Nicole Andrea Porcaro

Nicole Andrea Porcaro (Nikkee) has been a fixture on the college admissions scene for over 15 years. She left a successful career as a journalist and as an elite test preparation instructor at a large test preparation company in order to launch N.A.P. International. For the past few years, she’s also been assisting students, both domestically and internationally, with the college application process, helping to earn her students admission and scholarships to some of the top universities in the country. Check out the testimonials below for more on this!

Nikkee believes that personalized help is the best kind of help. While many large companies make grandiose claims (and have grandiose price tags to match), Nikkee gets to know each and every one of her clients, listens to their goals and formulates a plan to help them achieve those goals. Constant communication and a shared vision to help a student get to where he or she wants to be lead to the success No Anxiety Prep has consistently delivered. Nikkee has also testified in family court cases as an expert witness regarding educational consulting issues.

Nicole Andrea Porcaro (Nikkee) grew up in northern New Jersey and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a concentration in Sociology. She completed a citation in the College Park Scholars honors program and competed for the nationally-ranked Maryland Club Gymnastics team. After working in the worlds of promotional modeling and journalism for a few years (including stints at NBC and ESPN), Nikkee received her Master’s of Science in Education in Teaching Language and Literacy, Grades 6-12, from Purdue University, graduating summa cum laude. She was accepted to Harvard University Extension School in 2019 and is expected to graduate in Spring 2022. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, and is also a member of the Washington, D.C. Italian Cultural Society and the national organization Sons and Daughters of Italy, as well as softball and volleyball leagues. She is also an avid trapeze artist and aerialist, performing in multiple shows each year, and enjoys traveling the world; so far Nicole has been to seven continents and 29 countries! Nicole was also a recent contestant on Jeopardy! (June 2021), one of the 0.01% of those who try out to hold this honor each year, as well as a contestant on MLB’s “The Catch” during the 2018 All-Star Game broadcast in Washington, D.C. Nicole is a Harvard Global Ambassador, assisting in connecting students in the Harvard Extension school community (Check her out here: She is proud that the company she started from the ground up, No Anxiety Prep, has won Washington Family Magazine’s Best SAT/ACT Prep Program in 2020 and 2021 and Best Tutoring Program Award in 2021!

Nicole operates out of the D.C. area, but has worked with clients in 15 states and seven countries via Skype, Facetime, Zoom and other online portals.