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About Vista

Mary Newburn has been helping high school students and families with the college admissions process since 2001, and founded Vista Educational Consulting LLC in 2007.


Mary holds an A.B. from Princeton University, and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Mary takes a holistic approach to helping students, focusing on their existing talents and capabilities, assisting them in finding schools that are the right fit, and ensuring their preparedness for the college application process. Mary's client base is small to ensure students receive highly personalized and individualized advice. She primarily helps high school students in and around the Chicago area, but also has clients in neighboring states.


Mary's professional experience is the perfect blend for college counseling, and spans both business and education. Mary worked in the Office of the President and Provost at Harvard University for nearly two years, during Lawrence Summers' tenure as President. She also worked in marketing and business development roles at Ameritech/SBC/AT&T and Qwest, where she was responsible for new product development, and forging and maintaining multi-milllion dollar international business partnerships. While at Ameritech, she founded a business-education partnership with Plainfield Elementary in Des Plaines, Illinois, and the partnership won a State of Illinois Board of Education award for its outstanding technology-in-education partnership.


In addition to her work helping families with college admissions, she is the co-president of the Auxiliary Board of the Chicago Children's Museum and the Vice President of the Princeton Club of Chicago. She lives in Lakeview with her husband and two little boys. Aside from helping high school students with the college admissions process, she is a former Division I basketball player from Princeton who loves cooking and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.