Jeffrey Miles

Jeff Miles served as the Director of Graduate Admissions at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs for 26 years(1987-2013), making final admission and financial aid/fellowship decisions on tens of thousands of applications.Prior to that, he served as an Assistant Director in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at GW. Jeff played an important role in the growth and development of the Elliott School,where he helped build one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs.Jeff now works as a part-time admissions consultant,advising students interested in pursuing graduate study in international and public affairs, MBA and other graduate business programs, global/public health, and other professionally oriented master’s degree programs.He helps students identify their best-fit schools and scholarship opportunities, edit and strengthen their essays and resume, prepare for admissions interviews, and improve their overall chances of gaining admission to these programs. Jeff serves on the Board of The Dream Project and especially enjoys mentoring “dreamers” who plan to attend college or grad school. He also serves on The George Washington University Fulbright Fellowship Selection Committee. Jeff is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara (M.A.) and Ithaca College (B.A.).

Graduate School Successes:

Clients Jeff has worked with have been admitted to graduate programs at the following universities:

  • Arizona State University
  • Boston University
  • Fordham University
  • George Washington University
  • (2)Harvard University
  • The Hertie School (Germany)
  • Korea University
  • New York University
  • (2)Northwestern University
  • Seoul National University (Korea)
  • Temple University
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Miami
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • (2)University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Virginia


Testimonials for Jeff Miles:

“Jeff played an instrumental role in me navigating through the American, UK, and Swedish grad school systems. From pinpointing my areas of interest, schools and programs to keeping me on top of my essays and GRE preparation. However, what truly puts Jeff in a league of his own is his ability to perfectly balance the personal and professional.”


“I was applying for grad school during a particularly turbulent time of my life as I shifted between countless countries, states, and jobs–Jeff always ensured that I kept on top of my applications but also would simply call to check up on my general well-being.”


“As I join my fellow classmates this fall, I will remember that Jeff played a pivotal role in my admission to my top choice graduate school.Words simply cannot express my gratitude.”

–Grad Student Client from Australia


“During the time that I worked with Jeff on my graduate program applications, he was always very approachable and helpful. Our phone calls throughout the process were productive and efficient, and he was always available when I needed his advice.Jeff played a key role in helping me identify and select grad school programs that fit my long-and short-term goals. He also assisted me in organizing and focusing my ideas for essays and personal statements, and helped me produce some of my best and most concise writing.He’s a wonderful consultant/adviser, and I would recommend him to any student with aspirations of attending top graduate programs. I was especially pleased that I was admitted to my top-choice graduate school program.”

–Grad Student Client from the United States


“The process of applying to international affairs graduate schools in the U.S. can be a little intimating, especially for a non-U.S. citizen like myself. Jeff’s extensive experience as a graduate admissions director and his ‘insider’s perspective’ was extremely helpful throughout the process. He provided me with useful feedback and suggestions on my personal essays and resume, and helped me to identify the schools that were the best fit for me. He was also extremely helpful after I had been admitted to three schools and had to make a decision. I am very glad I had the opportunity to work with Jeff!”

–Grad Student Client from Germany