Hello and welcome! I am an independent educational consultant and the founder of Neal College Advisors. I am passionate about education and believe that every student can achieve their potential by confidently identifying, planning for, and actualizing their dreams. This journey can be a time of rewarding growth and development, and I am thrilled to draw on my personal and professional experience to guide students through it. 

 

The through line of my career has been a professional application of the written word. Working in linguistics and as an editor and copy editor for publications and businesses, I have developed expertise in communicating effectively across various audiences. I’ve always been fascinated by higher education, but it was while accompanying my three very different sons on their college tours, and helping to curate their college lists and prepare their applications, that I realized my genuine passion for finding a student’s best fit. 

 

I am particularly interested in guiding high school athletes through their application and recruitment journey. While helping my youngest son, a tennis player, I came to appreciate the complexities of the search for a college that provides due space for an athlete to excel in his or her sport while simultaneously satisfying the myriad “normal” criteria that go into a college choice.

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SARAH NEAL

I am a Florida native and lived in Colorado and Massachusetts before moving to North Carolina in 1999. I hold a B.A. from the University of Florida, an M.A. in Theoretical English Linguistics from the University of South Florida, and a Certificate in College Counseling, awarded with distinction, from UCLA. I serve as a Matchlighters volunteer college counselor; an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA); and a member of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC). I keep current on admission practices and trends, attend professional conferences, and obsessively visit college campuses across the country. I adhere to the strict code of ethics stated in the IECA Principles of Good Practice.

Reach out to schedule a complimentary initial conversation, during which we’ll discuss your student’s situation and aspirations. I am based in North Carolina, but I work with client families located in any time zone.

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COLLEGES VISITED

Arizona State University

Appalachian State University

Auburn University

Bard College

Boston College 

Boston University

Bowdoin College

Brown University

Clemson University

Coastal Carolina University

Colby College

Colgate University

College of Charleston

Dartmouth College

Davidson College

Denison University

DePaul University

Duke University

Elon University

Emory University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida State University

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Guilford College

Hamilton College

Harvard University

High Point University

Kenyon College

Loyola University Chicago

Mercer University

Middle Tennessee State University

Middlebury College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New College of Florida

 

 

North Carolina State University

Northwestern University

New York University

Pfeiffer University

Princeton University

Queens University

Ringling College of Art 

Salem College

Skidmore College

Stanford University

The Citadel  

Tufts University

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Chicago

University of North Carolina, Asheville

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina, Charlotte

University of North Carolina, Wilmington

University of North Florida

University of South Carolina

University of South Florida

University of Southern California

University of Colorado

University of Florida

University of Georgia 

University of Miami 

University of Richmond

University of Tampa

University of Tennessee

University of Virginia

Vanderbilt University

Wake Forest University 

Williams College

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