The following testimonials represent some of the unsolicited
feedback we receive each year. We may correct typographical errors or
misspellings, and will change or withhold details to
protect client privacy, but otherwise do not edit these
Very pleased to inform you that my daughter (coached by Nick P) has obtained admission at Harvard, Wellesley, Duke, Chicago, Vanderbilt, Barnard,
and Pomona College.
Thank you for your help with the admissions process."
I can't begin to thank you enough for all of your company's help with [my son's]
college applications. You eased a lot of family angst and the results are beyond
our expectations. Of course, now we have to decide between Harvard, Yale and
Stanford (we have already eliminated Columbia, Duke and
Emory) and figure out how to pay for it. But this is not something to complain about I know!" E, New York
"Dear Dr. Boyd,
I wanted to update you on my interview with Baylor College of Medicine. There were two interviews and they both went well. I was one of the four who got accepted into the
Baylor2Baylor Medical Track program! Thanks for the practice interview that greatly helped me for the real ones. It definitely was beneficial.
Thanks again," J, Texas
"I am really excited to let you know that I got accepted into the
Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. My parents and I are really happy when we received the news, considering U of M to be such a great school and it is even more competitive to get into the business school. According to their class profile,
less than 1% are transfer students. I would like to thank you for helping me to get through the application process, you have been really patient and helpful, and also give support and encouragement when I feel frustrated and lose confidence.
I will be moving up there this fall, probably early august to settle things down and get used to the new environment, right now, I'm looking for housing.
"Chris, [son] is indeed very excited. He will be attending Brown in the fall.
Thanks for following up, Chris. As I wrote earlier, my wife and I really believe you folks do very well by your clients – a good mix of advice and help that is first rate.
Yours," P, New Jersey
Just to wish you a belated Happy 2010. I am sorry for not getting back to you sooner but I have been recovering from major surgery which I had undergone in mid December. I just wanted to thank you for all your invaluable help during
[the son's] college application process. Your support and insight was instrumental in helping
[the son] get his acceptance from his number one choice Georgetown. Even though he says he will consider Columbia if he gets accepted, but I think his heart is set on attending
I will definitely recommend you to friends and family who have college bound kids.
I wish you well.
Best Regards," G, Pennsylvania
YES it is!!!! Thank you for all your help. I can honestly say it would have not been to the quality it was without you. You are fun to work with and have fabulous standards. You made the experience actually fun over here. We should get him organized for the interview. I don't know how soon they do those? Do you?
He put off his "official visit" off for a couple weeks - it was
all getting a bit nutty and really since it was his first choice he didn't
really matter. They want him to do his interview there and he was freaking out
and is hoping to do it here.
Thank you!!!" H, Canada
Thank you very much for helping [daughter] apply for Yale.
She has great essays (at least for me), now we're crossing our fingers.
The last one month was very hectic and stressful, but you helped us to make it smooth and easy. I really appreciate it."
Thank you for your companies help, I would like to thank Dr. Boyd for his help I found the mock interview assistance to provide a great confidence boost prior to the interview. I was accepted today into the BS/MD program
[RPI/Albany Medical College].
Sincerely," B, New York
"Hello Ms. Schmidt.
First off, I'd like to wish you a Happy Holidays.
Upon further discussion with my dad, we've decided against applying to anymore colleges. I feel that
Georgetown and Columbia are both the right place for me, and since I got in
there, I don't think applying to Yale and Harvard make sense.
Thanks for all the help you've provided me with these couple of months.
I really appreciate it." S, Ohio
"Dear Dr. Shelton and Dr. Boyd,
I wanted to update you on my interview with Baylor College of Medicine on
[date]. There were two interviews and they both went well. I was one of the four who got accepted into the
Baylor2Baylor Medical Track program! Thanks for the practice interview that greatly helped me for the real ones. It definitely was beneficial.
Thanks again," S, Texas
The session went very well and was very productive. Thank you so much for a wonderful consultant – Sheri was very helpful. She was very supportive and very honest with our son's current status and where we should move from here. We definitely would like to use her expertise for helping us with the college application.
Thank you again!"
Our daughter was admitted to UT
but she will attend the orientation at GW.
She is really looking forward to finishing high school and going to college.
Thank you so much for your help in her college search and admission process.
We could not have done it without you. I have 3 more children, so we will be in touch again in the future. Enjoy you summer."
I'd like to pass on how pleased I have been with Jim. Jim was knowledgeable, supportive, and honest. His follow-up list of potential colleges was specifically tailored to my son's abilities. So thanks for connecting us."
D, North Dakota
"Thank you for all your help. I can honestly say it would have not
been to the quality it was without you.
You are fun to work with and have fabulous standards. You made the
experience actually fun over here." H, Canada
I am very happy to report that I was accepted into
Columbia! Thanks for all of your help in getting me
I just submitted the Common App and the Penn Supplement. Thank you for all of your meticulous editing
and inspirational support. I'm grateful to have worked with you these past few weeks. You’re really
good at your job." F, Virginia
In the excitement of pressing Submit I forgot to thank you for helping with my son's application.
My husband was most impressed when he finally got to read the Common App, and we all felt it was
as tight and polished as it could possibly be – thanks in no small part to you."
"Thanks again for everything you've helped out with so
far - from essay prep to general guidance and insight
through the admissions process. It's been a tremendous
help to me." D, California
"We really enjoyed working with all of you. the results
were impressive, to say the least.
thanks, again," P, Massachusetts
"I just wanted to send you a quick email to update you
on how the admissions process is going so far. To date,
I've only heard from 4 schools – but it's okay because
I've gotten into all of them! They are (in order of when
- Villanova (added late after my parents strongly
suggested an extra safety school)
- Tulane (with a $30,000 a year Dean's
- University of Georgia
- Wake Forest (with a full tuition merit
scholarship - which is about $30,000 a year too)
No big surprises there (except the money!) but it's good
news anyway, of course! I'm looking forward to seeing
how the rest turn out - now I'm seeing the downside to
applying to so many schools - it's hard to choose among
Thanks again for all your help with the admissions
process - I'll keep you updated on how it goes!
Best," N, Virginia
"Ms. Aileen was an extremely excellent mentor and
advisor. I feel a little more at ease with the whole
process. She was very kind, funny, and made reaching for
the Ivies more realistic. I will contact her at a
later date when I need help filling out those
applications. So yes, I am very satisfied. Thank you so
Sincerely," S, Virginia
I would like to inform you that the university I had
applied to in Germany has given me a place. I just
received the acceptance letter from them and I would
like to thank you very much for helping me out on my
first application and then after the waitlist period. I
really do appreciate the effort you put in and would
like you to know my decision to accept my place there.
It was a pleasure to have known you. Take care and do
keep in touch.
Yours sincerely," S, Singapore
I now have all my admission letters. I finally got
admitted into 5 schools [UT Austin, U
Washington, BU, UFL and USC]. I
have finally decided to join UT Austin, its fully funded
for the first year with a tuition waiver and TA. I am
international, I also got my VISA today so I am all set
I wish to take this opportunity to thank you, had u not
advised and encouraged me my admission success might not
have been possible.
You've been very supportive, your help and advice has
been very helpful in my application success.
thank you" M, Korea
Havn't got chance to thank you for helping J getting
into the college she wants. We really appreciate your
dedication days and nights, weekends and weekdays to J's
essays and inquiries. You are the best. We just want to
express our appreciation to you. Certainly, we will
refer whoever need this kind of assistance to you in the
future. Once again, we know that she could not get into
Columbia without your advice."
D, New York
"I just wanted to drop a note with an update [on my daughter].
Thanks again for your help with her essay. I will
recommend your company and will use you again in the
future with my younger daughter." L, North Carolina
Guess what? I got in! I just found out. They sent me a
great big packet, and now I finally know where I'm going
to college. It's over! I just wanted to let you know how
much easier you have made this whole process. The whole
thing was much less stressful for all of us. And, It's
always good to have a second opinion anyway. Thank you
so much for all of your help. You have been amazing.
Thanks Again," A, Georgia
I write to provide you with updates regarding B and S. B
wanted to leave Hamilton College at the end of his
freshman year. He has been admitted to Brown
University and will attend in the fall. His brother
S was waitlisted at Yale; he was called yesterday
and informed that he has been taken off the waiting list
and he will attend Yale!
Sincerely," D, Massachusetts
"Aileen's exceptional and unique knowledge base is immeasurably valuable; as a former Harvard admissions officer and student, she was able to answer our
questions more than any other consultant I could imagine. She also gave a direct, honest, and credible assessment of my son's potential, without wasting time.
She had clearly spent time reviewing the questionnaire and understood my son's unique background quite thoroughly. I also value that we have the chance to ask
more questions as needed and pay as we go rather than pay for a package which is more than we would need. Since my son is homeschooled, he doesn't have an
experienced guidance counselor or teacher who could give him advice and review his essay and application. We feel extremely fortunate to have Aileen help in this role and
it will surely relieve the application stress I've have felt since this is my first child's college application and things have changed completely it seems since I
applied to college back in the 70's."
Thank you for the
email. We were extremely impressed with Bill,
as anyone would be. His knowledge concerning
the subject of college admissions is unmatched.
This is a difficult process for us and we are
just trying to survive it, let me tell you! But
Bill was very helpful in helping my daughter to
become more realistic in terms of schools that
she might consider. We have taken a step back
and are trying to examine options at this
time. Bill was extremely helpful in letting her
know she should pick several schools, not just
one, to look at, so that is what she is doing
now. I am awaiting Bill's response to her
latest query about a potential college but plan
on employing his services again when she is
ready to complete the applications. Thanks
again for the email," N, North Carolina
Thanks for all of your help in the mock interview. My
NEOUCOM contained many of the expected
questions we discussed (they asked me that exact
cheating question, for example). They also asked me
whether I would tell the patient that he had terminal
cancer even if the family asked me not to (I said that
after talking with and counseling the family, I would
have to tell the patient because he has the right to the
knowledge of treatment and prognosis of the condition).
Your help in this process was truly useful and greatly
"Hi Jonny: A is going to Colgate. She is all signed up and ready to go.
Thanks for your help." C, New York
"Hi Deb, I'm just emailing you to let you know that I've gotten accepted into Yale, and that I will most likely be attending there this fall. Thank you so much for all the help you gave me with my essays and etc. I really appreciate it!" N, California
I just wanted to let you know that J heard from Carnegie Mellon this week and was accepted into their School of Architecture. He is very excited and feels like this is the right choice for him.
Thank you so, so much for all your help. It was really beneficial and I really believe helped J's application greatly. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
"I can tell you that Nadine has been great as far as I can see (my son is working directly with her). She was very responsive and has him focused right away on the parts of the
Chicago application that he needs to get done and done well.
Thank you," S, Arizona
I must say, that we have been incredibly happy with Deb in her handling of our daughter and her applications. So much so, in fact, that I would like to spend some time talking with her about our son, who is in the 9th grade at the present.
Sincerely," T, Georgia
I mailed my completed Cornell application. Again, thank
you so much for not just your help, but for grounding me
and the unconditional support you showed me. Even when I
was bouncing off the walls – wanting to apply to every
college that sounded cool or challenging.
Best wishes and have a great year,
Sincerely," A, Florida
Hopefully, the college
application crush has eased for
you. I made a point not to
bother you before the new year
That said, I wish to thank you
for the tremendous job you did
with our son.
You deftly held his hand, kicked
him in the butt when needed, and
challenged/ stretched his
college agenda. Truly, he became
an informed consumer.
You helped hone his resume from
a wandering maze to a sharply
honed list highlighting his
To this day, our son tells of
how you asked him most of the
same questions his interviewer
did...and the difference it made
in his comfort level....
In effect, you were like a
one-man admission committee. If
our son could get by you, he
figured his application was
thorough and strong....
Warmest Regards, [name,]
Bowdoin College parent
(thanks to you)." J,
I think [daughter] has
gone as far as she can [on her admissions essays] given
the time limits. Your support and comments were helpful
in giving her momentum and thoughtfulness with the final
opportunities to present her best in the remaining
supplemental applications due. This has been a learning
process in retrospect. It could have helped to have
gotten more advice even years earlier. But we are
pleased to have done the best we could, and look forward
to whatever comes our way.
Hopefully we have not disrupted your holidays. Wishing
you and your family a wonderful New Year." M,
sure that my husband notified you. R. is accepted at
William & Mary.
We are very happy and so happy for R.
Thank you." A, Virginia
e-mailing! And I definitely have received my
letter from Wellesley. I'm going to be Class of
2010! Thanks for all your help. I hope you've
had a wonderful Christmas and New Years."
"Jonny, Hi – its W.'s mom – He got
I really want to thank you for all your help – I
can't begin to tell you how much all of you
encouragement made him feel – the essay editing
and suggestions were wonderful, but your
personal interest made all the difference. Thank
you again so much, and please know that W. will
be in touch." S, New Jersey
"Certainly, I have found your firm to be an extremely
valuable resource and will certainly spread the word.
Did I mention that Deb rocks!!!!! Seriously, Deb is both
professional and caring. I enjoyed our working
relationship, especially how she was able to easily
inspire me to produce excellent work.
Her experience is bar none. Simply the best!!" A,
"You guys are definitely the best. How
else can I explain the acceptances from Harvard,
MIT, Tufts, and Dartmouth with below average SATs? Your advice
on college selection, essays, transcripts, and all the
other questions I had was awesome!" C, Connecticut
"Hi Sara. Wow! Either
you're an angel or someone sprinkled angel dust on you!
What you did with Tommy's essays was wonderful, and it
really gave him a boost!! Me, too, actually. I think he
is finishing up with the last touches today. Por fin!" R, Utah
"[Son's name] got the letter
yesterday and he was accepted by UPenn. Both my wife and I
would like to express our sincere appreciation for your
help in the process. We still have not heard from the
other schools but they are no longer important now. [Son's
was very excited about the admission and it has restored
his faith in the system. We have also told him about the
He is taking it a lot better. Again, thank you very
much. I hope you
don't mind if we tell our friends about your services."
got into Hobart and William Smith with a
$16,000 scholarship–so thank you for helping her do
that." M, District of Columbia
I just wanted
to let you know that I was taken off the waiting list at
"Thank you for the excellent work
you did with our son. He has been accepted into two
different schools that we thought were way out of his
league. In addition to the self esteem boost you gave
him, you also helped my family tremendously through
what would have otherwise been a period of unbearable
stress." R, Virginia
"You were there every step of the
way and you most likely saved me and my parents from
a nervous breakdown at some point in the process. I've
wanted to go to Notre Dame for as long as I can remember
and now the dream is about to come true. Thanks from
the very very bottom of my heart." S, Florida
"I wanted to get back
to you to let you know that we appreciated your services
and the quick turn around of essays for [daughter's]
application to Northwestern.
Northwestern's review and decision process took much
longer than we anticipated. They had told us it would be
the end of May or early June when we would receive
notification. Well, she finally
received the big Fed Ex envelope. Yes, we are happy that
she WAS ADMITTED and the admissions counselor said
wonderful things about her potential and their decision
to offer her admission to NU. There were approx. 740
applications with 100 being accepted." P,
Thank you so
much for all of your help! I know that the information and
tips you gave me are going to really aid me in this whole
process. I'm looking forward to working with you again!" L, California
"Hey Sara. I just wanted to let you know that I
received an acceptance letter into Stanford. Needless to
say I am very happy and very relieved." C, Texas
I got in
[University of Pennsylvania]!!! It was a really bad year
for everybody else, and seeing how hard it was really made
me appreciate your help even more. Thanks you so much for
everything. I'm actually going to Penn Previews tomorrow!"
B, New York
"I've been accepted and the hardest part
of my life is now behind me. Your trust, patience, and
understanding as well as your uncanny ability to know
what I needed to say in my applications was a life
saver." L, California
daughter] received admissions from Wash-U (she becomes
more interested in this university), Swarthmore, Duke,
Penn, BC and Penn State. She is pretty happy with the
decisions. Thank you." J, Pennsylvania
"I just wanted you to know that I was
accepted by NYU today. Needless to say, I am very happy
with NYU's acceptance. Again, thank you
very much for all of your help reviewing my essays! You
are a life saver!" M, Hawaii
"Thank you. Bonnie was just GREAT." C, New York
"Your honesty and candor was remarkable.
I was dead set on going to Princeton and I was shocked
when you told me I was aiming too high. I know I
resisted and am sorry for that now, but you told me all
the reasons I couldn't get in and then kept me focused
on the schools where I had a good chance. My senior year
would have been a nightmare if I hadn't had your
professional guidance and I probably would have no
acceptances right now." M, Indiana
"Finally I've gotten an acceptance letter
[transfer application] from USC for Spring '06.
I'll be done with my classes in a week, and then I'm
moving to LA couple days after quarter ends. I'm so
excited." A, Washington
"I was accepted at Columbia!!! I am
going to New York City and I will be attending an ivy
league. I couldn't be happier and you are a huge part of
the reason for my success. You started helping me from
the beginning of my junior year and patiently called to
check up on me and offer encouragement, guide me on what
classes to take, tell me what volunteer activities to
get involved in, and a whole bunch of other things that
I now realize really do matter. Your assistance with my
applications was incredible too! My GPA and SAT are both
below average at Columbia so I have no doubts that it
was your help that made the difference. Thank you, thank
you, and thank you!" T, Virginia
I hope you are
doing well. I just heard back from all my colleges except
for Princeton. I have been accepted at Georgetown, Duke,
and Vanderbilt. I was put on a waiting list at
Cornell. I think I
will be very happy at Georgetown or Duke. Your help was
instrumental in my applications to these schools and I
can't thank you enough!" B, Florida
I have told you this before, but I just want to let you know again,
that we are extremely happy with Sheri's services. She is absolutely
amazing and is a great pleasure to work with. Thank you." S, Colorado
"Thank you for all of your assistance.
Jonny is extremely qualified and well versed in college
admissions." W, California
We tell Deb every time we talk with her, thanks for her tact, expertise, sympathy and professionalism.
Sincerely," P, Georgia
"I just got the news! Georgia Tech here
I come! Your help truly made the difference for me!
THANKS!!!!" B, Georgia
"[Daughter's name] has
decided to go to Penn next fall, which she has favored
from the very beginning. Still, it was difficult for her
to turn down the offers of other schools (that's the
downside of applying to multiple schools). We feel lucky
that [daughter's name] can go to a school she really
likes. College will be a new chapter for her.
you again for all your help. I will recommend you to my
friends to survive college applications." L, New
I just wanted to
let you know that I am planning on heading to Colby this
fall with a major in psychology and a minor in education.
Thanks for all the help." M, North Carolina