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Top College Application Review Services

Updated on September 10, 2012

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Attending the right college or university is an extremely important aspect of your future. Of course, you’ll have to get accepted first and provide a stellar college application. Even if you have good grades and good standardized test scores, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be accepted by the school of your choice. There are just too many variables in the college application process.

Fortunately for potential students, there are a number of excellent college application review services where students can receive college counseling. Consultations with such teams can have a huge impact on how your college application and college essays are received and reviewed. Some of the best college application review services in the United States are CollegeDNA, The Ivy Coach, Essay Edge, and Hernandez College Consulting. Read a little more about the college counseling services below.


CollegeDNA provides consultation services for students who wish to attend any of the nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California. This service will not only greatly increase your chances of being accepted into U.C. – they’ll also streamline the financial aid process for you.

U.C. gets literally hundreds of thousands of college applications every year, and of course, not every applicant will be accepted. You need to find a way to make your college application stand out and appear special. The CollegeDNA team knows how to do just that. It’s comprised of former instructors, former admission office employees, and former application readers – all from the University of California. They know all the ins and outs of getting your college application moved to the top of the stack.

The Ivy Coach

The Ivy Coach helps students find the right prep school, college, university, or graduate school for them. After that’s been accomplished, this consulting group assists students in gaining admittance with impressive college applications. They’ll evaluate your grade transcripts, talents, extracurricular activities, and standardized test scores and give you an objective assessment of your chances with the schools of your choice. They’ll also offer additional choices of schools.

The Ivy Coach will review your college applications and your college essays and guide you through the processes. Their workshops provide expert help with college essay writing, choosing a school, and interview skills. If you prefer one-on-one assistance, this can be done in person or via the phone, email, fax, or webcam.

Essay Edge

If you’re looking at colleges and universities, you probably already know how important college essays are. Your essay could very well be the deciding factor on whether or not you’re accepted into the school of your choice. Essay Edge provides you with the services of a professional essay editor, ensuring that your college application gets a boost from an impressive essay.

Essay Edge can help you, no matter what area of study you plan to enter: law, medicine, business, or other studies. Once you complete your college essay, it will be read and critiqued by an expert. You can choose among several levels of service, including video lessons to help you improve your writing skills. Their services are fast, too. In most cases, your essay will be proofread and critiqued in less than 48 hours.

Hernandez College Consulting

If your heart is set on attending an Ivy League school, you’ll greatly increase your chances with Hernandez College Consulting. This team is headed by Dr. Michele Hernandez, author of bestsellers like Acing the College Application, The Middle School Years, and A is for Admission. Through her years of serving as an Assistant Director of Admissions at DartmouthCollege, Dr. Hernandez has a wealth of insider information to help you gain entrance to the college of your dreams.

Students can get a head start on preparing for college as early as the eighth grade. Choose from private consultations, four-day workshops, and personal tutors who will help with college essays and improve your standardized test scores. You'll also get invaluable help with completing college applications. You can also learn from CDs and books, at your own pace.

Hernandez College Consulting has an impressive track record. 92% of their students have gained acceptance into their first choice of schools, and 83% were accepted to Ivy League schools early!

Is college counseling worth the cost?

You might be wondering if college counseling is really worth the costs involved. The answer is a definite YES! Consider the fees an investment in your future. The job market in the U.S. now is incredibly competitive, so any "edge" you can get on the competition will make you more attractive to potential employers. Having attended and graduated from a respected school will look good on your resume. College counseling can help you do just that!

Check out these top college application review services for invaluable college counseling!
Check out these top college application review services for invaluable college counseling!


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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      That's awesome, Sam! College counseling can really pay off!

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      Samellen 7 years ago

      My daughter used The Ivy Coach and we couldn't have been more pleased! She was accepted at Harvard, Princeton and Columbia and many others and she is now a freshman at Princeton and loving every minute. Princeton wasn't even on her original list of colleges!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      HH, do they have college counseling in the UK?

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Interesting because I had no idea about how it is done in your country.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for visiting, dara!

      Malvin, you should be very proud of your girls!

      LL, I totally agree!

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      L.L. Woodard 7 years ago from Oklahoma City

      This is great information to have. I had no idea such services were available. A great investment in the future.

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      Malvin13 7 years ago from New Jersey

      Good article. My daughter just graduated 2 weeks ago from St. Johns. She even made the honor society. I can see how this article could help. My youngest daughter is getting ready to transfer to another college. Will pass this on to my daughter. She need help. You are so right about the job market. My oldest daughter is going to grad school.

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      daravuthz 7 years ago from Cambodia

      Thanks for the info, great explanation. I look forward to reading more :D