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College Admissions Private Counseling

America’s premier college consultants, Dr. Michele Hernández, Mimi Doe, Dr. Kristen Willmott, Maria Laskaris, and Eliza Fox offer private counseling starting as early as 8th grade for those students who want ongoing, personalized, unlimited-time access.

“Thank you for helping high school students achieve their dreams of top tier admissions!”

– Julie Perusse, mother of student now at Brown University

Private College Admissions Counseling Program for Grades 8-12 Includes:

  • Personalized Admissions Report:
    Evaluation of a student’s background in academic, personal, & extracurricular areas
  • Reading list and vocabulary program:
    Geared towards standardized test prep
  • Personalized Testing Schedule:
    Year-by-year strategy for standardized testing
  • Customized Guidance:
    Course planning, extracurricular choices, and summer plans
  • Academic Niche:
    Support in articulating and developing an academic edge
  • Application Strategy:
    Crafting a final college list for early and regular admission
  • College Applications:
    Assistance with the Common Application – essays, activity sheet, awards and background information
  • Interview Prep:
    Alumni and on-campus

High Praise From Past Clients:

"Thank you to you and Yvonne for the help over the years - I’m very thankful for the guidance you provided me with and know that without it, the college process would’ve been much more difficult and unmanageable for me!" –O.S., Private Counseling student
"On top of Yale, I ended up getting into Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton, and am planning on attending the visit days for them in order to make my decision! Thank you both so much for your advice, your support, and all the continuous revising; it made all the difference!" --M.L., Private Counseling student
"I'm just so deeply grateful for everything that you and M have done for me... for always encouraging me, for giving me the tools to take my application to the next level, and for patiently explaining admissions strategies to me. I also can't even begin to thank you for all the time you spent on the phone rallying me when my confidence was shaken or I felt like everything I had worked for was going to fall apart because of the math section of the SAT. Having you as a coach was the best part of this insane process and my mom and I have no doubt that I wouldn't be going to Columbia if it weren't for your help. I'm excited about Columbia and about the scholarship (even though I'm not really sure what being a 'John Jay scholar' means) and am taking the time to reflect on what it is I want to do with my life. Thank you again, so very much!" –B.S., Private Counseling student
"Thank you both for all your efforts with T. We know she can now handle college and beyond. We’ve noticed such growth in her confidence and abilities over the four years. Thank you!" –L.M., Private Counseling parent
"M, thanks so much for the kind words. Thank you also for all of your help over the past four years. Your realism and sound advice pushed me far beyond what I thought I was capable of, and I definitely wouldn't have made it this far otherwise! I'll keep you posted on what I'm doing at UChicago (I can't wait to get started!)" –B.N., Private Counseling student, U Chicago
"Such good news… P got into Columbia and Duke! Such great news! She also received the Regents Scholarship at UC Berkeley! She could not have gotten these without your help! Thank you!!" –G.T., parent of Private Counseling student
"I am very happy to let you know I got accepted into Princeton (off deferral) and UPenn and I got a research scholarship at Cornell!! I wanted to thank both of you for all of your help throughout the really long and harsh essay writing process, as well as your constant support in these last few years. I very much appreciate it and I highly doubt I could have achieved this without your help.I am definitely going to be enrolling in Princeton today. Thank you both for all of your help!!" O.R., Private Counseling student, Princeton
"Thanks a million for all your guidance and support! We are forever grateful!" T.R., Private Counseling parent, Princeton
"I'm SO grateful to you for the coaching and suggestions that put me on the more scholarly path I've been following these last few years.  Yes, getting into Williams is great -- but even greater, I think, is the lifelong impact that my high school academic endeavors will have on me. Being exposed to outstanding professors and bright and ambitious students after my freshman year opened up my mind to all kinds of possibilities, and changed my ideas about what I wanted to strive for, how I approach learning, and what I think I am capable of achieving.  The college acceptances are nice, but they don't even seem like the central focus anymore -- the process itself was really the reward.  I'm more grateful to you and to Top Tier than I can say." –C.K., Private Counseling student
"Thank you again for all the help M, I couldn't do it without you! I still can't believe I am choosing between Yale, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Rice, and Wash U." –J.K., Private Counseling student
"I’m extremely excited to start at UChicago! I would like to thank both of you enormously for everything. You have been an incredible influence on me and are truly a phenomenal duo. Thanks, in part to you both, I’m going to have a great time relaxing with my family this summer before I head off to UChicago in September! Thank you!" – T.E., Private Counseling student
U Chicago, Class of 2022
"Thank you so much for all of your help over the past three years. I would not have been able to make it this far without your guidance." –P.K., Private Counseling student
George Washington University, Class of 2022
Thank you so much for all your guidance and support these past four years, I really couldn't have made it through this stressful process without you and I'm so, so grateful.  I'm really looking forward to a fun summer! I'll be graduating in June as a top scholar (my school's version of valedictorian) and spending July in India with my cousins, and August in Canada on an expedition with other Georgia Tech Stamps Scholars. –M.D., Private Counseling student
Georgia Tech, Class of 2022
I just wanted to reach out to say that I am in LOVE with the entire Barnard/ Columbia community. I am already involved in a few clubs/groups around campus and I have finally finalized my academic schedule.Sometimes, when I’m walking back from Butler (albeit at 3 am after studying all night) it hits me that I actually go here, that I made it. Your help and advice throughout my high school years has been invaluable.Again, New York has been treating me well and I cannot thank you enough for pointing me in the direction of Barnard/ Columbia.” C.C., Private Counseling student
I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done for C. She’s at UC Berkeley planning to major in Math and Economics. We truly appreciate your help and our family will always remember you both. –F.K., parent of Private Counseling student
UC Berkeley Class of 2022
"M., I have GREAT news!!!! After a ton of nerves and anticipation, I found out last night that I've been admitted to the Class of 2023 Harvard University! I couldn't be happier to be in (and to not have to write a bunch of essays this weekend too)! With all this being said, I want to thank you for all of the incredible advice, support, and help you provided me over the course of the last 15 months. Your guidance made my college process infinitely less stressful and gave me a clear vision of the steps I wanted and needed to take in order to get an outcome of which I was proud. Thank you again!”–M.K., Private Counseling student
Harvard Class of 2023
K., you have probably heard by now from P that he got accepted into Penn. We write to express our gratitude and heartfelt thanks for your patient and strategic guidance all along the application process. You have kept us on course and been consistently honest with us. Your wise counsel at many critical junctures in the last two years since our enrollment in the private counseling program has, even given his legacy status, we firmly believe, made a material difference. P couldn’t have done it without you so a big THANK YOU from all of us! –C.P., parent of Private Counseling student
UPENN Class of 2023
I got into MIT!! Thank you SO much for your help. I'm so excited!! –T.K., Private Counseling student
"Thank you for all of your help and support over the last four years. C is IN at UPENN/Wharton! Very excited for C and a big sigh of relief for all of us. Glad that C can enjoy her winter break!" –O.D., Private Counseling parent
Since the Duke ED results came out we have been living in a state of euphoria! So super excited!! Thank you so much for all the guidance, motivation, and encouragement you gave T to prepare her for her dream school. Without your help, T would not have had such a great application. –P.S., Private Counseling parent
Duke Class of 2023
"I want to express my gratitude for your passion, dedication and care in helping K to showcase his personal story and qualities in the college admissions process. I could not be more pleased with the guidance you have given K over the past five years. For this I will forever be thankful. All the best to you and your family!" S.R., Private Counseling parent
Dartmouth Class of 2023
I just wanted to tell you: I GOT INTO YALE!!!!! I have been on cloud 9, and I’m still so shocked and excited! But I wanted to thank you both so much for everything; I couldn’t have done it without your guidance and support. –M.J., Private Counseling student
Yale Class of 2023
We are ecstatic that P was accepted to MIT through early admissions. We would like to express our deep gratitude to you, Yvonne, and others at Top Tier for guiding, supervising, and counseling P through the college admissions process! –L.A., Private Counseling parents
MIT Class of 2023
I am heading to an admitted student’s weekend at Barnard this weekend! Super excited to see the campus as my school rather than just a long shot! I really want to thank you for everything you both did to help me through this process! – Private Counseling student
We are grateful for your service. When I started with you about 4 plus years ago I mainly hoped for help in that 8th grade was so crazy for my son. I worried I was losing him. He now is plugged into his learning and has a tremendous opportunity.  It is more than just getting into a “top tier” school for us; it is about getting our kid to visualize a plan for his future. You guided him on that journey. Thank you! – parent of a Private Counseling student
K., I honestly can’t thank you enough for your patience, tolerance and understanding. Your guidance has been invaluable to P, and he continues to follow through on everything you have discussed - he remains steadfast and incredibly focused. – parent of sophomore Private Counseling student
Thank you so much! Your guidance and help throughout the process made it much easier to stay composed and handle the disappointment. I feel as if the impact of your guidance over the last couple of years will transcend far beyond my high school years. – Private Counseling student
"Haverford's comment on 'awesome application and ...EASY to advocate for you' is due in no small part to you and the Top Tier BOOT CAMP and consulting. Yes, P did the work, but you guided us in the activities that she should spend her time on, and eliminate non 'core' activities that added little value as she became an upperclassman.She has punched above her weight, and because of K. and Top Tier she is on a path for a wonderful academic career.After we recover from the shock and celebrate, get ready for our next child to be a part of the Top Tier family!" – Parent of Private Counseling/Application Boot Camp student

Thank you for the support! I wouldn’t even be in this position without your (and M.’s) support and guidance throughout the entire college apps process. I’m truly grateful. – T.C., Private Counseling student

UPENN Class of 2022

M., thanks to your incredible advice, mentoring/tutoring for college applications and importance of work and extracurricular activities throughout the high school years, my children learned discipline, the importance of test taking and application skills and are now in leadership positions as women in large companies living and working in midtown NYC. My son, is also working in a private wealth management firm in NYC. It all started with you and M. I will always be grateful. – T.P., parent of Application Boot Camp students and Private Counseling student

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