Almost 30 years of helping students get into college

Susanna de Chenonceau,

Owner/CEO/Primary Consultant at College Solutions
LLC, DBA CollegeMapper

My Background

Hi I’m Susanna, founder of CollegeMapper, and a passionate lifelong learner. I founded CollegeMapper because I believe education is the most direct way to break the poverty cycle, and I believe that every child (or person!) deserves to go to college if they want to. I love tiny dogs, long books, and French culture. As a first generation college student, I graduated with Honors and Distinction from The Ohio State University and Harvard University, and then did post-grad work at both Berkeley and Oxford. In 2019 I was a Visiting Fellow at CRASSH research centre at Cambridge University, England, doing research on the history of women's education for my forthcoming experimental novel. I am working on a PhD in Philosophy and Religion.

Pursuing Excellence

As a passionate English teacher, I loved educating teenagers in the finer points of the English language and Journalism for ten years. I loved being a teacher, and after years of assisting my students with applying for college, I felt a calling to be a private college admissions consultant—a career for which my particular skillset is ideal. I began guiding families through the admission process in 2003. I now work from Seattle, London and Paris, advising students all around the world.

GettingThe Job Done

As a confessed academic, I thoroughly enjoy the business of finding the best college for each student. To that end, I regularly visit college campuses myself, and have seen over 300 campuses to date.

Enjoying the Process

I love the writing and editing part of the process. As an avid reader and writer myself for my whole life, I try to bring enthusiasm and enjoyment to what can be stressful and tedious to my students. Students continually tell me that they learn so much about writing from our work together. I work with students of all levels to increase their confidence as writers and to guide them to produce work of which they are always proud.


Susanna assists students all around the world to prepare for, select, and apply to universities. She is available to meet in person or via FaceTime/Skype. If you are a high school student, an undergraduate, or a graduate student and you are in need of guidance on your next level of education, contact us to inquire about working with Susanna.


If you are a middle school, high school, or university and would like to book Susanna as a motivational keynote guest speaker, contact us for a list of commonly requested presentation topics and details.