Learn more about Lisa, Bob and the rest of the College MatchPoint team

Learn more about Lisa, Bob and the rest of the College MatchPoint team

Lisa Bain Carlton and Bob Carlton are nationally recognized experts at helping families navigate the college admissions process. For more than 25 years, they have served in a variety of roles in the field of education, including in-depth counseling with adolescents and their families. Their model reduces stress in all stages of the college admissions process. Lisa is sought out by other consultants for her expertise and she teaches in University of California, Irvine, College Counseling Certificate Program.  She serves on the board of directors of IECA, the premier professional association for educational consultants. She collaborates with other educational consultants around the U.S. to give her clients access to the best minds in the college admissions field. Bob is passionate and knowledgeable about the in's and out's of both the STEM and business fields. He started his career in higher education publishing and has collaborated with hundreds of professors across the country.   He is a frequent speaker on higher education including SXSWedu and EDUCAUSE. 

How can we possibly do justice to all the benefits we received from working with College MatchPoint? Lisa, Bob, and their outstanding crew helped our student and our family at each point of the process. Their expertise, compassion, and astounding ability to motivate and work through ANY difficulty is unparalleled. Our student gained confidence and valuable experience through interactions with the staff and their commitment to a process that brings results. As parents, we were able to call Lisa with any questions or trepidations, and she was unfailingly gracious, knowledgeable, and helpful. We worked with another college consultant with our first child, and the process was nowhere near the wonderful experience we had with College MatchPoint. We sing their praises whenever the opportunity arises. The funny thing is that many of the people we tell about College MatchPoint already know how fabulous they are—either by reputation or through working with them. Thank you, College MatchPoint!!
— Julie and Bob Schriber, Austin, TX

Our proven process is organized and efficient.

At College MatchPoint, our one goal throughout the process remains the same: for your student to thrive in their selected college. Yes, this means we want them to love it—academically and socially—and we want it to fit within your family’s budget. 

We believe the college essay and application process can be organized, personal, and even fun. Your student will be carefully matched with an essay coach based on personality and working style and location—it’s just one of the many ways we modify our proven process to meet individual student needs.  Our college essay specialists are gifted and accomplished writers, many of whom have taught at the college level. You will notice that the majority of our college counseling team holds Master’s degrees in their respective fields. We meet, strategize, and ponder how to make your student shine. Meet the team.

We invest in the highest quality tools to manage the college application process, utilizing best-in-class College Planner Pro software to give students and parents access to a college dashboard. Within this system, parents and students can keep track of their profile (and compare it to admission stats at any college at the touch of a button), create college lists and manage application deadlines.

Benefits of Working With the College MatchPoint Team

  • A trained expert to guide the student through each step of the college essay & application process
  • A structured outline for the student to use as they start the college essay writing process
  • An experienced editor to help the student polish his or her essay
  • A mentor to provide tools or suggestions for college essay writing
  • A taskmaster to keep the student focused and on schedule
  • A seasoned educational consultant overseeing the essay and application process 
  • An overarching strategy to create applications that stand out from the stack