Hello! I am Elizabeth Kavanaugh Murphy, a 2002 graduate of Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), who has been advising students and families regarding college planning since founding College Edge in 2005. I started College Edge as a “side hustle” while working full-time in strategic communications. Over many autumn evenings, I tapped into my writing and analytical skills to support teenagers muddling through their college essays. But after witnessing too many families struggle to make college visits, find information online, and meet deadlines (all while trying to maintain civility within their households), I expanded College Edge’s services beyond simple essay critiques.
I find it hard to fathom that I have been supporting students and families through the college planning process for over 12 years. Time certainly flies when you are having fun! My approach to guiding my clients is simple: I provide the relevant information families seek in a friendly and engaging manner to quickly build trust and connection. Once we get to know each other, students are eager to share their college thoughts—including dreams, plans, fears, and questions—and I can get to work providing the guidance they need to make informed decisions in alignment with their strengths, values, and goals.
I enjoy consulting with families at various stages of the college planning process, but I especially love meeting students early in their high school years, because supporting them as they grow as learners and as young adults is truly inspiring. Each year, as another class of high school seniors prepares to transition to college life, I am reminded how grateful I am to have found my way to the work I was meant to do.
I am constantly expanding my knowledge through professional networking, extensive reading, keeping in touch with students, and visiting college campuses. There is always something new to learn about higher education.
My family and I live in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. My husband Keith and I both grew up in Dartmouth, and enjoy raising our two children in this small town by the ocean. Connor and Natalie still have a few years before they have to think about college…but we are realizing those campus tour days are not as far away as they may seem!