Emily A. Snyder, M.A.
Managing Director and Educational Consultant

Emily SnyderWorking as an Independent Educational Consultant (IEC) since 2002, Emily has the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills needed to successfully meet the college planning needs of the students she serves.

As the founder and Managing Director of Know Your Options, LLC , Emily uses her extensive experience in education, child development, and business management to oversee daily operations and manage the growth of her thriving educational consulting services company.

Providing Individualized College Guidance Services

Emily’s value as a highly respected independent educational consultant speaks for itself through the success of the hundreds of students she has worked with.  Many stay in touch, keeping her updated on their accomplishments while on campus and in their professional careers after graduation. See our Acceptances link for a complete list of the colleges and universities that the students she has worked with over the years have attended.  Former students returning to her for advice on graduate and professional school admissions is what prompted her to expand Know Your Options to include these areas of service.  The true testament to her success as a college consultant has been ‘word of mouth’ referrals and the opportunity to guide many of the siblings in each family she works with as they navigate unique and different educational paths.

To stay current on educational issues, trends, and policies that affect the college admissions process, Emily spends significant time visiting college campuses, meeting with admissions representatives, networking with professional colleagues and attending professional development activities focused on college admissions, enrollment management, paying for college, and student related issues and concerns.

She presents on topics related to high school students and the college admissions process, has published articles and blogged on issues related to children and education, and has been called on and interviewed by local and national media to comment on current trends in education.

A strong believer in giving back, Emily holds memberships and leadership positions in professional associations that promote ethical educational consulting practices.

A Professional Member  of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), www.iecaonline.com, since 2003, Emily’s leadership roles within IECA are numerous — she is currently a member of IECA’s Finance Committee. During her 3 year tenure on their Board of Directors, she served on the Executive Committee as Vice President of Committees. She is a former Chair of IECA’s Membership Committee and is a past Chair, Vice Chair and member of the College Committee.

In addition to her national work with IECA, Emily is a founding Board Member and the current Treasurer of College ACCESS Fairfax, www.collegeaccessfairfax.org, and a participating member of:

  • National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), www.nacacnet.org
  • Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources (WISER), www.wiserdc.org, and
  • IECA’s Regional Affiliate, Metropolitan Information Exchange (MIX), which she founded in 2006

Emily was involved in education policy at the local, Virginia state and national level for more than 10 years. Prior to starting her own educational consulting practice, Emily served as her magisterial district’s representative on Fairfax County, Virginia’s Board of Education,  chairing and serving on committees and task forces focused on improving the quality of her local public education system.

Emily continues to volunteer and been an advocate through organizations that support education and the well-being of her local community.  She most recently ended her term as a Board Member of the Fairfax Chapter of Project Discovery, a non-profit that identifies and shepherds local first generation, low-income public school students through high school and on to college.

Emily has a Masters degree in School Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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