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About the Founder

Trained as a diplomat, Karen always encourages her students to read the world news and prepare for global leadership roles someday. After working for years in marketing field, Karen uses her professional skills to help students present their best to colleges. As an immigrant parent, Karen understands challenges faced by many families and has facilitated respectful communications between students and parents. She enjoys seeing students transform into competent young adults during her college guidance process.

Since founding Admission-Bridge in 2015, Karen has been frequently attending national conferences, meeting with admission officers, and visiting colleges to gain first-hand knowledge about the people, culture, and facilities of each campus.


Karen holds degrees in Bachelor of International Law from China Foreign Affairs University and Master of Economics from Mankato State University, MN. She has also earned a certificate of Independent Educational Consultant from UC Irvine Extension.

Why Admission-Bridge?

Admission-Bridge focuses on tackling two problems: 1) students are late in seeking college counseling, and 2) families find it difficult to afford private counseling.

Admission-Bridge offers a unique and affordable 12-Step to Successful College Applications curriculum, which prompts students to go through each critical milestone from start to finish guided by Karen at Admission-Bridge. This step-by-step curriculum is coupled with individualized coaching, which allows families to be flexible with the level of assistance, depending on the student’s needs.

Students who hope to receive more college offers and better financial aid are recommended to start planning at the end of 8th grade.

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Karen Zhang is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association and subscribes to HECA standards of good practice.


"Karen does a great job with being straightforward and honest with students. She reads over every essay with detail to ensure that students are submitting their best work. The CPP tool is an excellent place for students to research colleges and find information on various topics related to applications."   

- A Student (Lost Gatos, CA)

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