Valerie Blair, founder of Blair College Planning, believes that every student deserves a college search that is simple, stress-free, and effective. She works with students and families to help them choose colleges wisely and manage the application and financial aid processes confidently and effectively. Ultimately, her goal is for the student to feel sure that s/he has chosen a college that fits his/her needs.
Valerie is a former faculty member at the University of Houston. She holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and a graduate Certificate in College Counseling. She has also received training in higher education consulting from the Independent Educational Consultants Association. Valerie is a member of the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling and the Higher Education Consultants Association and subscribes to the standards of good practice of both organizations.
Valerie has experience coaching students through the college search process, college visits, writing essays, college interviews, completing the application, making a final college choice, and planning the transition to college. She also advises families on applying for financial aid and evaluating financial offers from colleges. Students she has advised recently were accepted at American University, University of Arkansas, Baylor University, Claremont McKenna College, University of Colorado, Dartmouth College, Davidson College, Duke University, Emory University, University of Houston, Lehigh University, Louisiana State University, Macalester College, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, Ohio State University, University of Oklahoma, Pomona College, Rice University, University of Rochester, St. Edward’s University, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, University of Tennessee, Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Austin, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University, Trinity University, Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, Vassar College, University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, and Wesleyan University, among others.