About apply101

For many students the most difficult part about applying to college is not deciding on the right colleges or even getting in. Students struggle with managing all the college application deadlines and deliverables required to apply to, and pay for college.

apply 101 is here to help! apply101 is a free college application checklist that makes it easy for students, parents and counselor to manage everything their student has to do to apply to and pay for college.

The apply101 Team

Natalie Miller, Chief Executive Officer

After graduating from college, Natalie began her career working in college admissions at Scripps College. After moving to Portland in 2007, Natalie started working in marketing and technology. She is passionate about creating technical tool that make life easier and thinks the college admissions process is a perfect place to start.

Natalie currently lives in Portland with her husband and dog Lucy (who is featured prominently on apply101).

Favorite College Essay Question: "Using a piece of wire, a Hopkins car window sticker, an egg carton, and any inexpensive hardware store item, create something that would solve a problem. Tell us about your creation, but don't worry; we won't require proof that it works!"
- Johns Hopkins University

Steve Baer, Chief Financial Officer

With a degree in Accounting from Michigan State University Steve has worked in Accounting and Finance roles for companies in Detroit, Chicago and most recently Portland, which he has called home for the past 4 years. When he is not crushing numbers at work Steve enjoys binge watching Netflix after being outside to enjoy the awesome landscape around Portland.

Steve lives with his lovely and talented wife and two dogs, Wally and Frankie.

Favorite Essay Question: "Imagine you have to wear a costume for a year of your life. What would you pick and why?"
- Brandeis University

Blake Lyman, Chief Technology Officer

Web developer and Apply101 CTO, Blake Lyman is a alumnus of the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics and the California Institute of the Arts. Having been through three very different college application processes, he is excited about helping others navigate the rigors of college admissions and has made it his goal to harness the Internet to help today's students matriculate to the right college.

Favorite College Essay Question: "Were pH an expression of personality, what would be your pH and why? (Feel free to respond acidly! Do not be neutral, for that is base!)"
- University of Chicago

Fletcher Calcagno, Communications and Outreach Intern

Fletcher is currently a student at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portland, Oregon. As of the summer of 2016 he is an intern at Apply101. He gets most of his business experience from his marketing class and from helping manage the student store at the school. When he is not getting coffee and making copies (hahaha) he is practicing trumpet or piano or participating in the school debate team.

Favorite College Essay Question: "Write yourself two essay questions and explain why you chose these questions."
- Tulane University