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Education unlocks your child’s potential

It’s never too early to begin planning your child’s education. Regardless of age, your child will benefit from McMillan Education’s expertise in all levels and types of education and their specialized knowledge of children, adolescents, and young adults.

School Planning
School Planning

Searching for the right independent day or boarding school where your child will thrive can be a daunting task. We develop meaningful, long-term relationships with families like yours to explore a range of educational settings until together we discover the right school fit for your child.

College Planning
College Planning

Your child deserves a successful and personally fulfilling college search experience. With the whirlwind of disinformation and the external pressures circulating around your child, the promise of a de-stressed, well-informed college process that produces results may seem impossible. It’s well within your reach with our seasoned and caring college counselors.

Graduate Program Planning
Graduate Program Planning

We understand that the decision to pursue a graduate degree is a life-changing choice that should provide the foundation for your future vocational success and personal fulfillment. Learn more about how we can help you reach your goals.

Who We Are

McMillan Education is Boston’s foremost independent educational consultancy. For more than sixty years, we have helped families worldwide with independent boarding and day school, college, crisis planning and graduate program planning. 

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OWL Portal™

We provide our students and families with an online collection of helpful, practical information that allows families to educate themselves at their own pace while simultaneously expecting timely guidance by their counselor.

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Our Team

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Carolyn Orsini Nelson, M.Ed.
Carolyn Orsini Nelson, M.Ed. Educational Counselor

Carolyn is a highly experienced educator who brings her extensive expertise in admission, learning differences and special education to her work in school and college planning. Carolyn enjoys working with students from pre-kindergarten through the college undergraduate years.Get to know Carolyn

Wise Insights

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Don on Enrollment Management Trip
Don on Enrollment Management Trip

Don McMillan is looking forward to moderating a panel aimed at private school admissions officers about the power of consortiums at the The Enrollment Management Association EMA/SSAT national conference in DC. Drew Carlson and Brendon Welker will join Don on the annual kickoff to the school admissions season, where they will trade notes about private schools admissions trends.Read more

News

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What You Need To Know:  Our Students’ School and College Choices - And What Lies Ahead
What You Need To Know: Our Students’ School and College Choices - And What Lies Ahead

Happy Summer! As our students shift to some well-deserved downtime, Sarah and I are taking the opportunity to let you know the incredibly wide choices of schools and colleges they have chosen for the fall, and to provide you with insights into this upcoming year’s admissions landscape. We’re also excited to let you know we’ve opened a new office in Farmington, Ct, headed up by Brendon Welker, and launched a fresh new website.Read more

Success Stories

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Lucia - International Applicant
Lucia - International Applicant

Lucia was halfway through her junior year and wanted to study business in the US. But she was finding the bilingual Spanish-English International Baccalaureate program too demanding. Read More