College counselor Evelyn Jerome-Alexander is passionate about helping students find their best-fit college. Evelyn has been working with high school students for over 25 years, first as a volunteer alumni interviewer for Johns Hopkins University, and now as an independent educational consultant for the past twelve years.
Evelyn brings a dedicated, student-centered approach to guiding students and families through the college search and college application process. She founded Magellan College Counseling in 2011, and she and her team expertly teach families what they need to know about college admissions, focusing on helping students find colleges that fit them academically, socially and emotionally.
Evelyn became involved with the college admissions process through her leadership in the Johns Hopkins Second Decade Society of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. In her seven years co-chairing the Society’s Admissions Committee, Evelyn spearheaded an initiative to recruit underrepresented minority students to Johns Hopkins. She continued her volunteer work by appearing at college fairs, interviewing student applicants, visiting high schools, and training other alumni across the country to volunteer in these capacities.
Evelyn doesn’t just help high school seniors get into college. In fact, she believes that the road to getting into a great college begins with college counseling for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders, too.
Well-versed in the college admissions process at highly-selective colleges, Evelyn has given presentations with admissions officers from Hopkins and MIT at several national conferences for independent educational consultants. She maintains active memberships in college admission organizations including Western Association for College Admission Counseling, Higher Education Consultants Association, Independent Educational Consultants Association (Professional member), and Counselor Advocacy for the Jewish University Experience. She’s also one of only 34 Certified Educational Planners in California – the highest designation for college advisors. Evelyn regularly presents webinars and workshops on college applications, extracurricular activities, and essay development for Magellan clients and the larger community. And because she is a recognized expert, she is frequently interviewed or asked to contribute articles offering college counseling advice.
Before beginning her career as a college counselor, Evelyn managed political campaigns and public affairs projects. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins, a Master’s degree from George Washington University, and a Certificate in College Counseling (with distinction) from UCLA. In 2019, Evelyn was invited to be an instructor for two college advising courses within UC Berkeley’s college admissions certificate program. A native of Los Angeles, she has held a private pilot’s license for over 25 years. She lives with her rescue dog in the San Fernando Valley.
Evelyn is proud that her work with Magellan College Counseling has resulted in so many college success stories, finding student success in college admissions extremely fulfilling.