The IvyWise Team
Laurén, M.A., C.A.S.
Principal College Admissions Counselor
Former Director of Admissions,
New York University
Laurén specializes in students applying to highly selective schools, underrepresented minorities, and students interested in a wide range of schools.
Laurén is a former Director of Admissions at New York University, where she worked for the majority of her 10 year admissions career, and has over 20 years of experience directing the college counseling departments for independent day schools in the US.
Laurén received her BA in psychology before going on to earn her master’s in counseling and guidance at NYU, followed by her post-graduate degree specializing in educational leadership and administration. Laurén has been surrounded by a love of college admissions for most of her life, having grown up in a college town and watching her father, and later on her sister, work in admissions offices.
When it comes to working with college bound students, Laurén is supportive, straightforward, and takes a very holistic approach to counseling. She believes it’s important for students to use this process to tap into who they are in order to find the best-fit schools where they’ll flourish. The “inner” work of college counseling, like identifying and developing students’ interests and passions, is just as important as the “outer” work of crafting together applications and writing distinguishable essays.
Laurén’s favorite part of working with students is helping them to make their applications three-dimensional and really personalizing the process in terms of how students are communicating their passions, accomplishments, and more.
In her spare time, Laurén enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage daughters, attending student productions, games, and more. Laurén also dedicates her time to mentoring African-American girls, something she has done over the past 10 years, helping them tap into their “girl power” and confidence. When she’s not watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel or Gilmore Girls, you can find Laurén visiting various colleges campuses while on vacation.