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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Emory University, Class of 2023 – STUDENT

Working with Matthew and Laurie was definitely one of the best decisions I made during my college application process. Without their help, there were many confusing things that I would’ve struggled with—they really eased my anxieties and guided me through all the necessary steps. They were incredibly patient and helpful through the essay revising and interviewing processes. I’m so glad I got into my ED school—now I can have more time to relax. Thank you for everything! I really couldn’t have done it without your painstaking efforts to help me achieve my dreams.

Muhlenberg College/University of Pennsylvania 7-year Bio-Dent Program, Class of 2023 – STUDENT

I received my official acceptance letter to Muhlenberg and the University of Pennsylvania Dental Medicine School, the 7-year combined program. I also received a huge merit scholarship plus I was placed in the Dana Scholars program! Thank you!

Carnegie Mellon University, Class of 2023 – STUDENT

Accepted! Thanks so much for all, Laurie & Matthew, for all your help and advice.

University of Chicago, Class of 2023 – PARENT

We cannot put it in words our joy when we saw the admitted into the class of 2023 in the University of Chicago portal!!! Even though we had a son who graduated from college, Laurie still had educated us with so many tips and insights in the admission process. Laurie was a little tough with my daughter with all her deadlines and essay editing, but there is definitely a strong reason behind the scenes to bring out the potential of my child. We are so glad that we had Laurie, her guidance, support and love throughout this complicated process of college application and admissions.

New York University, Class of 2023 – STUDENT

GOT INTO NYU!!! I am extremely thankful for all your help during this difficult process. I am looking forward to my college life next year!

University of California, Berkeley, Class of 2023 – PARENT

Thank you so much for all of your help through this process. We came to the U.S. three years ago and knew nothing about America’s college application process. You probably spent twice the time on my son than on other students. He learned so much from you: the application process, writing essays and emails, and even understanding more about American culture. You have acted more like a caring and patient teacher rather than a counselor. We really appreciate all you did. Thank you so much!

Washington University in St. Louis, Class of 2023 – STUDENT

Thanks so much for all the help! I committed today!

University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2023 – STUDENT & PARENT

Student: I got into Penn!! Thank you for all your help along the way; I truly couldn’t have done this without you. Penn has been my top choice, so I am still extremely happy. Thank you again for all your work with me. Parents: Laurie, he is in! Thank you for being at our son’s side along this journey; we feel lucky that we made the right decision three years ago by choosing you! THANK YOU for all your help, guidance and encouragement along the way. He learned how to make his essays so much better, and his final application surpassed what we could have imagined at the beginning of the process. The college admission process is not easy, and you helped him craft his college list that put him in the best possible position. Your strong push enabled him to meet all the deadlines. You helped him show his best, and that is invaluable! We are particularly touched by your words on the day before colleges announced their decisions. You told him, “Things tend to work out as they should be”. Thanks for taking time to relieve his anxiousness as well as ours.

Columbia University, Class of 2023 – PARENT

We’re very happy! We appreciate all your help and guidance. The whole college process is like a minefield where any wrong step puts you out of reach. Thanks for getting him through it intact!

Rice University, Class of 2023 – PARENT

I had two goals when I was looking for college counseling. One was to help my child get to a “best fit” school that she would thrive and be happy at. The other was to alleviate the stress of the application process. We are very thankful that we found Laurie, who guided my child in every stage from the right college list to that perfect essay. Laurie kept everything on schedule so I didn’t have to stress over it. I know my child will have a wonderful time at Rice. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you so much!

Case Western Reserve University, Class of 2023 – STUDENT

I am so thankful for the One-Stop team for their tireless efforts and personal attention. You made this stressful process much less daunting and confusing. I would not be where I am today without One Stop, and I could not be happier with the results. Thank you for showing me how to put my best foot forward throughout this process! Have an amazing holiday.

Yale University, Class of 2023 – STUDENT

Thanks Matthew and Laurie for all your help in this stressful process. I had many wonderful choices, and I’m so grateful for your guidance throughout. I’ll be sure to keep in touch! I’m looking forward to an amazing four years living the college life!

Muhlenberg College, Awarded Presidential Scholarship, Class of 2023 – STUDENT & PARENT

Daughter: I have finally decided on a school and committed this evening. To my own surprise, I chose Muhlenberg. After visiting again today, I truly felt that it was the right place for me. Thank you so, so much for all your help. This was a tough decision, but you had a huge and very positive impact on my choice. I am so glad that Muhlenberg was back in the loop, and you convinced me to give it one more chance. Parents: Thank you very much for all work you have done for our daughter holding her hand for these years. We appreciate your work and deep knowledge of the college admission process and also readiness to give a good advice!! It was a real pleasure to work with you.

Purdue University, Aerospace Engineering and Honors Program, Class of 2023 – STUDENT

Just committed to Purdue, aerospace honors! I’m finishing high school early for my ten-week NASA internship, then heading right off to college! These next few months and the years afterwards will be filled with adventure, and I’m excited to have such great opportunities ahead. Your guidance made my college process understandable, rewarding, and fun. I couldn’t be more grateful for all your help!

Northwestern University, Class of 2023 – STUDENT

I was victorious! Thank you for everything!

Boston College, Class of 2023 – STUDENT & PARENT

Son: Matt and Laurie, I am glad to say that I committed to Boston College yesterday. Thank you to both of you for guiding me and always staying honest with me about where you felt I was lacking. Looking back that was exactly what I needed. Again, thank you for all the help! Parents: Thank you very much, Matt & Laurie for all the help and guidance you have provided. We are truly grateful for your support and keeping our son honest along the way. We are so proud of his accomplishments and his acceptance at Boston College. It would have been difficult and stressful for us to follow the entire college application without your tremendous help. We will definitely recommend your services to friends and family.

Brandeis University, Class of 2023 – PARENT & STUDENT

Parent: With her strong academic background and her Educational Planner Certification, we knew that Laurie was familiar with the ins and outs of the admissions process. When my child needed guidance on course selections, summer activities, volunteering, and most of all, the college application process, she replied quickly and always gave clear directions, great suggestions, and encouragement. She erased so much confusion and frustration. Our family trusts Laurie; we are so satisfied with her guidance and help! Student: Laurie- Thank you so much for all of your guidance and support; I couldn’t have gotten into my top choice, ED school without you! You always provide the most trustworthy advice, along with keeping me on track with the tons of supplemental essays that I had to write. From preparing me for interviews to suggesting new colleges to apply to that I hadn’t considered before, you have truly simplified the college admissions process for me! I can’t thank you enough for all the help you’ve provided in the past 2 years—I’m eternally grateful.

Rutgers University, Honors College, Presidential Scholarship, Class 2023 – PARENT & STUDENT

Mom: Our experience with One-Stop has been phenomenal! We are truly very grateful to you all for all your help. Matt and Laurie are so sincere!! I would highly recommend anyone seeking college advice to contact One-Stop. Thanking you all with a very grateful heart. Son: Thank you so much for all of your help in the last couple years. You’ve not only help me grow as a person, but enlightened me in so many different aspects of life that I can’t even explain how grateful I am for. I hope we can keep in touch!

Lehigh University Class of 2023 – STUDENT

I just logged in; I got in!!!! So happy!!!! Thank you, Laurie, for being there for me during the entire college application process. You advised me and my family about things we weren’t even aware of and offered great advice regarding my essays, activities and much more! You really helped me figure out what type of school would most likely fit my needs and personality, and I got in! I appreciate your patience and never-ending support. I am so happy to be going to my first-choice school!

Claremont McKenna College, Class of 2023 – STUDENT

Transfer student: My first go around with college applications was somewhat of a disaster. (I didn’t hire a college consultant) I had applied to ten schools, and only got into two of them – neither of which I was excited to attend. Just before the start of my freshman year, my family and I reached out to One-Stop for advice on transferring for the spring semester. Laurie advised us that transferring in the middle of freshman year is extremely difficult, especially for the selective schools I was aiming for. We pressed forward, and with Laurie’s guidance throughout the application process, I was accepted into all six highly competitive liberal arts schools I applied to! It was a complete turnaround from my experience last year, and would not have been possible without Laurie!

Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2022 – PARENT & STUDENT

Mom: We are so ecstatic and thrilled! M&T… the world-renowned program at Penn? We couldn’t believe the good news at first! You are the best Laurie! Without your guide, patience, and well-crafted tips, this would have never happened. Son: Laurie is an expert at her craft: air-tight essays, expert knowledge of the college process, and lightning fast, well-researched replies to any questions are all part of the package. She pushes hard, but with a purpose. Laurie’s steadfast guidance, attention to detail, and tenacity to make me the best person I can be has not only opened the doors to one of the world’s best institutions, but has also made my four years at high school a rich and memorable one.

Princeton University, Class of 2022 – STUDENT

One Stop provided amazing services for me and my family. It was reassuring to have someone I could always consult with to figure out what I wanted in a college, to learn the technical skills necessary for applying (like interviews and essay help), and finally for the emotional support. I feel like I was exposed to so many more resources and opportunities that helped make me a stronger candidate for college, and at the end of the process, I had many amazing options that I’m incredibly grateful for. For me, I felt confident going into the college process with One-Stop. I’m truly grateful for all the help!

Rice University, Class of 2022 – STUDENT

I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH LAURIE!! It’s been an extremely long and tiring process, but IT’S NOW OVER! Words cannot express how much I want to thank you. You’ve been there for me throughout it all, answering my questions, editing my essays, and giving me everything I needed to accomplish what I just did. Without you, I don’t know where I would be. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Stanford University, Class of 2022 – STUDENT

You are truly the Weingarten “Dream Team” – I can’t thank you enough! I really appreciate all the time you spent with me, and you took so much stress out of this rigorous process. You helped me perfect my applications, and although the process was exhausting, I couldn’t be happier! I only hoped to be admitted into one of my favorite schools; I never expected acceptance into multiple Ivy Leagues, MIT, and various other highly selective colleges. I can’t wait to begin my journey. Thanks again for everything!

Case Western Reserve University, Class of 2022 – PARENT & STUDENT

Mom: Tonight, I cried happy and thankful tears My son went through a lot this year, and I am so proud of him. I learned a lot through this process. What a gift for Christmas for me and my kids. Thank you for all the things that you did for us, One-Stop. Happy holidays and Happy New Year!! Son: I got in! Thank you so much for your guidance and help. Couldn’t have done it without you. I am so happy.

Brown University, Class of 2022 – STUDENT & PARENT

Student: Laurie – I still can’t believe I’m going to Brown! Thank you for all of your guidance and support. You kept me on track and motivated during the tiring and tedious parts of this process (i.e., the seemingly-never-ending edits of my essays). I’m grateful that I had your expertise as a college counselor, and I appreciate the above-and-beyond effort with which you worked to help me achieve my goal. Parents: The college admissions process has changed so much since we were in high school. To make matters worse, everyone has an opinion and there’s a lot of misinformation out there. We sought out Laurie because we needed someone, we could trust who would put our child’s best interests first. And that’s exactly what we got. Laurie kept our child on track throughout the entire process and was there to offer answers as needed. (Things in college admissions seem to change on a daily basis and it was clear Laurie was on top of it all!) But I would say the most invaluable part of working with her is that she tells you what you need to hear instead of what you want to hear. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to work with Laurie – it was a decision that resulted in our child being admitted to his Early Decision school!

University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2022 – STUDENT

When I opened my acceptance letter, I could not believe my eyes. It may have been one of the happiest moments of my life. And I could not have achieved this without the help of Matthew and Laurie. I think that the best part of working with One-Stop is their diligence and persistence. For each highly selective college that I applied to, they made sure that the essays were perfect. When I thought that I was done, after one edit, I ended up going through a dozen. Their constant drive for perfection may have been the tipping point in my applications, and I was accepted into many schools, including my top choice. I cannot thank them enough.

University of Miami, Herbert Business School, Class of 2022 – PARENT

Matthew and Laurie, I wanted to thank you for the support you gave to our son during the college application process. He was accepted to so many of the schools to which he applied, and he has chosen to attend the University of Miami. We are thrilled with his decision, and we appreciate the guidance and advice you gave to him during the stressful application process.

University of Tampa, Class of 2022 – PARENT

When my oldest son was in 10th grade, I knew that I was going to need help figuring out the whole college process. I was recommended to Laurie by a close friend who said she did an excellent job with his son. Although the fee was more than I expected, it was definitely 100% worth it! Aside from being insanely knowledgeable on almost every single college in the US, Laurie became invested in my child’s success and in getting him admitted into a college that would be a good fit for him. She worked very diligently with my son and enforced the things I always tried to tell him (Teens don’t always listen to parents!) to do in the application process. She was firm when he was lazy, but always let him know that she was on his side. When we walked into her office, I was wondering if he would get into any school – and in the end, he was accepted into all 12 of the colleges he applied to! Thank you for everything, Laurie, we couldn’t have done it without you! -One Very Happy Parent!

Washington University, Class of 2022 – STUDENT

I got in! Thank you for everything, Matthew and Laurie!

University of Virginia, Jefferson Scholars, Class of 2022 – STUDENT

Thank you so much for your interview guidance. I have been admitted to multiple BS/MD programs. However, I contemplated your advice and I decided to go to the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar. This program has a 1.8% acceptance rate and I am the first student from New Jersey to have been admitted to this program in the last three years. With their offer of almost $300,000 and a strong alumni community, I could not turn that down. The preparation also helped me tremendously with the Jefferson Scholarship, as I had to pass three rounds of panel interviews of four to six interviewers!!

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