Elizabeth Heaton

College Admissions Consultant

Admissions Experience
Former admissions officer at University of Pennsylvania
Former alumni admissions ambassador at Cornell University 

Cornell University – Bachelor’s in English
University of Pennsylvania – Graduate Coursework in the School of Education 

I began my admissions career at the University of Pennsylvania, where I chaired university selection committees, evaluated potential athletic recruits as one of the school’s athletics liaisons, and oversaw the university’s portfolio of admissions publications. I also served as second chair in the selection committee for the school's flagship interdisciplinary Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology. A frequent contributor to USA TODAY and The Huffington Post and a graduate of Cornell University, I bring exceptional skills to the craft of essay writing paired with experience reading and evaluating thousands of admissions essays. I can offer expert advice on a wide range of college admissions topics, from colleges’ expectations for high school curriculum choices and standardized test scores to choosing the right extracurricular activities and essay topics. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, I worked as a public relations professional and served for a decade as a member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network.

Get to know me:


I have worked with students interested in:

Science Technology Engineering
Mathematics Pre-med Pre-veterinary
Ivy league Large state schools Small liberal arts colleges
Business Art Research universities
Religiously affiliated schools Architecture Journalism
Honors programs

I have also worked with:

Athletes International students First-generation students

Why I joined College Coach:
One of my least favorite parts of my job at Penn was seeing bright, passionate, engaged students make bad choices, whether picking the wrong topic for an essay or making poor curriculum selections or not presenting their activities in a meaningful way in their applications. I joined College Coach so that I could help students avoid those same mistakes. I love providing families with a peek behind the curtain of admissions, helping them understand what matters and why in the process, and I strive to help each student present his or her best self in each application.

Traveling anywhere in the world, skiing in Maine and New Hampshire, watching Red Sox baseball and Bruins hockey, trading great books with friends and going to movies

Popular blog posts and press:
Good Morning America: 5 things college counselors want teens and families to know in the wake of massive college admissions cheating scandal
Good Morning America: We tried buying a college admissions essay online, here's what happened

Get in touch with College Coach today to start working with Beth Heaton or one of our other educational consultants.