Joan Mudge

Independent Educational Consultant (University)

Joan has been a college counselor in high schools for over 40 years and enjoys a national reputation in the profession. Most of her working career was at the Garrison Forest School in Baltimore where she built their college counseling program and was deeply involved in professional organizations; she has held leadership positions in The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and College Board.  As a NACAC Board member, she focused on promoting college counseling education for public school guidance counselors and ultimately created, with two other NACAC members, a series of college counseling handbooks for use in middle and high schools.  Over the course of her career, Joan has witnessed great changes in the admission process and has found her degree in counseling to be invaluable as she has shepherded students and their parents through the increasingly complex and stressful application process. Her focus has always been on finding the right higher educational match for students. She has worked with a broad range of students both domestic and international, including those with learning issues and special talents.  In addition to working with individual students, Joan has consulted with the college counseling offices in several schools. Working with high school students and their parents continues to be a joy for Joan who remains actively interested in the trends in college admissions.  She has a BA from Goucher College and an MS in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University.