We will help you navigate the admissions "journey" with greater confidence, less stress, and better results.

  • Access personalized, expert guidance and coaching throughout the process.

  • Drawing on candid conversation and thought-provoking exercises, you will identify, clarify and learn how to communicate your values, strengths and goals.

  • Together, we will identify "stories" that will help you stand out as a compelling applicant.

  • Develop a balanced list of schools where you can thrive. There are 4000 colleges and universities in the US. Fine tune a short list of excellent schools that match your learning style, academic interests and career aspirations, as well as other important factors such as cost, location, school size and culture.

  • We will help you to develop and execute an application strategy that enables you to submit your strongest application.



About Dione Chen:

Dione Chen is an accomplished marketing and communications professional and educational consultant who found her calling in helping diverse clients to achieve their educational goals.


She founded Strategic Admissions Consulting in order to provide highly personalized and knowledgeable support that is both strategic and tactical.   Clients benefit from her uncommon perspective on exploring and achieving academic and career pathways.  Her clients include high school and college students, as well as professionals seeking masters, PhD and professional degrees.  She has lived and worked in the US, Europe and Asia and enjoys supporting US and international clients.

Leverages experience as a writer/editor, marketing and communications professional, strategist and consultant.

Dione received a BA degree from Stanford University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and double majored in Economics and Communication with concentrations in journalism and sociology. After graduating, she held positions in corporate communications and product forecasting in the electronics, telecommunications, and energy sectors.  Dione returned to Stanford to earn an MBA degree, then joined the Silicon Valley tech industry, where she held roles in business consulting, international channel management, field communications and marketing in diverse organizations, including startups, nonprofits and large technology companies. She loves to travel, has worked and lived in Europe and Asia, and appreciates the unique challenges that international applicants face in pursuing higher education abroad.  

Draws on admissions experience and a broad knowledge of career paths.  

Long interested in higher education, Dione has evaluated applicants as an admissions reader for Stanford.  In addition, she was previously a member of the Minority Admissions Advisory Committee at Stanford Graduate School of Business and interviewer for Stanford School of Medicine admissions.  Dione continues to be an involved Stanford alum.  She currently serves as a Class Secretary, is an active member of the Stanford Business School Asian Alumni Chapter leadership team, former co-chair of alumni mentorship programs and has participated on multiple alumni consulting teams that provide pro bono strategy, marketing and organizational development assistance to local nonprofits. In 2020, she was inducted into Stanford's honorary volunteer alumni organization, a distinction conferred on less than 2% of all Stanford alumni. She is a member of the Western Association of College Admission Consultants.

Passion for helping others achieve their educational dreams.

The first in her family to graduate from college, Dione is fortunate to be able to combine her deep interest in higher education, her love of writing, and enjoyment in hearing other people share their stories. She sees clear parallels between her business and professional writing experience and her ability to help clients present themselves with confidence, energy and authenticity.

Dedicated to client success.  

An independent admissions consultant, Dione works closely with a select number of clients.  She leverages experience as a consultant with leading admissions consultancies. Continuing professional education and relationships with an extended community of admission consultants and former admissions committee members enable her to apply and share current knowledge and best practices. There is no playbook or "secret formula" for empowering clients to submit their strongest candidacy; Dione invests in understanding each client's experiences, strengths, concerns, talents and goals and equips them to authentically communicate who they are and what they will contribute to their future school community.

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