Get in by standing out with one-on-one guidance from a college admission expert.

We help students keep organized, stay motivated and hit deadlines throughout the college application process.

 

We offer the perfect preparatory experience for your independent college life ahead.

We help students keep organized, stay motivated and hit deadlines throughout the college application process.

 

Get in by standing out with one-on-one guidance from a college admission expert. 

We help students keep organized, stay motivated and hit deadlines throughout the college application process.

 

From application to admission we're there every step of the way. 

We help students keep organized, stay motivated and hit deadlines throughout the college application process.

WHO WE ARE

We are independent, private college counselors who work with high school students and their families helping them through the maze of college admissions.

Students become the drivers of their own college admissions process while working closely with our experienced admissions counselors. Meeting one on one with counselors and insightful teachers, students gradually take ownership of the process which not only helps them to find their best college fit but also serves as the perfect preparatory experience to the independent life they are about to enter.

OUR SERVICES

Our services are available as a complete package or a la carte.

We also consult with students and their families on a fee-by-hour basis. Please call or email for complete price information.

01

School Search

After our initial meeting and a thorough academic evaluation, a personalized and detailed list of potential colleges is prepared.
  • Review Transcript and Test Scores
  • Discuss and review colleges that might suit you
  • Complete Vital Statistics and Resume Forms
  • Review customized “Big List” of colleges complete with a comparison of important statistics for each school
  • Narrow school choices
  • Review tips for college visits and college interviews
  • Research academic scholarships from your selected colleges

02

Applications

Students meet weekly with a college advisor to work on applications and complete all administrative tasks.
  • Assist in creating a professional student resume
  • Determine deadlines and create timelines
  • Obtain any necessary high school paperwork
  • Assist in filing online applications
  • Assist in completing teacher and counselor recommendation requests
  • Organize all materials for electronic submission

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Essays

Our essay coaching really sets us apart. We support our students as they learn to reveal their own distinctive personalities in the college essays they write.
  • Discuss what colleges are looking for in an essay
  • Review essay handouts
  • Review 2 essay slideshows produced especially for our students—also shared electronically.
  • Assess student’s strengths, uniquenesses and personality
  • Brainstorm essay ideas
  • Review applications for all required essay questions
  • Review all brainstorming and essay drafts
  • Read and comment on essay drafts
  • Multiple rounds of edits on every essay

Contact

Let’s talk

Contact us at 512.917.7115 or fill out the contact form below.
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Student testimonial

Vicki’s style of getting to know the student at a deeper level, not in line with the traditional college consulting norm of simply editing essays, is quite unique and set her apart above all others for me.

Shrey Majmudar

“CollegeStrategy and Vicki Ross are really invested throughout the process. It is very easy to tell that the organization cares and spends a lot of time in every aspect of the process. With a combination of dedication and carefulness, Vicki Ross makes the application process a lot more straightforward.”

PARENT TESTIMONIALWendy Sang

“Vicki’s advice and guidance made the stressful and confusing college application process a much more simple and enjoyable experience. Overall, I cannot recommend Vicki and College Strategy enough! Her experience and insight is so useful in the often overwhelming college application process, and her incredible passion and commitment to make each child reach their dream schools is what truly makes her stand out from the rest.”

STUDENT TESTIMONIALShravya G.

“Vicki Ross was our secret weapon in getting both of our kids’ college applications done perfectly and on time! It’s hard for busy kids to stay on top of all the deadlines, and even harder for parents to know all the best schools for each child; Vicki’s expertise in these areas is a huge benefit for kids and their families.”

PARENT TESTIMONIAL

“Vicki Ross at College Strategy is the most wonderful resource our family has utilized in a long time! Vicki was extremely helpful in answering any questions we had about the process, and assisted us every step of the way. We are so thankful to have found her–she is so professional, knowledgeable and personable. I am really happy that our daughter will be able to benefit from her counsel next year, when it’s her turn to apply to college. Thank you Vicki!!”

PARENT TESTIMONIAL

“For me, writing college essays is like eating nails, but my college coach made everything SO much easier!”

STUDENT TESTIMONIALCameron | University of Southern California

“I can’t recommend Vicki and College Strategy enough. She allowed us parents to step back from the process, and worked directly with our student without us, which was a relief to us all, quite frankly! Vicki was encouraging, but quite focused, and she kept us all from being completely overwhelmed by the process of applying to schools. She is an investment worth making.”

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