A Historic Breakthrough
In 2012, we won development funding from the University of Southern California to develop results-oriented college counseling methodology. After innovating methods that ethically lifted students with lower grades and SAT/ACT scores into highly selective colleges—and gave all students a measurable advantage—we became the only independent college counselors USC has ever invited to present a series of workshops alongside its admissions office.
How We Decoded College Admissions
We studied “Miracle students.” They have lower grades, test scores, no outwardly special hooks, and still get into their dream colleges over peers with better academic qualifications. While classmates describe them as “only average,” one admissions officer described their applications as "too good of a fit to turn away."
Expert Analysis Provided For:
How We Increase Certainty in Admissions Outcomes
We identified the common denominator trends in the students who get accepted to the colleges you desire, and we'll help you embody every right attribute to the right extent, uniquely in your own way. We also speak with deans and conduct proprietary research to guide you in making smarter decisions. For example, 4 years before Harvard's Turning the Tide study on the future of college admissions, we'd already predicted and were applying its recommendations. Most recently, we got the University of California application to enable bullet point formatting in its new activity sheet. We're ahead of trends; at times we set them. That's how we get results.
The Perfect Bridge Between Generations
"The original business plan I wrote for College Zoom over a decade ago predicted that we'd be fully staffed with former admissions officers by now. That was before I understood that admissions office pedigree doesn't equate to persuasive writing or teaching ability. To this day, a former admissions officer has never passed our first round interview.
College admissions isn't a random lottery, it's a poker game. You can beat players with equal or better cards than you if you have a decent enough hand and play it right. That is why we help students ethically change the cards in their hands. Admissions offices don't teach that.
Hiring counselors who think like successful players, rather than the game's referees, is why I believe we succeed in teaching our students the skills they need to uphold our industry-leading success rate (without ever forcing them to choose easier "top choice" colleges). Truly, your success is our success, and vice versa."
— David Reynaldo, Founder
Origin: Capital High School, WA
Origin: Westmont High School, CA
Origin: The Buckley School, CA