A magna cum laude graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, Craig Meister earned his Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA and worked in both Penn's Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Office of International Programs before relocating to New York City to work as a communications consultant. In New York, Craig developed innovative business and communication strategies for some of the world's most successful corporations.
When working with students and their families, Craig employs the skills he learned on Wall Street and combines them with the extensive editing, interviewing, and writing know-how he gathered from his time as a speechwriter for the U.S. Department of State and a journalist. Craig has also served in the roles of undergraduate admissions officer for a public university and director of college guidance for an independent high school, experiences that allow him to be the strongest possible advocate for students and parents navigating the college admissions process.
Seeking to combine his communication and consulting skills with his passion for college admissions, Craig founded a one-man college consulting practice in 2006. Over the next nine years this small operation grew leaps and bounds: it started with just one Baltimore-based client in March of 2006; yet, by 2014 it served its 1,000th client, located, in of all places, Alexandria, Egypt. In 2015 Craig's college admissions consultancy, which by this time had offices in the North America and Europe, became Admissions Intel, the authoritative online source for college admissions guidance. Today, Admissions Intel services are available around the world via video conference and in-person at offices in the United States, Brazil, and Greece.
In addition to leading Admissions Intel, Craig provides Admissions Intel clients with the full package: an honest appraisal of college prospects, the latest research and statistics, a strategic mindset, and determined implementation. Speaking regularly to the media and at companies, schools, community centers, and houses of worship, Craig is entertaining, informative, and an authority at shedding light on the often intimidating and confusing, yet vitally important world of college admissions.
When not entrenched in the realm of finding the right fit and getting in, Craig enjoys travel, discussing international affairs and European history, and spending time with his family.