IEC PROFILE: Stuart Nachbar

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Meet Stuart Nachbar, a college and graduate school admissions advisor who founded Educated Quest in 2014 to help students and their families consider academic options for majors, minors, and various career paths, college costs, resume building, essay development, and admissions interviews.

Stuart is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC), the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) and the Education Writer’s Association (EWA). In 2021 he earned the distinction: Certified Educational Planner (CEP). The American Institute of Certified Educational Planners (AICEP) awards this credential to professionals, working independently or in schools, who have achieved the highest level of competence in educational planning. Only the best and most experienced counselors qualify to become CEPs. Stuart is one of only 13 professionals in New Jersey who holds this distinction.

Stuart has worked around higher education for more than three decades as an urban economic development professional, software marketing executive, writer and admissions advisor. Before starting Educated Quest, he was Senior Vice President of College Central Network (CCN), a provider of Web-based applications to college career centers. For 11 years he helped grow the company’s client base from zero to relationships with over 600 schools. After leaving CCN he penned Defending College Heights, a murder mystery around the death of a U.S. Army recruiter during the Second Gulf War. He is completing a college admissions guide, The Good College, that he hopes to release in Fall 2022.

Stuart has a BA in Political Science and an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers University, a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as a Certificate in Digital Media Marketing from NYU. He completed his Certificate in College Counseling (with Distinction) from UCLA Extension. He and his wife, Carol, live in Central New Jersey.

Stuart first appeared on our podcast in episode 78 to discuss What Exactly Is A Good College?

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