Alice Chen is an award-winning journalist who loves writing, teaching and inspiring people. She’s helped students gain acceptance to schools like Stanford, Brown’s 8-year combined undergraduate/medical program, Caltech, MIT, Cornell, Northwestern, West Point, UC Berkeley and UCLA. Her students have received awards ranging from UC Regents Scholarships to a $100,000 Tulane Founder’s Scholarship.

Alice is highly experienced and brings nearly 20 years of professional communications work to her teaching.


  • Stanford University Class of 1998, BA History, Minor Economics.

  • Northwestern University Class of 2004, MS in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.

  • Coach of coaches:

    • Hired by private school to train guidance counselor on college admission essay editing. In the school’s 22-year history, they had never gotten a student into an Ivy League-level school. The student Alice coached got into MIT; she played an integral part in helping him choose a memorable essay topic.

    • Hired by elite level, professional admission consultant / English tutor to coach her on her personal college transfer applications.

    • Edited adult memoirists (including Chicago Sun-Times editor) through StoryStudio Chicago

  • Former center director of Achieva College Prep Service's Palo Alto office. The majority of Achieva was later purchased by  Kaplan.

  • Professional multimedia journalist whose work has appeared in national, major market media:

    • Print / Online - San Francisco Chronicle (One story helped non-profit win $3 million Google grant),, New York Times News Service, Atlanta Journal - Constitution. Former staff education reporter for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (circulation 415,000 at the time).

    • TV - Morning Cut-In Anchor / Reporter, WNNE-TV (Vermont); Hearst Argyle Producing Fellow, WCVB - TV (Boston); Cityline News Magazine Show Freelancer, WCVB-TV (Boston); Anchor / Reporter SCBN-TV News (Stanford University).

    • Radio - WBEZ Chicago Public Radio Mentee.

  • Communications consultant for clients including Apple (Legal, HR and HR Executive Communications), PG&E (CEO and SVP Speechwriting), Kraft (Year-End Report), University of Chicago Medical Center (Patient Case Studies).

Outside of work, Alice enjoys family, friends, food, traveling, hiking, dancing, and Jesus