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I can help students and families understand the whole college admissions process from evaluating what a student wants from a college to finding the right college. This includes advising on the college application, the essay, recommendations and visiting colleges. I also can help families understand college financial aid. I have particular expertise in helping students who are applying to BS/MD programs.

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I am a lawyer as well as a college admission consultant and have spent more than 11 years consulting with students and families on how to find the right college for each student. I work with students throughout the US as well as international students who wish to attend college in the US. I have helped hundreds of students find the best college for each student's needs. I have particular expertise helping students become the most competitive candidate for BS/MD programs.


Independent Educational Consultants Association, Professional Member; Higher Education Consultants Association; National Association for College Admission Counseling; Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling


Todd is the author of "BS/MD Programs-The Complete Guide: Getting into Medical School from High School." College Admissions Counseling’s blog content has been featured by the Chicago Sun Times, Fox News, Reuters and other major websites. It is syndicated by Blogburst.


BA St. Olaf College; JD Washington University in St. Louis

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I am an instructor for the University of California Irvine extension.

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2013-07-23 Highschool courses prep:

Kylie,     Thanks for writing. As for math most colleges like to see at least 3 years and prefer 4 years. At the very least you need to get through Algebra 2 because there are all sorts of studies that

2012-09-16 hbcs:

Steph,     There are many HBCU's so it is hard to categorize any as safe or not safe. It is true that many of the better known colleges are in large cities where there might be more crime but there are

2012-09-10 Finding a school:

Darryl,     I would recommend that you start at this page from my website that talks about many of the issues you need to consider in finding the right college and understanding how to pay for it.    

2011-12-31 Is this the college for me? If it is, how can I stand out against the competition?:

I would consider taking the AP class if you think you can do well in it regardless of whether you are interested in the subject. Since you go to a high school that apparently doesn't understand what AP

2011-12-30 Is this the college for me? If it is, how can I stand out against the competition?:

Angie,     It is great that you are preparing early to be the most competitive candidate for college. However, you don't need to be so worried about admission to any particular college. There are many


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