Getting in without Freaking out - College Prep and Admission Experts Panel


The college admissions landscape has changed dramatically in recent years.

With many more outstanding students competing, no longer is the "well-rounded" student assured top choice. Testing has also changed, with new test choices and the newer SAT, while college costs spiral into the stratosphere. How can families best help their children get in to the college of their dreams, finding the right fit and managing to pay for it?

The Brown Club in New York is proud to present a special program for alumni and their families featuring a stellar panel of experts in the college admissions process who will demystify these issues and tasks for students and their parents. Panelists will also respond to individual questions from the audience during a Q & A session following.

Our panel's goal is to give you concrete suggestions – as well as thought-provoking ideas – that will help your teens achieve smart, timely college prep and make all-round wise college choices. This is a terrific opportunity to get answers to your questions from a range of top advisors in college prep and admissions.


FREE BONUS BOOK RAFFLE: Howard Greene has donated several sets of his popular college admissions guides which all attendees will be registered to win.

Breakfast continental buffet will be served. 


Participants include:

Howard R. Greene is president of Howard Greene & Associates, the well-known educational consulting company. He is a former Princeton University admission officer and has written many books on planning for college and graduate school. Along with his son Matthew, Howard hosts PBS television programs on college prep and financing.

Andrea van Niekerk is a College Admissions Consultant with College Goals. Andrea was formerly Associate Director of Admission at Brown University for many years and also served as academic advisor to freshman and sophomore students.

Laura Clark is long time director of college counseling at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. She previously worked at Princeton University, in admissions for four years and teaching freshman writing in the English department. 

Don Betterton was director of financial aid at Princeton University for 30 years. The author of two books and numerous articles on college financial aid, Don assists families in admissions and college funding strategies.

Karen Berlin Ishii '78 is a college test preparation tutor of over 20 years' experience who teaches students in New York and internationally. Karen lectures on SAT and ACT prep for Brown University's Admission Workshops series at Summer@Brown. 


This event is open to alumni, family, and friends. Parents are encouraged to bring their children and attend as a family. 

COST: $40 per person, $70 for 2 family members, $90 for 3 family members

REGISTRATION:  (Payment accepted by MasterCard or VISA only.)

HERE for 1 person  SOLD OUT

HERE for 2 family members  SOLD OUT

HERE for 3 family members SOLD OUT

HERE for any additional family members  SOLD OUT

This event is SOLD OUT. There is no waiting list and we are unable to offer sales at the door, sorry.

Note: Discounted tickets for 3+ members are now sold out, but families may purchase additional tickets using the links above.


DATE: Saturday, September 13, 2014

TIME: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

PLACE: The Cornell Club Ivy Room

6 East 44th Street

New York, NY 10017


For additional information, please contact Karen Berlin Ishii at

Panel members subject to change.

This event is not sponsored by or affiliated with Brown University’s Office of Admission.