What I Provide

With over 3,000 colleges and universities in the US, you have a lot of choices. I give you the tools and strategies to help you:

  • Construct an education plan that creates opportunities and maximizes choices
  • Pursue extracurricular activities that you love, and that promote engagement and leadership
  • Navigate the college search and application process to find the "right-fit" college
  • Communicate your strengths to highlight your best self and illustrate why you merit strong consideration

All services are provided in accordance with the ethical standards and practices set by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

Here is how I can help:

College Planning

I can provide services during any stage of the college search and application process. My clients are freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and community college/transfer students. 

  • Interest and personality assessments
  • Course and extracurricular planning 
  • SAT, SAT Subject, and ACT test planning
  • Activities and sports resumes
  • Conducting a thoughtful college search and developing a personalized college list
  • Financial aid/scholarship advice
  • Guidance through the application process
  • Essay idea development and editing
  • Essay and application review
  • Help with managing deadlines and submission of applications
  • College interviews and visits
  • Making your decision

 

Career Advising

I can help recent high school and college graduates connect with their passion, discover possiblities and reach for their goals. 

  • Career assessments and advising
  • Creating a resume and cover letter
  • Job search strategies


SAT/ACT Tutoring - Main Street Scholars

Liz Murphy recommends Main Street Scholars for SAT/ACT and academic tutoring. Main Street Scholars (MSS) is a private, independent company offering full service educational programs including after-school tutoring, summer tutoring and review classes, and SAT and ACT preparation. MSS teachers and tutors are highly qualified instructors who believe all children can learn and do thrive in the right setting with the right support. 

 

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