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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15 Years in Service

"In 2009, my original business plan for College Zoom envisioned a team of former admissions officers driving our success. However, I quickly learned that admissions office pedigree doesn't indicate persuasive writing or teaching ability. As it turns out, 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 competitive enough hand and play it right. We help students ethically change the cards in their hands. Admissions offices don't teach that, nor do creative writing programs.

I rose from obscurity in a saturated market by leading (my initially) young employees to outperform the top admissions consultants who were many years our senior. For longer than some of our students have been alive, we've been honing our ability to help you find similar success, overcome the instincts that compel you to fit in, and conquer the challenges of youth in your own way. Our history of success is your 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

Zavi Engles

Essay Counselor, Pitzer College, B.A., English & Urban Studies, UChicago, M.A., Social Sciences, M.F.A., Naropa Univ.

Adya Mohanty

College Planner, Essay Counselor, USC, B.A., Theater, Minor in Screenwriting
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