Stacy La Duke | More Than Just a College Counselor

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Stacy La Duke

College Counselor

A college counselor does much more than simply help a student fill out a college application. A college counselor guides the student through the entire application process. From the initial college search to the college essay to compiling SAT and ACT scores to planning extracurricular activities, there is much that goes into the college application process.

For the student to be as successful as possible, consider a Certified Educational Planner who has proven knowledge in college admissions.



Stacy La Duke is a Certified Educational Planner. As such, she has been dedicated to working with students to assist with academic goals and all aspects of college preparation and planning for over two decades.


She holds a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education. A native to Santa Monica, CA, she received her Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Previous Experience

Prior to her independent college counselor career, Stacy worked as a college advisor at high schools in northern and southern California. She has helped hundreds of students successfully navigate the college admissions process.

Stacy stays on top of current trends in college admissions and continues to attend opportunities for professional growth through credible professional organizations and attending annual conferences.



Stacy is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), Western Association of College Admissions Counseling (WACAC), Pacific Northwest Association of College Admissions Counseling (PNACAC), College Board, American School Counselor Association (ASCA), and California Association of School Counselors (CASC).




She graduated #1 in her class from Loyola Marymount University’s Human Resources Division in the School of Education. She received LMU’s most prestigious award: “Outstanding Graduate” for 1996-1997. Stacy was invited to be on the Board of Directors for Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education, Alumni Association and works on the Alumni Engagement and Service subcommittee. She proudly served for 3 years until her move to the San Francisco Bay Area.



Stacy brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the college admissions process and is excited to be part of every client’s journey.

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What is a Certified Educational Planner?

Certified Educational Planners are professionals who have passed board-certifying assessments administered by the American of Certified Educational Planners (AICEP).

CEPs have demonstrated the education, experience, and high standards required by the institute as exemplified by:

  • possessing a master’s degree or higher in a relevant field
  • passing a comprehensive assessment
  • visiting a minimum of 75 educational institutions within the initial five years
  • demonstrating expertise through membership in relevant associations, leadership and experience in the counseling profession, speaking engagements, and keeping current with relevant books and articles
  • pledging to adhere to the AICEP Principles of Good Practice

CEPs must be re-certified every five years to ensure they are maintaining their professional expertise through ongoing professional development activities and visits to campuses and programs.

Why choose a CEP?

Certified Educational Planners represent the highest level of professional standards. They demonstrate extensive knowledge, expertise, and experience in the field of educational planning. CEPs provide clients with the broadest and most informed educational choices for your student.

For additional information on CEPs, visit: http://www.aicep.org.


What is the IECA?

IECA stands for the Independent Educational Consultant Association, a professional organization requiring specific criteria from independent college counselors to become members. In order to be an IECA member, the counselor must: 

  • possess a master’s degree in counseling or related field or similar experience and training
  • have at least three years of qualifying experience
  • have visited and evaluated more than 150 college campuses (approximately 20% of their time)
  • annually pledge to adhere to the IECA Principles of Good Practice, including the affirmation that they accept no compensation from any institution in exchange for placement or referral
  • adhere to IECA marketing standards

Why choose an IECA member?

An IECA member adheres to strict guidelines and is fully vetted. They demonstrate the highest standards in education, training, ethics, and experience while offering a level of expertise, competence, and professionalism.

The IECA seal guarantees a skilled independent educational consultant who will help families and students choose and apply to college.

For additional information on the IECA, visit: https://www.iecaonline.com/.


How does Stacy La Duke make a difference with your student?

1. She meets individually with your student.

Meeting with students individually allows for a connection between Stacy and the student. She listens to the student and what they truly want and expect from the college experience, and that makes all the difference.

2. She consults with the parents.

Though the main focus in the college process is the student, parents play a vital role in sharing detailed information about their student, while simultaneously providing support. Stacy always informs the parents on all decisions and processes. She keeps in open communication with parents throughout the process.

3. She provides additional resources.

By providing websites, book recommendations, financial aid, and scholarship information, testing referrals, and interest inventories/personality tests, the student possesses an increased self-awareness.



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