Credentials & Affiliations

Laurie Brandow is an Independent College Consultant and founder of Collegiate Blueprint Consulting. She is a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (*. Laurie received her formal training in College Consulting through the University of California-Irvine Independent Educational Consultants Program and she is a graduate of Duke University. Laurie serves as a Mentor with Tennessee Promise, working with students and their families in the Knox County public school system.


In addition to College Planning, Laurie also works with Transfer, Gap Year and Summer Programs clients. She is a source for information on Financial Aid and Merit Aid. She regularly travels to visit colleges and attend professional conferences. She holds “Blueprint for College Planning and Admissions” workshops for parents.

Laurie headed the PAC Parent Education program for three years at the Webb School of Knoxville’s Upper School, and volunteered there for 13 years while her two children attended and then were graduated from Webb. Prior to that, she was an Account Supervisor at DDB Needham Worldwide Advertising in New York City. Laurie also worked at CBS News Nightwatch with Charlie Rose, WNBC Radio with Don Imus, and at Connecticut Public Television. Originally from Connecticut,  Laurie is a graduate of Duke University and attended the University of Copenhagen. She is the President of the Duke University Club of Knoxville and has served as an Alumni Interviewer.

Laurie’s personal commitment and passion, in addition to her formal qualifications, make her uniquely qualified to assist students and their families as they navigate through the college admissions process.

*As a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, strict adherence to ethical guidelines governs my relationships with students, families, schools and colleges.