A Historic Breakthrough
In 2012, we won development funding from the University of Southern California to develop results-oriented college counseling methodology. After innovating methods that ethically lifted students with lower grades and SAT/ACT scores into highly selective colleges—and gave all students a measurable advantage—we became the only independent college counselors USC has ever invited to present a series of workshops alongside its admissions office.
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."
Expert Analysis Provided For:
How We Increase Certainty in Admissions Outcomes
We identified the common denominator trends in the students who get accepted to the colleges you desire, and we help you become stronger embodiments of the right attributes, uniquely in your own way. Additionally, we speak with deans and conduct proprietary research to guide you in making smarter decisions. For example, 4 years before Harvard's Turning the Tide study on the future of college admissions, we'd already predicted and were applying its recommendations. Most recently, we got the UC to change its application's new activity sheet to allow bullet point formatting. We're ahead of trends; at times we set them. That's how we get results.
The Perfect Bridge Between Generations
"The original business plan I wrote for College Zoom a decade ago predicted that we'd be fully staffed with former admissions officers by now. That was before I understood that admissions office pedigree doesn't equal persuasive writing or teaching ability.
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 decent enough hand and play it right. We help students ethically change the cards in their hands. Admissions offices don't teach that.
To this day, a former admissions officer has never passed our first round interview. However, hiring counselors who think like successful players, rather than the game's referees, is why I believe we succeed when teaching students how to maintain our industry's leading success rate without forcing them to designate easier "top choice" colleges. Truly, your success is our success, and vice versa."
— David Reynaldo, Founder
Origin: Capital High School, WA
Origin: Morgan Hill High School, CA
USC, Computer Engineering,
Origin: South Pasadena High School, CA
Origin: Westmont High School, CA
Origin: The Buckley School, CA
School of Cinematic Arts,
Origin: North Andover High School, MA
Marshall School of Business,
Origin: Stockdale High School, CA