Read About Several of Our Many Success Stories

HECTOR – University of California, Los Angeles UCLA logo

The first generation in his family to attend college, Hector began working with College Coaching Services when a family friend, recognizing Hector’s incredible academic potential, connected him with Laurie Cortez. Beginning in his junior year of high school, Hector worked with Laurie to solidify his goal of becoming a doctor, diligently boosting his grades, taking the classes that would resonate with admissions committees, building his professional resume and community service portfolio, and crafting essays that illustrated his passion and aptitude for his future profession. College Coaching Services helped Hector prepare for success on his college entrance exams, and guided him through college visits to his top-choice schools. With Laurie’s help, Hector earned the A’s he needed and is now an undergraduate biology student at UCLA and planning for his next chapter at a top-tier medical school.

ZOE – University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts USC School for Cinematic Arts Logo

An outstanding illustrator from her earliest years, Zoe was fiercely committed to pursuing art in college and her parents sought out College Coaching Services when she was a sophomore, to help her realize her dreams. Following Laurie’s advice, Zoe began to build a portfolio of her work early on, that illustrated her artistic depth, range and ability—a multi-year undertaking that gave her a leading head start when it came time to submit both her academic and artistic resumes to her top-choice school. Her focus and diligence throughout the admissions process paid off when Zoe won a prime spot at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she will graduate in 2018.

LOGAN – University of Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania Logo

A star athlete, a star student and an all-around super kid, Logan embarked on his college admissions journey beginning in his freshman year of high school. In partnership with his supportive parents, Laurie helped Logan “think outside the box” on what it would take to get into an Ivy League school, encouraging him to build on his community service and athletic accomplishments and increase his GPA to the “beyond 4.0” required for admission to America’s leading universities. Thanks to his hard work and the support of College Coaching Services, Logan is now a PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) undergrad at UPenn, and Laurie is now preparing his younger brother to navigate the college admissions process.

CAITLIN – New York University NYU Logo

College Coaching Services began working with Caitlin as a sophomore, who had a dream of going to a college and pursuing a degree in art on the East Coast. Throughout her high school years, Caitlin worked with Laurie to get her grades up and build her professional resume, including mentoring younger art students in her community. Thanks to strong parental involvement and the advice and counsel of College Coaching Services, Caitlin applied and was accepted into a summer arts program at NYU, which helped build her confidence and experience before she submitted her official applications. She is now a full-time arts major at NYU, living the big city life to which she had always aspired.

LAUREL – University of California, Berkeley University of California, Berkeley Logo

Laurel’s parents discovered College Coaching Services during one of Laurie Cortez’s presentations at a local junior high school, and kept her in mind when their daughter needed guidance to navigate the highly competitive UC admissions process. Beginning in Laurel’s sophomore year, Laurie worked with her to research universities, increase her GPA, build her resume, and secure pre-college internships that would help her stand out with the UC application committees. When Laurel didn’t get accepted to UC Berkeley in the usual Fall semester rotation, this ambitious young woman took advantage of Cal’s pre-admission policies, moved to campus, rushed a sorority, and enrolled in classes through UC Extension. Unwavering in her college goals, Laurel is now a full-time Cal undergrad pursuing a major in Rhetoric and a minor in Public Policy at her top-choice school.. Based on Laurel’s success, her parents retained College Coaching Services to assist Laurel’s younger brother Phillip in gaining acceptance to Yale University.

College Coaching Services clients have gone on to success at colleges and universities across the country and around the world. Here are some of the institutions of higher learning where our students have thrived.

Schools A-F

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Arizona State University
University of Arizona

Loyola Marymount University
Stanford University
University of Southern California
Santa Clara University
Pepperdine University
University of California-All Campuses:
Los Angeles
San Diego
Santa Barbara
Santa Cruz
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
California State University-All Campuses
Cal Arts-California Institute of the Arts
California Lutheran University
Chapman College
Harvey Mudd College
Occidental College
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Scripps College
Westmont College

Colorado College
Regis University
University of Colorado, Boulder

University of Connecticut
Yale University

University of Delaware

District of Columbia
Georgetown University
American University
Catholic University
George Washington University

Florida State University
University of Florida
University of Miami

Schools H-N

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Hawaii Pacific University
University of Hawaii

Loyola University Chicago
Marquette University
University of Chicago

Indiana University
Purdue University
University of Notre Dame

Loyola University New Orleans
Tulane University

Johns Hopkins University
Loyola University, Maryland
University of Maryland, College Park

Babson College
Berklee College of Music
Boston College
Boston University
Emerson College
Northeastern University
University of Massachusetts

Bethel University

Creighton University

New Hampshire
Dartmouth College

New York
Colgate University
Cornell University
Fordham University
New York University
Pratt University
Sarah Lawrence College
North Carolina
Duke University
Guilford College
Wake Forest University

Schools O-Z

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Miami University
Xavier University

Lewis and Clark College
University of Oregon
University of Portland

Carnegie Mellon University
Penn State
University of Pennsylvania
Villanova University

Rhode Island
Brown University
Salve Regina University
University of Rhode Island

Vanderbilt University

Baylor University
Rice University
Southern Methodist University
Texas Christian University
Trinity University
University of Texas, Austin

University of Richmond
University of Virginia
Virginia Tech

Washington State
Gonzaga University
Puget Sound University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
University of Washington
Whitman College

Beloit College
University of Wisconsin, Madison

University of St. Andrews, Scotland

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