|College Admission Coach℠||
Your college counseling journey starts here.
Welcome! Whether you are a straight A student with a long list of extra-curricular activities and community service, an international student hoping to attend university in the United States, or a struggling student with a story to tell, our expert college counselors can help you find, apply and get admitted to a university that meets your academic, social, emotional, and spiritual needs and is a financial fit.
The college admission coaching process can help you understand yourself better and determine what is most important in your college experience. Whether your best match is a small liberal arts college, a large research university, a highly selective Ivy League school, a college that balances academics and faith, or a performing arts conservatory, the goal is to identify and gain admission to a right-fit school where you will thrive academically and personally.
College Admission Coach℠ Jodi Walder, and Independent Educational Consultants Emily Standish, Debra Sankovitz, Rachel Coleman and Jen Namba provide comprehensive, one-on-one college counseling services to help high-school students navigate the complicated college admission process. Students work directly with Jodi, Emily, Debra, Rachel or Jen on pre-college planning, career & major exploration, developing a college list, time management & meeting deadlines, college application essays, application completion, and finding scholarship & financial aid resources.
College Admission Coach℠
Help students navigate the college search and admissions process to find, attend and graduate from the right fit school.
This is done through a process that:
We offer a one hour consultation, so you can get to know us and we can get to know the student and parents. Schedule your consultation now.
"Jodi, you are the best investment I ever made!"
- Cheryl, aunt
"One year ago, I never imagined that I would be where I am today--specifically at the front steps of a Stanford experience. My family and I would like to thank you Rachel for all you have done as I prepare to head for Palo Alto."
- Mingqian, Student
Hi Jodi! I wanted to write as I approach graduation because you were such an influential person in my college journey. As a high schooler I was so unsure that I would be able to succeed at this school, however I am now about graduate summa cum laude with honors and distinction in biology. I got to play four years of softball, conduct independent research, and meet amazing people during my time at this school, and I have loved every second. I have a wonderfully supportive family, but you were really the first person in my life to push me to challenge myself, to convince me that I'm smart enough to do hard things, and to encourage me to dream big. You were the first person to ever tell me that I could be a doctor if I wanted to. And I decided I did want to be! Thanks in large part to your motivation and support, I will be attending Keck Medical School at USC this August to become a pediatric oncologist (hopefully). I can't fully express my gratitude, but please know your words meant a lot to me.
"Rachel, our son received the Appointment Letter today for the Air Force Academy! My dad and brother both tried and were not successful...but they didn’t have you as an admissions coach did they?"
- Jack, parent
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College Admission Coach℠
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"I was reflecting this morning on all the things I am thankful for and I thought of how helpful you’ve been to Kayla with her college search."
- Keith, parent
"Rachel made it much easier than you can even imagine, because the reality is probably neither you, nor I, nor anyone that does not do this type of work professionally can even fathom the detail she knows of this process. Not only did she make it easier, but she took it to depths we never could have guessed.We have 100% confidence that every school on the list is a great choice for our son.
- Josef, dad
""Thank you so much for helping me through so far the toughest and scariest year of my life, Debra - and making sure that I made it to the big leagues - a place where I'll at last get to take a ‘giant leap’ into what I love."
- Owen, student
"Thanks to you, we have been able to sit back and enjoy the ride!"
-Ramesh & Swapna, parents
"I worked with Jen Namba for a couple of months during my college admissions process. I found her feedback to be extremely valuable and it helped me construct successful essays. The college admissions process is extremely daunting, with a seemingly endless amount of universities, essays, and programs. College Admission Coach, and Jen, help simplify the process and make the admissions process engaging and exciting.
- Rohan, student
"As always, Jodi, your expertise and advice are invaluable. So glad you are in your lives...you are a game changer. Not only are you incredibly knowledgeable; but it obvious you really care about Taylor."
- Jaylin, parent
From the very beginning, Debra took charge and took us on an incredible journey. Not only was she able to guide our daughter through the process and help her produce a stand-out personal essay, Debra was able to keep our daughter fully invested in the process. An unexpected benefit was having a very happy high school senior in our home throughout the year! Debra’s compassion, patience and meeting our daughter where she was at, was a perfect fit — not only for our daughter, but for our family. Our daughter was accepted into her dream school — nothing better than a happy ending!
I would also like to commend Rachel’s professional and creative approach to essay preparation. Writing was never my son’s favorite subject, but in addition to college coaching, Rachel was a de facto English tutor. His writing abilities developed brilliantly under her guidance, and every essay he submitted was not only excellent…it was entirely his own work. That, right there, is a priceless skill in today’s word-oriented society.