HR Lehn

Educational Consulting

Many families find navigating the post-secondary planning process a daunting or overwhelming task, especially when seeking admission to competitive and highly selective university and college programs. There are many post-secondary options available to students; however, identifying the critical factors that will allow for a great college/university fit, and narrowing the scope of options and applying, can be exceptionally challenging without some support.

Our aim is to minimize the stress and confusion inherent in this process, through structured, step-by-step advisement and counseling for the student, and support for the parents as well. The ideal outcomes are offers of admission to well-researched schools that are an excellent fit for the student, and a process in which the student is invested and takes the lead, and in which the parents are optimally involved and supportive. Families will feel a sense of direction and control over the process and hopefully, a sense of enjoyment and anticipation as they move through the various stages.

HR Lehn Educational Consulting is dedicated to helping families maximize educational options, for post-secondary study in the United States, Canada and the UK. With over 20 years of experience in admission and university counselling in post-secondary and secondary settings, HR Lehn takes a highly personalized approach to counselling and advisement on all aspects of the university planning and application process, from profile development, to career assessment, to developing a university list, to applying and making a final choice. Students, and their families, should complete the process feeling a sense of confidence in the student’s next steps in their post-secondary education.

Hilary R. Lehn, M.Ed. - HR Lehn Educational Consulting

Mrs. Lehn started her career in university admission and counselling at James Madison University (VA) in 1993, where she earned her Master’s degree in Counselling: Student Personnel Administration in 1994. Prior to that, she earned a B.A. in Psychology at Ithaca College in New York. Since then, her 20 year career has taken her to Associate Director of Admission at a U.S. private liberal arts college, Dean of Enrollment Management at an independent university preparatory boarding school (U.S.) and both Director of Admission and Director of University Counselling at an independent university preparatory day school in Canada. In these roles, Mrs. Lehn has advised students on all aspects of the admission process, from both sides of the desk; written admission publications, handbooks and guides for students and parents; presented at professional conferences (such as the National Association of College Admission Counsellors – NACAC, the Secondary School Admission Test Board – SSATB, and others); and networked with thousands of admission representatives from colleges all over the United States, Canada and the U.K.

In addition, Mrs. Lehn has visited over 300 campuses in her career, and advised and counselled many hundreds of students through the university selection and application process. Mrs. Lehn’s students have successfully gained admission to a wide range of institutions, including highly selective institutions (all of the Ivies, Public Ivies, accelerated medical and dental programs and other top tier schools in the U.S., Canada and abroad), competitive small private liberal arts schools, and other large public institutions in the US, Canada and the UK. Her students have included athletes at all levels, talented musicians, artists and scholars, those with special needs, and transfer students.

Mrs. Lehn’s aim in working with any student is that they complete the process having generated excellent admission offers for themselves from well-chosen institutions. She prides herself on the exceptional university graduation rate of her students, reflecting a thorough process and selection of an excellent fit in their university choice. Mrs. Lehn is a member of the U.S. associations: NACAC (National Association of College Admission Counsellors, OACAC (Overseas Association of College Admission Counsellors) and IECA (the Independent Educational Consultants Association, Associate Member).

hilary lehn resume

Resume Highlights

Hilary R. Lehn, BA, MEd
MEd Counselling Psychology: Student Personnel Administration, James Madison University (VA), 1994
BA Psychology, Minor Advertising/Public Relations, Ithaca College (NY), 1992

Director of University Counselling

Southridge School (*school’s first - September 2007 – present)

• Created and directed all aspects of the university counselling program for students - 100% university-bound, and advised all students (Grade 11-12)
• Hosted Canadian Universities Fair, and various university representatives from the U.S., U.K. and Canada
• Ran course selection evenings and workshops for students and parents, as well as various parent and student information sessions on Canadian, U.S. and U.K. admission processes
• Created student handbooks, newsletter and detailed university counseling webpage information

Director of Admissions

Southridge School (*school’s first - October 2002 to September 2007)

• Created and directed all aspects of the K-12 admissions program, including implementation of a database, all public communications, open house events, the selection process, etc.
• Made policy recommendations to the Board of Trustees and Head of School
• Directed all aspects of the U.S. university counseling program and assisted with Canadian university counseling
• Direct production of school viewbook and admission publications (application, instructional materials, school data profile, etc)

Dean of Enrollment Management

The Ethel Walker School (May 2000 – July 2002)

• Directed the College Counseling Program (all aspects; i.e. workshops, test prep, financial aid, counseling, etc.)
• Directed the Admission Program (all aspects; i.e. recruitment travel, office staffing and supervision, publications, financial aid administration, etc.)
• Worked with Head of School to set policy; member of the Administrative Team
• Worked with a communications team to design, write, edit, layout and produce a full complement of admissions publications
• Instituted new financial aid management system

Associate Director of Admission and Director of Financial Aid

The Ethel Walker School (July 1997 – April 2000)

• Managed financial aid program, budget $1.2 million, including calculating need and making awards
• Wrote text for several admission publications
• Evaluated applicants for admission, including interviewing and placement testing
• Communicated with consultants, placement counselors, parents and students for recruitment

Associate Director of Admission,

Albright College (May 1996 – June 1997)

• Directed new staff training
• Taught career development course, and provided career counseling and workshops for students
• Compiled information and statistics on campus internships for inclusion in admission publications
• Other duties as Assistant Director continued

Assistant Director of Admission

Albright College (Fall 1994 - May 1996)

• Hired, trained and supervised student admission representatives in greeting guests, giving tours, and conducting phonathons, hosting overnight visitors and participating in recruitment travel
• Served on Admission and Scholarship Review committees
• Responsible for oversight of recruitment territory, from inquiry to enrollment

Transfer Admission Counsellor

James Madison University (Sept 1993-May 1994)

• Counselled students in the transfer process
• Conducted large group information sessions for freshman and transfer admission
• Reviewed applications and assisted in making admission decisions and counselling families
• Assisted in compilation and writing of admission publications

Graduate Assistant, Office of Financial Aid/Scholarships, James Madison University, (Fall, 93)
Graduate Assistant, Office of Career Services, James Madison University, (Spring, 93)
Graduate Assistant, Office of Assessment, James Madison University, (Spring, 93)