Our College Counselor
Mark Corkery was one of the first college counselors in Southern California. In the college admissions counseling field for many years, he has experience working with high school and college students. Mark has also provided remote college counseling via skype, email and text to students in China, South Korea and countries around the globe. Locally, he meets with families in their homes, libraries or coffee shops nearby.
Mark has helped thousands of students and parents through this ever-increasing maze of competitive college admission. In addition, he helps his students receive scholarships that range from $40,000 to $280,000. These awards are made to US and International students alike. Total annual merit scholarship awards have ranged from $500,000 to $2.5 million per year.
To develop his extensive knowledgebase of colleges, Mark continues to visit colleges annually. At each campus he gathers current information on types of students who attend, professors’ expectations in the classrooms, quality departments not usually seen in publications as well as the social life on campuses. He also meets with admissions officers – many whom he knows personally – to gain updated insights on the colleges’ admissions processes.
Mark Corkery served as a Professor of Communication, Admissions Representative, Academic Advisor and Faculty Advisor Trainer while at Boston University. At BU, Mr. Corkery designed and supervised retention and peer advising programs which were later used as a model for the new university-wide Academic Advising Center. He also was a weekly columnist for the Korea Daily and co-sponsored the newspaper ‘s annual college fair.
Mark Corkery graduated from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. While at Harvard, he studied organizational change in higher education working with professors who founded the fields of Sociology, Education Management, and Social Psychology.
Pomona College was where Mr. Corkery started his undergraduate career. He then transferred to Pitzer College, developing his own major of Social Psychology. His research ranged from the study of ethnic group relations in the Chaffey Unified School District to a research project of the social, economic and political environments in the islands at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.