When you choose to hire an independent educational consultant, you want to make sure you select wisely.

One-Stop has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college application process, and we’re proud of our success! Read how our families have praised their experience with us…

Member Testimonials

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PRELIMINARY RESULTS (12/31/23)

Harvard University, Class of 2028 – STUDENT & PARENTS

Student: I am so grateful to One-Stop for their guidance leading up to and throughout the college application process. Thank you, Matt and Laurie, for offering invaluable feedback on my personal statement, editing my supplemental essays, helping me finalize my college list, giving me practice with interviews, reminding me of important deadlines, and providing detailed and thoughtful responses to my (many) questions! Under your guidance, I stayed focused on my goals and learned which activities and tasks I should commit my energy to; your help definitely made the process much less stressful than it would have been. Harvard was my top choice—thank you so much for helping me get there! Parent: We are really thrilled to be at a successful end of the journey and we wanted to express our deep gratitude to both of you for being with us every step of the way and for supporting our daughter through it all. We are so happy to be sharing this happy moment with you!

Tufts University, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

I got into the Tufts 5-year BA/BS + BFA Combined Degree in the Early Decision round! Thank you so much Laurie and Matt for all your wonderful help guiding me through the college application process. From meticulously preparing me for interviews, to making sure I submitted my best possible essays, to giving me advice for finding portfolio reviews, your expertise has been truly valuable. Thank you also for encouraging me throughout these last years and assuring me that I’d be happy regardless of where I end up; I definitely needed the encouragement! It’s hard to put into words how grateful I am that you’ve helped me get my best possible result, and I’m so excited to be a Jumbo!

Columbia University, Class of 2028 – STUDENT & PARENTS

Student: Thank you so much for your guidance! I am thrilled to commit to Columbia University! Through this process, I was able to confidently focus on my passions while receiving personal and detailed feedback. I appreciate the time you spent editing my essays to perfection. Without you, I would not have been able to go through this process so smoothly and successfully. Parents: The college application process is a lengthy and challenging journey. We want to express our gratitude to Laurie and Matt for their invaluable assistance over the past four years. They consistently offered the best advice and support, enabling our daughter to showcase her best self. The resources and opportunities they provided offered guidance on how to excel in school and make the most of every summer. I am delighted that our daughter has discovered her passion and can pursue it while attending a fantastic college to further nurture her interests.

Emory University, Class of 2028 – STUDENT & PARENTS

Student: I'm a critical person, and I rarely have such glowing words for teachers/tutors/counselors. But I truly have the utmost respect for both of you. I don't think anything would have made the admissions process enjoyable, but you made it informed by lighting the way and showing me the truth about college admissions. Your ability to understand my situation and personality from our Zoom meetings each year has always astounded me, almost as much as your knowledge of the ins and outs of not only the admissions process, but also minute details about each college. It is like watching Carl Sagan explain black holes - there is no question regarding your expertise. I am incredibly grateful to my parents for choosing One-Stop as our counselling service. We walked into this process only knowing snippets of rumors from other parents and walked out with my commitment to a university I will love. Thank you, once again, for all your help, and happy holidays! Parent: My wife, daughter, and I are so fortunate to have you as our college admission counselors. The best part in the last few years is that throughout the entire journey, we knew exactly when to expect, what to expect, and how to expect. We are not only talking about planning college visiting, communicating with admission officers, selecting AP courses, or understanding the difference between high reach and likely schools. It was a tremendous relief for my wife and I who had no firsthand experience applying to US colleges and you gave us peace of mind. We are talking about the inspiration you gave to our daughter and us on how to prepare for college life or even her entire life. We will never forget the article you forwarded to everyone the other day; it prepared us for any outcome. Fortunately, it was a HAPPY ending, and we could've not been more grateful. You probably have realized by now that our daughter is a bit critical. On multiple occasions, she has said, "Laurie and Matt are very, very good. They are so knowledgeable. They have my total respect.” She never uses "very, very good" to describe anyone. And, we can't agree with her judgement more. You are the best among the best! Please, try to help as many kids as you can. They need you. Your unparalleled experience and knowledge have changed and will continue to change people's life.

Northwestern University, Class of 2028 – PARENT

Once again, One-Stop's guidance has proven to be the key to unlocking doors to a top-tier education We can't express enough gratitude for the invaluable support One-Stop provided for both of our children, several years apart. Both were accepted into their Early Decision schools—a remarkable achievement we attribute to One-Stop's expertise. One-Stop's advice goes beyond improving grades and test scores (although their testing strategies are clearly invaluable). The misconception that strong grades and scores guarantee acceptance at elite universities is dispelled by One-Stop's understanding that it's the "everything else" that truly matters. Their insight into the determinative factors sets them apart; their strategies and advice are absolute game-changers! We are grateful for One-Stop's role in making our children's educational dreams a reality.

Vanderbilt University, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

I just got into Vanderbilt. Thanks for all the help!

Smith College, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

I've received news that I have been accepted into Smith early decision! Thank you so much for all of your support and faith in me. I am so grateful to be able to attend my top choice college.

Tufts University, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

One-Stop was immensely helpful in helping me get into my top-choice school in the Early Decision round. They exposed me to many selective programs and had a thorough procedure for planning the strenuous application process. I am more than happy with my results, and I fully recommend them!

University of Notre Dame, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

I got into Notre Dame! Super, super excited!

Stanford University, Class of 2027 – STUDENT & PARENT

Student: Stanford has been my dream school since I was five years old. With your guidance, that dream is now a reality! You helped to identify my strengths and improve on my weaknesses and developed me to become the best applicant possible. We succeeded together!   Parent: Matt and Laurie, your knowledge of the college application process is unparalleled, and your thoughtful advice allowed my son to focus on the most important tasks and what he does best. Now, he is going to his dream school. The valuable insights, constant encouragement, and confidence we received made this challenging process much smoother. We are overjoyed with the results, and we greatly appreciated everything you did!

Harvard University, Class of 2027 – STUDENT

I'm incredibly grateful to One-Stop for all your support and encouragement throughout the college application process. Thank you, Laurie and Matthew, for helping me find activities I was passionate about, editing my college essays, helping me stay on track, and providing detailed, personal responses to any questions I had. You not only gave me confidence during the application process but motivated me to become the person I am today!

University of Notre Dame, Class of 2027 – STUDENT

I just committed to Notre Dame! I appreciate all of your help over the last four years to help me get accepted into my dream school.

University of St. Andrews (Scotland), Class of 2027 – STUDENT

Thank you so much for all your help over these last four years, Matt and Laurie; you were an integral part of my college application process. I've decided to attend St Andrews. This was only because of your help with my extracurriculars, ACT, and UCAS essay. Thank you again 🙂

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Class of 2027 – STUDENT

I GOT IN!! Thank you so much for all your help and mentorship along the way! I really could not have done it without everything you do!

Rice University, Class of 2027 – STUDENT

Throughout the difficulty that is the college application process, Laurie’s dedication and expertise were invaluable to me. From our first meeting, she took the time to get to know me on a personal level and understand my goals and aspirations. She is incredibly thorough and detailed in everything, including providing personalized advice on college selection, editing essays and emails, and finding extracurricular activities. Laurie was always just an email away and helped me feel like I was never alone in the application process. She replied quickly with well-thought-out and in-depth answers to all my questions, big or small. I would highly recommend One-Stop to any student who is looking for a personalized, supportive, and knowledgeable guide through the college application process.

Princeton University, Class of 2027 – STUDENT

Laurie & Matt, thank you so much for the help on my essays and guiding me through this process, including the financial aid process. I have just committed to my top choice!

Brown University, Class of 2027 – STUDENT

I would like to sincerely thank One-Stop for its help in my college application process! From sending out countless opportunities that I wouldn’t have otherwise known about, providing insightful advice to help me find the best fit, and simply being there to support me—One-Stop’s care and depth of knowledge have been invaluable in getting me to my dream school!"

New York University, Stern School of Business, Class of 2027 – PARENT

We never dreamed our son would get accepted into NYU Stern. Thanks for being there all the way through the process! The last four years was full of stress, excitement, and hope. We are really happy his dream came true.  But more important, he’s learned a lot during this journey.  He became a better listener, more confident, and grown into an independent adult ready to take on his own responsibility.  It’s never easy to work with teens, thanks for your professionalism and patience!

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Presidential Scholarship Awarded, Class of 2027 – STUDENT

Thank you so much for all the help over the years, Matthew & Laurie!

Rhodes College, Class of 2027 – PARENT

The importance of success in this very important college admission endeavor cannot be overstated.  We invested in One-Stop for help navigating the process, gaining an “edge.” By building a relationship with Laurie and Matt, we learned so much along the way. Early Decision is binding and never imagined it was something we would entertain.  But working though the statistics, visiting campuses, and being made aware of merit offerings at each school, our final analysis made Early Decision a clear enhanced opportunity for a college acceptance which “fit our child.”  We not only gained acceptance, but significantly lowered our cost of attendance at a college which would never have been on our radar, if not for One-Stop. Do your family a favor and jump at the opportunity to work with caring counselors Laurie and Matt. Counseling credentials matter in this process, and most importantly, they have the credentials. Having One -Stop oversee and guide your child’s requirements/deadlines allows you to foster an improved relationship with your son/daughter and see them actually enjoy their senior year. Looking back, we will never question the life changing decision we made on behalf of our child.

Carnegie Mellon, Class of 2027 – STUDENT

So excited to be attending Carnegie Mellon University next year. I can’t wait to explore Pittsburgh. Thank you so much for all your guidance throughout this process.

Cornell University, Class of 2027 – STUDENT

I am very pleased to say that I have received my letter of acceptance from Cornell CALS biological engineering major. Thank you very much for the help.

Case Western University, Class of 2027 – PARENT

We were so happy that our son was admitted to Case with such generous merit aid. Thank you so much for introducing this great school to his college list and encouraging us to apply.

Emory University, Class of 2027 – PARENT

He got in!!! We could not be more grateful for all of your help and guidance. We have no doubt this outcome is the result.

Wellesley College, Class of 2027 – STUDENT

I got accepted!!! Thank you so much for all your help these past few years

University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2027 – STUDENT

Thank you, One-Stop, for all your help. From the meetings helping me to create a rigorous, yet well-balanced schedule, to the hours spent over the summer reviewing comments on my personal statement, I can confidently say I would not be where I am today without you. One-Stop makes the entire college process easier, and they truly take the time to get to know their students. I could not be more excited to attend Penn in the fall!

Oxford College at Emory University, Class of 2027 – STUDENT

I could not be more grateful for Matt and Laurie's help all throughout the college application process. I was honestly terrified with little-to-no knowledge of how to go about applying or even finding a college that I loved. I can confidently say that Matt and Laurie have given me all the information and tools I could possibly need, from small tips and tricks to constant advice, information, and updates surrounding this tumultuous year. They made sure I was on track with deadlines, gave constructive and detailed feedback on my essays, and most of all, encouraged me to keep pushing through and do my best to make the best application I could craft. I could not have done it without them, and I sincerely give all of my thanks for everything they have done for me.

Case Western Reserve University, Class of 2027 – STUDENT

I just committed to Case Western Reserve University for pre-med, with my large merit scholarship.  I know my communication these past four years has not been the best, but I truly appreciate everything you have done for me; your insight and guidance have been wonderful.

New York University, Stern School of Business, Class of 2027 – STUDENT

I really appreciate your assistance through this ever-so-grueling process for the past three years. Without your guidance, I couldn't have discovered the vast assortment of programs, internships, and camps that I participated in and/or won awards in. Without a doubt, you are the best counselors out there!

Brown University, Class of 2027 – STUDENT

I GOT INTO BROWN! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT! I sincerely appreciate everything with the deepest gratitude. Thank you once again!

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