Sue – with our son headed to Vanderbilt, we just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for the support over the past few years. We are very proud of the hard work that he put in both academically and in the application process in partnership with you and Kris. Under your guidance, we saw our son take the reins and drive his college process (versus his parents).
He is really excited that he’s headed to one of his top choices, that joy is fun to see in your child.
PS: Vanderbilt has an automatic $5k scholarship for National Merit finalists!
I am at last finished with all of my college applications! It was certainly a long haul, but I was so grateful to have your and Barb’s guidance every step of the way. I don’t know where I would be now if I didn’t have you both, so thank you ten times over.
Also, thank you for supporting my accomplishments. My play just opened on Friday, and the first weekend was a success!
I’m excited to dive into the next steps of preparing for my future and am grateful to have had your help.
Ryan – thank you so much for all of your guidance and support with the whole college process! Can’t believe it has come full circle from the first time we met you. We appreciate all of your help and knowledge with getting [my daughter] in the right place for college. It was a thrill that the two of us ended up being with her when she received her acceptance email. We are so thankful to know early where she will be going and she is at peace with her decision! Your insight helped us all so much. It’s been great getting to know you and I’m sure we will continue to be in touch between now and next fall with questions, etc.
I hope you are doing well. I wanted to write to let you know how much I appreciate everything you’ve done for [my son]. So, my sincerest thanks for everything you did. You made a BIG difference not only throughout the college process, but also in terms of just helping [my son] grow up.
We submitted all of his 11/1 college applications on Friday. It was certainly a big day. We sat and reminisced for a bit. I want to share with you a couple of things [my son] said:
1. He said he that he was going to miss meeting with you. To be honest, I was kind of surprised, but he meant it.
2. He asked if I remembered when we all met at your house for the first time, which I of course do. He said remember when Sue put the extracurricular section of the common app in front of me. I remember that as well. He said there were spaces for 10 activities and they were all blank. He then said I just submitted my apps and 8 of those blanks were filled. He said it with A LOT of pride. I don’t think he would have done all of that without your guidance and encouragement.
Like every parent, I hope [my son] gets to go to school where he wants to go, but, at the same time, I know it doesn’t really matter. He’ll be fine no matter where he goes. What I take the most pride in knowing, is that [my son] did his best. I tell both my kids that if you can look in the mirror and say you did your best and you truly did, then the outcome doesn’t matter. That’s the case for [my son] throughout his school career and application process. I know he did his best.
Thank you again. I very much appreciate everything you did to help [my son].
Our experience with college experts exceeded expectations from every angle. Ryan was very available and relatable to our son. We received great suggestions for colleges, some of which we would have never identified, and the application strategy was very sound. I was very pleasantly surprised at the excellence of the essay experts. Heather helped refine ideas, reviewed essay drafts, reviewed the common app and kept our son on track. I think the assistance from Heather was much better than the help available from the private school my son attends (and that help was also very good). I never reviewed an essay or the common application. After my son accepted admission at Villanova, he let me read his common app essay and I was so impressed (and a little surprised) at how good it was.
Without your guidance I don’t think I would have been able to get into my top school. Thank you Sue!
We appreciate Ryan’s insight and patience through this process. Our daughter pushed back on the process at times, especially at the beginning but Ryan continued to encourage at just the right level. We wouldn’t have had the same success and with the stresses of covid and everyone at home all the time, we were very grateful to have Ryan leading and navigating our daughter down this important college phase. The editing process with Barb was also great and not only helped our student come up with great essays, the editing process taught her a lot. Thank you very much College Experts.
Ryan did an excellent job helping our son create a varied list of colleges to visit/apply to. Because our son wasn’t sure what he was looking for other than an engineering school, this list got him started. It easily allowed him to discover a connection with his short list. Thanks also to Ryan for his persistence in getting our son to open up as far as what he thought were areas of importance. We are looking forward to working with him again for our daughter.
All the College Expert staff are very friendly and supportive. We have greatly appreciated working with you these past few years and love the high quality service you all provide.
Margaret went above and beyond to help [my son]. Very thankful!
We have been very happy with College Expert! Ryan was wonderful to work with and really helped our daughter through the college process. He had great expertise and advice. His calm and encouraging demeanor helped ease our tensions throughout!
Ryan did a fantastic job. Not only did he help with every step of the college process, he kept my daughter on track and motivated. I highly recommend College Expert to all my friends and family.
I have already referred several families to you. We will be starting with you again in the late summer for our incoming Freshman daughter!
Sue gave practical directions and answered our questions and supported us when we were panicking! Her insight about college selections greatly helped all of us.
Kris Olson was a delight to work with. [My son] really enjoyed working with her.
Sue did a great job finding the best fit colleges for our son to apply. This set him up for many acceptances and opportunities that fit his academic profile and desires. I also loved her positive attitude towards his grades and accomplishments. He wasn’t a top student, but she applauded his successes and made him feel very valued and accomplished. This really increased his confidence applying to colleges and changed his attitude about not feeling inferior to top students. She also identified a unique essay topic that made his application more interesting. Thank you!
Absolutely outstanding experience working with Sue and the team. We could not have navigated the college entrance/acceptance landscape without the guidance we received. Our son was accepted to his first choice at a highly competitive university. Thank you Sue and team!
The writing specialists and engagement with Sue was consistently and without exception, excellent.
Loved our experience with College Expert! You’ve been so easy to work with and you took the anxiety out of the college search. Your knowledge was so appreciated.
Thanks for a great ride, Sue! You sure made the whole process so much easier, and as we’ve done before, we are happy to recommend you to others. So thankful we are done with the college search process ourselves!
We had THE BEST experience – already going to sign up our current 8th grader and have told many friends. Working with Ryan made the process so much easier, less stressful, more fun, more successful. And all the essay help from Michelle – WOW that was an amazing part of the experience. We just can’t say enough good things – huge thank you! Jean is always helpful to schedule and answer any questions – thanks all around! 🙂
[My son] was our third child to go through the process with Sue. We learned so much from her during the first two children that we didn’t need to utilize her services quite as much but we still felt there was a great deal of benefit by utilizing the services that Sue and her team provided.
I loved each person I worked with, and they helped show me good colleges to pick, apply to, and helping with my common app was the most useful help I could have received.
You guys were super helpful the entire time and made my college decision a lot easier.
Sue should be the first call to anyone apprehensive at all about their kid’s approach to preparing for college applications and college selection.
Great! Especially loved the essay experts and the college traits game. Both were very beneficial and make the experience much less stressful and easy going 🙂
Thanks Sue. Besides [my son] was admitted to his first option college, you gave us an excellent counseling through the entire process, giving him all the tools to make his admission to Northwestern happened. Thanks a lot and all the best for you and College Expert.
I had multiple references for the College Expert and am very glad we chose to work with them for [my daughter]. We definitely would not have found several of the schools she was accepted to without your help and guidance. Thank you for everything!
Because of Sue, I was able to discover a lot more schools than I otherwise would have. She made the process much more straightforward and less confusing for me.
Meant to get back to Ryan personally to thank him. Suffice it to say we couldn’t have done this without him. College expert was instrumental in selecting schools that were a good fit for my daughter. Ultimately she had many options and selected her top pick where she is also receiving max merit aid. Thank you CE!
Sue was very helpful in making sure that I stayed on track in high school. When I didn’t think some of my grades weren’t that important, Sue made sure that I kept up my grades and I will be forever grateful for that!
Ryan was excellent. He made the entire process manageable for us and really lowered our stress levels. He was always accessible and offered great insight and knowledge – not easily available elsewhere. Wishing him all the best!
Sue recommended a college that wasn’t even on our radar. It turned out to be my son’s overwhelming first choice. She encouraged him to do “early decision” and he was accepted. Without College Expert’s guidance, I don’t know where he would be going – probably a college that is not a PERFECT FIT for him.
College Expert was extremely helpful in my entire college decision process. Everything from helping me decide on which schools to apply to through what exactly to put on each part of my applications was covered by my counselor. Thank you!
I just want to thank you so much for walking us through the application process!!!
We cannot be happier, [my son] just loved Villanova and it was a great fit!
If you ever visit Long Island please give us a call… [my son] would LOVE to take you clamming!!!
We are grateful for all the ways you encouraged [my daughter] and pushed her in other ways! She is a brilliant, self-motivated kiddo and although she was pretty set on certain programs, your ability to expand Dylan’s considerations and alternative essay topics was not lost on us. Thank you! We truly value our ability to let you have those tough conversations with our wonderfully determined daughter!
Thanks for your insight and all your time with [my daughter]. We are also grateful for Barb’s editing as well and know [my daughter] loved that connection with her.
So impressed with Sue’s vast knowledge of colleges and fitting them to the client, (and) Sue’s great attitude and genuine love of helping.
Ryan, I wanted to let you know that we just returned from dropping [my daughter] off at Brandeis. And I am sure to the shock of absolutely no one, she is already fully integrated, fully immersed and making a lot of new friends. She is immensely happy and [my husband] and I commented to each other that it seems as though this is indeed the perfect fit — the place she was meant to be. I hope that turns out to be true over the next four years, but all signs point in a positive direction. Thank you again for helping her find her place and good luck with your next crew of students!
Thanks Ryan for everything you and your team did for [my son] to help him in these last 2 years to get into his dream college in Berkley.
Some of our friends’ kids didn’t get into the schools of their choice as well as the schools our son got into. And they had higher ACT and GPAs. We feel that CE’s guidance played a part in his success.
We had a fabulous experience with Sue and the entire team at College Expert. We would definitely recommend College Expert, and actually already have.
College expert has been such a blessing in my life. The constant support, guidance, and encouragement made college applications almost fun and I really appreciate Ryan, the essay editors’ and College Expert’s support. Without College Expert, I would have been so stressed about college apps and would not be going to my dream school that’s the perfect fit for me.
I recommend Sue to everyone. In a year that broke all the rules, Sue kept my son focused. My two takeaways from the year: pick ED wisely and hire a professional. The essay help was amazing. Helped alleviate a lot of stress.
This was our second experience working with College Expert and we can not recommend you highly enough. Ryan did a great job of finding colleges that were a fit for our child and resulted in generous merit aid offers. Our child was accepted at all of the colleges they applied to during this crazy college application year. Thank you for all the work that your entire team put into helping us during this process.
Great experience. We will be using you again and I talk about the experience with friends all the time! I talk about the card sort, how our son (or we) had never heard of the school he ultimately chose, the process by which you helped him to choose, and how you kept him on task to get all his applications in on time. You made it very easy for the parents! Thanks Ryan!
–I am thankful for the help and support college expert provided. I feel as though I have improved immensely through this program. I will continue to recommend this great program to bright and young students.
Thank you for helping us navigate the process. Your guidance and steady hand were very helpful in identifying a perfect fit for our senior. Thank you Sue!!!
[An email to Jean, College Expert’s amazing office manager.]…Thank you, Jean! I run a small business and having top notch employees like you is critical. You have been absolutely amazing and so helpful, and I appreciate all that you have done to make this process easy.
I just wanted to take a moment and thank you and the staff at College Expert. As you know, [my son] is a great kid, but he’s extremely independent and works on his own timeline. It was so nice to be able to have him be held accountable and guided by your team — it definitely helped “keep the peace” in our home during the long admissions process. As parents, [we] found that invaluable.
He is thrilled to be attending USC in the fall 🙂
We will absolutely be recommending College Expert to anyone looking for services.
Sue, I can never thank you enough for all the help you have given me. Just by working with you, I have gotten my grades up and everything has been better. Everyone should go through your program and I’m excited for my future and excited for my brother to work with you too!!!
[An email to College Expert Staff]…I just got off the phone with the mom of a class of 2020 student who is at Santa Clara. Mom told me [her daughter] was offered the honors program and was told by admissions her common app and essays were some of the best they had ever seen. And she also got much more merit aid than usual. So a shout out to Barb and to all of you, because you are all so good at helping your students with the essays and common app.
Just reaching out to you to express my gratitude for your incredible support through [my daughter’s] college application process. My daughters were truly blessed to have you as their college counselor. I wish you a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2021.
Thank you for everything you do,
Hi Ryan. OMG – thank you SO much for helping [my daughter] with her decision today!!! It has been such a stressful and emotional time and I ultimately had to take myself out of the process and I suggested she just talk to you alone today … and she and we are SO happy with her decision!! You were really really helpful in getting her to crystallize her thought process AND feel good about the decision. Thank you thank you thank you!
Hi Ryan!…The good news is [my son] was accepted into every college he applied to!…He received very generous scholarships for many of the schools…We are so grateful to you for all of your help, support and compassion as we worked through a very overwhelming process. You are wonderful at what you do! I cannot thank you enough for all of your guidance!
[Ryan]…Thank you so much. I would never have even known HMC existed without your help. This is just amazing and the perfect ending to high school.
…And it puts us squarely where we could hardly envision we’d be 20 months after our first meeting with Ryan… not just accepted by UW, but the likes of Santa Clara and – to date – six others (still waiting on University of San Diego… ).
Anyway, chalk up another one for CE, and thank you guys again SO much for all your help to make this possible!!
My [daughter] and I had a lovely visit with Ryan. In fact, her comment in the car as we drove away was “I feel better already”. Ryan has a wonderful way of encouraging without pressure yet set expectations on what is important for [my daughter’s] junior year and senior class schedule. His comments regarding her potential was reassuring to her and we look forward to his support
Ryan…I will admit, I was a bit skeptical about a “college coach” in the beginning. However, I have since come to completely appreciate your services and have referred you.
…thanks for helping us navigate the college exploration process in a sane and insightful manner. [My daughter] already values the conversations she’s had with Ryan!
Sue – Congrats on an amazing [college acceptance] list and thank you for your guidance. You made the process so much more manageable and a great result for [my daugter]. Your direct, detailed and systematic approach combined with your soft touch and ability to read a kid so quickly and well were invaluable to helping us navigate this in a fun way. Can’t wait to work with you again with [my other daughter].
Ryan – Thank you very much for guiding [my daughter} over the last year on her college search, application and decision. It was a fun college decision session today.
We feel we had more than a successful outcome, and your guidance, approach on how to showcase her strengths and support was key on her success. We are very grateful.
Ryan – I want to thank you for the assistance you provided. There is nothing that I would have changed working with you, except starting sooner. [My son’s] time spent with you was always appreciated and reassuring. We really feel that he started in the correct direction. Thank you.
As you may know already, [my son] has committed to Purdue University at the College of Engineering. Boiler up! We are very excited for him and feel good about the college fit for him and what he was looking for. We want to thank you for being a part of our journey over the last several months and guiding us through this process. We are grateful for the suggestions and reassurance you provided all along as we went through many stressful times. [My son] felt comfortable texting Ryan with any questions he had and Ryan was so good with his timely responses and advice.
[My son] is off to a new beginning with college, we look forward to seeing him grow personally and professionally in the upcoming years.
Our heartfelt thank you and appreciation to both of you for your time and guidance!
We will reach out to you in the future as our daughter is in 7th grade now and we will be looking to get her college plans lined up soon.
As I’m sure [my son] has shared with you, he was accepted ED 2 to Wake Forest. He’s thrilled, and [my husband] and I are excited for him and thankful that his college application experience went so smoothly. In that regard, we credit you and your team for approaching this process in such a smart, organized, and positive manner. It’s really been a pleasure working with you.
[My husband] and I want to thank you for all you did to help us and [our daughter] through the college preparation, selection and admission process. We truly appreciated your expertise, your experience, your responsiveness and your reassurance throughout the entire process.
You really helped [my daughter] be as prepared and well positioned as she could be. She is SO happy with her acceptance to Vanderbilt and we are so happy for her!
Separately, [my son] will be going into 9th grade at MHS next year. Let us know when you would like to start meeting with him :).
I wanted to thank both you [Ryan] and Sue for all of the help and guidance which you have provided over the past few years in helping me get to this point. Please let me know if there’s anything that I can do for you to help promote this wonderful experience which you have provided.
I know you have many students/clients/families, but I have to take a moment and thank you for all you did for her. You educated us [on] tools that made the stressful process easier to navigate and with all the competition out there, it finally paid off!!!!!!!
We very much valued the process [my first son] went through and have had a hard time finding similar resources in CA. We would be thrilled if you would consider working with [my second son] long distance.
My son was not interested in looking at college when he was a sophomore. Sue worked within his boundaries and he opened up to her ideas. He thanked us recently for pushing for good grades, ACT prep and Sue’s leadership!!
Sue is extremely knowledgeable and an absolute joy to work with. Kris is equally as enjoyable to work with and served as a very supportive role model. The entire team is amazing and I can’t say enough great things about them! Thanks for all of your help!
Loved the way you engaged with Carter and got to know him and what he was interested in prior to talking schools. The whole experience has been awesome. I look forward to working with you again when my daughter is a bit older!
The entire process was very beneficial to us. Of special value was the application writing assistance and the college screening process. Sue is an amazing expert in this area and a pleasure to work with.
Sue and Ryan did a great job of matching potential schools for our daughter and coaching her on test taking strategy, essay writing and interview preparation.
It was very nice having someone other than a parent helping our son through the process that was experienced. We were informed every step of the way and my son really appreciated the support he received from your essay team.
Sue is amazing! Not only is she well-informed, thorough, and fun … truly the “college expert”, but she also understands the anxiety and stress that are a part of the college selection process. She focuses on the whole student and helps navigate the college search and application process with such care. We could not be more pleased.
We liked that we had the option of choosing Sue and Ryan for each of our kids with their different personalities. Really helped us streamline the process. Loved not having the responsibility of nagging our kids to write their essays. Loved having the Jam Sessions. Loved having Tracy to comment on the essays. Loved being able to sit with the doggies.
College Experts is a MUST to help guide you and your high school student navigate the college search and selection process! The personalized guidance throughout the entire process of finding that right college was second to none. We used College Experts with both of our children and couldn’t have been happier! Thanks, Sue, Ryan and your Team!
You did more than offer college expertise – you offered a process and support our daughter make a decision based on a systematic criteria – focused on her needs to drive success! Thank you!
This was the best investment I have ever made into the future of my children! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I have recommended College Expert to many friends. Can’t imagine going through this process without Sue. Especially valuable is the college list meeting. Also, Sue’s decision matrix was extremely helpful to my son.
Thank you for your excellent college advice. Your service and available resources were outstanding. Our son exceeded our expectations with his college choices. He received significant academic scholarships to several of the schools he applied to and I feel a lot had to do with the recommendations that were made by both you and your staff. Thanks again for all your help!
Sue, thank you again for your help in finding the best fit colleges for our kids. Without your guidance their chosen schools would not have been on our radar. Keep up the good work. [My wife] and I hope your business continues to prosper as you help others through these complex decisions. When you are having a bad day, please remember you are in the dream finding business and you are good at it.
I just wanted to say how wonderful you are at your job. We are incredibly lucky and grateful to have found you. You have always been upbeat with the girls and so supportive of them every step of the way. You are so knowledgeable and made the overall process so much easier to get through. The cards activity helped narrow down the schools dramatically. What is tremendous, however, is that you were always willing to take our numerous phone calls and you really kept us hoping [my daughter] would still make it to college on time, and you were right.
I admire you greatly; if I’m half as good a mother as you are a college counselor, then I’m good. We will definitely keep you in the loop as the girls navigate college life.
Just wanted you to know how I feel about what a huge impact you have had on our family life, Sue.
We cannot thank you enough for your time and counsel with [my daughter]… and perhaps even more importantly, with her parents 🙂
You provide an incredible service and calmness to what we figured out early could be an overwhelming and stressful process. Instead, [my daughter] attacked college planning and preparation with vigor, and our family rallied around [my daughter’s] ‘process’ with fun and enthusiasm with every campus visit… much thanks to your expert advice and support. I proudly recommend your service to my friends and colleagues; you are really good at what you do!
At the end of our meeting this week, [my daughter] made a point to say thank you. You responded….of course, that is my job. Perhaps that was a humble way of accepting gratitude, but I wanted to share a little more about our appreciation. Having worked with you since 2013, and hearing feedback from our friends and my clients that also work with you, what you do is more than a job. While you might be paid to do what you do, you clearly have a passion for what you do and care deeply about the students you help. I hope you wake up each day realizing the full impact you are having on the kids you help. I can say with certainty that [my daughter] would not be where she is, in having so many good options in front of her, without your dedication and personal attention. So, once again, THANK YOU for all that you do for our family. You have been truly a blessing for us.
Just wanted to send a thank you for all the help and guidance you have given us through the college admissions process. We now have 2 sons who have been admitted to their first choice “reach” schools and that would not have been possible without your expertise.
I want to thank you again for your role in guiding our son toward a great college future. I absolutely think we “got our money back” in scholarship dollars due to your influence. We will never know where he would have been without you, but I would bet it wouldn’t be the same scenario.
Thank you for all you have done to help me find the perfect place to spend the next four years of my life. I am eternally grateful that my uncle and aunt told us about College Expert and I hope you continue to help students for many years to come. Our family would not be the same without you.
…I wanted to thank you so sincerely for working with me; I remember not even wanting to apply to Northeastern, and it’s because of you that I stand where I am today. I couldn’t be happier with my university, and am so grateful I didn’t end up going to Penn. ( A sentence which a year ago, I wouldn’t have even fathomed thinking.)
Dear College Expert Team – Thank you all, so much for the assistance every step of the way. I could not have done it all without you. I will miss the Jam Sessions, our meetings and of course, Penny and Lilly, the College Expert Dogs. You are all truly wonderful people who are helping to change the world, one person at a time. Thank you all again!
I can’t thank you enough for your time, energy and all your guidance over the last two years with Madeline. Your insight and advice are invaluable! And I love how you were able to relate to Madeline, help her find her strengths, and apply those strengths and interests to her applications and essays. I believe Madeline has found a college that will be a perfect fit for her in all aspects. Thank you for guiding her journey!- Gratefully, Madeline’s mom
I want to thank you for your help as we went through [my daughter’s] college search process. She is so happy with her choice and we are all so pleased that she went ED and was accepted to Wake Forest. If not for you we would not be in this position right now. You are really good at what you do and we feel fortunate to have had your help.
Truly appreciate the thoughtful approach to communicating with both the student and the parents. We come out of every meeting excited about the next steps toward college! College Expert has been a great investment for our family because our daughter has been able to find her own motivation for being successful. A huge “thank you” to Sue and the rest of the College Expert team
Dear Sue, Thank you so much for the College Survival guide. I cannot express how much I appreciate all you have done for me throughout the year starting in 8th grade to pick select the best high school. Your help in selecting classes, activities, and college was so helpful as well. Also, thanks to the College Expert Team for the inspiration , motivation and essay editing, to get through the common application and all the essays. And I loved all the great sandwiches at the Jam Sessions! I know your expertise and wisdom is why I was able to get into my dream school, Northwestern! You really are the College Expert. You have changed my life. Thank you,
Decisions made during college application has a far-reaching impact on the young people. I appreciate most your effort to get to know my son and help him figure out the colleges best match his needs. As a parent, it is hard to assess which schools best fit my son. Guidance to his chance of admission and potential mismatch with highly reputable schools is especially helpful.
Our son appreciated the help and support he received on his essays – right up to the last minute!
Morgan and I are very happy with our experience. I appreciate Sue and all of her experience to get us through the very daunting task of choosing a college.
Personalized service is what I like best. The one-on-one sessions with Sue are so helpful.
I really like the prompt response from Sue whenever I have questions. I also like the recommended actions from Sue based on our sons individual situation.
Aside from receiving excellent advice about colleges, we truly appreciate the personal attention and responsiveness of your staff at every level. We especially appreciate the essay mentoring service.
Our daughter seems very focused and enthusiastic about her appointments with you. She tells me that you are going to be discussing financial aid, grant and scholarship information. I am very interested in this part of the process as I am sure we need to start getting things in order regarding this! Thank you for all you are doing for Ciara. I am grateful that her Dad found you…
Can’t think of anything you could improve. I was extremely satisfied, even though I didn’t take advantage of everything you had to offer. There was plenty of value in the things that my daughter and I chose to do. Thank you, Sue!
I find Sue’s knowledge of what it takes to get into specific schools very helpful. It would seem very overwhelming if we were trying to figure that out on our own. I also like the fact that she has personally visited so many colleges and universities. I know we will also like having the help when it comes to writing college essays.
Sue and Ryan, your knowledge, advice and follow through have been excellent.
Positive support for both student and parents. Help teasing out the nuances of students desires and needs, distinct from parents opinions. Real honest opinions and guidance.
Morgan and I are very happy with our experience. I appreciate Sue and all of her experience to get us through the very daunting task of choosing a college.
What we like the most: Sue’s availability for any and all questions, her knowledge of so many colleges, her help navigating through Eagan High school and class selection, help determining what The student wants in a school. And we are just getting into all the college application resources!!
We liked Sue’s ability to match our son’s skills with the different schools. We really appreciated the help he received on writing his essays. It was a wonderful experience to have this help and support.
Thank you, Sue and your team, for providing not only excellent college consulting service, but also continuously encouraging the students during this somewhat uncertain period of their life. I already recommended your service to my co-worker.
I like the honesty, in which Sue communicates with our son. He needs to hear the truth and he needs to hear that there are plenty of options out there to choose from.
>What I like most (so far) is the in-depth knowledge that Sue has about schools. She is able to couple that knowledge with each student’s personal style and preference to identify the best schools to add to the search. There are a number of schools on my son’s list that would not be there if it weren’t for Sue’s recommendations and ideas. We are quickly approaching the application process and have not yet drafted an essay. At a later stage, my favorite things about the service will likely grow and shift.
So far so good. We think you did a good job in reviewing the overall process so far. Your positive attitude is great to be around. You come across as a sincere person that cares about her clients and that is important to us. Keep it up 🙂
Not sure if there was anything I didn’t like. I appreciated the level of interest you instilled in my daughter. She was not sure if college was going to work out for her. You helped us convince her that there is a place for her and she will succeed at NDSU.
Students are able to experience college process independently with help from professionals. This helps student’s search become a more timely process and requires far less parental nagging!!
We like the willingness to get to know the student and not just go thru the process. That is different than some of the other places we looked at going. Sue and the staff seem personally invested in our kids…that means the world! So neat to have Sue come to our daughters graduation party…personal service and connections. We highly recommend College Expert and are going to be using the services with our 3 other children.
What I like most is that you put structure and order around what is a sometimes confusing and intimidating process. I feel very comfortable that you guys “know your stuff” and that has saved us tons of time. I also like the way you approach the students and are firm but pleasant in getting them to commit to the many deadlines involved in the college application process. It takes the pressure off parents to have an outside source do some of the necessary “nagging” to make sure everything gets done on time.
I am very happy with the college list that you helped prepare for us. We have visited 6 of the schools on the list and 5 of them are strong possibilities. I am grateful that our daughter will have guidance from someone other than her parents when it comes to writing her essays and submitting her applications. The guidance counselors at our daughter’s high school are not very helpful with the college application process. It is reassuring to know that we have experts available to answer our questions and to help us through this process.
We are in early stages so to be honest although I am very impressed to date, but we haven’t done a whole lot yet. That said we have already recommended you to at least 3 others and I believe at least one has already met with you if not more.
Excellent experience so far. Sue has been extremely helpful with all questions that we have had and has always provided sound advice. Our daughter is just entering her Junior year, so we still have a lot to do, but we definitely wouldn’t want to do it without the assistance of College Expert.
We value Sue’s knowledge about colleges that may be a fit.
I truly cannot think of one thing to add or improve. You were so committed to meeting us where we were and guiding us to where we needed to go. I cannot thank you enough!
We love the personal touch in all the services you offer. Also the emails, updates, newsletters, reminders, etc. help keep everyone on the same page and breaks down a daunting process into manageable pieces! Our experience has been outstanding!
Keep doing what you’re doing.
I like that being able to pick up the phone and get a quick answer to any question. I like how you bring in resources specializing in writing or interviewing skills. I don’t think this has happened yet but worry as your business grows you will lose the personal touch.
Flexibility and rolling with our Teenager! Great energy and open to hearing who our child is AND encouraging our daughter to expand her mind and experiences! Thank You!!!
Overall, a very good experience and I don’t know how we would have made it through the grueling essay process without you.
At times, Jay needed a gentle kick from behind, particularly when it came to standardized tests and classes he didn’t want to take but needed to take. Sue handled the task with ease and effectiveness. Thank you!
I can’t really think of anything to improve. Our 4th child is starting with Sue. Using College Expert makes the whole process so much easier and less stressful. Sue’s knowledge of colleges and what is needed to get in is invaluable. She understands the importance of the college essay. And I think a real strength is that she’s able to find the school that is the right fit for your child which in the end is what you want for your child. There are many schools out there; you want your child to be at the one that best suits him or her.
Personalized service with the student is a great part of the experience.
What to improve? Nothing – you do a fantastic job! I like the jam sessions which keep the kids on a schedule – and the food is a nice touch!
We have had such a positive experience, and it’s so fun to see our son interact with Sue, she brings out information from him we never would have thought of!!
I like that the student is in charge and has a group of peers, guided by true experts, to help them navigate this next phase of their lives. It is an exciting time and the experience should be enjoyable and manageable. I believe college expert helps our family maximize the positive aspects of the college search process.
I loved it and Jake really enjoyed it. Jam sessions were a fun way to get a not-so-fun task done! People are amazed when I tell them I had NO part in getting Jake’s applications done. Thank you!
I appreciate all the varied information, parent support, and depth of knowledge of your services.
Our experience was fantastic. You did an exceptionally good job at identifying the right colleges for my son to apply to, and you even predicted which one would be his best match – the one he fell in love with the moment he walked on campus.
As a parent, I feel this has taken a ton of stress and pressure out of the process. We feel we are well ahead of most families/kids and can enjoy the summer.
I loved that we didn’t have to nag our daughter about meeting deadline applications or writing her essay. It was truly helpful having a third party involved in the process. In the end, our daughter was accepted to five of six schools she applied to. Sue was great in helping her decide the final outcome! Couldn’t have asked for a better way to navigate this stage of life.
Very personal. Sue cares about every area of his high school and college road map. We have recommended this service and will continue to do so. Thank you!!
We have appreciated so many things: The insights on schools that could be good matches for our girls; The supportive environment that your jam sessions provide; The referrals to support services (tutoring) that were a perfect fit; Educating us on all the best steps to take to set our girls up for success in the application review!
Like it that it takes the process out of the parents hands and puts it in the child’s court with a great advocate!
We really appreciate the individualized approach that Sue uses and the personalized time we get with her. Sue has been very accommodating and once even did a Skype session when we had specific questions for her. She is an efficient time manager and keeps the student on task with the deadlines and timelines as Senior year approaches.
I have valued your services so much that I have recommended you to seven of my friends and colleagues.
Sue is easily accessible when needed…gets back right away. Gives us ideas and we can brainstorm as a family on which direction we want to go.
The one-on-one availability of Sue and her genuine caring and enthusiasm was wonderful.
Have Sue very involved on every step. We like your knowledge of many different schools. We like your Essay Experts.
Best part, individualized approach using tested tools, Sue’s experience and objective guidance.
We have enjoyed the entire process. Thank you.
Takes the pressure off me because I felt lost as to where and how to begin preparing my child for college.
I liked that you listened to my daughter’s interests and needs before jumping into recommendations. You made a BIG difference in the college search and ultimate selection. THANK YOU!
I like how you connect directly with the student and empower them with tools and information to make the best decision and prepare the best application.
Keep up the good work. We don’t know where we would be in this process without you! Thank you.
It has been an invaluable service and worth every penny!
I love the one-on-one approach.
I like all aspects of your offering.
Kept us on track to meet deadlines, learned of more colleges that would be a good match for our student. Excellent resources.
I love the fact that you get to know and value your clients individually and their unique personalities and skill sets. I never get the sense from you that your higher-achieving clients are more interesting, or more fun, or more valued by you. In our competitive and sometimes superficial culture, your approach is a breath of fresh air!
Sue does a terrific job with presenting options and projecting her enthusiasm. She stayed focused on what she believed were “best-fit” options for our child, but made it clear that is was his (and our) decision. We’ve made many referrals over the course of the 4+ years we worked with her, and even though our child is moving on to college, we continue to make referrals when people ask us how we ended up with such a good result.
Our experience, to date, has exceeded our expectations.
The level of expertise is greatly appreciated as a first and second time user. The level of responsiveness is great. If you need a question answered, Sue is only a phone call or email away.
I thought the jam sessions engaging my son in the process was awesome. He received the guidance he needed but really drove the train in his college selection!
Truly appreciate the thoughtful approach to communicating with both the student and the parents. We come out of every meeting excited about the next steps toward college! College Expert has been a great investment for our family because our daughter has been able to find her own motivation for being successful. A huge “thank you” to Sue and the rest of the College Expert team!
Sue and her staff are very energetic and understand teenagers. This is a dynamite combination because kids need to be motivated to engage in their college process and their thinking needs to be challenged along the way. College Expert does this very well. Thank you!
I really like the Skype option and the guidance we received.
I wanted to thank you for preparing [my son] to make the important college choice. It was a very exciting final meeting. I felt like Ian was given the “space” to make the final decision for himself. This required the rest of us at the meeting to have some degree of restraint. I felt really good about it. Admittedly, I would have been more anxious about his forthcoming college experience had he chosen [–]. The grid you designed seemed to be very helpful to [my son] for analyzing the attributes of each school and also reflecting on the intellectual and emotional responses he had in each category. Thank you for all of the personal attention, for taking the time to know [my son] and for being genuinely interested in [my son’s] happiness and future success.
Thanks again for a productive meeting yesterday, and of course for the entire “college expert” process. Even though Matthew already had Lewis & Clark in mind, talking through the decision-making process was extremely valuable. Best of all, I believe he is happy with his choice and looking forward to college. And now on to the next one! We would like to set up an introductory meeting for [my 9th grade son] sometime this spring or early summer. Looking forward to seeing you again!
Great discussion on MPR News! You sounded so natural and you were indeed “The Expert.” 🙂
Jake has been telling everyone he has officially declared –. He is excited and relieved to have this done. I so think this is such a nice fit for him. Jake was so funny because he didn’t want to discuss colleges with me, he wanted to wait until our meeting to truly pick your brains on this. When I asked him if he was glad we did it, and if he thought it was work it, he say yes. He really trusted and valued your knowledge and he loved the jam sessions because it made him get stuff done. Plus at the jam sessions if he had questions he could just ask and get answered then and there. He is a tough one to please as he is such a perfectionist, so awesome job! Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you very much. I know Ryan is just getting into this and he will be awesome! Jake trusted him just as much and we glad to have him involved. You both got to know Jake so well and it was nice for me to be able to trust you as well because I knew you knew him and had his best interest at heart. It was all and all a great experience for our whole family, so THANK YOU!
Thank you for all your help through the college search, who knows where I’d be without you! I have thought about the difference you have made in my family, and it is pretty clear that none of us would be where we are today without your help. So thank you so much!
You’re the best, Sue!!! All is well. Thank you FOREVER for your wonderful consult — two girls, two “perfect fits” — we feel grateful every day. Happy 2014!
Hello Sue, I just wanted to shoot you a quick email to thank you so much for helping our son navigate the college selection process. I really felt you understood our son, the type of person he is and what was most important to him in a college environment and experience. We are all thrilled he was accepted to Grinnell ED and can’t thank you enough for all your expertise! It really is such a great fit for our son and he sensed it from our very first visit.
Just wanted to let you know our son got his acceptance letter from Rose-Hulman today. He is in cloud 9. We never would have looked at Rose without your guidance so we owe you a huge thanks!
I just can’t believe it. Two years ago I didn’t think college was even an option and here he is at an amazing place studying what he wants. I don’t think thank you is enough!!!
Sue, you have been an immense help, and, we are happy to recommend you as often as we can! For your part of the deal, you just need to keep doing as you are for another 8-10 years, so you can help the girls. Thanks for all, and, keep in touch. If you ever would like a referral, feel free to have anyone email or call. We’re happy to give one.
She is very excited about your college suggestions. I really want to thank you. We would never have found some of these good matches on our own and both of us are glad for your advice about some of the reach schools on our list. I am not sure how people get through this process without knowledgeable help!
Please relay a big thank you to Kris for helping K– this afternoon at the Jam session and this evening! Kris turned around edits quickly and even worked with K– on her final edits until 10:30 tonight. I saw Kris’ last suggestion to K– and it was right on target. Thank you, Sue, for putting together a great team and providing such a valuable service to the students!
Ben got his AP tests back and got 5 on both. He was very excited. I don’t think he would have done so well without your encouragement to study for the tests. It paid off and now he is excited to study for the ACT. Anyway, I think you are awesome and so glad we found you. You know how to motivate kids and get them focused on the right things, but still keep a balanced approach. Hope all is well. Thank you for everything!! You are the best!
Dear Sue and Ryan,
You are an impressive duo on many levels. We left feeling that we are in good hands. (All of us) . You are the modern day personal coach for high school kids, the more socially acceptable gap between parent and social worker/psychologist, and the most important match.com at this stage in life. With pleasure we sign on,
A student who is thriving in college…My son is absolutely thriving at the University of Denver! DU has been the best place for him. He’s been on the executive committee of his fraternity and that’s been very formative in incredibly positive ways. It is not a “frat” but truly a fraternity of brothers who are invested in serving, in academic excellence, and in pushing one another to excel and grow as men of character. He is planning to spend his summer in New York city taking classes at Parsons The New School of Design, working part time for a retail store, and hopefully interning with a clothing design company. It should be a memorable summer filled with growth and adventure. Thanks for all you did to help him select DU!
We are so proud of Rachel. I would like to sincerely thank you for your four long years of guidance, teaching, and wisdom for Rachel. The whole framework for her approach to her studies in high school evolved from some of our first sessions with you when she was a freshman. Rachel made her own decision, which should help her over the next four exciting years. Suzanne, you are the best.
YES,HIRE SUE LUSE. I haven’t had anyone get into Duke in the last nine years without going through Sue Luse. Given your obvious savviness about the college admissions process, you definitely want to be sure you are doing everything possible to allow K— the opportunity to attend that school in another 18 months. You probably already know Sue’s daughter graduated from Duke, so if there’s one school she knows better than any other, it’s Duke. She won’t waste your time, and she won’t stroke your ego, either. Even if you already know 90% of what Sue tells you (a point that should be re-assuring to you and not frustrating) that last 10% may be just enough to produce an acceptance letter. More importantly, Sue’s track record of making high-potential clients giddy about their #2 and #3 choices is unsurpassed. A student two years ago of hers (I tutored this same student in SAT & ACT) got a rejection from his top choice Notre Dame, but by that time, Sue had spent so much time massaging his 2nd choice — Vanderbilt University — that he jumped at it. That kid’s now a sophomore and says Vandy’s the “perfect choice” and he couldn’t even imagine being stuck in stuffy old South Bend, compared to Nashville. Sue’s real gift–if I may say so–is helping a 17-year old believe that #1 #2 and #3 are virtually indistinguishable and that the individual’s happiness is less dependent on the name of the college and more dependent on the right fit. I honestly get nervous when I’m tutoring a student and they tell me they only have one real choice for a college. Yikes. That is not the way to go.
Thank You so much for helping all four of our children navigate the college process. We cannot express our gratitude enough for your organizations wonderful work with our children. What a journey it has been, and we believe the process you directed us thru has been performed with the utmost professionalism.
Thank you for all your wonderful help during the college planning journey. It was easy and even fun, and we loved working with you. We wish we had more children to send your way!
You provide an excellent service and we’re glad we’re working with you and your team.
All I can say is, you add so much value in this process not to mention you are shoulder to cry on in times of need!!
I don’t know how we would have navigated this tortuous path without your guidance and support.
The way you connect with your students and the process you have in place to get such a daunting process completed is unmatched!!…Accepted into at least 7 schools and scholarship money from all of them so far…the decision will be interesting.
Thank you for all you did to help her sort through her decision options. I think the best help was in giving her the confidence through the entire grueling process that there are good options within her reach.
We are so appreciative and thankful to have you as part of our college journey for our girls. You’ve been an a tremendous resource – and friend.
You have been an immense help in our college journey and we thank you for all you have done to help ease the stress of finding the “right” college.
Thank you for the amazing guidance you have given me throughout high school and my entire college search and application process. You also helped me cope with the ups and downs of high school and were always there for me. I could not be more proud and happy to say I am going to my DREAM college, largely because of your help and guidance. You made my dream come true!
I thought last nights meeting went very well. You have a good interaction with her. I think we are on the right track with school size and level for softball.
Thank you so much for all of your help throughout the application process! I can’t thank you enough for all of the help, advice and support you (and your associates!) gave me during the college search! Your help was invaluable, and no doubt played a great role in my acceptance! Thank you once again!
Thanks you for the time you have spent mentoring me. My rule, when I decide who to work with, is their attribute toward children. You are in my highest esteem. Every single person, adult or child I have spoken to or who knows you sings your praises. The kids love you – all different types students and learners. I have so appreciated your guidance and patience as I have worked with you this year.
Thank you so much for all the help and positive encouragement you gave our daughter throughout the college search and application process. You really helped decrease her anxiety she felt early on in the process.
Thank you for everything you did for our son. We appreciate all the your guidance and consel. You took what could have been a very stressful time and made it a PLEASURE!
May you walk with a piece of sunlight always in your heart, John has been accepted to all his colleges and has also received impressive merit scholarships. We would not be here without your help.
I am so over due in extending my gratitude to you for all you have done for TJ and for me. TJ has been accepted into, I think 8 out of 10 Colleges so far! Not only am I so psyched at all the great choices he has, but what it has done to boost his self esteem. You are so savvy to know which schools weigh less on the ACT’s and more on grades and extra curricula’s. There is no way I could have ever gotten to this place without you!
We are so grateful for your help. You have changed my daughter’s life and set her on the right path. You will never be forgotten by my daughter or me. There are people in our lives that make such a difference in the quality and joy in our lives and you are one of those! None of this would have been possible without you!
We are eternally grateful to you for the wonderful support and guidance you gave our girls, and we recommend you to all our friends with college-bound children. You have been an important influence on our girls – many, many thanks for all you’ve done!
We loved your service. It kept us organized and on track. I must say it helped take the stress out of the whole process. We will recommend your services to everyone we know!
You were right on so many levels about college options for our daughter. It has been a godsend. And so were you, right when we needed you. You really know your stuff, combined with a keen intuition about every kid you see.
Thanks for all, all, all, of your help! You have my best wishes in the future to help others also realize and accomplish their goals. I remember in the first meeting with you when I told you that Harvard was my first choice you did not say it was impossible and instead, you made it happen! Please keep in touch. Thank you.
I also want to take the time to thank you for all the help in the last few years! College admissions definitely would have been more challenging without you and your associates’ guidance and expertise! I remember how back in high school the future seemed so far away, but now the last four years seem like a distant dream! Time flies the more you experience it.
Thank You so much for helping all four of our children navigate the collage process. . We cannot express our gratitude enough for your organizations wonderful work with our children. What a journey it has been, and we believe the process you directed us thru has been performed with the upmost professionalism.
We love you and the help you have provided our children, all 3 who have worked with you so far.
Sue – you are a dear woman, it was a pleasure to get to know you and thank you for all your help.
My daughter and I have enjoyed your personal and professional manner in the way you have dealt with us.
Sue, we couldn’t have done it without you!
Sue thanks! You were a very positive influence on our son and his self-esteem.
Thank you so much for advising our son and us in our navigation of the college application process. we are all obviously thrilled with our outcome – but also greatly appreciated the guidance, advice, input, unruffled demeanor and resource you and your team provided throughout the process. The whole process was remarkably low stress.
Very nice to work with you, we couldn’t have done it without you!
You are a wonderful person, I could relate to you from our very first phone call.