Andrew Belasco, PhD


A licensed counselor and independent educational consultant, Andrew’s experience in the field of college admissions and transition spans nearly 15 years. After receiving a B.A. from Georgetown University and a M.Ed. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Andrew earned a Ph.D. at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education, where his research focused on college access and institutional admission policies

A recent fellow of the Association for Institutional Research, Andrew’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, American Educational Research Association, National Center for Education Statistics, and University of Michigan’s Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. He has published in education’s top academic journals, including Education Evaluation & Policy Analysis, Research in Higher Education, and The Journal of Higher Education, among others; and his research and commentary have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, CBS MoneyWatch, U.S. News & World Report, Inside Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, NPR, and more than a dozen other media outlets. Andrew is also the co-author of The Enlightened College Applicant: A New Approach to the Search and Admissions Process (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016) and Colleges Worth Your Money: A Guide to What America's Top Schools Can Do For You (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020).

Prior to launching College Transitions, Andrew worked as a school counselor at Abington Senior High School in suburban Philadelphia, a college admissions consultant and blogger for Kaplan Test Prep, and as a research consultant at the federal level for the Congressional Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. He is a professional member of the Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

In addition to his role as counselor, consultant, and author, Andrew previously served as an interviewer for Georgetown University, helping the admissions team at his alma mater evaluate prospective students. Andrew currently lives in Athens, Georgia with his wife, Eva, and daughters, Anna and Abigel.

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