About Elizabeth Simms

Elizabeth Simms is College Sense’s principal independent  educational consultant. She has earned a certificate in independent educational consulting from the University of California-Irvine, an  MSN from the University of Michigan and a BSN from Michigan State University.  She has also completed the Independent Educational Consultant Association Summer Institute.   To stay current in the field, Elizabeth  belongs to  professional organizations including the Higher Educational Consultants Association ,the Independent Educational Consultant Association ( Associate Member),and the National College Advocacy Group (NCAG)and the Western Association for Admission Counseling (WACAC). Each of these organizations provides learning opportunities and a wide network of peers with whom she can collaborate.  She also attends multiple conferences each year, and visits colleges across the United States  so that she can  learn about their programs and campus culture.

Besides helping students in her practice, Elizabeth Simms has raised three children of her own and helped  them through the college admission process. She has also worked as a volunteer in Santa Cruz County schools for over 20 years in various capacities, including parent club president, classroom assistant, site council member, board member of a charter school, office help, and  volunteer coordinator.   Her experience helping at local schools has provided her with an understanding of both the opportunities and challenges of the educational options available in  Santa Cruz County, which she uses to help students optimize their high school experience, while at the same time preparing for college and beyond.

“I’ve watched hundreds of young people grow into adults. It has left a deep impression on me.  Every single student is unique.   What each of them needs  to grow and develop into thriving adult, varies greatly. Helping them find and access the educational options or experiences, that light them up and help them along the way, gives me great joy.”  Elizabeth