Background and Experience

I am a graduate of the UC Berkeley College Admissions and Career Planning Program. I have guided high school and community college students in college admissions for over seven years. In addition, I provide pro-bono college advising at College Track in San Francisco and at Half Moon Bay High School in the college application workshops. I have been a parent leader in public and private education for the past fifteen years. I worked in the public health field for over ten years and taught high school biology and chemistry in the Peace Corps in Kenya. I am particularly interested in helping students pursue higher education in math, science and engineering.

I survived the college admission process with my own children, who graduated from Gonzaga University (2015) and UC Berkeley (2017).  Every year I tour dozens of colleges and universities throughout the United States; attend professional conferences, college fairs and workshops; and network with fellow professionals in the field. I keep up-to-date on changes and developments in the world of higher education so I can best inform and guide my students and families. 

Education and Credentials

  • Certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA
  • Master of Public Health (MPH), University of California Berkeley, Berkeley CA
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Biology, University of the Pacific, Stockton CA
  • California Teaching Credential – Single Subject Biology
  • Professional memberships: Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC)

Testimonials

I contacted Liz Murphy to help my son through the college application process.  Though a very bright young man, he had challenges with follow-through, and I knew he would not get through this process in one piece without some external support.  Liz was wonderful with my son, as she met him where he was.  She got to know him, and his preferences.  She did a masterful job guiding him toward universities that would best suit his interests and had a good chance of admissions success.  She stayed on him to ensure he completed his applications correctly and met his deadlines.  As a result, Matthew was accepted into 5 colleges!  He's heading to Chico State University as a member of the Class of 2019.   Liz's calm, cool, communications approach took the stress right out of this process for our family, and for that, we are forever thankful!!

Naomi C., Los Gatos