the college will ever use) and any ranking is not likely done according to pure academic strength. Whether you come off that waitlist or find unexpectedly great happiness where you’ve already been accepted, good luck to you!