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Because you need a strategy to achieve your biggest, most audacious goals. 

College Counseling

For smart, driven students around the world with big, bold dreams.

because you can get into college without becoming a sleep deprived teenager or worried parent.

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A successful application to top tier colleges requires a lot more than good grades and test scores. It requires a competitive edge, strategic essays, cohesive themes, killer recommendation letters, and interview strategy. It requires a complex formula that = part hours and hours of research, part deep learning, and part out of the box creative thinking.

Luckily, that’s how my brain works.

 

Because when it comes to discovering your biggest, boldest dreams and getting into amazing colleges where you can achieve them, there’s no shortcut. (Don’t believe anyone who tells you there is).

● If you have big dreams but don’t know how to achieve them…
● If you want to figure out what your biggest dreams are and connect the dots…
● If you’re excited about amazing colleges but overwhelmed about how to get in…

college counselor

That’s where I come in….

Hi, I’m Cathleen McCaffery

I’m a college counselor who helps smart, motivated, and driven students around the world achieve their big bold dreams through education.

I have a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from USC, College Counseling training from UCLA, and I’m a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). I only work with students I know I can help succeed.

Let’s be honest: Most high school counselors aren’t going to give you a personalized strategy to get into the colleges of your dreams. Becoming a high school counselor includes almost no training in college admissions. That’s right! But, it’s not their fault. The average counselor to student ratio is 407:1. Imagine having 407 kids to be responsible for!! Sheesh…

You’re not going to get the white glove, customized strategy, meet with you once a week to brainstorm AMAZING essays and edit them like a pro at your high school. And even if it’s the fanciest, best high school in the country. Believe me, I went to one!
But I know that if you can dream it, you can do it (thanks Walt Disney).

I simplify the complex world of college admissions for students who are serious about investing in a custom strategy and action plan that will have a major impact on their lives. I do that through a customized process of exploration, innovation, strategy, teaching, efficiency techniques used by top CEOs, and mindset work.

As someone who’s graduated from a top tier university, done independent research in the Middle East, had writing published, lived abroad, and created my own career, understanding what’s truly possible for you and how to get from where you are right now to the colleges of your dreams can be a little like trying decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.

ED, EV, SCEA, DI, CSS Profile, EFC, DE, LAC, LOR, LOCI?!

I'm Here For You

Let me stay up past my bedtime reading college data sets, visiting colleges, and meeting with admissions reps from around the world so that you can concentrate on doing what you do best.

I simplify the complex world of college admissions for students who are serious about investing in a custom strategy and action plan that will have a major impact on their lives. I do that through a customized process of exploration, innovation, strategy, teaching, efficiency techniques used by top CEOs, and mindset work.

As someone who’s graduated from a top tier university, done independent research in the Middle East, had writing published, lived abroad, and created my own career, understanding what’s truly possible for you and how to get from where you are right now to the colleges of your dreams can be a little like trying decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.

ED, EV, SCEA, DI, CSS Profile, EFC, DE, LAC, LOR, LOCI?!

I'm Here For You

Let me stay up past my bedtime reading college data sets, visiting colleges, and meeting with admissions reps from around the world so that you can concentrate on doing what you do best.

Ways To Work With Me

Join The Admitted Mastermind™

Not quite sure what you need to do to 10X your chances of getting into top colleges, but feeling overwhelmed by figuring it all out? Join my 6 month mentorship program for 9th-11th grade students and create your own roadmap.

Your Personal College Counselor

You have big dreams, but you feel overwhelmed and confused. You aren’t sure if they are attainable or how to achieve them. I’ll help you with everything college prep starting as early as 9th grade.

College Essay Help

Already have your dreams mapped out and your college list set but need help tackling all those essays. I’m your gal. This year, one of my students set the record at 41 essays (yes, 41 essays!). 

Stop following outdated advice. There’s better way to get into college.

Real strategies to help you discover your big, bold dreams and get into top tier colleges – even if you don’t have a perfect GPA.

“Thank you!! I really appreciate all of your guidance and the time and care you invest in me! I’m SO HAPPY I was accepted by Pomona, Vassar, Tufts, Wesleyan, Colby, and Occidental!” 

-Kaitlyn W., Tufts Class of 2025

"Cathleen made the process so much less stressful!! Not only did I write outstanding essays, but I also gained the confidence that I can actually change the world and achieve my most ambitious goals. If I told myself a year ago I would be going to UChicago I would've never believed it. But you helped push me to reach my full potential. I am just getting started."

-Ava, The University of Chicago Class of 2025

“Cathleen’s calm and practical approach made me less worried and more confident throughout the business school application process. Her positive attitude was exactly what I needed in times when I was overwhelmed with finalizing my applications!”

-Sara D. (admitted to INSEAD the #1 global business school)

“Before I started working with Cathleen, I felt like I had everything ready for the most part. I had no idea how much work this whole process would take me, and to have someone masterminding the skeleton of my college apps has been extremely helpful. 

Yasmine, Boston University Class of 2025

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