Get on the waitlist NOW for our 2023 session! 

Let's create your teen’s perfect path to college without all the stress and worry!

In Their Words

What parents say about The Admissions Formula

The Admission Formula is a combination of my best college admissions practices that I've used with students & parents over the last two decades.

It's going to completely transform how you engage with your teen in middle and/or high school, as crucial decisions are being made that will ultimately affect college options.

It's time to get on the same page with your teen!

About Lisa McLaughlin, M.Ed.

Founder/CEO of The Admissions Formula

Professionally, Lisa’s career in admissions counseling began 28 years ago as a middle school college-readiness tutor serving low-income youth while a student at UC Santa Barbara. After graduating with a B.A. in English, Lisa returned to UCSB for a Master’s Degree in Education and English teaching credential. Her five years of specific English teaching experience at both the middle and high school levels honed her ability to teach students strategies for writing college admissions and scholarship essays.

She went on to become the lead coordinator of a college readiness program for students in grades 6-12 where she planned and led various college tours, assisted students with college applications and admissions essays, prepared students for the rigors of advanced high school courses, met with college admissions representatives, led national staff development all over the United States and developed relationships with directors of admissions at higher educational institutions throughout the country. During this time, she became an application reader for The University of California where she broadened her understanding of holistic application review and saw first-hand the “business” of college admission.

Lisa ended her public education tenure as a high school administrator.

In 2004, she launched EDvantage Consulting, Inc., where she has provided thousands of families with a comfortable environment in which educational goals are broadened and students are motivated to achieve their highest academic and emotional potentials.

For the last three decades, Lisa has empowered students and parents to take control of their own college admissions process. Encouraging self-advocacy, bringing a wealth of college admissions knowledge to critical planning conversations, and providing families with the highest level of personalization and expertise has been the firm's mission.

About Lisa McLaughlin CEO of The Admissions Formula

A teacher at heart, Lisa greatly enjoys both the 1:1 personalized approach to counseling, as well as group coaching and presenting college admissions information in a way that deeply resonates with both students and parents. The path to college admission doesn’t need to feel so overwhelming. This is why Lisa created The Admissions Formula, to help parents calmly navigate a process that’s frankly gotten way out of control.

Lisa was one of the founding Orange County, CA’s professional members of IECA, the Independent Educational Consultants Association. She was also one of seven IECA members selected to be on IECA's College Committee. In 2010, Lisa was appointed a position by Roger Rossier to USC's School Counseling Advisory Board. She also supervised counseling interns from Chapman University's School Counseling program.

Her dedication to providing the most comprehensive and up to date college admissions information and support compels her passion to continuously develop relationships with college admissions reps., high school counselors, and colleagues throughout the nation.