Emily Wolper, founder and president of E. Wolper, Inc. Admissions Consulting, is a former Columbia University admissions officer, having served Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Columbia Business School.


Emily has read thousands of applications and has served on numerous selection committees. Upon leaving Columbia in 1999, Emily, who holds a BA in Religion from Vassar College and an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University, began consulting to applicants privately, sharing knowledge that she gained during her years on the admissions side. She is a frequent lecturer, panelist and workshop leader and is a proud member of the leading professional associations NACACIECA, and AIGAC. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Gap Year Association.

Emily is deeply committed to helping her students discover and express their academic and extracurricular passions. This particular focus arises from her own love of singing, writing, travel and community service, and her belief that the thoughtful pursuit of interests enriches our lives and informs our understanding of ourselves. She sings with The Harmonium Choral Society, where she performs in both formal and “outreach” concerts, and for which she directs a Broadway Cabaret Troupe. She is also an active alumna of Vassar College, having served as the President of the Vassar Club of New York from 2004-2008.

Emily provides her students with wise, anchored and nurturing guidance. She is an expert in strategy and works to maximize a student’s potential to gain admission to highly selective institutions. She is focused on the student’s experience throughout the journey and the life-tools that can be gained through the admissions process. It is this passion for guidance and mentoring that drives her work.