College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. We publish rankings and reviews that make choosing the best college easier, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

Meet the Team


Katie Brownell Amondson – Associate Editor

Katie3Katie Brownell Amondson has worked in the area of social work for ten years. She has extensive experience working in the non-profit sector, most recently as the supervisor and manager of a youth crisis shelter. She is passionate about helping young people navigate important life decisions, especially those pertaining to higher education. A graduate of Indiana University’s Social Work program, Katie participated in many of IU’s extra-curricular activities, including four years of racing in the Little 500. She now lives in Eugene, Oregon.


Robert Hand – Associate Editor

Robert_HandRobert Hand has worked in academic publishing for ten years and is the owner of the Dunbar Group, a professional publishing company based in Tyler, Texas. He has had a long-standing interest in higher education and has conducted numerous campus visits across the United States. He has studied at a variety of both private and public institutions and is currently completing a PhD in early modern intellectual history.


Cate Mackenzie – Associate Editor

catemackenzieCate Mackenzie has worked in academic and trade book publishing for ten years. In that decade she has marketed, copy edited, proofread hundreds of books while also witnessing a dramatic change in social and digital media. Despite the flux, a certainty remains: people long to learn, and Cate loves making the path to learning as accessible and rewarding as possible. Cate has a BA and MFA in writing, lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and misses the days of mix-tapes.