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People sometimes ask me how I got started helping with admissions applications.
I got started entirely by accident, more than 25 years ago. A college roommate of mine wanted very badly to get into medical school at one of the country's top universities. He was not a strong candidate, in that context. After paying some professionals for advice and assistance that he found disappointing, he came to me for help. Probably more out of desperation than anything else. He had exhausted all his other options.
I developed some ideas for him and gave him major assistance with his application. I helped him package and position himself, to borrow a term from marketing. He got in! I'm not sure who was more surprised: my friend or I.
I still don't know much about medicine but I do know the hot buttons for admissions committees at prestigious schools (and less prestigious ones, as well), regardless of the field of study: business, law, medicine, whatever. It really doesn't matter. There is a body of principles and formulas that apply, in all cases.
After my roommate got into med school, other friends started coming to me for help. The results continued to be impressive. I got pretty good results for myself, too. Getting into graduate school at Harvard was a personal goal I had set for myself. I could have stayed for the Ph.D. but the man I had come to study with (Roy Hofheinz, Jr., son of a former mayor of Houston) left academia suddenly, to go into business, much to the dismay of his colleagues. So I finished the master's there in one year and moved on for the Ph.D. to Berkeley, where I was offered a scholarship and where several potential mentors awaited me.
Following graduation, my dissertation was published as a book, by a respected academic publisher (Westview Press) and I started my college teaching career. I liked the teaching part but I had serious problems with some of the other parts.
At one point, for example, my department chair issued an order that all grading was to be done according to a strict bell curve. There was a quota for As and a quota for Fs. We were required to fail a certain number of students, even if their performance was actually satisfactory! The stated reason for doing this was to enhance the department's reputation.
After a number of experiences along these lines, I decided to follow my heart and my passion. I had been doing educational consulting on a part-time basis for many years. I decided to pursue it full-time, using the inside knowledge I had gained about the academic system, for the benefit of my clients, the students, in my capacity as "equalizer."
Over the years, I've had the opportunity to help many people. It would not be an exaggeration to say that many near miracles have been performed and I continue to be surprised myself at what is often accomplished for people. As scores of satisfied clients will attest, it's truly amazing what can be accomplished when experience and expertise are intelligently applied.
At the same time, admissions coaching and assistance are a lot like test preparation, in this sense: If the student is willing to make the effort, it is a virtual certainty that his or her test scores will improve, significantly so. If the student makes little or no effort, the results will not be nearly as good.
Our original range of services has been significantly enhanced, by adding a financial aid and college funding solution to the original admissions application assistance component. As far as I know, we are the only service anywhere in the country offering this "total solution," as a complete package, to meet a student's and family's college education objectives.
We are also now involved in a number of innovative recruitment programs, bringing international students to study in the U.S., at the high school, college and graduate levels.
Through extensive experience, I've learned that it's a mistake to presume that everyone in a certain category is necessarily a good fit for a particular service. A brief email exchange is generally all that's needed to determine compatibility.

Our fees are a fraction of what one would pay for services at other comparable organizations, where hourly rates are as high as $500 and the price tag on admissions coaching "packages" can exceed $30,000.

I sincerely appreciate your interest in our services and would look forward to exploring with you how we might be able to help you achieve your goals.
If you have any question regarding our services, feel free to send me an email. I'm often able to answer within minutes. (If the link doesn't work for you, here's an address you can copy and paste into email:
Daniel K. Berman, Ph.D.
Director, CollegeSolutionsUSA
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