Don't just take our word for it.
(We tend to say nice things about ourselves.)
We’ve built our business on the generous recommendations of happy families who referred their friends to us. Below, we’ve shared some of the feedback we’ve gotten from students and parents. These families gave us permission to share their names and quotations here. We didn’t edit their responses to make them sound more impressive, and we didn’t just pluck out the ones who attend prestigious colleges, as that would be decidedly un-Collegewise.
"We signed up at Collegewise based on the recommendation of a friend whose second daughter just completed the program and was thrilled with the process and her acceptances. Our counselor struck the right balance between authority and camaraderie and got my son to do the things I had been nagging him about for months. Even though I had done a lot of research on the admissions process, after listening to a few seminars I realized that there was no way that I could keep up with the complexities of the ever changing admissions process the way Collegewise can. Working with Collegewise turned what could have been an extremely stressful year into pleasant discussions with our son about his options. We felt confident that his applications were the best that he was capable of producing, giving him a good chance at his reach schools while ensuring a wide range of realistic choices. Next time we won’t wait so long. Our daughter will be starting with Collegewise at the end of sophomore year."
Lynn CowanParent of Noah Keen
"It should be a given that a college counselor will provide the logistical and organizational support to guide a student and a family through this process, but Collegewise provided so much more to our son—encouraging him to aim high, supporting him through the grind of junior year and helping him craft a narrative in his essays that reflected his best qualities. We engaged Collegewise even before junior year to help our son map out an optimal junior year course load and testing schedule. I would encourage that for anyone who wants to get the maximum value out of the private college-counseling experience. Collegewise counseled our older daughter as well. Our third child is now a high-school freshman, and we are certain that our Collegewise counselor will be working with him as well."
Stephen RabinowitzParent of David Rabinowitz
"Our Collegewise experience was wonderful. Our counselor kept our daughter in the game for two years, giving direction about classes to take, testing, and of course filling out apps. Ultimately, Amy got into her dream school, U of Oregon. We couldn't be happier for our daughter and we're pretty excited about going to visit in Eugene. Go Ducks!"
John RapilloParent of Amy Rapillo
University of Oregon
"Going to Collegewise was the best decision we made as a family. They made what normally would be a very stressful situation actually fun and rewarding every step of the way! They alleviate, and in some cases completely eliminate, the anxiety and stress of the college process by having an excellent activity timeline to follow, clear and simple communication, outstanding preparation and follow-up with both student and parents, thereby instilling confidence in the search for the perfect college. It was like having a personal tour guide for every single aspect of the college process from researching colleges, campus visits, testing, the application process, financial issues, and so much more. We were well informed and always left the office after a meeting or seminar feeling excited and having a sense of calm. With the guidance and advice of Collegewise, Kami was awarded grants, academic scholarships and performance scholarships from all of the colleges she applied to—everything Collegewise told us about not letting the price tag of some colleges scare you off because you never know what they will award you. Thank you, Collegewise, for making the past year and half so great for Kami, Bob and I!"
Kim KurisuParent of Kami Kurisu
Point Loma Nazerene University
"Collegewise has been a complete blessing to our family! Our second daughter has now experienced the college application process pain-free without the parental nagging. Our counselor was like the big sister to push MaKenna just enough to get things done. Her sense of humor and personal connection with our daughter was a winning combination. She is absolutely wonderful and we'll miss her. We have and will continue to recommend Collegewise with confidence. Thank you, Collegewise. It's been fun—but now we're done!"
Linda JohnsonParent of McKenna Johnson
University of Oregon
"I recommend our Collegewise counselor every chance I get! While my son didn't share a lot of details from his appointments, he never missed one and never once complained about going. I think he liked the independence, with guidance, from someone other than his mom. He stayed one step ahead of all of his friends in the process and on more than one occasion I overheard him pass information off to his friends. His advice to his sister, one year younger—"You have to go to Collegewise!""
Arlyce WingParent of Erik Wing
"Our Collegewise counselor’s encouragement, guidance and “setting the plan” was extremely valuable in helping our son complete all of his college applications successfully. All of his applications were submitted by October of his senior year! And even better, by Thanksgiving, he had his first choice acceptance. Thank you for making our college application process go so smoothly."
Keith and Carol RosenthalParents of Cooper Rosenthal
The Evergreen State College
"We would like to thank Collegewise wholeheartedly for the experience that we and our daughter had during the college application process. Our counselor was knowledgeable, friendly, personable and always available for our questions and needs. Collegewise helped us alleviate the burden of goal assessment, target selections, meeting deadlines and most especially, boosting our daughter's self-confidence while she was going through the whole process. The organizational, interviewing, and essay writing skills acquired from Collegewise truly will last our daughter a lifetime. We chose Collegewise, and the rest was taken care of. We are glad we made the choice. Thank you."
Tuoc PhamParent of Timothea Pham
"I would recommend Collegewise to everyone starting to think about college. The main advantage, of course, was the relief of stress associated with paperwork, on-time delivery of applications, grades, tests, transcripts, etc. Our counselor worked very well with Connor and guided him through the process, while still leaving it up to him to take charge of the process."
Linda AhernParent of Connor Ahern
Loyola Marymount University
"Collegewise is one of the best investments you will make. Our counselor was an absolutely amazing coach, mentor and cheerleader for our daughter. Sarah took a long time to figure out what schools she wanted to apply to and changed her mind along the way. She had some specific requirements and also a general feel for each school that helped her come up with the list that she and our counselor finally assembled. In the end, she applied to 9 private schools and four UCs, she was accepted to all but one (a stretch- where she was waitlisted), and had several sizable merit packages. I credit Collegewise with helping Sarah (and us!) stay sane during the process as her list and applications were fine tuned to be a perfect fit. We know Sarah will have a fantastic college experience!"
Krista MurrayMother of Sarah Murray
"There were a few factors that made our Collegewise experience a terrific one. First, our daughter enjoyed coming and spending time with her counselor. The whole atmosphere in the office was fun! Second, the process was stress free for all of us. Everything was planned out and we always knew what was expected of us and what we had to do next to stay on our timeline. And last, all our questions were answered and fears alleviated! We can't praise Collegewise enough and we will definitely enroll our son when it is his time to think of college."
Carol WipplerParent of Alexandra Wippler
Southern Methodist University
"Working with Collegewise was a great experience for our family. My wife and I both graduated from college as did all of our parents, yet somehow we felt completely uninformed regarding today's universities and the current requirements for admissions. Collegewise helped educate all of us on the collegiate landscape today and helped our daughter develop a plan to identify universities that fit her key objectives for the college experience. The result is that our college selection process was stress free and actually enjoyable. Our daughter still had to put the work in by visiting with her counselor once a month and also had to work through the various tasks on her to do list between each appointment. In the end we feel that she made a great decision and a well informed one at that. Thank you to the Collegewise team for all of your help. Our investment in Collegewise was well worth it."
Richard and Caley FishParents of Lauren Fish
University of Colorado - Boulder
"The Massey family can't say enough about our Collegewise experience! I was worried that having two seniors going through the application process at the same time would be overwhelming for ALL of us, but our Collegewise counselor broke this whole process into manageable steps and time frames that each child could handle. We were thrilled to hear the kids talk about how much they liked working with her and how quickly they became comfortable asking questions, or calling/emailing her whenever they needed. Conor and Kelli will tell anyone who asks that their Collegewise counselor made this process easy to handle without feeling overwhelmed. I think the seminars were very informative and a great compliment to the one-on-one meetings with the counselors, and I also enjoyed reading the Collegewise emails giving us tips on dealing with the application process. I have friends who have used other college counseling companies and have so many complaints. We are so pleased with Collegewise, and would recommend them to anyone. Thank you to everyone there! GO DUCKS, and GO HORNED FROGS!!"
Anette MasseyParent of Conor (University of Oregon)
and Kelli (Texas Christian University) Massey
"Thank you, Collegewise, for counseling, mentoring and being that sounding board we needed as a family during the college process. Your encouragement and professionalism was always rounded off with a sense of humor (which you need during this season!)"
Nancy HealisParent of Morgan Healis
"From the moment we met the team at Collegewise we were excited to begin the process of seeking out the right school for our daughter. The expertise and knowledge they provided was accurate, relevant, and easy to understand. That made us feel so relaxed knowing we were getting the right information during each step of the journey. The information sessions for the parents were great and covered all the important topics, such as taking the SAT and ACT, financial aid, and the application process. Your help meant so much to us and we are now proud parents of an Azusa Pacific University freshman. Go Cougars!"
Rich EsparzaParent of Cori Esparza
APU (Azusa Pacific University)
"I am truly grateful to Collegewise for the second time. They helped my older son, Dan, get into Carnegie Mellon University, which was his first choice college. Dan is now completing his junior year and is starting his master's degree in the fall. Collegewise has now helped my younger son, Alex, get into his first choice college, the University of Delaware. He is very happy and I am thrilled that he is going to the college he wanted to go to. Our Collegewise counselor has been there to answer all of my questions and provide the advice that I have needed. If I had a third child, they would be going to see Collegewise as well."
Robyne LaGrottaParent of Alex LaGrotta
University of Delaware
"Adrift in the college entrance maze, we needed a guide and retained Collegewise. Nine applications and nine acceptances! Who could ask for anything more! Without hesitation we will entrust our college bound son with you this year."
James Roth ESQ and
Parents of Melina Roth
Robin Frankel ESQ
University of Colorado – Boulder
"We'd like to thank Collegewise for providing two of our sons with the best college application experience possible. We'll definitely be back with our youngest!"
Rennette CroneParent of Riley Crone
"Our experience with Collegewise has been great. From our first meeting we felt we had made the right decision to begin Julia's college adventure. Our Collegewise counselor made us feel confident that Julia would find a school that would be just right for her. I don't know how we would have managed without their help."
Patricia RuizParent of Julia Ruiz
TCU (Texas Christian University)
"Collegewise was a great investment for us. Our Collegewise counselor helped us to assure all the details surrounding college applications were in on time and enjoyable for us. All of the college applications were filed correctly and on time and complete. Collegewise carefully helped us navigate the biggest decision our daughter has made to date. Thanks for getting it right! We were very well advised. I wish there was a coach available for all big life decisions like this!"
Theresa RobbinsParent of Taylor Robbins
University of Denver
"We cannot tell you how much we appreciate Collegewise! The process they have to help a college-bound student is incredible. In addition, our counselor has been so caring for our son that we felt she was part of our family going through this process together. She and other advisors worked in a way that our son actually enjoyed meeting with them! And our counselor kept us informed every step of the way. They worked to combine our wishes with our son's. But the bottom line is that they focused on what was best for him. We cannot give the team at Collegewise enough praise. We have been telling everyone we know about how great Collegewise is. You guys are wonderful, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!"
Ho KimParent of Caleb Kim
University of Washington
"Collegewise took all the stress out of the application process. Our counselor was amazing and helped my daughter pull it all together. She applied to nine schools and the task seemed overwhelming until our counselor came on board. She helped her organize her thoughts as well as her time. In the end, she applied to nine schools, was accepted to eight, and is so excited to be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison next fall! We will definitely use Collegewise again."
Cindy EisenpressParent of Jordyn Eisenpress
University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Collegewise has been a huge support and guidance for our son through his college planning and application process. Our counselor was always there to help, answers questions and guide him through the whole process while keeping us all sane and on track for our son’s success."
Joy MetzgerParent of Austin Metzger
University of Arizona
"We really enjoyed working with our Collegewise counselor. She was hysterical, knowledgeable and personable. Her sense of humor was refreshing and she kept my son on task, making him laugh off 'the attitude" he had because the whole application process seemed so daunting."
Leslie WalkerParent of Eric Walker
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
"The college application process can be stressful and overwhelming for both the student and the parents, and we are grateful for all the help our daughter received from her Collegewise counselor. The program is so thorough and professional and we were always confident that Melanie was receiving the best advice and information possible. Because we are so pleased with the Collegewise program we have recommended it to many others and will continue to do so in the future. Thanks Collegewise!"
Chris and Greg PellizzonParent of Melanie Pellizzon
University of Washington
"We are very glad that we had signed up with Collegewise when we did. You gave our daughter (and us) direction and the necessary tools to wade through the maze of college application requirements. Without your coaching, she might not have realized the importance of submitting the college applications as early as possible. We saw the sincerity in the counselors in truly wanting to help the students. And every time we heard you guys speak at the student-parent meetings, we were simply awed by your knowledge in college matters. We also loved your ability to motivate the students and yet be candid about putting limits to their expectations."
Paul and Renate KalraParents of Arianne Kalra
USC (University of Southern California)
"This was our first child going into college and we were not sure what to expect. Our daughter didn’t experience any pressure or stress whatsoever when doing college applications. It couldn't have been more perfect! Our son will be next."
Lisa MorenoParent of Alicia Moreno
University of Colorado-Boulder
"I loved how you understood Doug and directed his college search with great insight, knowledge and humor. It was reassuring to me as a parent to have such a pro looking after him. We enjoyed our college selection process because of you! Thank you Collegewise! "
Mary WoodwardParent of Doug Woodward
"Collegewise has helped my daughter and me tremendously in this whole college application process. Our counselor took the stress away from me and my daughter was properly advised. Our counselor has kept me abreast of what's going on through emails and phone calls. Through this whole process, I must say, that our counselor has gone over and beyond her call of duty. I'm very happy and pleased. It was a good experience all throughout. I would recommend Collegewise to anyone."
Dr. Cecilia T. LontocParent of Valerie Joy Enciso
Loyola Marymount University
"Our Collegewise counselor was the perfect match for our daughter, Emily. We weren't looking for someone to manufacture or put spin on Emily's work and accomplishments. What we were looking for and found was someone to help guide Emily through a very complicated, emotional and time consuming process. Collegewise was all that and more. Our counselor helped Emily narrow down her college application choices, and helped her develop a schedule so that she could work on applications, play a fall varsity sport and work through the rigor of the IB Diploma. In the end, Emily was accepted into to the colleges that were the perfect fit for her."
Joe and Barbara BaerParents of Emily Baer Dartmouth College
"Coming to Collegewise was the best decision we could have made for our daughter’s future. We were concerned about how to start planning, how to organize the information, meeting all the deadlines and motivating our daughter to explore all reasonable options. Our Collegewise counselor took on this daunting task, and after our first meeting, it was clear to me that I could sit back and relax, knowing our daughter would receive the guidance she needed to make the best decision available to her. She was in constant communication with us while holding Shari accountable for sticking to an appropriate timeline. The college application process was so pain free we decided to do it again this year for our son Evan. I strongly recommend this program."
Ruth GoldmanMother of Shari Goldman
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
"Our family has been more than thrilled with our Collegewise experience. The staff lead our kids to great college choices and Collegewise did so in an organized and efficient manner. The stress level on the kids and on our family was reduced by the Collegewise system which made the application process smooth and seamless. We cannot say enough great things about Collegewise and we continue to recommend everyone with high school kids to the program."
Rick SalusFather of Matthew (University of Arizona) and Jake Salus (Occidental College)
"Our family enjoyed so much working with our Collegewise counselor for the past 10 months. All the seminars, meetings and newsletters provide us numerous valuable information. Your knowledge, information and communication skills are fantastic. You became a wonderful bridge between us and our strong willed son and made the application process easier. Your passion, help, encouragement and patience are greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping Daniel to reach his first choice! May your terrific services benefit more and more students and parents!"
Angela WangMother Daniel Wang
USC (University of Southern California)
"We would like to tell you what a fabulous job you have done! Without your help, Jack could never have achieved the success for admission into so many wonderful colleges. We can't thank you enough for your perseverance and patience in helping Jack with the application process. Collegewise has been such a positive experience for all four of our children. You're 4 for 4! Thank you so much."
Catherine and Jack SenskeParents of Jack Senske
"We could not be happier with our experience at Collegewise. They have the perfect personality to work with teenagers and parents! This is our first child going to college and our Collegewise counselor was extremely professional, informative and supportive. We really enjoyed working with her. Plus, my son got into every college he applied to but one! I refer Collegewise to all my friends."
Theresa BarnettMother of Michael Barnett
"Signing up my daughter Isheeta with Collegewise was the best decision I have ever made. I feel fortunate to have found a place that really helped me and my daughter through this difficult process. The best part about this is that it was totally stress free for me. I did not have to worry about deadlines and the rest of paperwork that needs to be done in a timely manner. I am really impressed with the amount of kindness, knowledge and professionalism that our Collegewise counselor has shown in my dealings with her. Go Collegewise!!!"
Suketu BhattFather of Isheeta Bhatt
"We first came to Collegewise in 2006 for our first son's admissions process. We had an excellent experience at that time, and as a result, we came back in 2009 for our younger son. Our counselor was fabulous! She helped get to know our son, made suggestions for schools to look at and was very patient throughout his college list re-do's. We never worried that we might be missing anything because she had it all under control. She kept everything front and center on the to-do list, all finished well in advance of the deadlines. She was great to work with—fun, enthusiastic, and had our son's best interests at heart. They did a magnificent job for us and we highly recommend Collegewise We would come back again, except we are out of kids!"
Ed and Pandy ByrdParents of Nolan Byrd
University of North Texas
"I can't say enough about the difference that Collegewise made in my daughter's application process. In our first session, we got more information about schools, tests, essays, and applications than we could have imagined. It saved us so much time and energy! With her help, the application process became an exciting experience, rather than a daunting one. The end result—my daughter got into 8 of the 9 schools she applied to. We believe this is directly related to the help Collegewise gave her in choosing schools that were right for her. It didn't stop there. Our counselor also helped us when it came down to choosing which offer to accept, and did this by making good points about each option and letting Anita make her own decision. We couldn't ask for anything more. The whole process was positive and successful! Thanks Collegewise!!"
Angela RuggeriMother of Anita Dukart
USC (University of Southern California)
"Both of our children are going to two of the best colleges in the country (Ohio St. and Penn St.) and without Collegewise it would not have been accomplished. Thank you for all of your help. We are currently referring Collegewise to all of our friends that have college bound children."
Ron ShimizuFather of Kelsie Shimizu
Penn St. University
"Lauren and I loved her Collegewise counselor. In fact, we loved all the counselors at Collegewise. They are funny, hip, enthusiastic, intelligent, knowledgeable, helpful, supportive and always a pleasure to work with. Her counselor really listened to Lauren and encouraged and guided her through the entire application process. Lauren looked forward to each meeting and seminar. My only complaint is, Collegewise made senior year so stress-free and easy, now I don't Lauren to go away!"
Sarah HilinskiMother of Lauren Hilinski
University of Denver
"Working with Collegewise was such a wonderful experience. We loved all of the time and attention that was put into not only our daughter but us as parents with the entire process. We really enjoyed all of the seminars and found them very helpful in our search for the right school. From helping to find us an testing tutor to just being a positive person to hear us out, our counselor made all the difference in our experience and we can't wait to work with her again!!!"
Val & Danny RoweParents of Chelsea Rowe
"Despite working as an administrator at a top tier university, I quickly learned that I didn’t know nearly enough to navigate the process with my daughter. Our Collegewise counselor was my daughter’s ally and sounding board. My daughter would listen to her “pal,” rather than hear the exact same information from me. The Collegewise staff knows how to balance the tricky roles between parenting and partnering."
Stephanie TenneyMother of Lauren Tenney
Ohio State University
"It is an absolutely delightful experience to work with our Collegewise advisor. Throughout the two and half years with our counselor, I am most impressed with her personality. She was sweet, nice, positive, patience, understanding, and caring; yet, she made sure all items—college research, essays, application forms, interviews, etc.—were done with the highest quality and finished with plenty of time left before the due dates. At times, the college application process was confusing and overwhelming – each school with its own deadlines and application requirements. It was so nice to know that our counselor was on top of everything and nothing would fall through the cracks. The majority of my son’s applications were completed and submitted at least one month before the deadline."
Wayne ChengFather of Justin Cheng
"I am truly grateful to Collegewise for the second time. They helped my older son, Dan, get into Carnegie Mellon University, his first choice college. Dan is now completing his junior year and is starting his master's degree in the fall. They have now helped my younger son, Alex, get into his first choice college, the University of Delaware. He is very happy and I am thrilled that he is going to the college he wanted to go to. Our Collegewise counselor has been there to answer all of my questions and provide the advice that I have needed. If I had a third child, they would be going to see Collegewise well."
Robyne LaGrottaMother of Alex LaGrotta
University of Delaware
"The best investment in our daughter's education started with Collegewise! They made looking for a college an adventure rather than a job. Seems to me the staff at Collegewise have found their niche in life with a profession they are passionate about as they touch parents’ & students’ lives, and make the transition from
high school to college an exciting experience! Thank you so much!"
Christine ZylstraMother of Carley Zylstra
Lake Forest College
"Collegewise is the BEST investment a parent can make in the future of their children. They helped make a very stressful time enjoyable, and their professionalism was nothing short of wonderful. I was amazed how our counselor helped my kids take full responsibility for the process. They worked hard and now it certainly has paid off! Thank you, thank you!!!"
Kelly MarksMother of Scott (Southern Methodist University) and Kimberly (UC Santa Cruz) Marks
"As our daughter entered her junior year, we were prepared for the year of stress and conflict that so many people had warned us about. Certainly it was a year chock-full of deadlines, pressure and hard work for our daughter. However, with our Collegewise counselor steering Rachel and us through the year, the college process for Rachel was organized, well directed and ultimately successful. We were thrilled with Collegewise and our son will be working with them starting this fall."
Stephen RabinowitzFather of Rachel Rabinowitz
The University of Michigan
"Timmy is our second child to use Collegewise. Our first used only the essay portion to help him get into his first choice, U.C.S.B. Timmy was applying to many different private and U.C. schools, and Collegewise made the process painless for me and well organized and efficient for Timmy. He was admitted to 15 out of the 16 schools he applied to. Thank you for such a great job. I am looking forward to working with Collegewise again for my daughter, Rebekah."
Andrew NovomFather of Timmy Novom
"Collegewise has made this journey very easy for us! With Taylor being our oldest, we were a bit clueless. But Collegewise is your personal guide who has an interest in your children making the best choice for THEM! Plus, the parent is not keeping the student on task—their Collegewise counselor is, which is a lot more effective!"
Brian & Kelly LandbergParents of Taylor Landberg
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
"We are so thankful to our Collegewise counselor and her helpfulness with Kyle and his college applications. She was helpful, insightful, enthusiastic, and encouraged Kyle to stay on track and move through the process. I appreciated her candor and her fun sense of humor. I recommend Collegewise highly to those seeking assistance in the college application process."
Molly BeaneMother of Kyle Beane
“I highly recommend Collegewise. Their counselors are extremely intelligent, fun people who can relate to your son or daughter. From the first time we met Kailey's counselor, I knew we'd made a great decision. The whole college application process could not have been easier. I love that they have the students do the work, while giving them their expert knowledge and guidance throughout the process. We look forward to working with Collegewise again with our younger daughter. Thanks again for everything.”
Nanette GrantMother of Kailey Grant
University of Notre Dame
“I tell everyone—Collegewise is a MUST HAVE! We started their program when Matt was at the end of his freshman year. Our counselor enthusiastically helped him through the entire process, from course selection to formulating his college list (hugely important!) to completing his applications well in advance. We watched as other parents and their students struggled through the holidays getting their apps done, while Matt already had already received several offers of admission. Matt is completely happy with his choice and is excited to start UCLA in the fall. We could not have done it without Collegewise. It is the best investment a parent of a college-bound student can make.”
Krista MurrayMother of Matt Murray
UCLA (Honors Collegium)
“I do not know what we would have done without Collegewise. Their no-nonsense, helpful, instructive, supportive, and enthusiastic advice, remarks, seminars, and meetings made this college decision and application process stress-free and enjoyable. Choosing a college, preparing the essays and completing the applications should be a fun-filled task, but like most family projects you have to do (mission projects, making dioramas, etc.), it is not. It is better left to the experts. We recommend you to anyone who will listen.”
Joe and Cathleen PryorParents of Thomas Pryor
College of William and Mary
“Brenna is our third child that has utilized Collegewise. As with our sons, she went through the entire process on her own. She and her counselor researched and prioritized her schools and managed the entire process with very little stress. At the end of the day, Brenna is attending the school that we all feel is best for her and we are very excited that she will be a Titan later this year. Collegewise is fantastic and we couldn't be happier with the process and the results.”
Greg & Phyllis CyganParents of Brenna Cygan
Cal State Fullerton
“Boy, things have changed since I was in college! This thought came to mind a hundred times over the past year. The assistance that Collegewise provided made the process of college applications manageable…and even enjoyable. Now, as Jeremy plans to attend Boston College (his top choice), we are so proud. We want to convey our heartfelt ‘thank you’ to our Collegewise counselor.”
Tonyce BatesMother of Jeremy Bates
“I used the Collegewise counselors with both of my children and can definitely endorse this program. Both kids got unlimited individual attention and a great deal of support. I believe in their philosophy of allowing the process to be student-driven, from the first interview with their counselor to the last submission of a college application. I greatly appreciate your assistance and dedication to the students.”
Janice ShawMother of Emily Shaw
“Our Collegewise counselor was absolutely wonderful to work with, and our daughter just loved her. She always had great advice and was so good about communicating with us so that we were always informed at every stage of the process. Thank you for all your help. We will be back with college applicant #3 next year.”
Linda JohnsonMother of Lauren Johnson
University of Oregon
“In the beginning stages of applications, my son and I were already butting heads. I knew we needed help, and that he needed help from someone other than us. Thank goodness for Collegewise. We are all so excited; we even have our OSU “Moms and Dads Weekend all set up! I can't wait for this new adventure in his life and I don't think it would have turned out like this if it hadn't been for Collegewise. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all at Collegewise!”
Christie Sarantha VlissMother of Jenson Vliss
Oregon State University
“We felt very relaxed to know that we had Collegewise on our side. From the very beginning of the process, we knew that our son was in good hands and that he was getting the support he needed to succeed. We are grateful for the guidance that we received.”
Tim & Karen McSunasParents of Taylor McSunas
University of Colorado – Boulder
“We loved the whole experience at Collegewise. I don't believe that Bri would have enjoyed her senior year in high school if it hadn't been for the organizational skills and timeliness that working with our counselor on this college application process provided. Our counselor was a joy to work with and so supportive of Bri; she really helped our daughter's confidence level and took away the worry for us parents.”
Alison SteinmetzMother of Brianna Steinmetz
Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
“Using Collegewise was a great decision. They took the mystery out of college applications, essays and all that goes with the application process. Our counselor was great to work with; she was organized, informed and supportive. We have recommended Collegewise to other friends and will continue to do so.”
Flavia FrattaliMother of Brian Frattali
University of Portland
“Collegewise helped make the application process less stressful for our whole family (especially me!) Our counselor kept Sara organized and on schedule. It was a remarkably panic and drama- free experience.”
Barbara BurgerMother of Sara Keith
College of the Holy Cross
“Collegewise took a large part of the worry out of the college application process. Our counselor helped Nikki develop a realistic and exciting list of colleges to which to apply, and Nikki’s applications were all done in October! Collegewise made sure that my daughter was on top of the details and deadlines, which took a lot of the stress (and nagging) out of applying to college. I experienced none of the last minute rush and craziness so many fellow parents go through.”
Lisa WetzelMother of Nikki Wetzel
University of Oregon
“Our Collegewise counselor has been a Godsend. From the beginning of Jenna's college search and beyond the time when the job was officially done, Collegewise eliminated the parent-student conflicts that often occur when parents try to counsel their student through this process. She kept Jenna upbeat, all while Jenna was having to write essays and complete applications. At the same time, Collegewise kept us parents informed on a weekly basis. I would highly recommend them.”
Michael ShimokajiFather of Jenna Shimokaji
“I have seen many parents struggle through this process going it alone. It was so easy for me with Collegewise as our guide that, throughout most of this process, I was on cruise control. I would tell other parents that my daughter was taking care of this on her own along with her Collegewise counselor, and they were always amazed. Always. Our Collegewise counselor and Taylor had such a great relationship; she saved us a lot of sweat, tears and money, and Taylor got in to her first choice. Collegewise—the only way to apply!”
Tracey DunnMother of Taylor Dunn
“Two Thumbs Up!!! We have just come back from our orientation weekend and could not be more enthused with our choice of school and the selection process that we worked on with Collegewise. Our counselor expertly guided our son (and us parents) through the entire maze of what is best for our child, where to go, and how to best apply. The tension level was dramatically reduced at our house. Our son was proactively involved in the process, which motivated him and produced a better outcome. We are so enthused with Quinnipiac University and the Collegewise organization, and we will happily be a reference for anyone interested. We have two more sons that will be using Collegewise as well.”
David & Laura EngwallParents of Reid Engwall
“Collegewise was a great experience for our family. Alex is the oldest and down the road when our younger son is looking at college, we will use Collegewise again. A special thank you to our counselor who helped Alex not only one-on-one so many times with applying to colleges that would most likely fit her needs and wants, but also in eventually making that final college choice. Thank you!”
Karen ZanaboniMother of Alex Zanaboni
“We heard about Collegewise from a lady in front of us in line at the supermarket. We decided to check it out and we are so glad we did. From our first meeting with our counselor all the way through, she and the staff there have been nothing but professional. I think the greatest criteria was for our daughter to like and trust our counselor and she did completely in leaps and bounds. Open offices in more cities—you provide a valuable service at a reasonable price.”
Scott PearlmanFather of Nadja Pearlman
University of Colorado – Boulder
“Collegewise—specifically, our counselor—morphed the dreaded college application process into an exciting adventure for Jessica. Our counselor helped her to develop her list of schools to apply to, knowing Jessica and knowing at which schools she would do well. From essays to applications, she helped with each aspect of the process. Jessica enjoyed her scheduled meetings and never felt overwhelmed by the assignments. Thank you! You navigated a second daughter through this process successfully! Go LONGHORNS!”
Kelli SchwartzMother of Jessica Schwartz
University of Texas – Austin
“Our Collegewise counselor was excellent. She was uplifting, optimistic, thorough, responsive and instrumental in our son's ultimate decision. Without her input, I don't think some of the schools to which he was accepted would have been on his list. I highly recommend Collegewise.”
Jackie WhisnantMother of Danny Whisnant
Ohio State University
“Collegewise was a great help to us during a very hectic and stressful process. Our Collegewise counselor took the pressure off of us parents of being the "nag." We also appreciated that after the acceptance process started, she was there to give additional guidance and to answer questions. I cannot thank her enough for being so responsive to my numerous questions throughout the final weeks before we made our decision. I highly recommend Collegewise to all parents who want an efficient and successful college selection experience.”
Joyce ZacksMother of Taylor Zacks
Arizona State University
“Some kids need no help getting into any college they want. For others, finding the right fit and positioning for acceptance is imperative. We knew we needed a "native guide" to help us find our way through the jungle and to the right school for our daughter. With the help of all the great people at Collegewise, we not only found it, but also ended up with a bunch of them to choose from! I can't say enough about how helpful the Collegewise team was in achieving this milestone.”
Mike O'ConnellFather of Melanie O'Connell
University of Mary Washington
“We had a wonderful experience working with Collegewise. I'm not sure how successfully we would have navigated the application process on our own. Our son will be attending his first choice college on a four-year scholarship. We cannot thank you enough, Collegewise!!!!”
Maureen IncontroMother of Rob Incontro
Virginia Military Institute
“I'm a single mother and I really don't think we could have done this on our own. It certainly wouldn't have been this stress free! Our Collegewise counselor was extremely helpful in navigating MacKenzie through the many college choices and narrowing them down to ones best suited for her. She forced MacKenzie to really research the schools to get a better idea of what she really wanted. Setting time frames and having deadlines to get each section done was exactly what MacKenzie needed and has helped her discipline. MacKenzie looked to her counselor as a role model and had a great deal of admiration and respect for her.”
Marla PfundMother of MacKenzie Pfund
Arizona State University (W.P. Carey College of Business)
“WOW! We can't believe we just completed our second child through Collegwise. Under their guidance and tutelage, our son, Austin, has remained focused and set his goals high for academic success. We believe their input was instrumental in ensuring Austin continued to strive for academic achievement; especially in those most demanding junior and senior semesters. With the encouragement and consistent message from the Collegewise staff, Austin earned an academic scholarship to his chosen school. Thank you for the years of support. We will definitely continue to recommend Collegewise for all our friends. God Bless the staff. You guys are awesome.”
Kim and Damon JonesParents of Austin Jones
“I was more than 100% satisfied. From the start, our Collegewise counselor worked to understand my son, what his strengths were, and really developed a relationship with him. The list of schools they arrived at was totally on target, and not the one I would have made. The application process was very easy for me as a parent, and Collegewise helped my son get everything in not just on time, but early, which allowed him to hear from schools early, which greatly reduced his stress. I would recommend your program to any senior who wants to make the best decision possible. Your expertise filled gaps I never could have begun to fill. I am immensely grateful for your help, and think Jackson has found an awesome fit.”
Monica MehrenMother of Jackson Dargan
University of Wisconsin, Madison
"COLLEGEWISE IS AWESOME! Thanks to the Collegewise program, I got all my applications done by the end of October and was then able to focus on getting good first semester senior grades so I could get into the colleges I applied to. I applied to 12 schools which was an intimidating task, but Collegewise kept me on track. Also, the essay editing was so helpful. My counselor caught errors I never would have caught and helped me organize my ideas in the best and most effective way possible. I recommend Collegewise to everyone I know. It was worth every penny!"
Grace HamiltonAmerican University
"Collegewise really helped make the college application process easy and enjoyable! There was never a time that I was stressed or had unanswered questions. My counselor understood exactly what I liked and did not like in a college, and with the help of Collegewise, I will now be attending a school that I feel is the perfect fit for me!"
Alex WipplerSouthern Methodist University
"Collegewise made the experience of applying to colleges less stressful and allowed me to be confident in my college applications. Because of Collegewise, next year I will be attending Boston University and running for their team. I am really excited and I would never have changed the process I went through! Thanks so much. You truly do not understand how much you helped!"
Katie SextonBoston University
"Four score and seven years ago.... Collegewise was awesome! I had fun going in every couple of weeks to work with my counselor. Thanks for preventing be from putting "Danger" as my middle name on the UC application and from putting my birthday as February 31st (I still don't know why that's an option). Bards will sing of your conquests for generations. Live long and prosper. Good times, good times."
Rachel BehmUC Santa Barbara
"My Collegewise counselor was essential to helping me with the college process and made the whole thing really easy. She used her vast knowledge to give me schools to research that were all different types and really helped me to narrow it down. The way she made it manageable and the template she gave me allowed me to do tons of research without being overwhelmed. When it came to writing the essays, she made sure I started them early so I did not feel stressed about having to get them done. She also virtually eliminated conflict in our house about college because my mom didn't have to nag me about anything. Because of Collegewise, I was also able to apply to many schools early action which got rid of a lot of the stress of waiting. I enjoyed the whole experience."
Ryan JohnsonNortheastern University
"Collegewise made the college application process simple, easy, fun and stress-free! It was an awesome experience that I am so thankful I got to take part in. Knowing all the specifics and tricks when applying to college was a huge advantage. My Collegewise counselor always kept my sessions funny and enjoyable, yet very helpful and informative at the same time. I always felt very prepared and well-informed about everything I was doing, never felt stressed out, and was always excited to come back. Their friendly and caring atmosphere gave me a great experience I will never forget, and I can't thank my counselor enough for all of her help and guidance over the past two years!"
Kelli MasseyTexas Christian University
"My Collegewise counselor was incredible! Her enthusiasm and creativity made the college application process so much easier and more fun. Thank you!"
"Collegewise was an investment in my future and I have nothing but good things to say about this program. My counselor kept my nose to the grindstone and helped me get done almost a full month before the deadlines. I was breathing a sigh of relief as my friends struggled to finish an essay the night before it was due. When I finally banged that gong, I knew I was absolutely satisfied with all the applications I had sent to all 12 of my schools. Thank you so much for helping me get into Berkeley, the best school I could imagine."
Noah KeenUC Berkeley
"I joined the Collegewise family and experience my sophomore year and at first I wasn't so thrilled with having to spend my weekends attending different seminars and meetings. I thought college was so far away I shouldn't have to be concerned about it and that I had plenty of time. Now that I'm finally finishing my senior year and know where I'm going to be spending the next four years of my life, I am so thankful for being so prepared and learning so much about the whole process. Collegewise helped me through every little step in the college admissions process and in finding out what type of student—and person— I really am. Nothing was confusing for me when filling out those tedious applications because I had been properly trained and prepared for them. Throughout my application process, I wasn't stressing out like some of my other friends were because I had already been finished with all my 12 applications since mid October! After I was finished and started to play the waiting game, I felt so confident in myself that I wasn't worried at all. When I had finally heard back from all the schools I applied to, the day I had to choose a school was nearing and my Collegewise meetings were becoming less frequent. Surprisingly, this made me very sad because as I progressed, I looked forward to meeting with my Collegewise counselor every time because it was just an enjoyable experience. I got to be myself and by doing just that, I learned where I would fit in the best and I ultimately decided my future in those meetings. "
Jake MartinezUniversity of Oregon
"Collegewise took all of the stress out of my college application process, and at times made it even fun! My counselor was always so helpful in breaking down the process and setting manageable deadlines and goals for me to accomplish. It's difficult enough to conquer first semester of senior year, but with the help of Collegewise I was able to finish everything I needed for my application with plenty of time to spare. The essay brainstorming questions she had me answer helped guide me to pick an essay topic that would not only help my application, but one that I would feel confident in submitting. Thank you so much for everything!! I definitely could not have done it without all of your help!"
Maddie JoselWashington University in St. Louis
"Working with Collegewise was an enjoyable and helpful experience. Abiding by the deadlines and goals set by my Collegewise counselor helped me to stay organized throughout the process. It is hard to imagine surviving the college process without their help and guidance. "
Emma GoldsteinOccidental College
"I am extremely happy with my Collegewise experience. My counselor helped me to explore, and eventually apply, to schools that would have otherwise never even been on my radar. I feel confident in my college decision because I was able to explore all of my options very thoroughly. Collegewise is so individualized that I feel it could be a good aid to any type of student."
Lauren EykholtUniversity of Washington
"Working with Collegewise has been a fantastic experience for me. There wasn't one moment when my family or I regretted working with them. My Collegewise counselor was always willing to help and answered all of my many, many questions. Before I started working with Collegewise I was completely bewildered by all the things I needed to do to get into a great school, but Collegewise guided me step-by-step through the process so it was fun, easy, and not overwhelming. Everyone should use Collegewise! I'm convinced that I would not be where I am today without their help!"
Kate CardoneUSC (University of Southern California)
"I am so grateful for Collegewise and all the incredible help my counselor gave me. I went into the college selection process totally clueless, with totally clueless parents, which is never a good combination. But Collegewise helped me manage all the overwhelming essays, forms, tests, and interviews with a really doable schedule. While all my friends were freaking out about last minute essays and the Common App, I was able to enjoy my winter break and quietly snicker at their procrastination. I really think they helped me find the schools that were a good match for me AND get into them! As corny as it is, I'm now going to my dream school, and I have Collegewise to thank for helping me get there with minimal stress!"
Janel HullLewis and Clark College
"Going into my senior year I had no idea what to look for in a college. Collegewise helped me really look into colleges and help create a list of schools that would fit well with my academic interests and personality. My counselor gave me tons of tools to research schools and weed through the clutter to create a final list for applications. The program allowed me to research colleges and by giving me deadlines allowed me to finish tasks in an orderly fashion. Collegewise I owe you so much. Thank you for all your hard work!"
Kristen PorterUniversity of Colorado - Boulder
"My Collegewise experience was amazing. I couldn't have asked for any more in the college admissions process. I was so proud of myself when I got to ring the gong in the office when all of my applications were finished. The staff was friendly, encouraging, organized, and helpful. Collegewise has a very creative and distinct way of doing things. They are very dedicated to their students, and made the college admissions process fun! I am so happy I chose Collegewise! Thank you so much for encouraging me!"
Silvie ReynoldsUniversity of Washington
"YAY! I'm going to college! Collegewise helped me conquer the college applications in no time and they kept me on track to get everything done with time to spare. I couldn't be happier with my college decision."
Tara CampbellUSC (University of Southern California)
"I cannot imagine the college application process without the help of Collegewise! I was so thrilled with all of my college acceptances and I know it wouldn't have been possible without my counselor’s help!"
Aaron MillerUC Santa Barbara
"At Collegewise the atmosphere is wonderful and encouraging. They relieve the stress of the college application process. They really know their stuff about EVERY school and stay on top of everything to make sure that you hand in everything well before the deadline so that your thanksgiving and winter breaks are actually breaks."
Sawyer PierceCarnegie Mellon
"I cannot express how much help I got from Collegewise during my college application process. With the endless help from my counselor as well as the seminars and the essay writing meetings, I was able to finish all my applications on time despite my busy schedule. All the counselors are always there for you and try their best to make the process a lot easier! At the meetings with my counselor, we would get things done one by one and she'd help me keep motivated and excited about college, which helped me to force myself to meet all my deadlines. Collegewise really does a good job of making the process fun and easy."
Sooj ParkUSC (University of Southern California)
"Collegewise has helped me so much in the process of selecting and getting into the college of my dreams! I really enjoyed being exposed to so many different schools."
Sarah ReynoldsPenn State University
"I couldn't have gone through search process for the colleges that were best fits for me without having the help from Collegewise. Thank you for everything!"
Valerie EncisoLoyola Marymount University
"Collegewise rocks!!! I am so lucky that I got to work with them and I couldn't have asked for a better counselor. My parents and I were completely new to the college application process and our Collegewise counselor was patient enough to guide us step-by-step and provide great advice. I found of all the seminars very helpful. I 100% enjoyed my time at Collegewise."
Maxwell DarteyUSC (University of Southern California)
"After my first few appointments with my Collegewise counselor, I was beyond happy that I came here! I don't know what I would have done without her! The best part was definitely how Collegewise makes applying to college fun! This was the easiest, most seamless process I've ever been through."
Melanie PellizzonUniversity of Washington
"Out of the entire high school process, I feel that my greatest investment was in using Collegewise. I was at a point where I hated talking about college. Not only did I not know where to go, but I also hated the idea of leaving. Within a matter of months, college soon became one of my favorite topics. My college counselor has been phenomenal. She really took the time to get to know me and I could tell that she was passionate about finding a school I would love. My counselor relieved my stress and confusion when it came to the application process and made my work load manageable. Being a procrastinator all my life, I was shocked that I actually applied to all seven of my colleges by the early action deadline in November of my senior year. My other friends were all still applying in February! I can proudly say that Collegewise has prepared me and has played a key part in getting me excited for my future. If you choose Collegewise, I promise you will not regret it!"
Brittany RaabPoint Loma Nazarene University
"When I started thinking about colleges, I thought I could just apply everywhere and see what I got. I never realized there was so much more behind it. My Collegewise counselor brought me back down to reality. She helped me a lot and taught me the little secrets behind the application process. When the decisions started coming in, I got acceptance after acceptance and lots of scholarships. I could never thank Collegewise enough for their help. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"
Arianne KalraUSC (University of Southern California)
“This is the second time that my family has used Collegewise. I personally liked how my Collegewise counselor never let me go through the college process alone. He was always there to help me with whatever I needed help with. He made me feel secure with the choices I made and answered all my questions. Collegewise in general is a huge help and some of my stress was relieved because I worked with them. ”
Lauren CalmanUniversity of Rhode Island
“Collegewise was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I was completely clueless about the college application process before I met my amazing counselor. They assisted me with everything and answered every question I had. They made a time that is usually extremely stressful fun and relaxed. I would recommend their services to everyone if you want to find your dream school, get tons of college help, and be done with your applications weeks before everyone at your school! ”
Mahsa S. AshabiUC Santa Barbara
“I am SO happy I had a Collegewise counselor! It made my college application process so much easier. I was almost done with the most difficult parts of applications after the first month of school. My counselor helped me remember important dates and stay organized. If I had to do it over again I wouldn't change a thing! GO COLLEGEWISE!!!”
Colette ByersGeorge Washington University
“Collegewise helped me so much! I really enjoyed my Collegewise experience and my counselor was amazing. I don't think I could have gotten all of my deadlines in on time without them.”
Kelsie ShimizuPenn State University
“I really loved working with my counselor at Collegewise! She was always very supportive and I don't know what I'd do without her. She made the college process so much easier for me. It actually turned out to be an overall fun experience. Despite all the work, she made each step easier so I knew exactly what to do. I encourage everyone to go to Collegewise. Thank you so much for all your help!”
Julia BoyleLoyola Marymount University
“I really enjoyed my experience at Collegewise! The help Collegewise provided me with made my life easier while going through the college applications. With structured checklists and weekly assignments, I was able to complete all my applications on time and as effectively as possible. The work I did with my counselor took out all the stress of college applications!”
Alex LambethUniversity of San Diego
“Where to begin? First of all, my Collegewise counselor is an amazing person and I love her bubbly personality! She really connected with me and truly understood who I am. She was great at finding so many wonderful schools that I'd never heard of and really opened up my mind to the thousands of possibilities. In fact, she introduced me to the college I will be attending in the fall. I not only got into 12 schools, but I received several hand-written compliments on my essays from admissions counselors!”
Carley ZylstraLake Forest College
“I am so glad that I went to Collegewise for help with this process! My counselor helped me choose which colleges were good matches for me. She even took the time to look at little details like which schools had ballroom dance teams! Her dedication and knowledge made this whole process nearly stress free. I really looked forward to my meetings with her! Just when I would start feeling frustrated by the pressure of making a decision, she would give me a little advice that would make me excited about it.”
Anita DukhartUSC (University of Southern California)
“My Collegewise counselor kept me completely sane through the entire application process! I started out not even knowing where to begin and she had an immediate calming effect. Thank you so much! ”
Amira KhableinGonzaga University
“My experience with Collegewise was fantastic! I could not be happier with the help that I got. My counselor was incredibly knowledgeable about every college and together we picked the perfect college for me! I am so happy with my experience. Everything was great.”
Torey CahnMillsaps College
“Collegewise helped me to easily understand the college process. My counselor kept me updated and helped me find the college that was the right fit for me. I am so happy with my experience and I could not have done it without them!”
Cristina PellizzonUniversity of Oregon
“Collegewise has helped my college application process tremendously. I remember when I first walked into Collegewise my sophomore year in high school and saw all the pictures of previous classes and all the college banners everywhere. I had no idea which college I wanted to go to and what the CommonApp even was. But after every meeting, I became more accustomed to the application process and learned a lot. From experienced counselors to the entertaining college seminars, Collegewise has assisted me every step of the way to find and apply to the right college. Overall, I feel that Collegewise has done an amazing job. My life would have sucked without them.”
Justin ChengUC Berkeley
“Collegewise has helped me enormously throughout the college process. I had never heard about SMU until I went to Collegewise and I can’t thank them and my counselor enough from helping me discover my dream school. Thank you so much for all of your help throughout the college process.”
Scott MarksSMU (Southern Methodist University)
“Collegewise has helped me so much, not just in the scope of looking for colleges, but helping me to understand myself better and where I would best fit. I honestly do not know what I would have done without my counselor and the entire Collegewise family. They make everything simple and easy to sort through, and make the entire college soul-searching process 100x easier. I truly owe a lot of thanks to the entire Collegewise gang! You guys rock!”
Kim MarksUSC (University of Southern California)
“Collegewise helped me to quickly find what I was looking for in a college, and narrow down my choices in a logical and effective way. They made the experience so much more fun and took away the stress of it. Knowing that there was always someone willing to help you, with all the answers to your questions is an amazing feeling. I am so excited to be attending Cal Poly SLO in the fall! I can't wait for the surfboard-making class and the late-night yoga!”
Shari GoldmanCal Poly-San Luis Obispo
“My Collegewise counselor was always there for me to make me feel more confident and less stressed out. Without Collegewise, I definitely would have been a nervous wreck. They are amazing!”
Jessica BonnerUniversity of Washington
“If it weren't for my Collegewise counselor, I would have waited to the last minute and probably missed important things on my applications. She was the best and I am so thankful that she helped me get into Oregon. Go Ducks!!!”
Gavin ArblasterUniversity of Oregon
“I'm so glad that I went to Collegewise for help. Without them I wouldn't have been able to get accepted to any college. I was a struggling student, but they encouraged me to re-take classes. It was so much work but totally worth it. Thank you so much.”
Lorraine E. BowerMarymount College
“Choosing Collegewise was without a doubt one of the best decisions I made. Without them, my junior and senior year would definitely have gone differently--most likely with multiple panic attacks, emotional melt-downs, procrastination, and consequently, lower grades. They made applying to college significantly less stressful. My counselor was extremely helpful, intelligent, and professional, yet charismatic, personable, and so easy to talk to. All of the seminars, especially for the letters of recommendation and interview, were so helpful. Having bagels and coffee definitely didn't hurt either!”
Jenny M. LinUC-Irvine
“I can honestly say that Collegewise is the BEST help anyone can get for college guidance. They keep you on your toes and never les you stress out about college. The counselors make sure that the colleges you pick are the best options for you. When my friends were starting their college applications, I was done! I love everyone that's a part of the Collegewise team. And they are not just there for assisting you with applications, but for any kind of help and support. I got myself into a car accident right near their office, and they were there to help me through that, too! I love you guys. You are the best.”
Isheeta BhattUC Davis
“Collegewise helped me organize the work I had to do for 16 college applications. Without their help, I probably would not have been accepted to nearly as many colleges. I would highly recommend working with Collegewise to any student who is looking for help in applying to college.”
Timmy NovomPomona College
“Using Collegewise was one of the best decisions my family and I made during high school. They relieve so much of the stress commonly associated with application season by getting you started early and helping out with essays and all aspects of the applications. It's really great to be done with everything while you watch your friends stress out over getting everything in on time. I certainly couldn't have done it without Collegewise. Thanks so much!””
Jeremy BatesBoston College
“My Collegewise counselor was the best counselor I could have ever asked for! She kept me on track with deadlines and made sure I did not wait until the last minute. Her ideas and positive attitude gave me motivation in believing in myself that I could be admitted to one of the most competitive schools in California. She made my college dreams come true and I cannot wait to be a USC Trojan! Thank you Collegewise! You guys are awesome!”
Paige SouthernUSC (University of Southern California)
“While at first I was skeptical, working with Collegewise was one of the best decisions I have made. My counselor helped me create a doable list of schools that I was really excited about, and made sure I got it all done in plenty of time. If it wasn't for her, I would have never considered Lewis & Clark which is where I am eagerly waiting to attend next year. Thank you so much!”
Nate MillerLewis & Clark College
“Collegewise helps set students up for the colleges they want to get into. I applied to seventeen schools this fall and I got into thirteen of them. Although most of that was because of my hard work, my counselor was the one who helped me organize all of my thoughts into concise statements that colleges want to hear. I loved Collegewise and I recommend it to everyone and anyone. It's well worth it!”
Katie RobsonUniversity of San Francisco
“At Collegewise, I was easily able to establish a strong and personal connection with my counselor. With this connection, my counselor and I were able to pick the perfect list of colleges that suited every little thing I wanted to experience in the next four years of my life. Thanks Collegewise!”
Ryan JongBoston College
“The Collegewise program was very beneficial to me and my future happiness. Without them, I would have had no direction in my search for a college. They help you achieve the goals you set for yourself.”
Chris NicholasUniversity of Oregon
“Before going to Collegewise, I had probably never been so stressed out in my life. I had no idea what I was doing when it came to applying for college, but after coming to Collegewise nothing ever seemed simpler. Yes, it was a lot of work, but it would have felt like ten times the work without Collegewise. I would have been lost without them. I give thanks to Collegewise for every college I was accepted to and for the bright future it gave me.”
Macie SpearBoston University
“I am so glad I did Collegewise. They helped me so much. Not only was I done with applications long before my friends started, but with the help of my counselor, applying to college was easy.”
Kelsie HeneghanUniversity of Missouri - Columbia
“Collegewise has been very helpful and my counselor was the one who truly guided me from day one. She is a SAINT! I do not know what I would have done without her! I was always organized and prepared. Out of all of my friends, I was absolutely the first person to finish all my applications. My counselor was always an email away, and whenever things were overwhelming for me, she would help me relax and focus on what to do first. I have told all my younger friends about how easy and helpful Collegewise has been. Thanks Collegewise!”
Katy BekkenLoyola Marymount University (LMU)
“My Collegewise counselor was amazing and fun and knew exactly what she was doing to help me with such an important process. I never had to wonder if I was filling in the right box, or what form to send in. They just made everything so stress-free. Without Collegewise I would never have even known about half the schools I applied to. They helped me the entire way, finding amazing schools, applying, and narrowing down my choices to a school that I am absolutely ecstatic about attending!!!”
Lindsay TuckerSkidmore College
“There are so many tricky steps to applying to colleges that I really don't think I could have done it all without Collegewise. All of the staff was so friendly and helpful with everything from choosing schools that best fit my needs and desires, to teaching me how to write engaging essays for my numerous applications. They were also very understanding of the typical high school student's hectic schedule. Thank you so much for all your help. I really appreciate it.”
Molly FlynnUniversity of Colorado – Boulder
“I love Collegewise! Without my counselor’s help and guidance, I don’t think I would have gotten into as many colleges as I did. She helped me with everything and made the college application process easy and fun! College applications can be stressful, but Collegewise made it easy. While all my friends were doing their applications in November, I was already finished. Thank you, Collegewise!”
Mackenzie PfundArizona State University
“I loved working with my college counselor at Collegewise. I told her what I wanted out of my college experience and within minutes she already had colleges in mind that would be a perfect fit! I also loved attending the seminars that were held, especially the one about how to write great college essays. They really helped me relax and see that applying to college doesn’t have to be as stressful as you think! Thank you so much Collegewise!”
Melanie O'ConnellUniversity of Mary Washington
“Participating in Collegewise was one of the best decisions I ever made. My counselor was so helpful throughout the whole process. If I ever had the slightest bit of uncertainty, I knew that a credible answer would be given with a simple phone call. I am so happy with the way all of my college choices fared out and it was nice to always be one step ahead of everyone else. I can't thank Collegewise and my counselor enough. I am so excited for the next four years! Thank you!”
Jill CopleyLoyola Marymount University
“I loved my Collegewise experience because it helped open my eyes to all the different colleges that I was able to apply to. Without their help, I might have never found the university that I will be attending. My Collegewise counselor was extremely nice and easy to talk to about what I was looking for in a college. She kept me very organized and ahead of schedule so that I never had to worry about missing a deadline. Thank you so much for making my experience the best it could possibly have been!”
Brianna SteinmetzCreighton University
“At first I thought Collegewise was going to be super lame, but the Collegewise crew made it as fun and as funny as humanly possible. My counselor made sure I did what I had to and for that I pretty much owe her my future. I cannot thank Collegewise enough.”
Hal BrackenXavier University
“I knew what kind of school I was interested in attending but I don't think I could've found Penn State without my Collegewise counselor’s help. Going to my Collegewise appointments was fun, and I learned so much about the application process. My counselor always kept me organized and on track. Overall, I had a great time being a Collegewise student!”
Bridget BeauchampPenn State University
“Three years ago, a family friend referred me to the counselors at Collegewise. She told me they were easy to work with, encouraging, and most importantly, realistic. My experience has been all that she said and much more. By the first day of senior year, I had already completed all of my college applications. Most of my classmates hadn't even started. This made the world of difference to my 1st semester. I don't know what I would have done without my counselor or the Collegewise experience. Thank you to the Collegewise team for making this stressful process so much easier!”
Jared GinsburgUSC (University of Southern California)
“Throughout the entire college application experience, my counselor helped me feel relaxed and (relatively) stress-free. I never once felt lost or confused as many of my friends did; actually, I felt extremely prepared. I looked forward to every meeting; they were all incredibly informative and I would not have been able to do it without my Collegewise counselor. All of the seminars were extremely helpful and informative! And my essay editors were fantastic.”
Alex SanchezGeorgetown University
“I LOVE COLLEGEWISE! They made applying for colleges so easy! I saw how stressed all of my friends were during application season, but because of Collegewise, I never had to experience that stress. My counselor made me so excited about college and the whole process, not to mention helped me out every step of the way. Thank you so much, everyone at Collegewise. I honestly had so much fun, and I'm so psyched for next year. You guys definitely helped me get into my dream school. Go Bruins”
“If it wasn't for Collegewise, I wouldn't have found my incredible college let alone be going there this fall. You guys are great! Keep doing what you’re doing!”
Reid EngwallQuinnipiac University
“Collegewise was truly my knight in shining armor that led me through the rocky road of picking the correct college. When I first came to Collegewise, I had several colleges in mind and was sure those were the only ones for me. Through my first few visits however, that steel lock on the colleges I would be applying to was fully pried open. I now stand knowing where I am going, a college I had not thought of, with numerous other colleges to choose from that would have helped me be successful. Thank you, Collegewise!”
Jackson DarganUniversity of Wisconsin - Madison
“I attribute much of my success to Collegewise, but more specifically to the expertise and skill of my counselor. Not only did she posses the experience of a former college admissions officer, but she also truly cares about each one of her students. Without her encouragement and drive I surely would not be in the position I am in now. Do not hesitate for a moment when considering signing up for Collegewise.”
Robert P. IncontroVirginia Military Institute
“I am so happy that I used the Collegewise program to help me with my college application process. I expected the whole process to be extremely stressful, but thanks to Collegewise, everything ran very smoothly and was not stressful at all. The organization of this program is extremely helpful and I am so thankful to have received such expert help and advice!”
Sara KeithCollege of the Holy Cross
“Do you like awesome? If so, Collegewise is right for you! They transform the whole college process from something you dread to something you enjoy. From knowledgeable counselors and fantastic writing experts to quirky seminar leaders, Collegewise has got it all. If you are looking for the college that's RIGHT for you, Collegewise will help you find it. To put it simply, if I had to choose between lazer vision (yes, with a "z") and Collegewise, I'd choose Collegewise.”
Casey FinnertyUC Berkeley
“Collegewise has helped me get into a great school that I love. I am the first child with a younger sister, so my parents had no idea how to approach what colleges I should apply to or what applications to fill out. So we went to Collegewise and my counselor walked me through everything, step by step. And although she gave me tons of work to do over the summer, I was nearly finished with all of my college applications before my senior year even started. So while all of my classmates were freaking out about applications, I was done months ago. Collegewise made the college process as easy as possible for me and I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to get through the college process without having a heart attack.”
Joseph KalbUniversity of Puget Sound
“Applying to college is scary and a pretty long process. I honestly do not know what I would have done without my Collegewise counselor to help me organize everything and set deadlines for all my applications. I was completely finished with the process way before all of my friends and I was able to hear back from the majority of my schools by Christmas! I did not feel stressed once throughout the entire process. It was a great feeling to be completely confident in my essays, as well as submitting all my applications early. I would advise any incoming senior to definitely use Collegewise and its amazing staff. Thanks Collegewise!”
Jessica SchwartzUniversity of Texas – Austin
“If I could describe Collegewise in one sentence, I would say that it is a place where you are in control of creating your own future with the help of supportive individuals who will stand behind you. If you, as a student, reach your hand out to Collegewise, they will help you climb higher up the mountain of life and assure success in your future. Great job!”
Zac StromPitzer College
“Without Collegewise, the entire process would have felt very overwhelming. This program allowed me to relax and, more importantly, gave my parents peace of mind that everything would be done in a timely fashion. Thanks Collegewise!”
Jake PattonGettysburg College
“Collegewise was a wonderful experience for me in that I had somebody helping me best organize my time for finding and applying to certain schools. That took the pressure of having to do that entirely on my own off significantly and I was able to get through the process without any major stresses or difficulties. And having started this process a year ago, it made it easier to get through it one step at a time, from researching the schools to ultimately sending in the applications. To those starting anew at Collegewise, whatever you do, start early and use your time wisely, because it will pay off. And don't stress out: just take your time, don't procrastinate, and reap what you sow. But most of all, have fun!”
Nicholas YatesThe Evergreen State College
“I've never experienced anything like Collegewise (in a good way of course). Applying to college is SO stressful with all the stuff you need to know, but Collegewise made it fun and exciting. I wouldn't have found my dream school without my counselor who had all the inside scoop. She was awesome. We had a lot of laughs and I couldn't have done this without her. All the counselors at Collegewise really care about the students they're working with (it's hard to find places like this). Collegewise breaks the whole process down and regardless of your GPA, you WILL find a college that’s perfect for you. I’m so fortunate—this program is worth every penny. Thanks Collegewise!”