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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 best 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.





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This is good news for your child because my essay editors and I have been helping students for years write strong essays and present their "best selves" to colleges. 

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 The Right Way: Common Application & College Essay Writing 



Conard High School (W.Hartford)

Past Event

Please note, students can create their own gap year. Think about it. What would you do with an entire semester or year off from school? Why not design your semester/year and follow your passion? 

To Summer Program, or Not to Summer Program, that is the question. 

(Apologies to Shakespeare)

Click Heading to open articles/programs.

In short, "there are a few long-standing summer programs that do signal true academic achievement to admissions officers."

High Mountain Institute (HMI)

Personal Recommendation: HMI offers a life changing experience for students. 

Summer and Semester Programs - students connect with nature, develop as leaders and critical thinkers, and discover learning at its best. 

NY Times Student Journeys

Summer experiential travel for middle school and high school students. 

Summer travel experiences, like those listed, are educational and fun. They not only get kids out of their "zip code" (they experience other cultures and ideas, they expose students to careers, concepts, ideas that are important in shaping the thinking and questioning of students. 

What summer travel experiences ARE NOT: inexpensive (although there are scholarships available), and a "leg-up" on acceptance to college. 

Putney Travel hosts the NYT's Student Journeys - For years, Putney Travel has been a well-respected, by independent education consultants, student travel program.

The Right Way: College Application & Essay Writing Coaching Sessions 

This summer, we assisted over 30 students, guiding them through the application and essay writing processes. As a result, they have and will confidently presented their "best selves" to the colleges of their choice. 

Call today to learn more about 

The Right Way



SAT:    3/14, 5/2, 6/6, 8/29,10/3,11/7


ACT:   4/4, 6/13, 7/18, 9/12, 10/24

AP Exams : May 4-8 and May 11-15



February 22nd - SAT or ACT

Farmington Library

10:00 AM- 1:00 PM

April 4th - SAT or ACT

Simsbury Library

10:00 AM - 1:15 PM


The following practice test dates are held at the U. of St. Joseph (W.Htfd) in McDonough Hall from 9 AM-1 PM.

To Register, call: 203-594-9695

            Date        Extended Test

3/1          SAT

3/22        ACT

4/19        SAT

5/16        SAT

5/31         ACT

6/28        ACT



"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. 


February 19, 2020

Workshop - Connecticut State Golf Association (CSGA) : Junior & College Golf

January 22, 2020

Webinar: How Parents Can Help Without Hurting

January 17, 2020

Webinar: The Importance of Authenticity In The College Application Process?

Webinars: 2019

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

Webinar: Limiting Your Digital Footprint for College Admissions Success

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

The Best Kept Secret-NCAA DIII (Part 1)

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


Upcoming Visits - March:

Rutgers, Rider, College of NJ, Villanova, Haverford, Loyola, James Madison, UVA, College of William & Mary.

YEAR: 2019

Ohio Wesleyan University

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

Fordham University

Albertus Magnus College  

University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Case Western Reserve University  

University of Mount Union 

Ohio State University 

Penn State University 

Bucknell University 

University of Saint Joseph

Sacred Heart University

News in Higher Education/G


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 2020 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


 Results are in! Watch the College Board's video to understand your scores. 


What Is a Liberal Arts College?

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

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. 


Early Action and Earl Decision acceptances are arriving daily. I have students & parents who are overjoyed!

CLASS OF 2019 

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


"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.