Upstate College Planning Services is a consulting firm dedicated to helping students achieve success in the college planning and admissions process.  Our philosophy is simple:  we want you to find and enroll in the right college for you.  In order to achieve that goal, we offer a variety of customized services designed to help you and your family, or the companies for which you work, understand the practical and strategic considerations underlying the college application process.  These services are based on our expert knowledge of the higher education environment – a comprehensive knowledge that few other firms can match, gained through our years of experience on college and university campuses. 

We know that there’s a college out there for you; in fact, we’re certain that there’s more than one school will welcome your application, and do their best to help you succeed once you get there. Our goal is to help you find that school or schools – the places where the fit between your talents and interests and their mission, curriculum, and extracurricular opportunities will enable you to flourish.


About Dr. Wiley

Dr. Lynne Wiley, president and founder of Upstate College Planning Services, holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and has worked in higher education for more than twenty-five years.  A native of upstate New York, Dr. Wiley began her career as a college counselor and administrator, advising students about their choice of careers.  After obtaining her doctorate, she held positions as an Academic Dean and college professor before moving into a variety of roles at the Vice Presidential level.  Nationally recognized by her peers in higher education, Dr. Wiley spent the 2001-2002 academic year as an American Council on Education Fellow, observing and working closely with the presidents and provosts of a wide range of colleges and universities.

Her 25 years’+ experience in higher education includes eleven years experience at an Ivy League institution, five years experience at a “public Ivy,” three years experience at a highly selective liberal arts college, and seven years experience at a regional comprehensive college.  Her personal connections with presidents, vice presidents, directors of admissions, and select administrators at institutions nationwide; together with her experience as a Vice President, faculty member, counselor, administrator, scholar, and author have given her a unique perspective on the issues facing college applicants today.  

In 2005, Dr. Wiley founded Upstate College Planning Services at the request of several parents and friends who recognized that her perspective could prove advantageous to aspiring college students and their parents -- as well as her nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom she was more than happy to help find their way to the right colleges for them.


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