Our Team

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ounding Counselor

Julie Fulton began her career as an Admission Counselor at the highly selective Office of Undergraduate Admission at Tufts University. There, she read thousands of applications for admission to the freshman class and served on the scholarship committee, for which she reviewed and recommended merit awards. Over the past ten years, Julie has consulted at Occidental College, reviewing hundreds of applications and rendering admission recommendations. In 2004, Julie created Admit 101, a service to guide Los Angeles-area high school students through the college admissions process. In 2007, she co-founded the full-service admissions company, Mosaic College Prep. Julie has consulted students nationwide, has led workshops on college admissions for a variety of schools and organizations, and developed a pre-college program for View Park Prep charter school in Los Angeles. She also created the Mosaic Master Class, an experiential course designed to lead students through building uniquely effective college applications.

Julie graduated with honors from Tufts University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Drama. She completed the UCLA Certificate Program in College Counseling and earned her Masters degree from UCLA, Anderson. She contributed the chapter “Coping with the College Admissions Process” for the critically acclaimed book The Parents’ Guide to Psychological First Aid published in 2011 by the Oxford Press. She is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

Click here for an excerpt of Julie’s chapter “Coping with the College Admissions Process” 

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enior Counselors

 Karen Bowlin started with Mosaic College Prep in 2009 and has worked with many students on the college application process, as well as joined the Occidental College admissions staff reviewing applications and helping to create incoming classes through admission recommendations. Karen brings extensive experience in both communications and the art of self-marketing to her work with students and is currently completing the UCLA Certification Program in College Counseling. Karen earned her Bachelors degree in both English Literature and Psychology from Claremont McKenna College, graduating magna cum laude, and graduated from UCLA, Anderson MBA program in 2012.

Focusing on marketing, Karen had the pleasure of working on projects with Toyota, Anheiser Busch and ThinkSmart Software and was awarded the Outstanding Student in Marketing Award. Transitioning from marketing to college applications was easy for Karen, as she explains that “the college application process is very similar to marketing from a business perspective; it’s about creating goals, determining your target audience, and promoting yourself in the most effective way possible.”

Lisa Sohmer has been active in the college counseling world for 20 years, primarily at an independent N-12 school in New York City. She is a past President of the New York Association for College Admissions Counseling (NYSACAC) and was awarded the association’s President’s Award in 2008. Lisa was elected to the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) Board of Directors in 2006 and served a three-year term.

Lisa has been a member of on advisory panels for The City University of New York and The College Board, as well as several state and national committees. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to the transition to post-secondary education and has been interviewed by The New York Times, Newsweek, CBS’s “Up to the Minute,” US News & World Report, The Daily Beast.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Good Housekeeping, American Airlines’ in-flight magazine, Bloomberg.com, education.com, businessweek.com and many other publications. Lisa graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in English and Government and received a Master’s degree in Journalism from NYU.

 

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ssociate Counselors

IMG_2169Jules Sanders is a Houston native and graduate of Boston University. She is also a former UCLA undergraduate admissions officer and recruiter who has personally counseled hundreds of students in high school and community college about the importance of developing a winning profile for UCLA and other top tier universities. Working with young people and their families as they navigate the world of college selection, applications and admittance is one of her passions. She is a natural born optimist who inspires her students to march bravely and confidently towards their dreams. Her motto – “Anything is possible as long as you are willing to show up and do the work!”

  • mission

    Simply put, our mission is to stop the stress of the college admissions process. With all of the responsibilities on today's students, we aim to lift the burden of finding and gaining acceptance to the right college. We do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to test preparation or college applications; instead we seek both strategies and colleges that organically fit our students' needs.

    While we strive to help each applicant shine on paper, we believe in supporting the person over the "package". We succeed by building on the strengths and passions already unique to students, and by empowering them to develop a strong and focused voice.
  • about college admissions

    “I’ve heard that it’s harder to get into college now than ever before. Is that true?”
    The college admission landscape has changed substantially over the past few decades. Almost every college has reported a surge in applications. While the application pool has become deeper, most colleges have not dramatically changed the number of students they accept, resulting in a much more selective admission process.

    So why are colleges getting so many more applications than twenty years ago? You could say that we hit a “perfect storm” in the world of college applications. For one, the number of high school graduates blew up over the past decade as we grew to a demographic peak for that age group. According to the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), in 2008-2009 the number of high school graduates soared to 3.33 million. While that number decreased to 3.29 million for the 2009-10 year, the number of high school graduates is expected to rise through 2018.

    Beyond the surge in high school graduates, many more of these graduates are being encouraged to apply to college compared with that of 20 years ago. Historically, high schools tracked students for different post-graduation outcomes, segmenting certain students for a vocational path that did not require a college degree. In the mid-1980s this began to change as many began to question the equity and efficacy of the tracking system. By 1997, 45% of public high schools reported integrating traditional academics into their vocational requirements with the intention of giving many more students access to a bachelor’s degree.

    It’s not a difficult jump to see how more college-bound students would lead to more applications to college. But these effects are significantly amplified by the fact that the individual student applies to more colleges than ever before. NACAC attributes this trend to “real and perceived increases in competition and the increased ease of applying online.” Additionally, with over 400 colleges now accepting the common application, submitting to multiple colleges does not even require logging on to unique websites.
  • independent counseling

    I didn’t work with an independent counselor when I applied to college. Why are so many students working with independent counselors now?”

    As applying to college becomes increasingly competitive, the application can be the one element that sets a student apart. This attention to detail takes time, a limited commodity for most in-house high school counselors. According to NACAC, the typical secondary school counselor is only able to dedicate about 26% of her time to college counseling. And this limited time is split amongst many students. Even college counselors at private schools are challenged to meet any given student’s day-to-day needs.

    At Mosaic College Prep, we believe that an independent counselor’s job is not to replace the work of an in-house high school counselor, but to supplement it. Limited volume and narrower work responsibilities means that the independent counselor can often give more focused counsel to a student than his high school counselor is able to give.
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