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Who We Are

Brennan Barnard and Rick Clark are the founders of Holistic Admission Consulting and the co-authors of The Truth about College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together and the accompanying The Truth about College Admission Workbook: A Family Organizer For Your College Search.

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Our Mission

We support students, families, and schools with an individualized, purpose-driven approach to post-secondary planning.

About Us

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Brennan Barnard

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Brennan Barnard, M.Ed is the Director of College Counseling and Outreach at Khan Lab School, CA and the Director of College Counseling for the College Guidance Network.


He also serves as the College Admissions Program Advisor with the Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A contributing writer for, he has written about college admission for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Thrive Global, HuffPost.

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Rick Clark

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Rick Clark is the Assistant Vice Provost of Enrollment Management and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admission. In this role, he directs the Institute’s recruitment and outreach efforts, directs the review of all undergraduate applications, and manages the admission team.


Under his leadership, Georgia Tech has increased undergraduate enrollment by 30%; expanded and diversified its geographic reach across Georgia, the U.S., and globally. He is a member of Leadership Georgia, the past-chair of Tech's Staff Council, and has served on NACAC's Government Relations and Future of College Admission committees. He is the founder of the Georgia Tech admission blog and a national speaker about the landscape of higher education in the United States. 

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