About Marilee

Marilee Jones is a sought after speaker, consultant and author. She has been a national spokesperson on the changes in today’s college admissions climate, speaking out against the pressures it induces in both students and parents.  She is uniquely qualified to offer advice on effective admissions to both colleges/universities and to parents.

Marilee is one of the nation’s most experienced College Admissions Deans and is a thought leader in the college admissions process. The MIT Dean of Admissions from 1998 to 2007, she’s been an admissions professional for nearly 30 years.

She has been featured on CBS, National Public Radio, and profiled in USA Today, the Associated Press and the New York Times. She is the co-author of the book, “Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond.” And, as a parent, Marilee has recently gone through the college admissions process with her daughter.

In addition to her admissions expertise, Marilee has been an effective manager, coach and mentor to hosts of higher educational professionals and currently consults to organizations on a range of leadership issues including leading a multi-generational workforce.

Marilee has served on many professional boards including the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, the College Board, and the Women in Engineering Programs Advisory Network. She has been a faculty member of the Harvard Summer Institute for College Admissions instructing admissions and guidance professionals, and has given hundreds of presentations and keynote speeches across the country and in Europe. Marilee is the recipient of MIT’s highest award for administrators, the ‘MIT Excellence Award for Leading Change,’ as well as the ‘Gordon Y. Billard Award’ and the ‘Infinite Mile Award for Leadership’.  She is a standing member of the College Admissions Committee for the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

In addition to her consulting practice, Marilee has volunteered as the college/education expert for the Center for Survivor Wellness through the pediatric oncology department of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, helping teenage cancer survivors move on to college. She currently is a member of the Newtown Stress and Trauma Project, bringing the most effective trauma healing modalities to the people of Newtown, CT.  She is a Certified Intuitive Counselor, is certified in Theta Healing and Reiki, and is an EFT practitioner.  She lives in New York City.