© 2019 by Empathy Admisssions, LLC

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Empathy Admissions was created from a place of empathy and understanding for students navigating the college and university admissions process. 

For the past fifteen years, Shawn Rae has developed a passion for celebrating student achievement and reducing stress around the college admissions process. Primarily serving underrepresented student populations (first generation, low-income, students of color, LGBTQ+ students and allies), he has served hundreds of college hopefuls of all backgrounds as a college counselor in both public and private high school settings. Prior to these roles, he was Assistant Director of Admissions and Coordinator for Multicultural Recruitment at both Middlebury College and Naropa University, and was the Senior Admissions Representative for the U.S. office of The American University of Paris.

Originally from Southern California and having grown up in a disadvantaged background, Shawn Rae attended a large public high school and completed his studies in their International Baccalaureate program. With the encouragement of some excellent college advisors (a guidance counselor and three sympathetic high school teachers), he ended up applying to eleven colleges and universities (instead of three). He was fortunate to be accepted at and attend Middlebury College in Vermont where he graduated cum laude with a major in French. His adventurous spirit then took him to France where completed three years of graduate studies in Paris, receiving his Masters degree in Francophone Literature and Civilization from Middlebury via the Université de Paris X-Nanterre.

Shawn Rae uses he / they pronouns and identifies as Black.

Where do our students attend college?

 Bentley University

Boston University

Duke University

Middlebury College


Northeastern University

Univ. of Southern California

Stanford University

Wake Forest University