Ed Graf is a College Admissions Consultant and Academic Advisor for Congaree Foundation and has dedicated himself throughout his career to providing college, scholarship and academic counseling and guidance to high school students. He recently retired after 29 years as the Director of College Counseling at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Prior to college counseling, Ed was a math teacher and the assistant head of the middle school at Isidore Newman School. He was also a basketball coach, basketball official, tennis coach, and still serves at the assistant golf coach at the school.
A leader in the field of college admissions, Ed is the 2020 recipient of the Larry West Award for Leadership from the Southern Association for College Admissions Counseling, an organization he served as president of in 2008 and 2009. He also received the Marty Elkins Award for Excellence from the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools in 2012. Ed served on the President’s Council for the National Association for College Admission Counseling from 2007 to 2010 and currently serves on the admissions advisory board for the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served on the admissions advisory boards for the University of Michigan and the University of Georgia.
Ed’s areas of expertise include writing letters of recommendation and completing secondary school reports for college and scholarship applications. He is also an expert at helping students develop resumes, write college essays, and complete their college applications. He uses his vast knowledge of American colleges and universities to help students find the best institutions for them. As a college counselor and as a coach, he has significant experience helping to guide student athletes through the college recruitment and admissions process.
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Ed received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Tulane University and a Masters of Educational Administration from Loyola-New Orleans University. He is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Southern Association of College Admission Counseling, and the Louisiana High School Coaches Association.