Nisha Sardella

Nisha Sardella has been a Marks Education counselor since 2009 and leads our graduate school admission counseling service. She works with candidates for law school, business school, medical school, and post-baccalaureate pre-medical programs, as well as with applicants for graduate academic degrees and fellowships.

Nisha attended the National Cathedral School before going on to concentrate in Social Studies at Harvard University, where she also played as goalie for the JV and Varsity Field Hockey teams and was active as a Big Sister for a local child. She received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, serving as an editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy and the Harvard Negotiation Law Review and as a Mediator for the Harvard Mediation Program. She also loved her clinical work in Family Law at the Legal Services Center and at the Department of Social Services in Boston. After graduating, Nisha worked at WilmerHale and Hemenway & Barnes in Boston before joining Marks Education.

Nisha is a kind and understanding graduate school admission counselor who appreciates the anxiety and stress that the admissions process can evoke. As a trained family-law and tax attorney and mediator, she also builds upon her experience counseling and educating individuals who must navigate complex issues and decisions.

Nisha has served on her local Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Board, advocating for students with special needs and the programs and policies that affect them, and she also serves on Harvard’s Schools and Scholarships Committee, interviewing candidates for undergraduate admission. In her free time, she can be found spending time with her family and dogs; she especially enjoys walking, running and cycling in the area to explore new and familiar roads and trails.


  • National Cathedral School, cum laude
  • Harvard University, BA magna cum laude in Social Studies
  • Harvard Law School, JD


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Nisha’s guidance throughout the law school process was absolutely invaluable for me from the initial stage of establishing a list of schools through deciding between multiple amazing offers. I went through the law school application process while working full time in New York City, and Nisha routinely went above and beyond to work around my busy professional schedule. From early morning phone calls to lightning-fast email responses, Nisha helped to make the process as smooth and as manageable as I could have hoped for.

Having the benefit of Nisha’s vast knowledge of individual law schools and the overall process not only made me feel that I was putting together the best applications possible, but also that I would ultimately end up at the law school that was right for me. Nisha helped me tailor a game plan specifically geared towards illuminating my strengths on each application, and I was thrilled with the offers I received as a result of following through with that plan.


I have worked with Nisha Sardella at Marks Education on numerous graduate school and fellowship applications over five years and have been extremely pleased with her services. I know that both the general brainstorming of topics and also the line-by-line consideration of my personal statements elevated my applications to a higher level. I was admitted first to the postbaccalaureate program at Bryn Mawr, and later to the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, where I was named a Zuckerman Fellow. I owe my admissions successes in large part to Nisha at Marks Education, for helping me to present my best self through my applications.


I worked with Nisha throughout my MBA application journey – from GMAT prep (she recommended me to Nitin) to essay writing to interview prep to post-interview reflections. In every moment, Nisha was not only supportive but also firm, giving me the clarity and feedback I absolutely needed. She provided a perspective I know no one else could have given, a perspective that combined her experience in the field with her own personal knowledge. Working while applying for Business School can be a daunting experience, but I was able to utilize Nisha’s guidance to reduce stress and stick to a plan. All in all, I know I would not be at HBS without her help!