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The ranking order for the Top 20 College Admissions Counseling and Consulting firms list is derived algorithmically based upon a proprietary weighting of the following criteria: annual revenue, number of students advised, number of ancillary services or practice areas, success ratio, average amount of students admitted to top 25 U.S. colleges and universities as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, client satisfaction (testimonials/votes), social media presence, executive thought leadership, and editorial input.


The Independent Educational Counseling and Consulting industry, trade associations, and various college admissions counseling and consulting firms produce a wide array lists and rankings and no such list/ranking, including this one, should substitute for due diligence on behalf of prospective clients or employees. The rankings noted on this site are deemed reliable, but cannot be guaranteed as some of the data is provided by firms ranked on the list, and such data, especially in the case of privately held companies, can be biased and cannot be exhaustively verified.




New York, NY


For over 20 years, IvyWise has been dedicated to helping students find the schools that will be a good fit for them, where they will be happy and succeed. Ivywise’s team has over 150 years of combined experience and they have worked with thousands of students. In 2017, 91% of IvyWise students were accepted into one or more of their three top-choice schools, and in their entire 20 year history, less than 1% of Ivywise students have ever transferred from their original school.


Malibu, CA


Veritas Prep was originally founded in a dorm room by two Yale roommates and has since then expanded to provide SAT and ACT prep, GMAT prep, GRE prep, college admissions counseling, and MBA admissions counseling. From the first day to today, all Veritas Prep instructors have earned official scores above the 99th percentile of all test takers. Veritas Prep also constructed their practice tests, homework problems, and student support with the same mindset: focus only on the highest possible quality. The same went for Veritas Prep’s admissions consulting services – Veritas Prep pioneered the Specialist/Head Consultant model, where each Head Consultant actually served on the admissions committee of a top tier program and Veritas Prep Specialists attended the schools to which you were applying. That formula proved to be popular with students, and today Veritas Prep is the nation’s largest privately held test prep and admissions consulting company.






Miami, FL


Prepory Coaching Group is the inflection point company. Prepory works across the human life history to help meritocratize transitions and facilitate growth. Prepory works with private, public, and nonprofit organizations, along with individuals from all walks of life, to create opportunities. Prepory’s core services include undergraduate admissions coaching, graduate admissions coaching, and career development counseling. Founded in 2012, Prepory’s team of 20+ works with partners around the globe to guide individuals into their dream college, career, and beyond.


Concord, MA


In 2015 they combined Hernandez College Consulting and Application Boot Camp® LLC to create Top Tier Admissions. Top Tier Admissions is a company devoted to empowering students from around the world in the college and graduate school admissions process. Top Tier Admissions offers private college counseling as early as eighth grade, 4-day and 3-day long college application bootcamps, SAT and ACT tutoring, and AP exam tutoring in a variety of subjects






New York, NY


Ivy Coach provides college counseling to students seeking admission to Ivy League colleges as well as other highly selective universities. Ivy Coach works with students from across the United States and around the world to help them have the best chance of admission to their top-choice schools. Ivy Coach’s “Unlimited Package” aims to help a student apply to 10 to 20 colleges and can cost over $100,000.00. Ivy Coach offers SAT/ACT tutoring as well as college counseling as early as middle school.


Cambridge, MA


CollegeVine says they’re trying to level the increasingly unfair playing field of college admissions by offering afforadble college mentoring. College Vine is trying to accomplish the goals of 1) using mentorship to build stronger students who are going to be successful in life, and 2) helping them navigate the admissions process according to their goals, whether it’s getting into a very competitive top university or simply finding the best school for them. By selectively hiring only the most talented, successful college students and rigorously training them in all aspects of admissions, College Vine has created a network of expert admissions mentors who have recently succeeded in the process themselves. This concept of near-peer mentorship — students helping students —  is key to helping College Vine’s clients become more effective individuals, develop unbelievable resumés, gain admission to their dream schools, and manage the college process with minimal stress.

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Cupertino, CA


IvyMax is a leading in-center and online education service provider that prepares students for admission to top-tier universities and beyond. Since 2004, IvyMax has been delivering industry-best results, having helped thousands of students ace tests, develop strong leadership intelligence, write tremendous essays, and get admitted to great schools. IvyMax stands apart from other service providers because of our empowering values and holistic approach, the comprehensiveness of our high-quality offerings, and our industry-leading market results in both SAT scores and college admissions. IvyMax offers SAT Reasoning Test (SAT I) prep and SAT Subject Test (SAT II) prep, one-on-one and small group tutoring, and intellectually and emotionally stimulating international summer and winter programs.


New York, NY


Command Education is informed by their founder’s four years as a research assistant at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, where a survey of 44,000 high schoolers found that the words they use most to describe how they feel at school are “Tired” (39%), “Stressed” (29%), and “Bored” (26%), but want to feel “Happy,” “Energized,” and “Excited.” Command Education works  with students to reduce stress and refocus their energy on what they are truly passionate and excited about.


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Watertown, MA


College Coach was founded in 1998 on the principle that every student is unique. All of College Coach’s Admissions Consultants are former senior admissions and college finance officers from some of the most selective colleges in the U.S. College Coach is proud to be part of Bright Horizons, working with families both independently and through employers to help students achieve their educational aspirations.


Santa Monica, CA


College Zoom has 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. According to College Zoom, although their classmates describe them as “only average,” one admissions officer described their applications as "too good of a fit to turn away. College Zoom identified common denominator trends in students who get accepted to their desired colleges, and help student’s uniquely demonstrate a college's definition of "fit.” College Zoom is the only independent college counselors USC has ever invited to present a series of workshops alongside its admissions office.

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Hoboken, NJ


Founded in 1998, Preminente College Counseling Services provides exceptional individualized educational counseling to a carefully selected and capped clientele. Preminente focuses on expert academic advising, standardized test selection and timing, coordination of extracurricular activities, summer programming and summer internships. Members of the consulting team include former top college and graduate school admissions officers and admissions directors, top Ivy League graduates, published authors, former Division I and professional athletes, noted artists, and graduates from top law and graduate schools. The Preminente team works with students at top boarding, private, and public schools throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Central America, and Asia


#12 Collegewise


Irvine, CA


Collegewise was founded in 1999 with one college counselor working with nine students. Since then, it has grown to employ 40 college counselors and works with hundreds of students. Collegewise aims to make the college process an exciting time for students and parents, not a stressful, anxiety-ridden, cardiac arrest-inducing rite of passage.

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New Haven, CT


InGenius Prep was founded with the mission of providing the world’s best admissions counseling services. According to InGenius Prep their philosophy can be summed up in a single word: meritocracy. InGenius Prep believes many qualified candidates receive rejections not because they are bad students, but because they are bad applicants. We want to remove the obstacle of the admissions process and thereby enable those who belong to actually get in.


City, ST


Since the late 1990s Study Point has helped over 30,000 students navigate the college process and increase their standardized test scores. Study Point’s insider know-how is invaluable when it comes time to craft a compelling application and their emphasis on the “right” school rather than the “best” school increases a student’s chance of acceptance at an elite university.

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Bethesda, MD


Marks Education was founded in 2004 by Nina Marks building on her many years of distinguished teaching and college counseling at the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC. In 2006, Marks Education started their Tutoring Division which has enjoyed extraordinary test prep tutoring results. Today, they offer admission counseling services for K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and professional school and a plethora of tutoring services.


Fort Lauderdale, Fl


International College Counselors is based in South Florida and gives students across the world the edge to find and get into the college of his or her dreams. International College Counselors works with students to understand financial aid and provides counseling for boarding school, undergraduate, graduate, and professional school.

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Bethesda, MD


Green Apple College connects with students using a student-centered, introspective, creative approach which celebrates the idea that preparing for college is a valuable step in preparing for life.With years of admissions and counseling experience, Green Apple College understands and enjoy the complexities of higher education. Blending school data and college admission trends with strategic planning and their students' unique talents and abilities, Green Apple has been very successful in helping students gain admission to the nations’s most elite colleges.


Princeton, NJ


Princeton College Consulting is a private college counseling practice providing college admissions assistance and athletic recruiting services. Princeton College Consulting has developed a “College Admissions Index Calculator” to help students estimate their chances of being admitted to the college of their choice.

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Chestnut Hill, MA