By following our roadmap students will understand their admissions chances and maximize their admissions profiles when they apply to college. We help students develop a college application list that reflects their ideal college matches and their interests. During the college application process we help students and parents by supplying an abundance of confidence, enthusiasm, organization, experience, and support.  

Our former students are practicing doctors, lawyers, artists, actors, engineers, teachers, clergy, therapists, directors, technology gurus, pundits, social media experts, designers, moguls, athletes, professors, admissions officers, entrepreneurs, managers, agents, diplomats, performers, musicians, writers, journalists, managers, CEOs, and politicians. We don’t see barriers; instead, we encourage our students to seek opportunities and reveal their potential through our commitment to their success.

Your roadmap includes the following:


We help you develop and review:

  • An academic profile
  • Through assessment testing and personalized consultations, an understanding your abilities and strengths (some may surprise you!)
  • Your Co-Curricular/Extra Curricular Activities
  • Important individual qualities such as:
    • Diversity/equality/intersectional knowledge and inclusiveness.
    • Participation and meaningful community engagement/service commitments.
    • Involvement in internships, research, or work, which helps you discover your future professional interests.


We help you:

  • Plan and keep track of school activities in which you demonstrate your talents, leadership, and collaboration skills
  • Consider your summer plans, which may include attending summer programs, research, job shadowing, or work
  • Discover your strengths, including your major and career interests, through a variety of assessments
  • Reach out to coaches, performing arts programs or any other specialized area you may be interested in
  • Build your college major profile and monitor your academic progress. For instance, if you are interested in the health professions, science, or technology (STEM) we help you choose courses and activities that will help you stand out within the most competitive admissions processes.
  • Monitor your academic process


We support you during the following activities and tasks:

  • Investigating and researching universities. We provide a customized college application strategy, and individualized college comparison reports that help everyone to stay organized during the college admissions process.
  • Understanding the standardized testing maze. We recommend testing and strategies that will help you gain college admission.
  • Setting-up guidelines. We help you demonstrate interest in a college by starting online, and helping you engage admission counselors personally.
  • Planning and navigating visits to colleges and universities. We help you understand why touring college campuses makes a HUGE difference.
  • Finding colleges and universities that will best serve who you are becoming. We use your interests, potential and high school record to find the perfect match.
  • Seeing the big picture. We remind you not to miss the details that will assist you as you apply to college. Our individualized timeline will keep you on track.
  • Making the most of your summers. We help you review plans and activities, internships, research, accomplishments, and work that enhances your college admissions profile.
  • Navigating athletic showcases. We provide support as you begin to understand NCAA regulations and begin to negotiate with coaches.
  • Applying to programs -- performing arts, music programs, or competitive visual arts programs and more. We match our expert consultants to help you hone your art portfolio, music audition, musical theater or theater audition.


  We provide the following:

  • Comprehensive and expert college application assistance. Developing your college application list is the most important aspect of this process. We help students fill in all the blanks on the Common Application, Universal Application, Coalition Application, or various state university applications.
  • Assistance that prepares you to interview successfully. We help you nail your interviews with admissions officers, an alumni interviewer, a senior interviewer or an online interview.
  • Help securing recommendations from your counselor, teacher, and others so they highlight your strengths!
  • Instruction demonstrating interest in your “college application hit list” consistently and effectively.
  • Assistance and encouragement as you as you produce essays and personal statements that reflect your story and demonstrate to college admissions officers the value you will add to the college campuses.
  • A thorough explanation of why you are applying to those schools on your college list based on our extensive assessment procedures.
  • A process for highlighting your potential, so colleges reviewing your application understand why you are an ideal match.
  • An understanding of why your choice of major is more important than you think, and how that choice can impact your college acceptances.
  • Help submitting your testing, applications, and recommendations by creating your college application timeline and sending reminders to nudge you when deadlines are near.
  • Help representing your artistic or athletic talents successfully. Our students submit portfolios and audition like a pro.
  • Assistance to parents as they determine their financial resources to pay for college. We also help identify colleges and universities that will better match their financial situation and assist you as you discover and apply for scholarships.



Vince’s understanding about how to attack the college admissions process was invaluable. Both my sons benefited from his coaching, organizational tools, interview tips, and advice about college essay writing. His knowledge about the culture and academic programs at such a wide range of colleges and universities helped us focus our college search. Most importantly, Vince’s personal interest in what makes each student unique helps that student to capitalize on their strengths, interests, and passions and to build a solid resume that truly reflects the individual.
— Parent of Student at Arcadia High School HS Class of '2015 – Harvard
Applying to college is one of the most stressful times in a teenager’s life. When I think back on my experience, I smile — and that’s because of Caryl Kristensen. There are no words to describe the amount of gratitude I have towards her. She is funny, empathetic, and my goodness does she know a lot about colleges. The level of care she puts forth became clear when she was able to recall which college all of her past students went to and most of their top five choices.
— Recent Grad, Encino, CA
I have been lucky enough to have both Caryl and Vince as my two children’s college counselors. Vince is a pit bull and really helped guide my son through the process and eventually get into Georgetown early decision, when his high school only had one other boy get in there.

Caryl changed my daughter’s life by finding the perfect school which she would have never thought of but fit her perfectly. Caryl doesn’t just look at the obvious choices, she takes the time to get to know your child and guides her students where they will be successful and most importantly, where they will be happy. They both made a very stressful time an easier experience and I would totally recommend
them to all students. They have great relationships with so many schools and that is key. I remember going to visit colleges and the deans saying how much Vince and Caryl were respected and looked forward to meeting my child because they had recommended them. 
— Parent, Los Angeles, Georgetown University, Goucher College