We counsel families through all aspects of the college planning and admissions process, including:
- Guidance with selecting high school courses and activities
- Finding summer programs and activities
- Providing interest and aptitude surveys
- Developing and refining a list of “best fit” schools where student can thrive
- Information about merit-based scholarships, need-based aid, and outside scholarships
- Advice for campus visits
- Keeping students organized and ahead of deadlines
- Creating an effective application profile, including a resume and/or activities list
- Assistance with completing applications
- Brainstorming application essays and editing support
- Evaluating admissions and financial aid offers
We can also help with:
- Gap year planning
- Admissions consulting for private middle and high schools in the Seattle area
- Graduate school applications and essay support
We charge $125 per hour for admissions consulting. We also offer a comprehensive consulting package that includes the full range of counseling services. Contact us for details.
College Admissions Resources
Our Admissions Counselors
Laurie Gordon, M.S.W.
I’ve spent my entire adult life and career working in fields that involve children and adolescents. With my undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology and social work from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, I began my career counseling and supporting families and individuals with all sorts of issues, including the adolescent transition to adulthood. I taught parenting classes and spent several years in the 1990s working in local elementary schools as a School Social Worker. As the business and human resources manager at Sandweiss Test Prep, I began to realize that what I like most about my work is the opportunity to share my knowledge of test prep and college planning resources with parents and students to guide them toward achieving their college admissions goals. After spending several years taking courses in the college counseling graduate programs offered by UCLA and UC Irvine, I was awarded certification as an Independent Educational Consultant through UC Irvine.
I’ve gone through the exciting and potentially stressful college admissions process with my own two sons, and helped many others navigate what seems to be the increasingly challenging world of preparing for and applying to college. I enjoy helping students explore and develop their strengths and passions leading them on the path toward increased personal growth. One of the most satisfying aspects of my work now is helping to match students with potential schools that best “fit” their needs – academically, socially and financially. Through my online research, meetings with college admissions representatives, attending professional conferences, and personally visiting numerous colleges each year, I am able to provide detailed college lists and help students to research and explore schools. I offer knowledge and expertise that can minimize family stress by keeping students on track to meet deadlines, potentially reduce college costs, and optimize admission opportunities at institutions where students can thrive. I’ve learned through experience that it’s never too early to begin planning for college. I recommend starting the process during the summer before or early in the Junior year, but I am available to consult with families as early as Freshman year and as late as Senior year in high school.
I am currently a member of three professional organizations: HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association) and PNACAC (Pacific Northwest Association for College Admissions Counseling), and SACC (Seattle Area College Consultants).
Steve Sandweiss, M.A.
Along with my extensive test preparation experience, I have been assisting students with the college, grad school, or secondary school application process for nearly 20 years. I’ve done plenty of advising regarding the creation of a college list, but my primary area of expertise is in working with students to identify appropriate essay topics for the personal statement and supplemental essays. Once this challenging task is surmounted, I enjoy helping students through the process of creating and revising multiple drafts, so that the final product offers a sincere, insightful window into an applicant’s personality, background, and future goals.