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Nicole Shaub Cook hired as consultant to the Lipscomb Academy office of college counseling

“Students have choices and responsibilities in regards to their college experiences; however, they need to be educated in order to choose the colleges best matched with their passions and talents.”

Amanda Price  | 

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Nicole Shaub Cook will consult with academy office of college counseling beginning this summer.

Nicole Shaub Cook, a licensed professional counselor, has been hired as a special consultant to the office of college counseling. A graduate of Lipscomb Academy, Cook completed a Bachelor’s in english and communications studies at Vanderbilt University, followed by a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in counseling and student services from the University of Georgia. 

With a heart of service and a commitment to her alma mater, Cook proudly returns to Lipscomb Academy to assist the college counseling office in accumulating resources   to better cultivate our high school students for their collegiate paths. “While at Lipscomb Academy, I had great teachers, friends and coaches, and I made some great memories,” stated Cook. “Lipscomb gave me a foundation from which to find a career and explore the wider world with confidence, so I am excited to be working in a role to support the office of college counseling in doing the same for the graduating classes today.”

Cook spent time in the admissions office at Vanderbilt reviewing applications and actively recruiting students. She now combines this admissions experience with her education and vast counseling experience to counsel families looking to send their college application to the school which fits best. 

Expanding the services of Lipscomb Academy’s office of college counseling to provide a more comprehensive program for students is a priority for Lisa Bruce, associate head of school for academics. “Nicole will be consulting with our new director of college counseling Isaac Reeser. Together they will re-vision the scope of the services we provide to our students,” said Bruce. “Students have choices and responsibilities in regards to their college experiences; however, they need to be educated in order to choose the colleges best matched with their passions and talents.”

In her career, Cook officially has visited over 130 college campuses and has extensive knowledge of postsecondary programs and choices. Most recently, she built an Independent Educational Consulting practice in Atlanta, GA, and is currently the founder of an edtech startup Find The Right College. 

“Having worked in the field of college admissions and college counseling since 2001, I will help the academy build the knowledge needed to facilitate the best possible student postsecondary outcomes, as defined by the students, families and the academy,” said Cook. 

With the joint expertise of Reeser and Cook, Lipscomb Academy is building a program that directly connects with colleges and articulates the academic strengths of the academy as a whole, thereby giving our high school students an instant connection with more university admissions offices.

“We want Lipscomb Academy to be known to many colleges and universities -- who we are, what makes us unique. We want to foster those relationships and as a result, open many new doors for our students. With Nicole’s consulting complimenting Isaac’s college counseling experience, our office of college counseling will dictate a higher level of recognition within the college admissions world than we have previously witnessed,” stated Bruce.

Cook has begun consulting already with Lipscomb Academy.