Student Outcomes

Of course, you likely want to have a sense of where some of my students have been offered admission, and you might wonder what the experience was like for them. While my aim is to help students find the best fit university, I want them to feel empowered by the milestones they achieve in working toward their goals, to realize that, with guidance, they are able to manage this challenge and make excellent decisions for themselves. You will find, as you read below, that there is a tremendous range of opportunities that they have experienced, in terms of both university admission and scholarship offers, from the Ivies and Public Ivies, to small selective liberal arts colleges, to accelerated medical and dental programs. But perhaps most importantly, read what they have to say themselves about the process of getting there!

"Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be."- Heath L. Buckmaster


Amherst College (MA), Arizona State University (AZ), Babson College (MA), Barnard College (NY), Bates College (ME), Berklee College of Music (MA), Boston College (MA), Boston University (MA), Brown University (RI), Bryn Mawr College (PA), Bucknell University (PA), California College of the Arts (CA), University of California (Berkeley, LA, SB, Irvine, Davis), Carleton College (MN), Carnegie Mellon University (PA), Case Western Reserve University (OH), Chapman University (CA), Colby-Sawyer College (NH), College of Charleston (SC), University of Chicago (IL), University of Cincinatti College – Conservatory of Music (OH), Claremont McKenna College (CA), Colgate University (NY), College of William and Mary (VA), College of Wooster (OH), Colorado College (CO), Colorado State University (CO), Columbia University (NY), University of Connecticut (CT), Cornell University (NY), Davidson College (NC), University of Denver (CO), Duke University (NC), Earlham College (IN), Elon University (NC), Emory University (GA), Georgetown University (DC), Harvard University (MA), Haverford College (PA), University of Hawaii (Manoa, Hilo), Hendrix College (AR), Hobart and William Smith College (NY), University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign (IL), Indiana University at Bloomington (IN), Ithaca College (NY), Johns Hopkins University (MD), Kenyon College (OH), Lake Forest College (IL), Lehigh University (PA), Lewis and Clark (OR), Linfield College (OR), Macalester College (MN), Miami University (OH), University of Miami (FL), University of Michigan (MI), Mount Holyoke College (MA), University of Nebraska (NE), Northeastern University (MA), Northwestern University (IL), University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (NC), University of Notre Dame (IN), Oberlin College (OH), Occidental College (CA), Ohio Wesleyan (OH), University of Ohio (OH), University of Oregon (OR), Parsons School of Design (NY), University of the Pacific (CA), University of Pennsylvania (PA), Penn State University (PA), Pepperdine University (CA), Point Loma Nazarene (CA), Pomona College (CA), Pratt Institute (NY), Princeton University (NJ), University of Puget Sound (WA), Purdue University (IN), University of Redlands (CA), Reed College (OR), Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute (NY), Rhode Island School of Design (RI), Rice University (TX), University of Rochester (NY), University of San Diego (CA), University of San Francisco (CA), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL), Scripps University (CA), Smith College (MA), University of Southern California (CA), Southwestern University (TX), St. Mary’s College of California (CA), St. Michael’s College (VT) Stanford University (CA), Syracuse University (NY), Swarthmore College (PA), University of Texas – Austin (TX), Trinity College (CT), Tulane University (LA), Tufts University (MA), Vanderbilt University (TN), Vassar College (NY), Villanova University (PA), Wake Forest University (NC), Washington University of St. Louis (MO), University of Washington (WA), Wesleyan University (CT), Western Washington University (WA), Whitman College (WA), Whittier College (CA), University of Wisconsin – Madison (WI), Wittenberg University (OH)

Canada (students have been admitted to virtually all of Canada’s mainstream universities; the following are those most frequently occurring in their lists)

BC: UBC (Vancouver and Okanagan), SFU, UVIC, Capilano University, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, VIU, Trinity Western, Quest University; AB: University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Lethbridge University; SK: University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina; MN: University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg; ON: Queen’s, Western, Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier, Waterloo, Carleton, Ottawa, Guelph, Ryerson, McMaster; QC: McGill, Concordia, Bishop’s; NS: Acadia; Mount Allison; Dalhousie, University of King’s College; NB: St. Thomas University; UNB

Cardiff University; University College London; Kings College London; Imperial College, London; University of Aberdeen; University of St. Andrew’s; University of Edinburgh; University of Glasgow; University of Dundee; Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland; University of Warwick; Sheffield, University of Newcastle

Students were admitted to fine arts or music programs and enrolled at:

Berklee College of Music, Chicago Art Institute, Cleveland Institute of Art, Fashion Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University - Peabody Conservatory, Oberlin College Conservatory, Otis College of Art and Design, Parsons The New School for Design, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, San Francisco Art Institute, Savannah College of Art and Design, Skidmore College

Students athletes were successfully recruited in their sport and enrolled at:

Acadia, Bates, Brown, Bucknell, Bryn Mawr, College of Charleston, Colorado College, University of Connecticut, Harvard, Hobart and William Smith, University of New Hampshire, University of North Carolina -  Chapel Hill, Point Loma Nazarene, Queen’s, Syracuse, Trinity (TX), UBC, Wake Forest, Wheaton (MA),Whittier, Wilfrid Laurier and others  

Very impressed with what we learned about U.S. Schools

“Our experience with Hilary has opened us up to a whole new world of education. While my husband and I attended Canadian universities, our son had his own ideas about attending a U.S. university. We were reticent at first, but in the end were very impressed with what we learned about U.S. Schools in terms of small class sizes, access to expert faculty starting in first year, co-op and other opportunities on an international scale, and large endowments which allow financial aid and scholarships. We have also appreciated Hilary’s perspective, enthusiasm and expertise. She is very down to earth and easy to have honest conversations with, and she genuinely cares about her students. She gets to know them so that she can advise based on individual strengths and interests. She coordinated meetings and calls with our son, while always welcoming my calls when we needed more information or advice as a family; and she is very proactive when it comes to problem solving. Ultimately, Mark received several admission offers and scholarships (including a total of $570, 000 from 4 different schools), and has decided to attend Princeton University in the fall. He is fortunate enough to be participating in Princeton’s Bridge Year Program and will be spending his first year abroad in Bolivia, doing community service work as well as learning through travel and outdoor pursuits.”

– Mother of Mark, Princeton (NJ)

Reputation is not everything when considering which university to apply to

“Whether it be because of your parents or because of the people around you, a high school student can’t help but be swayed by the reputation of universities. I was, of course, not an exception. But reputation is not everything when considering which university to apply to, in fact it should only be considered in balance with other more important aspects. Before I first met Hilary, I was convinced that Harvard University was the right university for me, even when I wished to pursue mechanical engineering. After discussing my interests and interests, including my SAT and academic grades, she immediately suggested California Institute of Technology, a school which, for some reason, had flown under my radar. As I began to research the university with Hilary’s aid, I came to realize that it offered everything that I wanted in my college career. Hilary helped me contact the baseball coach and write a thorough application that candidly brought out my best aspects. When I visited the campus, I was able to confirm Hilary’s conviction that Caltech was a perfect match for me. If I had not received her help, I never would have had such a positive outcome with a world class school; and for that I am forever grateful.”

– Minjae, Cal Tech (CA)

Southridge School

“Hilary played a key role and was very influential in developing two important programs at Southridge –admissions and university counselling. In her role as Director of Admissions, Hilary ensured that admissions at Southridge was well organized and executed in an effective manner with consistency, fairness and integrity given top priority. As Director of Admissions, Hilary also advised a number of students in the university application process. Here, too, her background and knowledge of the university application system (both Canadian and American) helped to shape our school in this important area. Eventually, Hilary made a change in her portfolio of responsibilities and took-on the new role of Director of University Counselling. Under Hilary’s thoughtful guidance, the university counselling program became more comprehensive and highly successful in only a few short years. I believe it is a testament to Hilary and her many contributions to Southridge that the foundation she created in both admissions and university counselling is still very much a part of what we do today.”

Drew Stephens, Head of School

Guidance though a Complicated Process

We found the process of finding the right university for our son, who initially was also interested in playing university baseball, a complicated one neither of us had experienced. Hilary took control of the whole process, was exceedingly helpful, and made our son accountable for all of the things he was required to do to in order to be properly prepared to apply to U.S. and Canadian universities. Through her considerable efforts, Hilary was able to help our son sort through the many universities available and select those that best fit what he was looking for in a university. He was accepted at all of his universities of choice, and offered merit scholarship. We also found Hilary still very helpful to us even after our son had selected his university. Especially given the level of complication and, sometimes, frustration involved in this process, we are very grateful for Hilary’s guidance.

– Marty and Laura, parents of Emerson, McGill

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, AB

Ms. Lehn has unparalleled expertise in advising students and their families with respect to university admissions. Having worked on both sides of the admissions process as a counsellor and a U.S. university admissions officer, she has a deep understanding of what universities are looking for and how students can best position themselves for admission to colleges/universities of their choosing, including those more highly selective schools they may have in their sites. Ms. Lehn is extremely adept at helping students to identify schools that are a great fit for them, and holds this as the ultimate priority in bolstering their chances of success in university and beyond.

– William Jones, Head of School – Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School