Karen Aylward

Best College Admissions Consultant in Oregon

Karen Aylward is the leading college admissions consultant in Oregon. Karen Aylward leads our office in Beaverton.  Her dedication to working with students and their families is the culmination of nearly 20 years in the education field. Since graduating with an MA from Tufts University’s Fletcher School, she has been involved in many facets of education. She has taught high school, managed a program at a community college, organized international student exchange programs, and designed continuing education courses.

A “Right Fit” Advocate

Best College Admissions Consultant in Oregon Karen Aylward

Karen understands the importance of campus academics, culture and environment in identifying the right fit campus for students.  Having lived and travelled all over the US and the world, Karen is a keen observer of people and places.  Drawing on this skill, Karen visits, and re-visits, campuses to enable her to help students discover schools where they will thrive and grow.

Public Speaker and Editor

Karen has spent years giving presentations and editing essays.  She understands the importance and process of presenting oneself both orally and in writing. Karen works with students on the necessary preparation and attention to detail that bring results.


  • Stanford University: BA in East Asian Studies – with Distinctions
  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy:  MALD – Masters in Law and Diplomacy in a joint Tufts and Harvard University program
  • Goddard College: Coursework for Masters in Education
  • IECA: Summer Training Institute for Independent Educational Consulting

Professional Associations

Karen is an active member of the following professional associations for college admissions consultants dedicated to guiding students through the transition from high school to higher education:

  • Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
  • Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC)
  • Portland Area College Counselors Consortium (PACCC) (an association of college admissions consultants in Oregon)


Karen lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and youngest son.  Her oldest just graduated from Wellesley College, and her middle child is currently at Pomona College, where he is an All American athlete.  In her free time, Karen can be found watching her children compete in sports, reading, mountain biking or repairing damaged quilts for grateful people.


“Joseph is off to a rocket start doing quite well in school and enjoying his classes. I couldn’t be more proud of him and I believe we both owe a lot to your great advice and guidance throughout the whole application process.”

-Everett, parent

“Karen was able to spend more time with me than any of my teachers or parents would have. She kept me on track and by the end of our work, my essays had improved tremendously.”

-Kai, student

“Karen is awesome! The schools Karen suggested were all good matches and our daughter was accepted to all of the target schools with scholarship money. Karen was very supportive and was always willing to talk to our daughter and to me when we had questions, no matter what they were.”

-Katherine, parent

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