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."

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"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 yet to pass 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. We help students ethically change the cards in their hands. Admissions offices don't teach that.
Over the past 13 years, we've achieved our industry's top success rate by honing our ability to transform ordinary students into everyday heroes. As we've had to out smart, out lead, and outperform our competition in order to stand out and rise from obscurity, we'll teach you to do the same, in your own way. Your success is our success, and vice versa."

— David Reynaldo, Founder

A’Lira Underwood

Dir. of Operations, USC, B.A., Psychology, M.S.L., Masters of Studies in Law, Grad. certs: Business Law & Compliance, Human Resource Law & Compliance  

David Reynaldo

Founder, USC, B.S., Business Admin: Entrepreneurship, Member of NACAC and WACAC, Beverly Hills H.S., CA         College Zoom is Los Angele's #1 ranked college counseling service (Yelp). We're experts in elite college admissions throughout the U.S. and our success rate is the best nationwide. Smarter decisions, smarter outcomes.™  More.

Aisa Castro

Dir. of College Applications, USC, B.A., Psychology; M.Ed., Student Services, Westridge School, CA

Jackson Burgess

Dir. of College Planning, USC, B.A., Creative Writing; M.F.A., Iowa Writer's Wksp; Capital High School, WA

Adam Kronenberger

College Planner, Essay Counselor, USC, B.S, Business of Cinematic Arts, Bishop Lynch H.S., TX

Wendy Liu

Application Counselor, USC, B.A. Communication, M.S.L., Master of Studies in Law

Ezra Li

Application Counselor, USC, B.A., Communication & Media Studies  

Riley Darrough

Application Counselor, USC, B.S., Biological Sciences, Presidential Scholarship, National Merit Finalist

Julia Haffie

Application Counselor, USC, B.S., Human Biology, Minor in Sports Business, Biology Honors Thesis Program

Luryn John-Miller

Essay Counselor, UT-Austin, B.S.A., Human Ecology, Univ. of Houston, M.S.W., Social Work

Preston Walker

Essay Counselor, USC, B.A., Philosophy, Politics, and Law, Minor in Screenwriting

Griffin Damron

Essay Counselor, USC, B.A., Non-Governmental Organizations & Social Change, Minor in Animation & Digital Arts
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Employees Not pictured:
A'Lira Underwood (College Planner; USC),
Aisa Castro (College Planner, USC),
Ezra Li (Application Counselor, USC),
Luryn John-Miller (Essay Counselor, UT-Austin)
Griffin Damron (Essay Counselor, USC)
Adam Kronenberger (Essay Counselor, USC)
Adya Mohanty (Essay Counselor, USC), and
Wendy Liu (Application Counselor, USC)

To ensure the highest levels of internal quality control, we're all W2 employees of College Zoom — we never outsource any part of your counseling to contractors.


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