Graduate School Admission Counseling

Nisha Sardella joined Marks Education in November 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.

As a cum laude graduate of the National Cathedral School, Nisha has a B.A. magna cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy and the Harvard Negotiation Law Review. In high school, Nisha was named a National and State AP Scholar, as well as a National Merit Finalist. Her college honors include the John Harvard and Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Scholarships for Academic Distinction.

Nisha currently serves 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 the past, Nisha has served as a Big Sister for at-risk youth and as an Alumnae Mentor for Harvard women.

Nisha is a kind and understanding graduate school admission counselor who appreciates the anxiety and stress that the admissions process can evoke. 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.


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I am SO grateful for all your help over this past year and really can’t thank you enough for supporting and pushing me to be the best applicant I could be. It’s been incredible to have you by my side through all of it. The process of applying to medical school is daunting and challenging but having someone there to help navigate through it was invaluable! I couldn’t be more excited to take on this new adventure!!
— Samantha M. University of Colorado School of Medicine Class of 2024

Working with Nisha was a great experience. I attribute a great deal of my acceptance to my top choice medical school to Nisha’s insight and ability . . . Thank you, Nisha!

— Medical Student, University of Maryland, Class of 2019

With Nisha’s help, my son was admitted to the University of Michigan Law School, his first choice. She developed a wonderful, easy rapport with him and brought a fresh perspective to the highly competitive law school admissions process.

Nisha thinks clearly and offers honest assessments, encouraging students to set the bar high and supporting them in their efforts to reach ambitious goals. With her support, my son created a tailored, strategic application plan, developing themes that would inform his “Personal Statement” and other outreach. She provided insightful feedback on essay drafts, advised on recommenders, and offered helpful advice on LSAT testing.

In short, Nisha demystified the law school admissions process, identifying the multiple components for each application and creating a timeline for moving forward. Both my son and I really enjoyed working with her!

— Laurel Pyke Malson, Esq., Washington, DC