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Need help choosing colleges and applying to universities? Email us! 

The college admissions process can be stressful and overwhelming for both students and parents. We can make the process simpler by assisting your student through the entirety of the application process:

Julia Morgan

College Advisor


  • High school course selection

  • Creating a balanced list of universities

  • Deadline management

  • Testing: strategic planning and reporting

  • One-on-one Common Application and institutional application completion (examples: UC Schools, Georgetown)

  • Student Self Reported Academic Record (SSAR, SRAR, SPARK) completion 

  • Essay planning and execution

  • Resume preparation

  • Financial Aid and CSS profile completion

  • Bright Futures Scholarship completion

  • Assistance with scholarship selection and applications

Our College Advisor, Julia Morgan, obtained an international MBA from Thunderbird in marketing and advertising, then worked for eleven years in Paris, Nice, and Brussels for global companies like Pillsbury and Sodexo.

While raising her family in Florida, she volunteered for many years at her daughters' large local high school in the college advising department. She then became the College Advisor at Western High school which serves 800+ seniors and over 3,000 high school students. 

She founded Ascent because she believes students require individual attention during the college application process, something that is difficult to master with a 485/1 ratio in Florida.

Julia has helped students achieve: 

  • Acceptances to universities in 25 states, and over 95 universities​

  • During her last year of college advising at Western, she helped students obtain scholarships totalling $4.7 million, including $885,000 in Bright Futures scholarships. She continues to focus on the importance of selecting financially accessible universities. 

  • Admissions to prestigious university admissions including: Harvard, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Harvey Mudd, Cornell, UCBerkeley, UCSan Diego, UCSanta Barbara, Rice, Georgia Tech, Emory, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern, Tulane, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Michigan, University of Texas Austin, University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Maryland...all of the Florida universities.

Julia absolutely loves working one-on-one with her students, and has vast experience with all levels of applications, from first generation students applying to local colleges, to gifted students applying to the highly selective and Ivy League universities.

Julia is the parent of two daughters, a veterinarian who lives and works in France, and another daughter who lives and works in New York after graduating from Duke.

Having gone through the application process with both, she truly understands the student's and parents' perspectives.

Contact Ms. Morgan today at 954 651 3335 or by email to set up your appointment. 

Blog Posts by Julia Morgan:

Everything Juniors Need to Know about Testing 

Hidden Gems: Honors Colleges

SAT Subject Tests: Who Should Take Them, When and Why

Welcome to Ascent Advising

Our College Advisor, Lisa Solovay, has over 10 years of experience advising and counseling students in the Broward County public schools as well as in a private setting. Most recently, she worked as the Director of College Counseling at College Experts and was previously the College Advisor (BRACE) and Silver Knight Coordinator for both West Broward and Western High Schools.

She has advised, counseled and placed thousands of students over the years, working with them on 4-year planning, creating resumes, identifying universities that meet each student's needs, completing applications, brainstorming and drafting essays, and applying for scholarships. She also has built a strong network of relationships with college admissions professionals across the country.

Lisa's former students have earned millions of dollars in scholarships (Bright Futures, University Merit, and Private Scholarships) and have been accepted to numerous prestigious universities, including Stanford, MIT, Duke, University of Chicago, Cornell, Northwestern, University of Michigan, Tulane, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Berkeley, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, USC, Penn State, University of Maryland, Emory, Georgia Tech, Northeastern, Boston College, Boston University, NYU, University of Florida, University of Miami, Florida State, University of Central Florida, Washington University at St. Louis, Barnard, Bowdoin, Dartmouth, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania.

Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, where her daughters are current students, and subsequently earned an M.B.A. from Florida Atlantic University. Lisa could not be more excited to bring her love and commitment towards her students and families to Ascent College Advising.

Contact Ms. Solovay at 954 661 2052 or by email set up your appointment. 

Blog Posts by Lisa Solovay: 

The Importance of High School

Course Selection

Financial Aid 101

Admissions at Florida Public Universities

Could I? Should I?

Lisa Solovay

College Advisor 


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