Educational Advocates’ help in preparing our daughter for the college process was invaluable. I’m not sure that we would have been able to get through it without their help. Prior to working with Joan, we had visited several college campuses, but were having a difficult time narrowing down our daughter’s choices. Each school seemed to offer something unique and appealing. Thankfully, Joan helped us to sort through all of the information and compose a list of schools which suited our daughter’s needs and interests. Throughout the application process, Joan’s ability to simplify each step, ensured that the process be as stress free as possible. I have recommended Educational Advocates to many of our friends and look forward to working with them again with our younger daughter.
Sally, Winchester Parent
I became panicked when my daughter and I began the college search process. She is an only child, and I had no experience with the application process. I contacted Educational Advocates in Brookline MA after finding a recommendation for them on my town’s residents Facebook page. Educational Advocates was the highest rated of all mentioned private college counseling services. Several of the other IEC’s endorsed were located closer to our community, but I wanted the best if we were going to invest in one. It turned out to be the best decision. Rebecca Kenney was assigned to be our counselor, and I can’t speak more highly of her. The moment I met her at the first consultation I felt like I’d known her forever. She completely empowered my daughter in her college search and application process. Rebecca’s structure, reminders, and deadlines were very beneficial especially given my daughter’s extremely busy schedule. Rebecca made sure that my student set aggressive but realistic goals for her course schedule, after school and summer commitments. Being able to call on an expert reduced my stress. I could trust that my daughter’s college list, application and essay strategies were strong.
In December my daughter was accepted to her first choice ED University and all four of her EA schools.
Shiri, Parent of American University student
Educational Advocates was instrumental in making the college process smooth for our son and for us. Although we have been through the process with our older son and were somewhat familiar with it, we found the Educational Advocates process extremely helpful. Our consultant, Cathy, was knowledgeable, organized, and stayed on top of things. Cathy helped us narrow down the list of colleges that were best suited for our son and to strategize about where and if to apply early decision and early admission. Every step went more smoothly due to her guidance and the deadlines she set for our son. She was always readily available to consult with and prompt with responding to our questions. Most importantly, thanks to Cathy our son was accepted to his first choice college. We are grateful for the support from Educational Advocates and Cathy in particular.
Anna, Parent of Columbia University student
Bob, Newton parent
Oleg U. , Newton, MA
Cathy did an incredible job both evaluating my niece and helping her to find a school to fit her needs perfectly. She worked closely with her and used her skills to assist her with applications and she received early admission to all of the colleges she applied to! We greatly appreciate Cathy’s help and will definitely be coming back to her for assistance with our younger children.
Mia, Parent of Wesleyan University student
Maureen, Parent of Skidmore College student
Adina, Connecticut College Student
Educational Advocates helped me smoothly navigate my way through the college process. I approached Joan and Liz with no idea of what I wanted to write my personal essay or supplements about, and I left our first meeting feeling confident and stress-free. They took all the time needed to help me organize my thoughts and devise a plan for my writing, and I created very strong essays that highlighted my strengths. Joan is a wealth of information and great advice. I would never have been accepted to my top schools without them!
Leah, Harvard University student
Tara L., Columbia University Graduate Student
Cathy’s guidance was invaluable as I applied to graduate school. With her help I crafted a personal statement that highlighted my best experiences and truly reflected my passion for my field. I felt like I was able to show off my best side to each school, and now I can’t wait to start my master of public health at my first choice program!
Donna and Peter, parents of Cornell University student
We want to express our sincere thanks for Cathy’s work with our daughter. The research and insights that Cathy provided about colleges helped her make better informed decisions about schools to which she should apply. She found Cathy’s input supportive and optimistic, yet practical too. Writing essays about yourself can be difficult, but through Cathy’s feedback she felt that she clarified her writing and was able to express her unique perspective to potential colleges.
Lauren, Mother of Elon University student
Parent of Division I student athlete
Julie, George Washington University student
Chris, College of Wooster student
Karen, Parent of a University of St. Andrews student
Ted, Skidmore College student
Carol, Parent of Tufts University student
Joan was an excellent partner to us and our daughter in the college admission process. From the beginning, we felt that Joan would add the structure and resources to the process that we could not; we are good project managers but we don’t understand this industry the way she does. The tools she provided to our daughter to prepare for visits and interviews helped improve her confidence, and we are sure this helped in the admission process. Joan was willing to have the difficult conversations with our daughter (and sometimes with us) to make sure it was a college search that would most benefit the student.
My daughter has a learning challenge and Joan added a breadth of knowledge and first hand exposure to colleges on the curriculum demands and academic support. This added-value made a huge difference in our final application list and my daughter’s comfort in the list. When the time came to write essays and finish applications, Joan was excellent at letting my daughter’s voice come through and made sure she was ready for applying early decision. My daughter was accepted to her first choice, a highly selective college. Joan was our first call after we got the acceptance envelope.
My daughter absolutely loves her college; she can’t stop telling me how happy she is there and how she feels it is her “tribe.” She feels challenged and excited by classes and has made friends. The academic support office has been proactive in working with my daughter. Joan helped us get to that big sigh of relief you feel as a parent when you know your child will be okay. We would recommend her to folks looking for someone who will care about your child’s future almost as much as you do.