Meet Dr. Elizabeth Stone

Dr. Stone has spent nearly all of her professional career in higher education. She has a national reputation as a leader in college admissions and as a trainer to new college counselors.  As a former college professor, she approaches the college admission process with a keen awareness of how universities function and understands the expectations for student success.  Dr. Stone is a scholarship application reader for UC Berkeley's Alumni Association awards. Outside of consulting, Dr. Stone holds the position of San Mateo County Commissioner of the Arts.


Her background includes faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco (Department of Psychiatry), San Jose State University and San Francisco State University (Departments of Child and Adolescent Development), and two years as a Visiting Scholar in Language, Literacy, and Culture at Stanford University.  Most recently, Dr. Stone taught in the UC Berkeley Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning.

PhD  UC Berkeley, School of Education

MA New York University, Steinhardt School of Education

BA (Phi Beta Kappa) UC Berkeley, Social Welfare

Books, Talks, And Published Work

Dr. Stone is the author of the new book, The Better College Essay:  Fitting in and Standing Out (Wintergreen Orchard House) with the foreword written by Dr. Douglas Christiansen, Dean of Admissions at Vanderbilt University.  Her first book, Part of the Group, on social skills intervention with special needs students, was published by Dawn Sign Press.

Dr. Stone was recently featured in an article in Dance Spirit Magazine, in Money Magazine for her expertise on college admission and college entrance exams and was interviewed for the New York Times for her volunteer work with students impacted by the fires in Paradise, CA.

Dr. Stone has written more than eighty articles on higher education and was a columnist for several years for  

Dr. Stone and Director of Writing, Meredith Charlson, taught a seminar for UC Berkeley’s International Pre-College Program faculty on college essay writing in September 2019, presented at the international conference of the Independent Educational Consultants Association in May 2018 in Austin, TX and was an invited panelist at UC Berkeley Extension this past May.


Dr. Stone is a Professional Member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association,) a member of the International Association for College Admission Counseling, and the Education Writers Association.  She was awarded the Irving Katz Award by the Independent Educational Consultants Association for exemplary service to youth in the community. Dr. Stone also has a sub-specialty, designated by IECA, as a skilled provider of services to students with learning differences.