The college admissions process can be incredibly stressful. Getting into great schools seems so subjective beyond achieving good grades and a high ACT or SAT score.

Which extracurricular activities should your child participate in to stand out? What's the best way to write impressive college essays without being cliche?

College admissions has changed since the time you applied. And if you grew up in a different country, it can be even more confusing.

On top of the complexity, there is so much misinformation about what it takes to get into top colleges. Whereas some of what you read and hear is accurate, much of it isn't. How do you decide?

Even worse, you may be worried that your child is making a critical mistake that will ruin their chances of getting into their dream schools, or finding the right information too late.

Despite feeling like other children are accomplishing at least as much your child, we can help them stand out to get admissions committees' attention.

Our highly individualized, data-driven, and exclusive approach to admissions consulting will allow your child to develop a unique profile throughout their high school years and demonstrate their standout qualities through all of their college application materials. That way, we maximize your child's odds of getting into America's top colleges.

In fact, during the past 15+ years, over 90% of our students have gotten into at least one of their top 3 schools.


Some of the colleges to which our students have been accepted


Even more meaningful than this "accepted to" list, however, is the excitement families express when our students finally break through the nerve-racking college admission process. Here are some example of text and email messages we routinely receive from parents:

Parent of a student who was accepted to every school they applied to, including princeton

Parent of a student who was accepted to every school they applied to, including princeton

Parent of a student who was accepted to Cornell as a transfer student.

Parent of a student who was accepted to Cornell as a transfer student.


Parent of a student who was accepted to UCLA (and UC berkeley)

Parent of a student who was accepted to UCLA (and UC berkeley)

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What differentiates us from other college admissions consultants

Once our students complete the application process, we like to have a debriefing conversation with them to understand how we can support students better and better each year. The three points our students consistently mention about why they appreciated our support—beyond our students' 90+% success rate of getting into one or more of their top 3 schools—are:

Reputation for Quality

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When we say "unlimited" essay support, we mean it. We once edited a student's personal statement 14 times until it was strong enough to submit. Now, most of our students' personal statements don't take that long to edit (most students need 3-4 rounds), but we want to emphasize that we'll do whatever it takes to help your child get in.

Fast Turnaround Times

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We commit to our advertised 24- to 48-hour turnaround times. Whether your child’s primary advisor is ill or has to deal with an emergency, they send their essay before a major holiday, or anything else, someone is available to step in and support your child.

Total Support

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In addition to asking us technical admissions-related questions and sending us material for editing and review, your child should never hesitate to reach out even if they just want to vent. The college admissions process is intellectually and emotionally tough. We want your child get into their dream school, and also to feel optimistic, motivated, and supported.


Meet some of our college admissions advisors

SHIVANI RADHAKRISHNAN, B.A., PRINCETON | M.PHIL., OXFORD | PH.D. (IN PROGRESS), COLUMBIA

SHIVANI RADHAKRISHNAN, B.A., PRINCETON | M.PHIL., OXFORD | PH.D. (IN PROGRESS), COLUMBIA

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

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

KATHY KU, B.A., HARVARD | M.S., HARVARD | M.B.A. (IN PROGRESS), HARVARD | M.D. (IN PROGRESS), STANFORD

KATHY KU, B.A., HARVARD | M.S., HARVARD | M.B.A. (IN PROGRESS), HARVARD | M.D. (IN PROGRESS), STANFORD

ALEX TORRES, B.A., STANFORD | PH.D. IN ENGLISH LITERATURE (IN PROGRESS), UC BERKELEY

ALEX TORRES, B.A., STANFORD | PH.D. IN ENGLISH LITERATURE (IN PROGRESS), UC BERKELEY


Sample testimonials

The biggest compliment to our work comes from the families we support. Here's what a few of them have said about our services:

Shirag was incredibly responsive to my daughter’s needs throughout her application process. He developed a customized list of schools that would meet her interests, helped her craft wonderful essays, and provided great interview training. She got into 7 out of 9 schools she applied to, including Brown, her dream school! You too can trust that your child will be in good hands.
— Maggie S., Mother of a Brown University Student
Shirag supported our family during the past 3 years. During that time, he opened up my son’s eyes to extracurricular opportunities we would never have come up with ourselves. My son became one of those “unique” “superstar” applicants we would read all about online, but never knew how to become. He ended up getting into UCLA and UC Berkeley even though he didn’t have the best GPA and SAT score in his class, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Just trust him.
— Sonia B., Mother of a UCLA student

How we can help your child get into America's top colleges


Freshman/sophomore/junior year college advising services

Our college advising services are designed to:

  • Help your child choose the optimal challenging course load while developing a unique extracurricular profile

  • Help your child identify the extracurricular activities they are most passionate about and that will maximize their admissions odds

  • Support your child in completing a high-impact capstone project that will help them stand out among their peers during admissions season

  • Teach your child how to build connections with professors, admissions staff, and community leaders who can eventually write compelling recommendation letters

  • Develop a standardized testing calendar to help your child achieve their highest possible scores while reducing test anxiety

  • Help your child gain admission to high-profile summer programs and internships

  • Support your child whenever they're feeling super stressed or under intense pressure

  • Answer all of your family's college-related questions to remove the mystery from the admissions process

Below is a list of our college advising plans. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, please contact us with your needs so we can create a custom service plan or payment plan that fits your family's goals and budget.

We work with a limited number of students per year, so please sign up today to make sure you don't miss out.

We look forward to supporting your family!

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Plans Advising Calls Unlimited Email Access Course Selection Support Capstone Project Support Summer Program and Scholarship Support Essay Turnaround Time Plan Investment
Premium Monthly 30-minute phone or video calls Included Included Included 1 Application Annually Within 48 Hours $2,999
Purchased separately, these items total $5,275
Ivy Monthly 60-minute phone or video calls Included Included Included 3 Applications Annually Within 48 Hours Schedule a complimentary consultation for details or call 323.825.9374

Ready to learn which advising plan is right for your child? Call 323.825.9374 or:


Senior year college application services

Our college application services are designed to:

  • Help your child write and refine outstanding college essays without being cliche to demonstrate their greatest qualities—even if they're struggling to find the right topic

  • Develop a college list that fits with your child's academic and career goals, as well as your family's budget

  • Turn your child's work around within 24 to 48 hours

  • Ensure that your child sticks to an organized admissions timeline to reduce stress

  • Prepare your child to ace college admissions interviews through mock interviews and additional role plays for difficult-to-answer questions

  • Support your child whenever they're feeling super stressed or under intense pressure

  • Answer all of your family's college-related questions to remove the mystery from the admissions process

Below is a list of our college application plans. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, please contact us with your needs so we can create a custom service plan or payment plan that fits your family's goals and budget.

We work with a limited number of students per admissions cycle, so please sign up today to make sure you don't miss out.

We look forward to supporting your family!

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Plans Included Applications Strategic Advising Time Unlimited Advisor Access Customized School List Personal Statement Edits UC Essay Edits Activities Section Edits Supplemental Applications Interview Coaching Essay Turnaround Time Waitlist Letter Preparation Appeal Letter Preparation Plan Investment
Premium Common App / Coalition App / UC App / Supplementals Unlimited Included Included Unlimited Included (Counts as 1 school) Unlimited 10 schools Not Included Within 48 Hours 1 School Not Included $6,999
Purchased separately, these items total $11,779
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Common App / Coalition App / UC App / Supplementals Unlimited Included Included Unlimited Included (Counts as 1 school) Unlimited 15 Schools 1.5 Hours Within 48 Hours 3 Schools 1 School $7,999
Purchased separately, these items total $14,529
Ivy Common App / Coalition App / UC App / Supplementals Unlimited Included Included Unlimited Included (Counts as 1 school) Unlimited 20 Schools 3 Hours Within 48 Hours 5 Schools 2 Schools Schedule a complimentary consultation for details or call 323.825.9374

Ready to learn which application plan is right for your child? Call 323.825.9374 or:


Frequently asked questions

+ Whom will my child work with?

Your child will work with Dr. Shemmassian and another advisor who has years of admissions experience.

+ How long will the support last?

Your child's support will begin immediately after you sign up and go through their entire application cycle, that is, until the moment they've heard back from the last school. Therefore, the earlier you sign up, the longer your child will receive support.

+ None of the plans above fit my needs. Can I create a custom plan?

The listed plans were developed based on 15+ years of observed student needs. However, we recognize that some students have specific needs (e.g., UC application only) and we would be glad to customize your plan. Just email Dr. Shemmassian (shirag@shemmassianconsulting.com) with your custom plan request.

+ What do you mean by unlimited strategic advising and unlimited advisor access?

Your child's advising team will be with them every step of the way, from the moment they sign up until they hear back from the last school on their list. Your child may send emails or request phone calls anytime. They may also send essays anytime, since we work nights, weekends, and holidays. We will do whatever it takes to help your child get into their top choices.

+ My child is applying to BS/MD and other direct med programs. Do your plans include support with those?

Yes, all of the listed plans include support with BS/MD and other direct med program applications.

+ Do you work with transfer applicants?

Absolutely! We've successfully supported many transfer applicants over the years.

Have a question not answered here? Please contact us and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.


A la carte services

If you're more interested in a one-time service—a comprehensive essay edit, round of interview coaching, an hour of admissions advising—rather than a comprehensive support plan, we're here for you too. Simply click here to learn about our a la carte services.


Our satisfaction guarantee

We are so confident in our ability to maximize your child's admissions odds that we want you to sign up for our services risk-free. Therefore, we offer the following satisfaction guarantee on all service plans listed above*:

If for any reason you are not completely satisfied by our support, we will promptly issue a refund for any services not yet performed. Just send us a message to take advantage of our 14-day money-back guarantee. There's only one condition: Please tell us the main reason you weren't happy with our services, so we have a chance to make them better.

*Satisfaction guarantee does not apply to a la carte services or custom plans.

Click here to read our Client Engagement Agreement.


What to do next: Schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation

If you feel anywhere near as confident in our support as we are in our ability to help your child get an email from their dream school that begins with "Congratulations!" and not "We regret to inform you...", we encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation with our Founder and Head Admissions Consultant, Dr. Shirag Shemmassian. It would be a pleasure to discuss how we can support your child's admissions journey and eventually include them among our thousands of successful students!