About College Admissions Strategies

Empowering students for college admissions success.
Kelly Barnhardt, MS, CPC, ELI-MP;  Owner/President
Kelly Barnhardt, MS, CPC, ELI-MP; Owner/President

Kelly is the Owner and President of College Admissions Strategies. She is an associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) and has a certificate in college counseling from UCLA. She is also a certified life coach (CPC) with a designation as an Energy Leadership Index – Master Practitioner. This has allowed her to help teens with the transition to college which includes: increasing their confidence and motivation, improving time-management skills, decision-making skills, and overcoming stress and anxiety. She also helps young adults transition from college to career with a focus on working through transition hurdles, achieving better life balance with regard to work and personal values; resume writing, and enhanced career assessments.

She has worked with teens and their parents from 8th grade to senior year in helping them achieve their college goals. “Each student’s journey to college is as unique as they are. We help them see those future possibilities and figure out what is the best college fit for them. The process doesn’t have to be complicated when you have the right tools and roadmap to help you”.

Kelly’s past work and leadership positions helped her achieve the following honors and awards: Charlotte Business Journal (CBJ) “40 Under 40” honoree in 2015, Union County Weekly Top 100 Business People of 2016, CBJ Top 50 Mentor for National Bizwomen Mentoring Event 2016-2018, Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly Top 50 Women Leaders 2017-2019, The Mecklenburg Times Top 50 Most Influential Women of Charlotte 2017, ATHENA Charlotte Leadership Honoree for Service 2018, Mecklenburg Times 2019 Icons and Phenoms Honoree of Charlotte; and Charlotte Media Group’s “Best of Weeklies” Best College Consulting Services 2021.

She is a passionate advocate of community service and has been involved in Rotary International, served as a board member for the Union County Chamber of Commerce, and RedBrick Partnership. She sat on the Human Services Council of Matthews, the Economic Development Advisory Boards of Matthews and Indian Trail, and the Quad Alliance of South Charlotte.

A native of upstate New York, she has lived in Charlotte for over 20+ years with her husband and two sons. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and she completed her Master’s Degree in Management from Louisiana State University.

Contact Information:
Phone: 704-516-9907 / Email: kelly@collegeadmissionsstrategies.com
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Lee Shulman Bierer, Founder
Lee Shulman Bierer, Founder

Lee Shulman Bierer is an independent college counselor with College Admissions Strategies. She has written over 600 Countdown to College columns over the last 12 plus years. Her Countdown column is syndicated nationally through Tribune News Service, picked up each week by High School Counselor Weekly and bimonthly by The Link for Counselors.

Lee has been a guest on Charlotte’s NPR Affiliate – WFAE’s Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins several times where she has spoken about the recent college admissions scandal, the college admissions process, campus visits, college applications, and essays. She has been interviewed by the New York Times, featured in the New York Times Magazine and been a guest on a talk-show on the Martha Stewart Radio station.

Lee received her undergraduate degree in Spanish from Colgate University and has a Masters in Education. She received a Certificate in College Counseling through UCLA and currently serves on the advisory board of Princeton Review.

Lee has lived in Charlotte for almost 25 years and is now an empty-nester – with two college graduates– so she has survived this adventure both personally and professionally!

Contact Information:
Phone: 704-907-5685 / Email: lee@collegeadmissionsstrategies.com