Does any of this sound familiar?

  • "I'm struggling to identify my child's unique qualities that will help them stand out on their college applications."

  • "Getting into a great college these days is much harder than when I applied."

  • "I want my child to have the same educational, career, and financial opportunities I had, but I'm not sure how to help them."

  • "I'm unsure about which classes my child should take or what extracurricular activities they should participate in to impress college admissions committees."

  • "I'm worried about making a huge mistake that will ruin my child's college admissions chances."

  • "Our high school counselor cannot give my child the personalized attention they need because they're overwhelmed with so many students."

  • "There's a lot of college admissions advice online, but I don't know what's accurate and what's wrong."

  • "I knew how to navigate the college admissions system decades ago, but I don't know how it is these days."

If so, you've come to the right place.

My name is Dr. Shirag Shemmassian, founder of Shemmassian Academic Consulting. Our group helps high-achieving high school students get into America's top colleges.

Over 90% of our students get into at least one of their top 3 colleges. For over a decade, we've learned exactly what it takes to get into Ivy League and other elite colleges—and we want to help your child do the same.

Imagine:

  • Never having to worry about doing college admissions research yourself. Instead, you can turn to trusted advisors to guide your family through the process.

  • Watching your child scream in excitement when they receive a letter from their dream college that starts with "Congratulations" and not "We regret to inform you..."

  • Proudly telling other parents which college your child will attend, rather than have to justify the decision to send them to a community college.

  • Knowing deep down that you've given your child every opportunity to become a successful adult.

Our goal is to help your child stand out in the college admissions process while pursuing the classes and activities they love. Moreover, we're to help your child prepare the absolute best college applications they can.

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Meet your advisors

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Shirag Shemmassian, Ph.D. / Founder & Head Admissions Consultant

B.S., Cornell | Ph.D., UCLA | Former Admissions Interviewer, Cornell


Cate Vogl, M.A. / Admissions Consultant B.A., USC | M.A., USC | Psy.D. (in progress), The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Cate Vogl, M.A. / Admissions Consultant
B.A., USC | M.A., USC | Psy.D. (in progress), The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Oz Hasbún, M.D. / Admissions Consultant B.S., Stanford | M.D., Columbia

Oz Hasbún, M.D. / Admissions Consultant
B.S., Stanford | M.D., Columbia

Suan Tuang, B.S. / Admissions Consultant B.S., MIT | M.D./Ph.D. (in progress), Harvard and MIT

Suan Tuang, B.S. / Admissions Consultant
B.S., MIT | M.D./Ph.D. (in progress), Harvard and MIT

Nicole Leung, Ph.D. / Admissions Consultant B.S., Occidental College | Ph.D., UCSB

Nicole Leung, Ph.D. / Admissions Consultant
B.S., Occidental College | Ph.D., UCSB

Vish Sridharan, M.D., M.B.A. / Admissions Consultant B.S., UNC Chapel Hill | M.D./M.B.A., Harvard and MIT

Vish Sridharan, M.D., M.B.A. / Admissions Consultant
B.S., UNC Chapel Hill | M.D./M.B.A., Harvard and MIT

Daily Guerrero, J.D. / Admissions Consultant B.A., Harvard | J.D., Columbia

Daily Guerrero, J.D. / Admissions Consultant
B.A., Harvard | J.D., Columbia

Sanjena Sathian, M.F.A. / Admissions Consultant B.A., Yale | M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Iowa

Sanjena Sathian, M.F.A. / Admissions Consultant
B.A., Yale | M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Iowa

Nairi Hartooni, B.S. / Admissions Consultant B.S., UC Berkeley | Ph.D. (in progress), UCSF

Nairi Hartooni, B.S. / Admissions Consultant
B.S., UC Berkeley | Ph.D. (in progress), UCSF

DEISY DEL REAL, B.A. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT B.A., GRINNELL | PH.D. (IN PROGRESS), UCLA

DEISY DEL REAL, B.A. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT
B.A., GRINNELL | PH.D. (IN PROGRESS), UCLA

Caleb Gayle, M.S. / Admissions Consultant B.A., Oklahoma | M.S., Oxford | M.B.A. (in progress), Harvard

Caleb Gayle, M.S. / Admissions Consultant
B.A., Oklahoma | M.S., Oxford | M.B.A. (in progress), Harvard

Jason Warrington, B.A. / Admissions Consultant B.A., Princeton | Master of Environmental Management (in progress), Yale | J.D. (in progress), NYU

Jason Warrington, B.A. / Admissions Consultant
B.A., Princeton | Master of Environmental Management (in progress), Yale | J.D. (in progress), NYU

Aya Saed, J.D. / Admissions Consultant B.A., Penn | M.P.A., Princeton | J.D., Harvard

Aya Saed, J.D. / Admissions Consultant
B.A., Penn | M.P.A., Princeton | J.D., Harvard

Anthony So, B.A. / Admissions Consultant B.A., Stanford | M.F.A. (in progress), Syracuse

Anthony So, B.A. / Admissions Consultant
B.A., Stanford | M.F.A. (in progress), Syracuse

Suchita Nety, B.S. / Admissions Consultant B.S., Caltech | M.D./Ph.D. (in progress), Harvard and MIT

Suchita Nety, B.S. / Admissions Consultant
B.S., Caltech | M.D./Ph.D. (in progress), Harvard and MIT

Natalia Reyes, B.A. / Admissions Consultant B.A., UC Berkeley | M.F.A. in English (in progress), Iowa

Natalia Reyes, B.A. / Admissions Consultant
B.A., UC Berkeley | M.F.A. in English (in progress), Iowa

Alex Torres, B.A. / Admissions Consultant B.A., Stanford | Ph.D. in English Literature (in progress), UC Berkeley

Alex Torres, B.A. / Admissions Consultant
B.A., Stanford | Ph.D. in English Literature (in progress), UC Berkeley

Kathy Ku, M.S. / Admissions Consultant B.A., Harvard | M.S., Harvard | M.B.A. (in progress), Harvard | M.D. (in progress), Stanford

Kathy Ku, M.S. / Admissions Consultant
B.A., Harvard | M.S., Harvard | M.B.A. (in progress), Harvard | M.D. (in progress), Stanford

Shivani Radhakrishnan, M.Phil. / Admissions Consultant B.A., Princeton | M.Phil., Oxford | Ph.D. (in progress), Columbia

Shivani Radhakrishnan, M.Phil. / Admissions Consultant
B.A., Princeton | M.Phil., Oxford | Ph.D. (in progress), Columbia

Vinayak Muralidhar, M.D. / Admissions Consultant B.S., MIT | M.Sc., Oxford | M.D., Harvard

Vinayak Muralidhar, M.D. / Admissions Consultant
B.S., MIT | M.Sc., Oxford | M.D., Harvard

William “Mack” Basham, M.F.A. / Admissions Consultant B.A., Georgetown | M.F.A., Iowa

William “Mack” Basham, M.F.A. / Admissions Consultant
B.A., Georgetown | M.F.A., Iowa

Andrew Ridker, B.A. / Admissions Consultant B.A., Washington University in St. Louis | M.F.A. (in progress), Iowa

Andrew Ridker, B.A. / Admissions Consultant
B.A., Washington University in St. Louis | M.F.A. (in progress), Iowa

Chidi Akusobi, M.Phil. / Admissions Consultant B.S., Yale | M.Phil., Cambridge | M.D./Ph.D. (in progress), Harvard

Chidi Akusobi, M.Phil. / Admissions Consultant
B.S., Yale | M.Phil., Cambridge | M.D./Ph.D. (in progress), Harvard

SID TIPPIREDDY, B.A. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT B.A., GEORGE WASHINGTON | M.D. (accepted admission offer), U Chicago

SID TIPPIREDDY, B.A. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT
B.A., GEORGE WASHINGTON | M.D. (accepted admission offer), U Chicago

Jiunn Song, B.S. / Admissions Consultant B.S., Cornell | MD/Ph.D. (in progress), Harvard

Jiunn Song, B.S. / Admissions Consultant
B.S., Cornell | MD/Ph.D. (in progress), Harvard

JOE DONNELLY, B.A. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT B.A., TEXAS A&M | M.D. (IN PROGRESS), TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH

JOE DONNELLY, B.A. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT
B.A., TEXAS A&M | M.D. (IN PROGRESS), TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH

MICHELLE BULTERYS, B.S. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT B.S., UCSD | M.P.H. (IN PROGRESS), WASHINGTON

MICHELLE BULTERYS, B.S. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT
B.S., UCSD | M.P.H. (IN PROGRESS), WASHINGTON

Susy Ramos, B.S. / Admissions Consultant B.S., Smith | MD/Ph.D. (in progress), Harvard

Susy Ramos, B.S. / Admissions Consultant
B.S., Smith | MD/Ph.D. (in progress), Harvard

DAN MCCONNELL, M.D., M.B.A. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT B.A., COLUMBIA | M.D./M.B.A., COLUMBIA

DAN MCCONNELL, M.D., M.B.A. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT
B.A., COLUMBIA | M.D./M.B.A., COLUMBIA

MERILIN CASTILLO, J.D. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT B.A., HARVARD | J.D., COLUMBIA

MERILIN CASTILLO, J.D. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT
B.A., HARVARD | J.D., COLUMBIA

CATHY GUTIERREZ, B.S. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT B.S., UCF | M.D./PH.D. (IN PROGRESS), HARVARD

CATHY GUTIERREZ, B.S. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT
B.S., UCF | M.D./PH.D. (IN PROGRESS), HARVARD

Josh Morris, J.D. / Admissions Consultant B.A., Colgate | J.D., American University

Josh Morris, J.D. / Admissions Consultant
B.A., Colgate | J.D., American University

JOSEPH LEE, M.D. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT B.A., NORTHWESTERN | M.D., RUSH

JOSEPH LEE, M.D. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT
B.A., NORTHWESTERN | M.D., RUSH

ANMOL CHATTHA, M.D. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT B.A., UCSD | M.D. ALBANY

ANMOL CHATTHA, M.D. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT
B.A., UCSD | M.D. ALBANY

IMANI PHILLIPS, B.A. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT B.A., CORNELL | J.D. (IN PROGRESS), COLUMBIA

IMANI PHILLIPS, B.A. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT
B.A., CORNELL | J.D. (IN PROGRESS), COLUMBIA

MEGAN MAYER, B.S. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT B.A., WASHINGTON | M.D./M.P.H. (IN PROGRESS), WASHINGTON

MEGAN MAYER, B.S. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT
B.A., WASHINGTON | M.D./M.P.H. (IN PROGRESS), WASHINGTON

RACHEL LAI, B.S. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT B.S., UC BERKELEY | M.D. (IN PROGRESS), USC

RACHEL LAI, B.S. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT
B.S., UC BERKELEY | M.D. (IN PROGRESS), USC

ZACH HOPKINS, M.D. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT B.S., BYU | M.D., UTAH

ZACH HOPKINS, M.D. / ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT
B.S., BYU | M.D., UTAH

Alexandra “Ola” Baczynski, M.S. / Admissions Consultant B.S., Loyola Chicago | M.S., UIC | M.D. (accepted admission offer), UIC

Alexandra “Ola” Baczynski, M.S. / Admissions Consultant
B.S., Loyola Chicago | M.S., UIC | M.D. (accepted admission offer), UIC

Herbert Castillo Valladares, M.D. B.S., Harvard | M.D., Yale

Herbert Castillo Valladares, M.D.
B.S., Harvard | M.D., Yale

Samantha Sadler, B.S. / Admissions Consultant B.S., Duke | M.D. (accepted admission offer), Harvard

Samantha Sadler, B.S. / Admissions Consultant
B.S., Duke | M.D. (accepted admission offer), Harvard

Michael Le, B.S. / Admissions ConsultantB.S., UCLA | M.D. (Accepted admission offer), UCLA

Michael Le, B.S. / Admissions ConsultantB.S., UCLA | M.D. (Accepted admission offer), UCLA

Adela Lilollari, B.A. / Admissions Consultant B.A., Yale | J.D. (Accepted admission offer), Yale

Adela Lilollari, B.A. / Admissions Consultant
B.A., Yale | J.D. (Accepted admission offer), Yale


Michael Harries, M.D. / Admissions Consultant B.S., Washington University in St. Louis | M.D., University of Chicago

Michael Harries, M.D. / Admissions Consultant
B.S., Washington University in St. Louis | M.D., University of Chicago

 

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