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As a two-time graduate of Cornell University’s College of Engineering, an engineer and former recruiter for Fortune 500 companies, and a healthcare transformation executive, Tamara Baptiste-Wallace, our founder, knows what it takes to succeed in STEM, engineering, and health-related programs. 


She launched The College Application Specialist in 2015 to guide students and parents through the college admissions process; bridge generational and cultural differences, and demystify the American higher educational system which reduces the families' stress.  She is passionate about ensuring that students and families have the knowledge they need to navigate this process.


To date, her students have gained admission to over 40 colleges and universities across the United States including Cornell University, Harvard, Penn, MIT, Barnard, UC Berkeley, USC, the University of Maryland - College Park, Howard, Georgia, Auburn, Drexel, and Morehouse; and have been awarded more than $7 million in merit aid and institutional scholarships. 

Tamara earned her College Counseling Certification (With Distinction) at UCLA, and an executive certificate in Organizational Change and Consulting from Georgetown University.

Meet Tamara Baptiste-Wallace

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Professional Memberships

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