Successful Stories

Top performance students targeting the most selective colleges


GPA: 4.0

SAT/ACT: 2390

High School: A public high school in California

Activities: Captain water polo, swimming, drama, tutoring, research, Boy Scout.

Overview: A highly motivated and top-performance student with great study
habits and a goal-oriented outlook. Very interested in science and engineering,
but a little weak on humanities and writing.

Result: Admitted to Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, Duke, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, UC Berkeley,
UCSD. Received scholarships from Yale-$35k; Duke-$45K; UC Regents Scholarship.

Strategy: Added a drama activity to improve his public speaking and presentation
skills and cultivated a more liberal arts background in addition to his excellence in math
and science. Introduced tutoring to improve his writing skills. Guided him a summer research
activity before senior year, helped him brainstorm and edit essays, which resulted in a
passion-illustrated college application and interview.


GPA: 4.0

SAT/ACT: 2240(Math 2 800, Chemistry 800, Physics 800, US History 800 )

High School: An average California Public High School

Activities: President - Math & Science Club, Math Tutor, Key Club, Oakland Youth Orchestra, CVHS Symphony, USA Computing Olympiad, AMC, Ross Summer Program.

Overview: A top performance student with strong passions in math and sciences, practiced a lot in music, and engaged in a few activities. Weak in communication and writing and not very clear on college and major choices.

Result:Admitted to Brown, Cornell, CMU, USC and UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, UCSB with Regents Scholarship.

Strategy:Advised on taking SAT II Physics and major in Computer Science. Guided him step by step in college essay writing, focusing on his passion of math and sciences and his effort in building up the Math & Science Club to improve his high school's overall math performance.

Public/private school students need personal guidance


GPA: 4.0

SAT/ACT: 2000

High School: A public school in North Carolina

Activities: piano, clubs, community service

Overview: All A grades, thoughtful and analytical personality, challenging
academic coursework, musically talented. Test scores are not as high as he would
have liked. Confused about major choices for college.

Result: Wake Forest (Early Decision)

Strategy: Student is academically strong but encouraged SAT tutoring to bring
up scores. Brainstormed meaningful essay topics/experiences to make his ED application
stand out. Helped define college majors. Managed timeline for his early decision application
and made sure all materials were completed by the early deadline. Utilized Skype and email
to meet student needs.

Special talent students


GPA: 3.5

SAT/ACT: 2150

High School: A public school in California

Activities: Captain of the dance team, choreographer, gymnast,
extensive community service hours, NHS

Overview: Won multiple awards in dance competitions, talented writer,
outstanding leadership skills, kind and caring personality, socially conscious,
extensive community service hours. Struggled in a science course.

Result: Admitted to NYU, Rutgers ($8K scholarship), UIUC ($10K scholarship),
Fordham, Temple, USF, UCD, UCSB, UCSC, UCR, UCM and more.

Strategy: Utilize her strength in writing to showcase her personality,
experiences and goals in her essays. Apply to colleges with highly regarded performing
arts programs and guide her through supplemental performing arts applications including
auditions, essays, letters of recommendations etc.

Students and families in need of financial aid & scholarship


GPA: 3.8

SAT/ACT: 2400

High School: A public school in California

Activities: Club founder and president,
extensive community service hours, basketball team, NHS, research
experience, tutor

Overview: Outstanding leadership skills, highly determined to
be successful, outgoing personality, extensive community service hours,
high SAT score, challenging academic courses

Result: Admitted to Johns Hopkins ($20K scholarship), Vanderbilt
(full tuition scholarship), Washington University (St. Louis), Loyola Marymount
(full ride scholarship), UCB, UCSB, UCSD (UC Regents scholarship)

Strategy: Identify colleges with top programs in chosen field
of study. Focus on leadership and unique experiences in the essays and
refine essays to make the applicant stand out.


GPA: 3.7

SAT/ACT: 1630

High School: A top public school in California

Activities: TV news reporting  on an Asian Channel, local radio station, Relay For Life  

Overview: A hard-working and resources-lacking student from a disadvantaged family,  looking for a cost-efficient institute for higher education. Great communication skills and people skills.  Weak in testing and writing.

Result: Admitted to UC Riverside, UC Merced, University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University, San Francisco State and San Jose State University.    Scholarship: UC full financial aid package $31,000.

Strategy:Emphasized her growth from a disadvantaged family with very few resources, while still achieving good academic performance. Focused on her consistent effort of working at TV, radio, and digital media, all showing her passion for mass communication.  Guided her on applying for FAFSA early and received full financial aid from UC.

New immigrant/international Students


GPA: 3.95

SAT/ACT: 2360

High School: A public high school in California

Activities: Model UN, Social Entrepreneur Society, SANE, Lovee,
Best Foot Forward, golf varsity, homeless shelter, book donation

Overview: A very motivated immigrant student with great study habits,
very active in learning and life, and goal oriented. A little bit confused
future career interest, had great language talent and foundation, yet was in
need of work to be better.

Result: Admitted to Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Tufts, Boston College,
Wellesley College, George Washington, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSB, and UCSD
Received scholarships: Tufts-$5K ; GWU-$15K; UC Regents Scholarship.
A National Merit Scholarship Finalist.

Strategy: Guided her to choose a curriculum to fit into her academic
profile and build up confidence and top performance. Guided her extracurricular
activities, which included her as a founder of one student club. Helped her define
interest in international relations and her active involvement in the Model UN.
Consistently worked on her English to achieve impressive scores. Set up goals
clearly and watched her progress closely.


GPA: 3.7

SAT/ACT: 1760


High School: A public high school in Shanghai, China

Activities: Founder - Creative Craft Workshop, Publicist of the Associate Student Body, Volunteer of Himalaya Gallery

Overview:Passionate about art and graphic design, very committed to attend a selective art institute or a college with graphic/industrial design, invested a lot of time to study and prepare for tests. A little bit weak in her TOEFL and SAT test results.

Result:Admitted to Pratt, California College of the Arts, Parsons, UIUC, Penn State, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz.

Strategy:Highlighted her passion in art learning and practice from a very young age and her interest in industrial design.  Helped advise and review her portfolio. Carefully pitched schools that fit her profile. Guided her step by step in writing her own essays. 

Graduate application getting into top colleges


GPA: 3.36

Toefl: 103

GRE: 321

School: A second-tier civil engineering college in Beijing, China

Activities: Student Union, Student Council President, Student Art and Culture Council, Figure Skating, Equestrian, Drawing

Overview:A top performance student in her class and a student leader in her college, who trained in figure skating for a long time. Very motivated and committed to go to graduate school in the US.  A lot of internship experiences from the civil engineering field as her parent owns a construction company.  Not very knowledgeable about American colleges, not good in writing, GPA is not competitive due to strict grade curve from her college.

Result: Admitted to Duke, USC, CMU, UCSD, UCI, Univ. of Washington, Penn State, George Washington with major in civil engineering.

Strategy:Emphasized her internship and hands-on experience in civil engineering field by guiding her to develop a full story application essay of her career interest, her current preparation of college education, and her direct experience in the field. Encouraged her to prepare adequately for tests and to receive impressive scores. Carefully handpicked colleges that matched her interest and profile.

Learning difference students


GPA: 3.0

SAT: 1030

School:A public high school in California

Activities: Eagle Scout, DECA,    and Match

Overview:an ADHD student with low performance, yet committed to college education

Result:Admitted to Sonoma State, CSU-East Bay, University of San Francisco, University of the Pacific, Menlo College with $16000 scholarship, St. Mary's college with $6,000 scholarship.

Strategy:Tutored him to improve his SAT performance. Guided him step-by-step in choosing local fit colleges including several private universities, liberal arts colleges and California State Universities, guided him through process of  completingcollege applications and writing college essays. Emphasized his leadership and interest in business/entrepreneurship.