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Academic Insight LLC


Lisa Frisbie, M.ED.

Lisa has over 20 years of experience in the fields of college admissions, college counseling, financial aid counseling, and small business development.  She founded Academic Insight LLC to share her expertise with students and families and offer them her guidance in these areas. Lisa provides students with the individual attention they need to successfully navigate the college admissions process. She helps students find their right academic, social and financial fit college. 

Lisa has lived in seven states across the United States and in Vienna, Austria and Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has two college-educated children (Trinity College, '15 and Hamilton College, '19). She loves her two "rescue" dogs, and she and her husband enjoy most outdoor sports and activities. 

Professional Associations

  • Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA)
  • National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC)
  • Simsbury Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Waterbury Chamber
  • Woodbury Business Association

Lisa adheres to the ethical principles set forth in the IECA Principles of Good Practice and the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice.




Our first three students are underway. Call to schedule today!

The Right Way: College Application & Essay Writing Coaching Sessions 

Last summer, we assisted over 40 students; guiding them through the application and essay writing processes. As a result, they confidently presented their "best selves" to the colleges of their choice, 

Call today to learn more about The Right Way. 

Now scheduling students for July and August.



SAT:   8/24, 10/5, 11/2, and 12/7

ACT:   7/13, 9/7, 10/26, and 12/7

AP Exams : Done. Results available around July 7.



July 15 - SAT or ACT

Simsbury Library

2:00 PM- 5:15 PM

August 12 - SAT or ACT

Simsbury Library

2:00PM - 5:15 PM



ACT: July, 13th

Testing Centers - U New Haven (Orange campus), James Hillhouse, U Hartford 

SAT: August 24th

Testing Centers - Avon Middle, Conard, Hall, Oxford, Sacred Heart HS, Simsbury (and others)

Because the number of test centers is limited during the summer, I suggest you REGISTER IMMEDIATELY.



"Lisa Frisbie's wealth of knowledge and expertise is admirable. She uses her college admissions and financial aid expertise to guide young students before they enter their college years, but Lisa also is a great example of how success comes from giving and connecting with fellow professionals. She has been a source of referrals for my business for years. Her integrity and passion to help others clearly show. It's a pleasure and an honor to recommend Lisa Frisbie and her services".

Cloris Kylie - business owner & SAT/ACT tutor


"My daughter heard over Thanksgiving & was accepted ED to Wake Forest!! She is thrilled!!! Thank you so much for your help & guidance with the whole admissions process… You helped shape her success, and it was only mildly painful for me!! 

I will make sure to pass your name along to friends!"

Lauren - mom of a SHS student"


"Madison heard from her first choice college - Quinnipiac. She got in! And she will receive a $20k per year scholarship for four years!

Thank you for all of your help."

Marge - grandmother of a Regional 7 HS student


"My son is a skilled procrastinator." You are the absolute best, thank you very much! I’m recommending you everywhere. Now that we are in the middle of this process, I realize even more how smart it is to get most of the work done in the summer."

Christel - mother of an AOF student

Recent College Visits/Webinars/Professonal Development


As an independent education consultant, Lisa regularly visits college campuses, meets with college admissions representatives and attends workshops and webinars. 


June 3, 2019

Webinar: The Essay Guy - Eleven Ways to Up-Level Your College Application

May 14, 2019

Webinar: Limiting Your Digital Footprint for College Admissions Success

May 13, 2019

Webinar: The Art & Science of Curating Social Media for College Admissions

March 23, 2019

The Best Kept Secret-NCAA DIII (Part 1)

November 29, 2018

Webinar: Advising the College-Bound Student-Athlete: A Whole Different Ball Game!

October 11, 2018

Webinar: The Art of the Supplemental Essay

October 4, 2018

Webinar: So Much Room for Activities: Putting Together Your Resume for College

August 13, 2018

Webinar: How to Make Your Common App a Lot Less Common

 June 28, 2018

 Webinar,What's New With The Common Application: A Preview of 2018-19 Enhancements.

June 13, 2018

 Webinar: Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success Update  for Counselors.

April 11, 2018

Webinar: The Plus Side of Social Media in College Admissions

April 4, 2018

Webinar: IEC Testing Symposium 


April 24, 2019

Ohio Wesleyan University

Presentation by the president, Rock Jones, to CT h.s. counselors & IECs.

March 12, 2019

Fordham University

February 20, 2019

Albertus Magnus College  

August 11, 2018

University of Massachusetts - Amherst

June 5, 2018

Case Western Reserve University  

University of Mount Union 

June 6, 2018

Ohio State University 

June 7, 2018

Penn State University 

Bucknell University 

February 21, 2018

University of Saint Joseph

October 17, 2017  

Sacred Heart University


News in Higher Education/General Interest


Borrowing For College Just Got A Little Less Expensive

Good news! Interest rates on student and parent (federal) educational loans have dropped for the 2019-20 academic year.

Borrow wisely. Although interest rates have decreased borrow only what you need for direct education expenses. 

Reality check: sit down and project what your annual salary might be after graduation and then subtract rent, taxes, utilities, auto/insurance, retirement/savings, medical, food & entertainment. Ask yourself if there is any money left to pay my educational loan payments? 

The Common Application - Weclomes 50 new members for 2019-2020 Application Season

Among the 50 are Elon University and University of South Carolina.

Considering a GAP Year?

This year's 2019 Gap Year Fair at Conard HS was well attended by students and parents - did you miss it? If so, click on the above to learn more about gap year options. Thank you Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post

January 2019

The Common Application and Coalition For College Access both announced that their  Essay Prompts for 2019-20 won't change from last year's prompts.

Send me an email (or message) to learn more about The Right Way: Common Application and College Essay Coaching. I'm happily penciling students into my June, July, and August Right Way schedule.

December 2018

PSAT/NMSQT results are in! Watch the College Board's video to understand your scores. 

May 24, 2018

ACT News Flash: 

April 17, 2018

What Is a Liberal Arts College?

April 5, 2018

What Exactly Is A "Meaningful" Summer Experience For Your H.S. Student?

March 20, 2018

Hardest Colleges To Get Into

February 8, 2018

7 Things College Admissions Officers Wish Every Applicant Knew

College Acceptances


 Each year 100% of my students are accepted to college with most being accepted to their  first choice college. 

CLASS OF 2019 

Another successful year for "my kids" - acceptances to 61 colleges that are spread across 26 states. 

Class of 2018 

"My kids" reaped the rewards of their hard work and dedication. They were admitted to over 62 different institutions representing 25 states and 4 countries.