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“Laurie helped me earn acceptance into my top choice, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. She helped individualize my application process and went out of her way to help me see all the options, and knew exactly how to boost my application to present my best self. Laurie is very knowledgeable and could answer all my questions, a huge help!"

 –Alex, University of St. Andrew

“Working with Mrs. Cortez inspired me to stay on track with the college admissions process. In a timely manner, she walked me through setting goals, testing, and writing admissions essays. After working with her in Junior year, I have been admitted to every school I applied to – I could not be more grateful for College Coaching Services’ guidance."

– Rachel, UC Berkeley

“Laurie really knows her stuff and she’s focused on finding the best fit for you. She made a stressful process fun and enjoyable!"

–Evie, Chapman University

“I highly recommend Mrs. Laurie Cortez of College Coaching Services. Laurie assisted my child starting in sophomore year of high school. Throughout the process, Laurie was very accessible and always maintained an admirably polite, congenial and professional demeanor. My child was pleased to work with Laurie whose services were comprehensive. No deadlines were missed, all testing was adequately prepared for and timely completed, and an objective read on application essays was provided. She also served as a much appreciated buffer between parent and teenager which was service worth much more than she charged. More importantly in this day and age, Laurie was ethically dedicated to helping my child gain acceptance to a University that genuinely validated academic achievements and personal potential – Go Cal! Ever grateful."

– Erin Parent of Santa Barbara High School Student

“If you want to take the stress out of the college application process, hire Laurie Cortez at College Coaching Services! I began the college application process with my daughter a few years back and quickly realized I needed help. After the first meeting with Laurie, I knew we had made the right choice. Laurie breaks down the process into manageable steps and creates a to-do list to complete before the next meeting. Laurie’s in depth knowledge of how to navigate the complex college admissions process made life for us stress free! My daughter is currently enjoying her sophomore year at University of San Diego and my son is wrapping up his applications for 2017-18. He has already been accepted to eight schools! When most students are just beginning to fill out applications and write their essays, my kids were already finished! The earlier you can start working with Laurie, the better!”

– Andy, parent of Santa Barbara High School students

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