Kate Manire considers college consulting a perfect synthesis of her passions:
mentorship and writing. She has been working in the field of college consulting since
2012 and has helped hundreds of students get into their dream schools, including
Cornell, Swarthmore, NYU, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, and many more.
Kate was born in Rye, New York and attended Rye High School, where she received a
National Merit Commendation and other academic honors, took 8 AP courses and
explored her love for writing as a contributor to the local newspaper, The Rye Record.
She studied Fine Arts and English at Vanderbilt University, and after graduating Dean’s
List in 2012, she moved to China to work as a college admissions consultant. It was
there that she discovered her passion for mentoring bright young students and helping
them write about their own passions, including robotics, engineering, physics, math,
theater, art, and social justice. After returning to America in 2014, she enrolled in the
MFA Painting program at New York Academy of Art, which she completed in 2017.
Since then she has worked as a painter in Brooklyn while tutoring privately in SAT,
ACT, ELA and Math courses as well as continuing her work as a college consultant.
More recently, she has found her specialty as a portfolio advisor for art, architecture,
and urban planning students and helped aspiring artists learn how to write about their
work. Her students have gotten into the Cornell School of Art, Architecture and
Planning, NYU, Renssaeler Polytechnic School of Architecture, Parsons School of
Design, and other top ranked Art and Design programs, often with merit scholarships
of up to $50,000 annually.
At A-List, Kate is excited to continue working with aspiring artists of any capacity
while continuing to learn more about her students’ wide range of passions across all
disciplines and fields.
I think A-List is a great organization. My tutor was positive and tailored the material to my learning style. She made learning each subject fun and presented new topics in an engaging fashion. Thank you so much to A-List for helping me achieve my personal best!
A-List gave me more than just practice tests and test-taking tips, though these were invaluable. My tutor connected with me on a personal level and helped me understand that I was capable of getting the score I wanted. Suddenly, I viewed my test-taking experience as a challenge, not a burden. I walked into my ACT with the confidence that I knew exactly how to conquer every aspect of the test.”
Mother of Phoebe C.
Both my children had an amazing experience with A-List! Steadily, she worked hard to improve her test scores. Taking the practice tests allowed her to gain confidence and learn to manage her time during the tests. Then a college advisor helped her write her college essays. She was an amazing guide who helped Phoebe focus and streamline her supplements and essays. Now she will be attending her dream college, Rice University, School of Architecture!