“If you want to take the stress out of the college application process, hire College Coaching Services!”

College Coaching Services takes the guesswork and stress out of applying for college, a process filled with an astounding amount of details, paperwork, choices, and opportunities. It’s time-consuming, complicated and nerve-wracking — and highly rewarding if done right.

College Coaching Services brings the experience, passion and perseverance to help students and parents succeed throughout every step of the college application process. From her offices in Southern California, Certified Educational Consultant Laurie Cortez assists students from across the country in realizing their college goals.   

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Laurie Cortez 
From large public state universities to small private institutions to the Ivy League, College Coaching Services clients have gone on to success at colleges and universities across the country and around the world. 
Laurie Cortez, founder of College Coaching Services and a Certified Educational Consultant, has successfully guided hundreds of high school, college transfer and graduate students through the college admission process.

Laurie’s experience as a former teacher and vice principal, combined with her proven track record as a Certified Independent College Counselor, provides valuable insight into the higher education landscape, with specific expertise to ensure students and parents are prepared and successful throughout the complicated college application process. She is a frequent media commentator and author, and has presented workshops for parents and students at high schools, junior high schools and educational centers across the country.

Laurie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management, a California Teaching Credential, and advanced credentials in College Counseling. She is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

For Laurie, helping kids succeed in college and in life is in her family DNA. Her husband, Ron, is a career university executive, and they are the proud parents of Marcus, an international relations graduate of Georgetown University; and Kristen, a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and Southwestern Law School.
"Laurie helped individualize my application process, went out of her way to help me pursue all options, and knew exactly how to boost my application to present my best self.”
​- Alex, University of St. Andrews, Scotland​

2017-18 SAT Testing Dates

  • May 3, 2017
  • June 3
  • August 26
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2
  • March 10, 2018
  • May 5
  • June 2
2017-18 ACT Testing Dates
  • June 10, 2017
  • September 9
  • October 28
  • December 9
  • February 10, 2018
  • April 14
  • June 9
  • July 14