Low-stress, organized and manageable

At College Matters, we place just as much emphasis on exploring the unique attributes of each student and family as we do on researching strengths, specialties, and personalities of hundreds of colleges and universities all across the country.

We help families through the whole admission process, from identifying educational institutions that best meet students’ needs and goals to navigating the intricacies of the application and financial aid processes.

With honest, informed and objective guidance, we match students to their “best fit” colleges or universities. Then we coach students through the details, making sure they stay motivated and hit their deadlines.

The result? A low-stress, organized and manageable search that ends with a great college or graduate school experience. 

We are available where and when you are! 

We have students in nineteen states and ten foreign countries. We are happy to meet online by Zoom or Skype—and can adjust our schedule for your time zone. From preparing for high school to planning your Ph.D., College Matters has options to support you each step of the way. 

What sets us apart?

  • Highest accredidation in the field
  • Over thirty years of combined experience
  • Diverse backgrounds as educators, counselors, coaches, parents, business people and consultants
  • A holistic, one-on-one approach to the application process
  • Workshops for students and parents

One of the benefits we offer is our ability to provide you with “on the ground” previews of colleges and universities before you invest in a campus visit.

We visit schools across the country, meeting with admissions professionals, talking with students, sitting in on classes, and just observing and soaking in the atmosphere. The “insiders’ knowledge” we gain from these visits enables us to help you prune your list of visits down to a strategically chosen and affordable size.

In today’s admissions climate, this is more important than ever because increasing numbers of institutions consider students’ demonstrated interest—i.e., whether or not they visit campus—to be a significant factor in the admission decision.

We’ve visited hundreds of campuses and continue visiting—or revisiting—at least fifty more each year.


Among our professional affiliations 



“IECA is the Harvard of the counseling profession.”

— Dr. William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions, Harvard University


Congratulations 2018 Graduates!

Adelphi University

University of Alabama

American University 

Amherst College

Arcadia University

University of Arizona

Auburn University

Bentley University

Binghamton University

Boston College

Boston University

Brown University

University of California - Berkeley

Bryant University 

Bucknell University 

Carleton College

Central Connecticut State University

Claremont McKenna College

Clark University 

Clarkson University

Coastal Carolina University 

Colby College

Colgate University 

The College of the Holy Cross

University of Colorado - Boulder

Columbia University

University of Connecticut 

Cornell University

Curry College

Dartmouth College

Davidson University 

Dean College

University of Delaware

University of Denver 

DePauw University

Dickinson College 

Drexel University

Duquesne University

Eastern Connecticut State University 

Elizabethtown College

Elon University 

Emerson College

Fairfield University

Farmingdale State University

Florida State University 

Fordham University

Franklin Pierce College



George Washington University

Georgetown University 

University of Georgia

Gettysburg College

Harvard University 

Harvey Mudd College

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Hofstra University

Howard University

Indiana University - Bloomington

University of Iowa

Ithaca College

James Madison University

Lafayette College 

Lasell College

Long Island University 

Loyola Marymount University 

Loyola University - Maryland 

Lynn University

Macalester College

University of Maine

Manhattan College

University of Maryland

Marymount Manhattan College

University of Massachusetts  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Marist College

McDaniel College

Merrimack College

Michigan State University

Mitchell College

Mount Holyoke College

Muhlenberg College

University of New Hampshire

University of New Haven

New York University

Nichols College

University of North Carolina - Wilmington

Northeastern University 

Northwestern University

Oberlin College

Ohio State University

University of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State University 

University of Pittsburgh

Providence College

Purdue University 


Quinnipiac University 

University of Rhode Island

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

University of Rochester

Rochester Institute of Technology

Roger Williams University 

Sacred Heart University 

St. John's University

St. Joseph's University

San Diego State University

Sarah Lawrence College

University of Scranton

Siena College

Simmons College

Skidmore College

University of South Carolina

Southern Connecticut State University

Spelman College

Springfield College 

Stanford University 

Stonehill College

Stony Brook University 

SUNY Geneseo 

Susquehanna University 

Syracuse University 

University of Tampa

Temple University 

University of Tennessee 

Trinity College

Tufts University

Tulane University

Union College

United States Coast Guard Academy

Ursinus College

University of Vermont

Virginia Commonwealth University 

Washington University in St. Louis

Wellesley College

Wentworth University of Technology

Wesleyan University 

West Virginia University 

Western New England University 

Wheaton College (MA) 

Whittier College 

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

Xavier University

Yale University