The uncertainty around the college admissions process was quite daunting. It was definitely scary looking at the amount of essays I was going to have to write so rapidly, but the deadlines you set (which I adhered to) made it easier. You really helped me with my essay writing, and made sure my essays got to the point and that there was never any "fluff." My essays would have been dull and I doubt my result(s) would have been the same. Your attention to detail, constant communication and the TO DOs really helped me stay on schedule and work efficiently. You were always on top of me and editing essays at crazy hours of the night. Although exhausting at times, your hard work drove me to work harder. Having you guide me along every step of the college application process was extremely valuable. I can say that there is definitely no second-guessing yourself after your applications are in.
If anyone is on the fence about working with Ellen, know that every detail of your applications will be covered with Ellen and your best application will be put forth.
Student accepted ED to Dartmouth and Univ. of Georgia
Class of 2025 - Dartmouth
When I entered my freshman year, I was a minnow among sharks, an unprepared kid trying to navigate a new world. With Ellen's help, I have transformed into a more confident individual with more initiative than ever. She provided me the resources to not only earn straight A's in junior year and engage in extracurriculars, but also grow as a person and learn life lessons. She pushed me hard, and it was stressful at times attempting to manage everything regarding the college admissions process. However, with Ellen's guidance and constant communication, I was able to navigate the process and get accepted into somewhere I thought was impossible. She worked so hard to help me on every step of the process, and simultaneously gave me freedom to write essays true to myself and engage in what I wanted to pursue. I appreciate Ellen so much for everything she has taught me and the resources she has provided me with, which will aid me far beyond college.
Student accepted to Berkeley (pre-Haas), Tulane,
Wisconsin, SMU and 10 other business programs
Class of 2025 - Berkeley
The college admissions process was very overwhelming. You helped immensely by encouraging me to take steps at a time. All the activities and classes that you pushed me to take gave me many different topics to write college supplementals about and made my resume impressive. Your guidance throughout the process was great, and it was especially helpful that you showed me all the tools for college research and the essay process. The software used was amazing and the TO-DO's and email reminders were necessary so I stayed on top of everything. You taught me to become a better writer while not crushing my voice. Your constant checking in shows how much you care about your students on a personal level and how much you want them to succeed.
Student accepted to Cornell, Purdue, Univ of Georgia, Wisconsin, Clemson, and Maryland
Class of 2027 - Cornell Engineering
Truly enjoyed working with Ellen. She is extremely knowledgeable about the admission process and has so much important information to share. She is always attending information sessions and seminars so she is top of current trends. She provides very realistic expectations on where to apply based on credentials. She gave relevant advice about how to be strategic on applications based on my child's narrative. Ellen was honest throughout the process and was not afraid to say if a school was not the right fit, or if an extracurricular was not in alignment. She was also very personable and went out of her way to get to know my child on an individual level, and therefore she was able to work with my child's strengths and abilities. My child ended up getting in to the university that was one of his top choices.
Parent of Student accepted to Northeastern, Brandeis,
and George Washington
Class of 2027 - Northeastern
I was completely clueless about the college admissions process but Ellen helped guide me along, providing me a lot of clarification my high school counselor didn't provide me. She made sure I didn't miss important events and provided me with many different opportunities. I learned many life lessons as well as life skills that are not only applicable to the college application process, but other parts of my life. With Ellen’s help, I was able to find success in the college admissions process.
Student accepted to Brown, USC, UCLA and UC San Diego
Class of 2025 - Brown
The college admissions process is insanely complex, the standardized testing process seemed incredibly confusing, and my school’s college counseling center never gave much help. Ellen gave very clear explanations about every detail of the process. With her guidance, I'm happy I was able to receive my college decisions and see my hard work pay off. Her vast knowledge helped tremendously and made me confident about my applications. Additionally, the resources such as the extracurricular database and referral to the best math tutor were extremely helpful. My college essays improved tremendously with the constant help I received. Working with Ellen was definitely worth it.
Student accepted to UCLA, USC, Brandeis, Reed and others
Class of 2025 - UCLA
Ellen is amazing and really helped keep us on track and organized through a very confusing process. It was a real comfort knowing that someone with her experience and knowledge was guiding us. I would highly recommend her to anyone going through the college admissions process.
Parent of Student accepted to Univ. of Washington, Fordham, George Washington, Rutgers, and Seattle Univ.
Class of 2026 - Univ. of Washington-Seattle
Ellen's guidance and TO DO's helped me approach the college admissions process and stay on task. The college essays were daunting and confusing, and I am glad I had Ellen's help because I was very lost on the process. I was accepted to good colleges that I'm not sure if I would have without working with her.
Student accepted to UC Santa Barbara, UCSD, Tulane, SMU, Univ. Colorado Boulder, and Cal Poly SLO
Class of 2025 - UC Santa Barbara
Before I began working with Ellen, I had no idea how complex the admission process could be. In addition to needing help with writing, I realized that I also needed experiences to pad my resume and to eventually use to fill out my activities list in applications. Ellen provided me with so many resources, helped me research schools, and brainstorm essay topics. Writing essays was so much easier than I expected because of Ellen's help. She gave amazing advice for revisions. I always knew what tasks I had and what their deadlines were which made the overall application process much less stressful. I have learned how planning ahead and setting goals for myself can be helpful in school and in my adult life in general.
Student accepted to USC, Case Western, Univ. of Rochester, Univ. of Vermont, Univ. of Washington, and UC Davis
Class of 2026 - USC
I can't thank you enough for all your help these past 4 years. You helped my daughter become the best high school student she could possibly be...you helped her select rigorous classes and summer school courses. Your experience and knowledge in helping her build her high school resume was so beneficial. Because of you, she was able to enter into enriching programs early in the high school years that helped her become a better student leader. This was so crucial especially with the surprise of the pandemic. Additionally, I really appreciate how you kept her on schedule with filling out college applications and completing essays. You really streamlined the process for her. I appreciate all of your kindness and patience towards her.
Parent of Student accepted ED to WashU in St. Louis and Univ. of Georgia
Class of 2025 - WashU in St. Louis
Thank you so much for all your help with my college applications. You were always very patient, thoughtful, and encouraging. I appreciate your dedication and really admire your work ethic. I enjoyed our many zoom meetings, and although I didn't love the essay writing, I was grateful to have you to guide me through the process. I am so lucky to have had you as my counselor.
Student accepted Georgetown & Berkeley
Class of 2026 - Georgetown
Ellen has impressed me with her thoroughness and insight into the application process. She assisted my daughter by focusing on her interests and aligning her activities into a compelling story line and stay on track during the overwhelming application season. She also identified colleges that were a good fit with her academic background, desires and needs. Thank you, Ellen, for pouring your heart and soul into helping your students excel and move onto the next chapter!
Parent of Student
Class of 2027-Villanova
My son accepted his spot at University of Chicago. I am so happy for him. Thank you so much for your guidance throughout his junior year and college applications. That news of the admission scandal makes us more appreciative that we worked with you. Thank you so much for your honesty and help.
Parent of Student accepted ED to Univ. of Chicago, Boston College, Santa Clara, and Univ. of Edinburgh
Class of 2023 - Univ. of Chicago
I just wanted to thank you for everything that you have done for me during the college admissions process...you have rocked my world with how much you have given me and changed how I look on paper. Thank you for not only challenging and pushing me, but for supporting me throughout my whole 4 years. You are truly an amazing counselor.
Student accepted to USC, UPenn, UT Austin, UCLA & Berkeley
Class of 2024 - Univ. of Pennsylvania
Working with Ellen, you get a 1:1 experience. Ellen fights for you and pushes you to achieve things you never thought possible or even existed. She helped me build my background by getting more involved and stay on track. She was most helpful in the resume process and completely helped me navigate all aspects of Common App. She understands the stress students face and is there every step of the way, always giving support whether it is for school or just life. Even when I was overwhelmed, she ensured me that it would all be worth it and it definitely was.
Student accepted to 19 schools including UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Univ. of Miami, Univ of Wisconsin and others
Class of 2027 - UCLA
Before working with you, I was pretty much clueless as to what the admissions process looked like and when to start everything. Working with you helped because as I began stressing about things such as how to write my essays or when to even begin, you answered those questions. The essay process was so helpful and I really loved your platform. My favorite part about working together was the confidence I had throughout the whole process and the feeling that someone else knew what I was supposed to be doing and made sure I was always ahead. I had so many friends who felt lost and ended up regretting not starting early or applying to enough schools.
Student accepted to 9 schools for business
Class of 2026 - USC