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.




SAT:  3/9, March 27th (FREE, In school & Required), 5/4, 6/1, and Late August

ACT:  2/9, 4/13, 6/8, 7/13

AP Exams : May 6th - May 17th 

(in school testing)



Simsbury Library - SAT or ACT: 

Saturday, 1/26

Saturday, 2/23

Saturday, 3/16

Hours: 10:00AM-1:15PM 


Considering a GAP Year?

Gap Year Fair - 1/10/19 Conard HS West Hartford. See other fair locations, click on Gap Year Fair


The Right Way: College Application & Essay Writing Coaching Sessions 

During the 2018 application season, we worked with over 40 seniors who valued our assistance and expertise. We enjoyed guiding these students through the application and essay writing process; as a result, they confidently presented their "best selves" to the colleges of their choice, 

Call today to learn more about The Right Way. I'm penciling students into my June, July, and August schedule.


PARENT: "Lisa was so helpful to my son while he was applying to college. While working with Lisa and her team, 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!"  


Student #1 

“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.”

Student #2

"Just wanted to let you know how great my experience with Kate has been. My Personal Essay  looks 



"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. 

December - Present

We are now accepting new students from the high school Classes of 2020 and 2021. 

Note: At Academic Insight we counsel and don't process - as such, we limit the number of students with whom we work. 

Mid October - Dec 15th 

Was a busy time for my students - fine tuning their college lists, writing essays and submitting applications. Their efforts are paying off with college acceptance notifications now!

November 29, 2018

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

Hosted by the UCI Division of Continuing Education

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

August 11, 2018

University of Massachusetts - Amherst

The beautiful CT River Pioneer Valley is the perfect place to study agriculture. The Stockbridge School of Agriculture offers hands-on, intensive AS, BS, and graduate education in fields relating to agriculture and landscapes, and a spectrum of teaching, research, and outreach programs.

July 6th- Present

I've been busy assisting student with their Common Applications, Resumes, and Personal Essays. It's not too early for your child to benefit from our college application expertise - The Right Way: College Application and Essay Writing Coaching.

 Call me!

 June 28, 2018

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

June 13, 2018

Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success (College Application) Webinar. Update Webinars for Counselors.

June 5, 2018

Case Western Reserve University  (Ohio)

ROTC: Programs are available to Case Western Reserve University students through cooperative arrangements with Kent State University for Air Force ROTC and with John Carroll University for Army ROTC.

University of Mount Union  (OH)

ROTC: Army

June 6, 2018

Ohio State University (OH)

ROTC: Navy/Marines, Army, Air Force

June 7, 2018

Penn State University (PA)

ROTC: Navy/Marines, Army, Air Force

Bucknell University (PA)

ROTC: Army

April 11, 2018

The Plus Side of Social Media in College Admissions. Webinar.

Presenter Alan Katzman - founder of Social Assurity LLC - answers the questions,  "There are two sides to the social media debate, but which one is better for students to follow? Staying away from social media, or embracing it?

(Webinar offered by Guided Path)

April 4, 2018

IEC Testing Symposium - Webinar

Offering a new insight into the world of college admission testing.

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


January 2019

The Common Application announced that 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: 

The end of self-paced extended timing; mandatory experimental section.

April 17, 2018

What Is a Liberal Arts College?

Liberal Arts Colleges has created a video about why LACs are important, the financial reality of LACs vs. public universities, where the schools are located and the success of their graduates.

April 16, 2018

IECA Insights - April/May 2018 

The results of the IECA members' survey in which members were asked about the criteria that they find are most important to colleges in their admission decisions have been tabulated - the rankings are listed below:

  1. Rigorous high school curriculum
  2. High grade point average
  3. Great essay providing insight into student
  4. Passionate involvement in a few activities
  5. Strong counselor/teacher recommendations
  6. Ability to pay
  7. Demonstrated leadership in or out of school
  8. Personal characteristics that contribute to a diverse campus
  9. Demonstrated intellectual curiosity
  10. Special talents that contribute to campus life
  11. Demonstration of student's character and values
  12. Demonstrated interest in attending

April 5, 2018

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

March 20, 2018

Hardest Colleges To Get Into

A list of the top 30 most selective colleges. Have you ever heard of Cooper Union?

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! 


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. 

CLASS OF 2019 

The first college acceptance letter arrived on December 2nd (Xavier University (OH) with a $14K/year scholarship)! More acceptances continue to arrive weekly. 

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. 


McGill, Suffolk, George Washington, College of William & Mary, Boston College, Boston U, Northeastern, Northeastern (N.U. in Program-Italy),  Rochester Institute of Technology, Temple, Pace, Endicott, U of Rhode Island, Purdue, Stonehill, Assumption, Western New England, Central Connecticut State, U Hartford, Bay Path, Mt. Ida, Keene State, Mitchell, New England College, Florida Southern, Roanoke, Mercyhurst, Utica (Ice Hockey scholarship), U Arizona, Indiana U (Kelly School of Business), Keene State, Winthrop, Fordham, U of Pittsburgh, U Mass., U Vermont, Wisconsin, Marist, St. Lawrence (ED), Tulane, Vanderbilt (ED), SMU  Engineering ), NYU-Shanghai, Penn State, Wake Forest, Lynn, Fisher, Montana State, Miami U, Quinnipiac, U New Haven, Brown (ED), U Chicago, Furman (Rugby Scholarship), Florida State, U Tampa, Sacred Heart, University of Connecticut (B-School), U Colorado-Boulder, U Illinois-Urbana, Dean College, SUNY-Cobleskill, Roger Williams, Fisher, Newbury, Wofford, Holy Cross, Loyola Maryland, Russell Sage, High Point, Fairfield, Skidmore, Syracuse, U New Hampshire, U Delaware, U Maryland.