About Academic Insight and More

About 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.


EVENT: Hartford National College Fair

When: 3/28 & 3/29

Where: CT Convention Center-Hartford

Over 300 two-year and four-year colleges, nursing schools, trade schools, and business schools will participate.


EVENT: Avon & Simsbury HS College Fair

Where: Avon High School

When: March 27

Time: 6:30PM-8:00PM

EVENT: Pomeraug HS College Fair

When: April 25

Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM


Free Practice SAT or ACT 

April 21st


Simsbury Public Library

Free Practice SAT

April 21st


Southbury Library

Free Practice SAT or ACT 

June 2nd


Simsbury Public Library


Application & Essay Writing Boot Camp: 

The Right Way: Common Application and College Essay

(Sessions offered in June, July, and August)

Students work in a small group or one-on-one with Lisa and her skilled essay editors.  Students will learn and complete the following:

  • Learn how to navigate & complete the Common and/or Coalition Application(s).
  • Craft a strong student resume & learn how to use it as a self-marketing tool. 
  • Brainstorm essay topics & apply essay-writing strategies that produce a polished draft. 
  • Understand how Naviance and the Common and Coalitions Applications are linked and the importance of their functions.

Students complete the boot camp confident that their Common/Coalition Application(s) and Personal Essay will help them present their best selves to the colleges of their choice.


"Lisa was so helpful to my son while he was applying to college. He took the summer workshop where he completed the common app, wrote his essay with a great editor, and created an academic resume, which he has used in college as well! My favorite thing is that the essay he wrote was truly his own. They guided him and were there to help, but he said what he wanted to say. Thanks, Lisa!"  


“I was stressed about the whole application process, so it feels so good to have this out of the way and know that my application and resume are done and I have an essay I’m really happy with.”


"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 21, 2018

University of Saint Joseph

West Hartford, CT

A co-ed university (as of Fall 2018) offering: Bioinformatics, Nutrition & Dietetics, Physician Assistant, Actuarial Science, Sport Management & Promotion, Pharmacy and Nursing. 

All majors incorporate experiential  learning opportunities. 

Note: USJ is Test Optional (certain majors require the submission of test scores for admission)

October 17, 2017  

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

Sacred Heart University is located in Fairfield, CT and is the second largest Catholic university in New England. Offering many majors with those in the Health Professions, Engineering and Business being very popular.  

Note: SHU is a Test Optional college.

News in Higher Education/General Interest

Test Dates - 2018

CT Required In-School SAT Testing: 3/21 (without essay) 

SAT: 5/5, 6/2, and 8/?

ACT: 4/14, 6/9, and 7/14

AP Testing - May 7 -18

February 8, 2018

7 Things College Admissions Officers Wish Every Applicant Knew

Spot-on suggestions to help students and their applications be noted by admissions officers. 

We can help your child take their application from good to great! 

January 26, 2018

Common Application and Coalition Application announce NO CHANGES in the essay prompts for the 2018-19 application cycle. 

January 9, 2018

Congress Changed 529 College Savings Plans, And Now States Are Nervous

Connecticut's CHET 529 plan is a great way to pay for tuition. Everyone should tap into the interest and savings that it offers.

December 2017

Department of Education Unveils Plans for FAFSA App - set to launch in April 2018.

The Class of 2018 - College Acceptances

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

This year, my kids are beginning to reap the rewards of their hard work and dedication. Please see below a list of recent college acceptances for my Class of 2018 students.

Northeastern U ($18K scholarship), Northeastern U (N.U. in Program), U Connecticut (Business School), Rochester Institute of Technology, Temple U, Pace U, Endicott College, U Rhode island, Purdue U, Stonehill College, Assumption College, Western New England U, Central Connecticut State U, U Hartford ($14K scholarship), Bay Path College ($15K scholarship), Mt. Ida College, Keene State U, U of Rhode Island, Mitchell College, New England College, Florida Southern U Roanoke College, Mercyhurst U, Utica College (Ice Hockey scholarship), U Arizona, Indiana U (Kelly School of Business), Keene State U, Winthrop U, Fordham U, U of Pittsburgh ($10K scholarship & Honors Program), U Illinois, U Mass., U Vermont, U Wisconsin, Marist College, St. Lawrence U (ED), Tulane U, Vanderbilt U (ED), SMU ($24K Engineering scholarship), NYU-Shanghai, Penn State, Wake Forest, Lynn College, Fisher College, Montana State, Miami U, Quinnipiac U ($20K scholarship), U New Haven ($11K Scholarship), Brown (ED), U Chicago, Furman U ($20K scholarship), Florida State U, U Tampa, Sacred Heart U, University of Connecticut (Honors, $10K)

The list of acceptances continues to grow!