Dr. Victoria Tillson Evans (left) is the Harvard-educated founder of Distinctive College Consulting, one of the Washington, D.C. area’s most successful college consulting businesses. Dr. Tillson Evans previously served on the faculty at some of our nation’s most prestigious schools, including Middlebury College and Harvard University, before launching Distinctive College Consulting in 2013. Her mission is to provide students with a competitive edge in the stressful college admissions process, while simultaneously preparing them to excel at the college of their choice.

Victoria’s experience as a college consultant stems from her work as a professor and student at prestigious educational institutions. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in the History of Art from The Johns Hopkins University, before completing both an A.M. and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. She has received many accolades for her work, including Harvard’s Derek Bok Center Excellence in Teaching Award and a fellowship to study at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy. She has also published extensively in leading academic journals.

Nora Lessersohn (right) is a consultant at Distinctive College Consulting, while concurrently working on a PhD in History at Harvard University, from which she graduated with an A.B. in The Study of Religion and an A.M. in Middle Eastern Studies. After college, she worked at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Harvard Divinity School. She is now writing a book about the unusual life and work of a man from Turkey who immigrated to the United States in the early 1800s.

From a young age, Nora has loved to write. She has published academic articles in prominent scholarly journals, and presented her research at conferences and workshops across the country (and the pond!). She also loves to help students find and develop their own writing style and voice. Having gotten into Harvard multiple times, Nora knows what will make an applicant stand out.


Having served on the faculties of Harvard University, Middlebury College, and Elon University, Victoria knows what attributes and extracurricular activities make students successful. She also understands how to spark students’ excitement for learning, showing them how to relate their interests to those of great thinkers and ideas. With Victoria, preparing for college is not merely a process, it’s a learning experience.


Victoria and Nora’s combined experiences as consultant, writers, and university faculty will help your family understand the ins-and-outs of the admissions process. Whether your child desires to attend a small liberal arts school or a large university, they ensure that their students put their best foot forward with the colleges of their choice.

To Victoria and Nora, you are not merely an applicant on paper, but an admitted student.


Having published several professional articles and revised hundreds of student essays, Dr. Tillson Evans and Ms. Lessersohn know what it means to write, and write well. They approach their students’ admissions applications with a keen eye to style and content, allowing them to distinguish themselves in their achievements and voice.

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Call (202) 670-2138 or email victoria@distinctivecollegeconsulting.com for your free consultation.

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