Brooke Libby
Brooke Libby
College Admission Counselor


  • 15 years experience as Director of College Counseling in independent schools
  • 20+ years experience advising high school and college students
  • Elected to two terms as Assembly Delegate, National Association of Colleges Admissions Counselors (NACAC)
  • 2014 Professional of the Year (New England Association of College Admissions Counselors)
  • Yale College B.A., Tufts University M.A./abD
  • Parent of two recent college graduates and one college student

For me, the best part of helping a student apply to college is working together to uncover their story. Many students worry that they don’t have an important story to tell, but they do. Our work together asks them to reflect on their lives, values, quirks, accomplishments, fumbles, ambitions, and joys. We sit side-by-side to pull all of this information together and then consider what it all means. What emerges eventually shapes their college list and lays the foundation for a college application that is both compelling and personally meaningful. I hope students feel proud of what they have achieved in applying to college – even before they learn the results.

After completing my BA at Yale, I spent two years teaching high school English and French, and then another two years writing professionally before heading to graduate school. At Tufts, I earned my masters and completed doctoral studies in English Literature with a focus on Women’s Literature and Contemporary American Nature Writing. I also ran the Writing Center, so, for me, it’s always been about writing in some way. Like many, I don’t love sitting down to write, but I do love the writing process: living with a draft (after the initial work is done) to see where else it may lead; revising, considering word choice and connotation; and pruning away the excess. I enjoy sharing this process with students – breaking it down into manageable, less intimidating pieces and helping them uncover their authentic voice.

After a short break to have my children, I returned to independent school education where I directed college counseling programs and was fortunate to work with hundreds of students, design programming with talented teammates, and develop a network of incredible colleagues in college admission offices. This field has changed enormously over the past ten years, so assembling these trusted collaborators is crucial. Over the years, I have relished the opportunity to work with students from vastly different backgrounds and with wide-ranging goals. International students from South Korea, Japan, China, Malaysia, Turkey, France, Spain, Mexico, Afghanistan, and the UK have shared their cultures and traditions, and taught me about their educational systems. I have supported ceramicists, illustrators, and fashion designers headed to art schools, as well as actors, musicians, and theater technicians in pursuit of conservatory education. And I have loved helping athletes with their eyes set on NCAA skiing, basketball, tennis, soccer, baseball, cycling, lacrosse, and mountain biking. With each student, I have found such joy in helping them unpack the dynamic concept of “college fit.” They have each defined it differently.

I am so grateful for the colleagues and partners I have found in College Goals; we are a group of like-minded collaborators supporting students and their stories. When I am not writing or working with students and families, I’m usually wandering down a new culinary path, warring with a groundhog who enjoys destroying my garden, or spinning. My partner and three grown children are more outdoorsy than I, and so they often coax me to go backpacking or Nordic skiing in the mountains right outside our backdoor.

“I wanted to take a moment to let you know how grateful we are for your work with [our son]. You are a 10/10, Brooke! Your caring, thoughtful, insightful nature is the ideal match for [him]. He feels supported, motivated and confident in his work with you. …You really seem to get who he is, and he sees that.”

“A quick note to say THANK YOU again for all that you are doing to guide [our daughter] through the College application process. We love reading the recaps – thank you for keeping us in the loop with wonderful detail that helps us stay informed on where [she] is in the process.  We are so thankful we found you, you are a GEM!  

“We’re still flying high after learning of [our daughter’s] acceptance to Wellesley over the weekend. She has matured so much through this process and we all feel this is the best outcome for her. Thank you so much for your guidance. I’m sure we will be in touch again but just wanted to take a moment to express our appreciation for your advice over the last 15 months.”
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