Nan Ni: Education Innovator, Elite Student, Admissions Strategist

Like many of her Harvard ’10 classmates, Nan moved to NYC to launch her professional career after graduating with honors as an Economics major.

* 3 years after starting as a marketing analyst at American Express, Nan became a 24-year-old Vice President at CitiBank.
* After a brief stint at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, she decided to veer off the “Elite Path” to blaze her own trail to meaningful success.
* Her bet paid off in 2018 when Nan set admissions records as an independent education consultant.
* Shortly after, she launched The Admissionary, a highly successful 4-year enrichment program that served only 1st generation college applicants.

Early on in the pandemic, Nan predicted the enormous disruption in schooling we are now experiencing. As an experienced educator, she felt a natural obligation to mitigate the academic and extracurricular effects for not just own students, but the larger community too. In this uncertain new reality, it is our collective duty as adults to protect the next generation as much as possible.

Thus, Nan and co-founder Hua Li created
The Vangardian to ensure that students will adapt–and keep thriving in 2020 and beyond.

The Lawrenceville School 

Every life has its inflection points, although we’re never aware during the moment. At 14, Nan’s decision to attend Lawrenceville armed with tangible goals and a blueprint to accomplish them was one that altered her life trajectory forever.

HARVARD COLLEGE

At Harvard, Nan learned to exist in the present moment. She credits her phenomenal peers for elevating her own standards, her economics degree for common sense, and The Harvard Crimson for improving the clarity of her prose and judgement. 

STANFORd University (GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

During a quarter crisis, Nan found herself leaving a VP position in financial marketing for Stanford. Two semesters later, she decided to, ready and eager to step off the prestige treadmill to blaze her own trails

THE PREQUEL

Although English is her craft, the Beijing-born Nan’s native language is Mandarin. As a 5-year-old, she immigrated with her parents to Lexington, Kentucky where she quickly learned to love her adopted language. An avid reader and writer, young Nan first distinguished herself by winning 1st Place in Fayette County’s Young Author’s Prize at age 10. Two years later, she won her first national creative writing prize in the National PTA Reflections Contest. 

+When not writing and reading, Nan was a fiercely competitive Mathlete, earning a perfect score in the International 2001 AMC 8 contest.

+She was a two-year starter in Lexington Traditional Magnet School’s #1-ranked Mathcounts and the highest scorer on the #1-ranked KY Academic Team state-wide. 

+In addition, Nan won honors as a pianist as the 2000 state winner of the Kentucky Music Teacher’s Association.

+In Duke’s Talent Identification Program, her 1460 SAT (800M, 660V) in at age 13 earned placed her in the top 10 spots in the entire region, for which she won a scholarship to Davidson College’s TIP programs.


With a determination to pursue her literary dreams, Nan was accepted to both Philips Academies before ultimately choosing The Lawrenceville School for its beauty and generous scholarship.

Nan was one of the two freshmen to take AP Calculus BC in the School’s history and the first to take AP Physics C (e/m) her sophomore year.

She also served as the math team captain and qualified for the AIME every single year

Nan’s most meaningful activity, however, was certainly her stint as the Editor-in-Chief of The Lawrence, the School’s award-winning weekly newspaper. As EIC, she authored editorials, project managed each publication, and represented The Lawrence at various alumni functions Nan furthered her journalism career as a chosen attendee of J-camp, a fee-free journalism camp hosted by the AAJA.

After earning a perfect PSAT score her second year and a lengthy application process, Nan was delighted to be part of the 5% of students selected to The Telluride Association Summer Program, where she studied international law under Cornell professors with 32 elite peers.

After 17 drafts of her college essays, Nan was accepted to Harvard College (EA) on her 18th birthday on 12/12/2005. She went on to win several 5th form honors from The Lawrenceville School and also had the honor of giving the Valedictory Speech.