Anna Seltz

Founder, Higher Ed U College Admissions Consulting

A comprehensive college advising practice with over 16 years experience in highly selective college admissions and college counseling work.

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With over 16 years of experience working in highly selective college admissions and college advising, I am able to offer students and families a personalized and knowledgeable approach to the college search and application process that focuses on best fit.  My background allows me to help students and families navigate the complexities of college admissions and to present themselves and their credentials in the best possible way.  My services include creating college lists personalized to the student's interests and needs, application preparation, one-on-one work with essays, interview preparation, as well as highlighting student activities, interests and accomplishments.  Additionally, I help students with class selection, summer plans and standardized test advising.  

Beyond my private consultancy, I am a college advisor for A Better Chance in Lower Merion, (ABC-LM).  ABC-LM is a non-profit, community based organization that helps high talent, high need, first generation students of color through Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, PA and prepares them for college.  

In addition to working with students, I spend at least 20 percent of my time visiting colleges and participating in additional professional developement.  This ongoing education allows me to remain abreast of the lastest changes and trends in higher education and on college campuses that will effect students and families.

Professional Affiliations Include:  NACAC, PACAC, HECA, IECA Associate Member, Philadelphia Regional IEC Group


College Admissions Consultant

Higher Ed U
November 2012 - present

Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions

American Unversity
January 2000 - October 2005

I worked as an Assistant Director of Admissions at American University from 1996 - 2000.  After leaving the university due to a relocation, I worked remotely from 2006 - 2007 on the freshman application review team.

Admissions Review Team Member

Johns Hopkins University
October 2011 - May 2013

Member of team reviewing and making decisions on freshman and transfer applications for Johns Hopkins University.

Founder and Lead Tutor

The Joy of Language
September 2007 - May 2013

Founded a foreing language tutoring business.  Conducted group classes and one-on-one tutoring for students learning French and Spanish.

English Teacher

L'Universite de Rennes
September 1993 - June 1994

English teacher to first year law and science students at l'Universite de Rennes.  Responsibilities included classroom instruction as well as language lab instruction.


Union College

Bachelor's Degree
1989 - 1993

I graduated with a degree in modern Langues.  My degree included a major in French, a minor in Spanish and additional language instruction and living experiences in German and Italian. I studied at L'Universite de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France for my junior year and then returned to France after graduation to teach English at l'Universite de Rennes, Rennes, France.

6/7/2017 3:55:53 PM,
Anna Seltz replied:
Applicants can find out what highly selective colleges are looking for by going to the college's admissions web page.  First look at the admitted student profile of the most recently admitted students. The profile will show you the grades and testing of the middle 50% of admitted applicants. This will give you a good understanding of the academic quality of the students the school is looking for.  Additionally, schools will often list accomplishments of their admitted students.  You can often find lists of these accomplishments.  Usually highly selective colleges and universities are looking for students who have challenged themselves academically and have made a significant contribution in another area outside of their school work.  Students do not have to be in every club and activity to be competitive, but they do have to have a significant committment to at least one or two areas outside of schoolwork.  And those are key words, "outside of schoolwork."  The activity doesn't have to be a school related activity.  It can be a sport, a musical instrument, a job, taking care of a family member, or being in a school activity. You get the picture.  When all else fails, call the admissions office of the schools you are considering. Ask them what the profile of a competitive applicant is. Ask them if students need to have participated in a certain caliber of competition or activity in order to be competitive.  These professionals are there to help you with the admissions process.
6/7/2017 3:44:39 PM,
Anna Seltz replied:
Good activities for the summer are anything that allows you to engage with an interest, people, a new skill, a sport, an academic subject, a work environment, etc. There is no one right thing to do in the summer. I encourage students to participate in activities that they enjoy. A summer job means as much as taking a class at a college. And taking a class at a college doesn't have to be by participating in an expensive program.  It is just as impressive to take a course at a community college as it is to pay thousands of dollars to take a class at an elite private school. The important thing is that you are using your time to grow, learn, work, give back, or participate in something that you really enjoy.
6/7/2017 9:46:59 AM,
Anna Seltz replied:
For the college essay, I recommend the following:

  1. Do share a quality about yourself that you want the admissions officers to know about you that won't be found in other parts the applicatio.
  2. Do put yourself in the best light possible.  
  3. Do think reflect on an experience and how you responded to it when writing your essay.
  4. Do be sure your essay answers the prompt.
  5. Do be yourself in your essay. This is your time to share who you are with the admissions office.

  1. Don't make your essay about listing achievements.
  2. Don't use inappropriate language in your essay.
  3. Don't feel like you have nothing to share with the admissions committee because you haven't cured diseases, lived through a trauma or started a school in another country.  You have just as much to share about who you are and what makes you ho you are.
  4. Don't put off writing your essay until the last moment. Give this process the time it needs to be done write.
  5. Don't forget that you are the owner of your essay. Others may help you and give you advice, but this essay is yours and it is about you.