College Counseling

Make the Most of Your Accomplishments

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CIEE College Counseling is here to help you achieve your dream of attending university in the United States. Get the help you need to successfully communicate your identity, experiences, and achievements on your college applications – maximizing your chance of gaining admittance to the college of your dreams.

Marisa Polk, CIEE’s dedicated college counselor, can help you:

  • Discover what makes you unique
  • Build a school list
  • Develop a test prep strategy
  • Refine your college essays
  • Apply to college
  • Achieve your aspirations

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Why College Counseling

For more than 70 years, CIEE has been a world leader in international education. We have the experience and expertise necessary to help give voice to your international or study abroad experiences, diverse background, and academic and extracurricular achievements.

In other words, we can help you convey who you are and why colleges should admit you.

Knowledge and Experience

Not only is Marisa Polk, CIEE’s dedicated college counselor, highly-trained and certified – an expert in U.S. admission guidelines and the systems of higher education in the U.S. – but she has extensive knowledge of top American colleges and universities gained through visits to campuses nationwide.

Dedication and Personalization

With CIEE College Counseling, you get the attention you deserve. All essential services and college counseling packages are personalized to your specific goals and are conducted on your schedule. Get the help you need when you need it. 


We believe that a strong personal relationship with your college counselor makes applying to college less stressful and more rewarding. That is why your college counselor acts as partner, ally, and trusted guide throughout the admissions process – aspiring to create a professional connection that lasts.

What People are Saying

  • "Marisa always struck me as someone who is reliable, available to help, and trustworthy."

    Salim Salim, Bowdoin College ’20
  • "Marisa never failed to help me out with the college process or with anything else I came to her with. She was knowledgeable, but also relatable and real with me in an invaluable way."

    Katie McCabe, Dartmouth College ’21
  • "Marisa was such a great resource to have while I was applying to colleges! Her extensive knowledge and guidance were extremely helpful during the application process and her ability to know her students really helped when I was making my difficult decision on where to commit!"

    Sophia Morin, Emmanuel College ’20
  • "I wouldn't have known where to start without Marisa’s assistance. Thank you!"

    Brianna Mai, current high school senior


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