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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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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! Parents: 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!

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.

Princeton University, Class of 2028 – STUDENT & PARENTS

Student: Your guidance was key in making my college application process even more successful than I could have hoped! Throughout the last several years working, you were a constant source of motivation and positive pressure, encouraging me to pursue my interests on a deeper level and to take the admissions process seriously. You were endlessly receptive towards my passions and ideas. You were the main influence in my college search process, ensuring that I applied to colleges that I believed truly fit me. I’m a reserved person, and you pushed me to expand on my activities in ways that were outside of my comfort zone. Moreover, your rehearsals and guidance regarding interactions/interviews with admissions officers were a source of confidence. You guided me in demonstrating interest in all my schools. You made sure that my essays were tweaked to perfection and aligned with the specifics of each school – thank you for always responding quickly even during application crunch season! Parents: Thank you so much for all your help throughout this stressful period. Your encouragement and confidence in my son had helped him a lot; the process had also helped him learn and grow…

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! Parents: 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.

Tufts University, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

Without One-Stop, I most definitely would not be going to my dream school—Tufts! In fact, I probably wouldn’t have even applied there. Seriously, without the support and guidance of One-Stop, I never would have discovered my top school—whoo-hoo! Thank you. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to guide me through this stressful college process. Besides helping me form a rigorous and achievable schedule, write a bunch of essays, and other customary college counsel-y things, One-Stop helped me make the best out of my high school years, while also enjoying them! Who would’ve known college counselors could do that?! Laurie encouraged me to take not only the most rigorous course schedule, but she also helped me discern my passions and interests so that I could take classes I truly liked. I was guided to dive deeper into my activities and hobbies I loved, while also discovering opportunities to pursue new programs, awards, and scholarships. Initially, I thought I’d only receive some sage college advice and humbling statistics; however, I quickly found that the One-Stop experience is so much more than that. I was taught how to advertise myself and write a strong resume, and I learned how to conduct myself in interviews through mock interview prep. I became adept at emailing adults professionally, and I improved my writing through intensive and personal essay reviews. I bumped my SAT score up, took advantage of various opportunities, got outside my comfort zone, fixed my incorrect “highschool” spelling, learned how to use a semicolon, and other good stuff like that. Essays were written, colleges applied, and several life skills happily learned—which I think is pretty great! Not only helping me succeed in high school and with college acceptances, Laurie & Co. also set me up quite soundly for my future, goals, career, and other daunting life words I used to think were so scary as a young high school freshman. But now, as a rising college freshman, I feel confidently more assured and optimistic thanks to One-Stop. Thanks, One-Stop!

Brown University, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

Thank you, Laurie and Matthew, for all your guidance! As the first child in my family to go through the college admissions process, we knew very little about what to expect, and of the tidbits we thought we knew, most of them turned out to be misguided and unfounded rumors. I can’t thank you enough for being patient with my family and me as you answered all the questions we had about the process and clarified all that we thought we knew. More than that, I can’t thank you enough for amplifying my voice rather than replacing it. Your meticulous guidance through the essay-writing part of the process exemplified that, but even from the start, by giving me the encouragement I needed to explore my values and passions without feeling like I was behind or doing something wrong, I never felt forced to do something that was contrary to my identity. And, because of all your help, I couldn’t feel better, not only about being able to attend one of my top-choice universities, but also about myself and my future beyond college.

Northwestern University, Class of 2028 – STUDENT & PARENTS

Student: Laurie and Matt, thank you so much for all your guidance! Over the last four years, you've helped me every step of the way: picking classes, encouraging me to partake in extracurriculars, preparing for the ACT, reviewing my personal statement and supplementals, helping me form my college list, and so much more. The college application process is extremely daunting, and I never would have had so much success navigating it without all your resources and help. I'm so excited to begin the next chapter of my life at Northwestern, and it wouldn't have been possible without you. Go 'Cats! Parents: 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.

New York University/Stern, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

I was accepted into NYU Stern! Thank you so much for your guidance and insight over the past four years, I truly could not have achieved this without your help. NYU has always been one of my dream schools, so thank you for helping me to reach this point!

Princeton University, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

Thank you so much! I’m thrilled right now, and I'm so grateful that I have been accepted to such amazing schools. Thank you for your help, especially with reviewing my Princeton essays.

Vanderbilt University, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

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

Amherst College, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

I finally made a decision!!!

Cornell University and Boston University, Class of 2028 – PARENTS

Huge thank you to you and your team. The college process is definitely overwhelming… But we are so happy that one of our teens is going to Cornell and our other is going to BU for a BFA. I think they are great fits for each of them. Without your help they would not have gotten in to these great schools. So, thank you so much.

University of Southern California, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

I was admitted to USC. I’m super excited and am so ecstatic about it. I am 100% committed there too. Thanks for all your help over the years!

Georgia Institute of Technology, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

After visiting Georgia Tech for their Gold Carpet Day, I was thoroughly impressed by the opportunities available, including extensive maker spaces and a wealth of internships and co-ops. I liked the students that I met there, and I already feel that it's the right fit for me!

Barnard College, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

I put down my deposit! I appreciate your help throughout this process.

University of Notre Dame, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

I got into Notre Dame! Super, super excited! One Stop was incredibly helpful during the college process; they guided me through each step. What I found the most helpful was the number of opportunities and resources they connected me with. Without those, I never would have discovered the interesting and impactful volunteer opportunities and summer programs. These things helped my college application stand out amongst others.

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.

Bentley University with President’s Scholarship, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

I’d like to thank One-Stop College Counseling for the invaluable help they have given me throughout the past 4 years. Their knowledge, guidance, and insight has led me to find my perfect school. The constant attention and support made a very stressful process much easier to navigate and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Thank you for helping me to accomplish my goals!

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!

University of Florida, Class of 2028 – PARENTS

Thank you! Our daughter is very happy with her decision. I think after growing up in a small town and being at a somewhat “nerdy” high school, she just wants that large school with football and Greek life experience. She’s very happy and excited to leave and start her adventure.

Carnegie Mellon University, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

Thank you so much for all your invaluable help and guidance over the past four years. All your advice, from how to make an impact in my extracurriculars, to improving my essays, made this entire process so much easier. I'm so grateful for the countless opportunities that you've given me. You always encouraged me to achieve more and be the best version of myself that I could be. Thank you so, so much for everything!

Villanova University, Class of 2028 – STUDENT

When I went to admitted students’ day, I loved it! I loved the environment and felt that it was the right fit for me. As soon as I got home, I committed! They also gave the most financial aid. Thank you for your time and guidance!

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!

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!"

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