Mark Montgomery

College admissions expert Mark Montgomery, CEO of Great College Advice

College admissions expert Mark Montgomery, PhD, is the CEO and Founder of Great College Advice™. He is a college insider who uses his knowledge of schools and experience as a professor and administrator to advise students and their families through the college preparation, selection, and application process.

College Admissions Expert and University Insider

Former Associate Dean at the University of Denver, admissions counselor for Fort Lewis College, external evaluator for teaching and learning programs at other universities, including the Yale University and University of Kansas

An Award-Winning Educator

College professor at the University of Denver, teaching award from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, instructor at Harvard University, and high school teacher at Saint Mary’s Academy in Denver, Fulbright teacher in France, leadership award from the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT)

An Empathetic Coach

Director of the Model United Nations program at the University of Denver for many years, guiding students in leadership development, public speaking, academic research, and negotiation skills; volunteer counselor for AFS Intercultural Exchange to help international students adapt to a new culture

A Global Thinker

Fulbright grantee and high school teacher in Grenoble, France; college professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Masters and PhD degrees in international relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Professional Educational Consultant

Member of the following professional associations dedicated to guiding students through the transition form high school to higher education: National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), Colorado Council on High School/College Relations (CCHS/CR), and the Rocky Mountain Association of College Admissions Counselors (RMACAC)


Dartmouth College: BA Cum Laude
• Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy: MA and PhD
• University of Northern Colorado: Professional Teaching License in Secondary Education, Coursework in Educational Administration
• Independent Educational Consultants Association: Summer Training Institute


Mark is married to a wonderful woman named Laura, who directs an after school program for talented–but under-resourced–college-bound youth. They have two sons. The family enjoys skiing and hiking together in the Colorado Rockies, as well as traveling around the country and abroad. Mark and Laura enjoy ballroom dancing together, and they also enjoy hiking, camping, and learning foreign languages. Mark also sings tenor, reads The Economist religiously, and listens to NPR.