Shivani Sutton spent nine years working in college admissions at the University of Maryland, Northeastern, and the University of Georgia before joining Marks Education in 2013. Her broad experience provides her with a strategic perspective for students and families facing college application decisions.

When applying to college, students interested in the STEM disciplines will benefit from her educational planning expertise in identifying the right coursework, testing, and the ideal selection of schools. Shivani has firsthand knowledge of mid- to large-sized universities that offer the best engineering, math, technology, or science degrees and knows how to match a student’s interests with the right program. She has experience with international students and understands their unique challenges when mapping an educational path.

Shivani hopes that each student will acquire skills that will serve them for a lifetime as she guides them through the strategic decision-making process of choosing the right college and writing their college essays. Her curiosity and reliable, detail-oriented demeanor makes the college admissions process less stressful, and she’s gratified when families bring their second or third child to work with her. Shivani works with students virtually as well as in-person at the Bethesda, MD, Washington, DC, and McLean, VA offices of Marks Education.

Shivani grew up in Fairfax County, VA, but has family on many continents, which may have contributed to her love of languages and learning about different cultures. She and her husband renovated their “stick style” Victorian cottage for their young family, so she can tell you about “balloon style” framing and many other quirky points of owning a historic home.

Shivani is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC), and is an Associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).


  • Fairfax County Public Schools: James Madison High School
  • University of Virginia, BA in Spanish
  • The George Washington University, MA Higher Education Administration


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After one of our meetings with Shivani, I filled my husband in with her follow up memo from the meeting and subsequent email and conversation, and he said, ‘Shivani is worth her weight in gold!!’  I share the sentiment.

— Anne and Michael Dawson, Washington, DC

Shivani Sutton’s students and families can rest assured that they are working with a true professional who knows and understands the college and university landscape. As an admissions representative for Maryland, Shivani visited our school at least once every year and our students always left presentations with a positive impression of both the university and of Ms. Sutton. She truly cares about students and she works hard to help them navigate the process. She possesses every positive quality the best professionals have in this field: empathy, reliability, personal ethics, and a passion for higher education and helping students achieve their goals.

— Amber Long, Associate Director of College Counseling, Horace Mann School, NY

As hard as the whole process is, working with Shivani made it so smooth and easy for us and painless (well, almost!) for our son. Her wisdom, guidance, kindness, availability, patience, and firmness when needed was invaluable. As parents, we especially appreciated that she stepped in and said the hard things that parents sometimes can’t say. Thank you

— Joyce Rechtschaffen, Bethesda, MD