Dr. Whitney Laughlin Director of College Consulting

    Dr. Laughlin is a consultant to individuals, schools, colleges and nonprofit organizations. 

    Co-Chair of the 2015 Lilith 400 Young Women Leaders program, she has also served as Director of College/University Counselling at St. Michaels University School, Albuquerque Academy, Native American Prep School and Verde Valley School, and has been in private practice since 1996. She has also worked in the Harvard College Admissions Office. A resident of Canada for 12 years, she specializes in admission to U.S., European/UK and Canadian colleges and universities for students with a wide range of interests, talents and abilities. She has a wealth of experience working with students who go on to highly selective schools, those with financial need, special talents (including athletes and artists) and special needs, including learning differences.

    Dr. Laughlin has 36 years’ experience in college, university and graduate school admission counseling, as well as in career and financial aid counseling. She has published numerous articles and given many presentations on university admissions. In 2005, she was the recipient of NACAC’s (National Association for College Admission Counseling) “Human Relations Award,” given to the individual who is “instrumental in making postsecondary educational opportunities available to historically underrepresented students.” 

    In 2007 Dr. Laughlin was named an Ashoka Canada Foundation Fellow Finalist and she was also recognized as a 2009 “Counselor That Changes Lives” (from Colleges That Change Lives). In 2011, she received the PNACAC (Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling) “Sister Shawn Marie Barry Distinguished Service to Youth Award”, given to the independent or secondary school counselor or college level admission officer who has “given outstanding and faithful service to youth.” She is a member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association), PNACAC, OACAC (Oversees Association for College Admission Counseling) and NACAC. She is also a member of IECA’s Graduate School/Programs Committee.

    Dr. Laughlin has a BA and MA in Spanish and Women’s Studies. She received her Ed.M. from Harvard University in Administration, Planning and Social Policy and her doctorate from U.C. Berkeley in Educational Administration and Nonprofit Management. She is the founder and former executive director of College Horizons, a pre-college program for gifted Native American youth. In 2003, in partnership with the American Indian Graduate Center, she founded Graduate Horizons, a pre-graduate school program for Native American college students.