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Dr. Marianna P. Marchese Best College Admissions Counselor College Connexxions

Dr. Marianna P. Marchese

During my career as an Independent College Counselor and Director of Guidance, I have been privileged to work with an outstanding group of students, administrators, faculty and staff. I have led my counselor teams, consistently emphasizing the importance of doing things right as well as doing the right things for all of our students.

I truly believe the college process is a journey to be taken with each and every student. I have encouraged all students to seek the best possible educational path to achieve their personal and career goals. As a first generation student attending college, I know how important it is for every student to have the opportunity to make the dream of higher education a reality.

Supporting and assisting students to become lifelong learners is my professional goal and personal motto. Engaging students in learning excites me and fuels my passion for educating our youth.

Education and Professional Highlights

  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University

  • MA, Counseling and Special Services, Seton Hall University

  • BA, French and Social Studies, Montclair State University

Guidance Positions Held
  • Director of Student Personnel Services, West Morris Mendham High School, Mendham, NJ

  • Director of Student Personnel Services, Pascack Valley Regional School District, Montvale, NJ

  • Director of Guidance, Glen Ridge High School, Glen Ridge, NJ

  • Guidance Counselor, Westfield High School, Westfield, NJ

Professional Affiliations
  • Member, Past President and Current Professional Development Chair, New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC)

  • Member and NJ Delegate to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

  • Member, Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA)

  • Past President New Jersey ACT Council

  • Member: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

Awards & Recognition
  • Recipient of Biunno Lynes Award for Outstanding Service to NJACAC, 2019

  • College of New Jersey Educator of the Year, 2009-2010

  • Counselor of the County, Essex County, 1997

Success Ratios

Marianna P. Marchese, Ed.D., founder of College Connexxions, has a proven record of success assisting a diverse array of high school students in finding their best college or university match and then providing them with the advice and direction they need to optimize their chance of gaining acceptance there. Her in-depth knowledge of the college landscape and the relationships she has cultivated with numerous Deans and members of college admissions departments has enabled her to effectively guide students of all backgrounds to their college or university of choice, be it Ivy League or other superlative post-secondary institution. To that end, over 95% of the students Dr. Marchese has guided as an Independent College Admissions Counselor have been accepted by their first choice college or university, a pool consisting of over 94 different institutions.

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