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Melanie Mac Caskie smiles while sitting on cement stairs in front of a blue door. She is white with short, light brown hair and tattoos on her arm.

In my senior year of high school, I got my acceptance letter from my top-choice college in early December. Within a week I had mailed my deposit, notified my school counselor, carefully applied a SUNY Purchase College bumper sticker to a Honda Civic that was older than I was, and figured I was done with the whole “college application” thing.


Since then, I’ve helped more than a thousand students on the journey to find their alma mater. College admission and success have been the focus of my career since 2013.


I guess I wasn’t done with the whole “college application” thing, after all. 

After graduating from the State University of New York, Purchase College with a double major in Anthropology and Literature, I worked in college access and college admissions in New York City, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.


Working with students was so rewarding that I returned to school so that I could become an academic advisor. I earned my Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in 2020. 

My graduate-level education in counseling students was the missing piece that I needed to find my perfect career in independent educational consulting. I already had the insider knowledge of college admissions, but with my training and experience in advising, I also gained the expertise to support students throughout the whole process. 

Now, I'm bringing that expertise to students across the country with Pioneer Valley College Counseling.  

When I'm not helping students find their perfect-fit college, you can probably find me reading or sharing a good meal with friends and family. I work and live in an old house in western Massachusetts, which I share with my husband and my sweet but mischievous golden retriever, Tilly.

Hi, I'm Melanie


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