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College Kupp's goal is to help students on their path to college and find their best fit through a process that enables them to make the most of their high school experience while alleviating the stress and anxiety that often comes with this process. We want to make the college process an exciting and fun one! 

Ellen Kuppersmith

Independent Educational Consultant

Ellen is a Los Angeles native with over 18 years of experience in education and college advising. She worked for 12 years at Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES), a magnet school ranked #1 in Los Angeles by US News where she assisted in the College Center. Ellen worked at Paula Barksdale & Associates as an Educational Consultant from March 2015 to May 2019. Then in June 2019, she started her own practice, College Kupp.  Ellen has helped dozens of high school students on their exciting college journeys.  


Ellen graduated from the Harvard-Westlake School and has a B.A. in Classics from Tufts University where she worked as a producer for Tufts’ television soap opera, “On the Hill.” She loved having four seasons, and enjoyed sledding down the President’s Lawn during reading period. Ellen’s time going to college in Boston showed her the importance of fit.  An experienced Tufts alumni interviewer, Ellen completed her College Counseling Certificate through UCLA Extension in June 2015.


Ellen is committed to helping students throughout the application process, to find schools that are great fits, and creating a list of “first choices.”  As a NACAC International University Advocate Badge holder, Ellen can also help students who wish to apply to universities all over the world. 


She is a member of National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and an Associate member of the Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA).  In addition, Ellen is very active in HECA as their Volunteer Coordinator and HECA Conference College Fair Co-Chair, 2019 to 2022.  She utilizes these organizations to get to know college admissions officers and visit campuses so she can best serve her students.  

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MICHELLE S  |  2017 and 2019

"The services Ellen provides cover much more than the process of selecting colleges and ultimately submitting applications, personal statements and essays.  Our two sons both worked directly with Ellen Kuppersmith.  Not only was Ellen knowledgeable, organized, and extremely helpful throughout the process, she spent time getting to know the boys, listening, discussing their goals, likes, dislikes and what they wanted from the college experience.  Based on these discussions, Ellen exposed the boys to colleges that were aligned with their academic profile, personalities and personal goals – as we learned, there were multiple colleges that the boys felt they were a 'good fit' and would be excited to attend.  Further, Ellen is thoughtful and incredibly helpful with the personal statements and essays.  She helped the boys discover themselves and present their best, authentic self to admissions departments through their personal statements and essays.  The best part is that we, as parents, were comfortable and confident that our boys were in capable hands!  It was a great experience! "

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