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"Belief is our greatest power.  Despite the challenges we face in higher education, we must never waiver from believing in our immeasurable capacity to leave the world a better place.  That, after all, is the true definition of a legacy."  

- Matthew Schmoker

Matthew Schmoker - 

Founder & CEO

Matthew Schmoker is fortunate to have dedicated his passion and career to higher-education for over 23 years as an award winning enrollment management and student retention expert, executive coach, and keynote speaker.

Matt's ability to inspire and develop others for success comes from his unparalleled experience in admissions, student retention, leadership and motivating performance.  From his humble beginnings as a High School Admissions Representative, to holding executive level roles, including Executive VP of Admissions, Matt developed an incredible track-record for exceeding expectations and strengthening campuses.

With an unmatched ability for transforming low-performing institutions into surpassing goals, Matt continued committing his expertise to supporting more schools in maximizing their potential and founded Legacy Admissions Solutions.  Since then, Matt, and the Legacy Team, have supported over 600 schools throughout the United States, and abroad, in surpassing enrollment and retention goals, while strengthening campuses in becoming a culture of service.  As a result, Legacy has become a leading international partner in helping schools experience success in a challenging sector.

Additionally, Matt is humbled to be a member of the international speaking circuit, driven by his personal commitment to “Inspire Dreams, Empower Greatness” of today's education professionals and students.  As such, Matt is a highly sought-after, internationally acclaimed speaker who has inspired over 

3 million people by delivering over 4,300 keynotes and seminars to corporations, associations, high schools, colleges and universities.  With his unwavering dedication in sharing his unforgettable “YO! Your Opportunities to Be Amazing Today” message, Matt is a recipient of the Washington Education Association's honors as the "Best Motivator in The Northwest," and has been recognized seven times by Beliefnet as one of the "Ten Most Inspirational Speakers" of the year.  

With his infectious enthusiasm, passion for education, and unrivaled blend of expertise and proven forward-thinking strategies, Matt, and the Legacy Team, continue to partner with higher-education institutions, of all types and sizes, in helping gain the competitive advantage to leave an incredible legacy.

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With decades of combined experience in all facets of admissions and higher education, the Legacy Team understands the fine-craft of admissions, student retention and training, and brings a wide-range of proven experience and expertise in:

​- Executive Leadership

- Admissions Service and Management

- Operations

- Financial Aid Service and Management

- Student Retention

- Regulatory Compliance

- Placement and Career Services

- Marketing

- Recruiting

- Training and Development

​- Executive Coaching

- Strategic Planning

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