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WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT US: Thank you so much for all your help with everything from the essays to all my own personal worries about college admissions.  You made the entire process much easier for me...  I have found my place at NYU both socially and academically and I don’t think there is anywhere more perfect for me.   –Beverly Hills High student Thank you for helping me make my dream come true!!!  If you ever need any sort of recommendation please let me know!  I would be more than happy to let other students know how amazingly helpful you are in making the college process a little less stressful.   –Buckley School student Obviously it goes without saying how thankful I was that you were able to help me through this process because I would be lost without you.   –Campbell Hall student Honest, reliable, and straight to the point.  Alexandra Rhodes knows the college process in and out and I could not have asked for any more.  Thank you not only for offering me advice that altered my entire perspective of how to write a successful college essay, but also for serving as a mentor throughout my high school experience.  I am truly indebted for all you have done for me!   –Crossroads student, now at Yale University, class of 2016 So, I hear Northern California is wonderful.  There is a little school called Berkeley up in the suburbs of San Francisco.  You know, the top public school in the country?  Well, it turns out they want me.  TO SAY I AM EXCITED IS THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR.  THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!   –Hamilton High School student I want to thank you...  There was no way I could have gotten through anything without you.   –Milken Community School student I wanted to share some good news with you: I got into Oxford!  Thank you for all your help! I’m really excited to start their master’s program this October.  I’ve also been offered an internship at the Sunday Times in London!  Thank you again!   –Queen Mary, University of London, graduate school candidate Thank you for all the help these past couple of years.  We did it!  Stanford … my number one dream school!  Without your guidance I would not have been able to achieve this great feat.  Thank you for everything!!   –Santa Monica High School student YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!  I RECEIVED THE TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP (FULL TUITION, ROOM & BOARD).  Thank you so much for everything!  I don’t know what to think right now everything has been incredible!!!!!!!!!   –Santa Monica High School student Stanford is AMAZING!!!  It is better than I could have ever imagined.  The people, the weather, the classes, everything - I love it! ... None of this could have been possible without you.   –Westridge School student WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT US: I sing your praises to everyone I talk to — I honestly feel people in your position are the last bastion of sanity in the insane (and scary) world of sending your precious child off to college.  In addition to sage advice for families, it is great to have someone your child can talk to who is a responsible adult, yet “cool” and trusted enough to get through to them!   –Beverly Hills High mom It was very exciting to watch him open that thick envelope — his first of several/many? — and I have to tell you how thrilled I am at how you’ve inspired [our son] to manage his own campaign to apply to college.  Thank you for helping [him] get organized, motivated, and energized about this college application campaign.  That alone is a priceless skill he’ll take with him no matter which college he attends and no matter what career path he eventually takes.   –Beverly Hills High dad Once again, Alexandra comes through… First choice college, both kids!  Amazing!!  Thanks for all of your help!   –Brentwood mom I think the day we met you was one of the best choices I have made….this college process has been a joy…not the nightmare so many people talk about.  I so appreciate all you have done for [my son]; he feels very confident about this whole college process largely because of your input!   –Crossroads mom In [my son's] words, “Ms. Rhodes helped me immensely.”  I was sitting with him when he turned in his final application at 10:30 PM on Nov. 1.  He was very happy with his essays and I could see the confidence building up.   –Flintridge Prep mom We can’t thank you enough for your guidance.  She’s a happy, happy camper (after getting into 9 colleges).  It’s a great time in our house.   –Hamilton High School mom You were an absolute inspiration to [my son] in his essay-writing process.  You brought out his creativity and he absolutely adored you.  All parents have to do is MEET you to know how wonderful you are.  No wonder he got in to his early decision [Ivy League] school.  Any family would be CRAZY not to hire you.   –Harvard-Westlake mom Thank you for your very useful assistance last fall.  [My son] was very successful with his college applications…His first choice was Connecticut College, and that is where he is going.  Thank you again; your input made the process less nerve wracking.   –Loyola High School mom I wanted to thank you personally…[our son) is very thrilled about [his college]!  You helped us tremendously...  Thank you for everything.  You are super professional!   –Milken mom Tonight we were at New Roads mandatory college night for juniors, and it was great info., but I just wanted to tell you how much more it made both [my son] & I appreciate YOU…it is so overwhelming, so much info., and we both felt kind of like old pros at it while most everyone else was freaking out a bit.  I feel so confident…thank you so much.   –New Roads mom  [My son] just got accepted…!!!!!!!!!!  So, so happy…so, so thankful for all of your help & support … I am as happy as I ever remember being!!!  Thanks again.   –New Roads mom We received the letter this afternoon – [our son] was accepted!  We are all so thrilled.  Thank you; Thank you; Thank you!  Please save room for [our daughter]...  Our son could not have done this without your advice and support.   –Polytechnic mom Thank you for doing such a great job prepping him for his interview.  He was really nervous before he went but it sounds like it went well.  The admissions person said he was a “good storyteller!”  We know that wasn’t the case before his session with you!   –Santa Monica High School mom Don’t you just love seeing the results of your hard work?  Boy, you certainly called these all correctly.  So, he’s 7 for 9.  I also wanted to let you know how highly I think of you.  I was putting away some things in his college accordion folder and found his many drafts of the essay he wrote.  Your comments were terrific…which I absolutely LOVED!  I have to say that I attribute his incredible success in getting into colleges to you.  I’ve told everyone that will listen…I can’t tell you how invaluable you have been in this.  Your part was unbelievably wonderful, and we can’t thank you enough.   –Shalhevet mom [Our son] received a letter from [his dream school] today! Yes! Yes! Yes! He was accepted Early Decision!  We can’t express our appreciation for all that you’ve done in helping [him] attain his goal of attending a reach school where he can play baseball at the next level.   –St Francis dad It was a dream working with you.  In no particular order, you are extremely knowledgeable, organized, efficient, realistic, professional, available, upbeat, and positive-thinking.  You are the perfect cheerleader and the perfect bridge between generations.  You turned a potentially painstaking process into a fun and do-able task with excellent results.  I loved your approach and your execution.  I know your phone already rings off the hook, but after my referrals, you’ll never have a life!  Thanks so much for guiding us so pleasantly though the college process.   –Wildwood mom More testimonials available upon request.
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Here is a partial list of our college acceptances. Allegheny American University Arizona State University Ball State Bard Barnard Bates Boston University Bowdoin Brandeis Brown University Bucknell California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Cal Arts Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Cal State Channel Islands Cal State Los Angeles Cal State Monterey Bay Cal State Northridge Carleton Carnegie Mellon Case Western Chapman Chico State University Clark College Colby Colby-Sawyer Colorado College Columbia Connecticut College Cornell University Curry College Dartmouth Denison Dickenson Drew University Duke Emerson Emory Emory-Henry The Evergreen State College Eugene Lang (The New School) Ferrum Findlay Florida Institute of Technology Georgia Tech George Mason University George Washington University Georgetown Goucher Grinnell Hamilton Hampden-Sydney Hampshire Harvard Harvey Mudd Haverford Hiram Hofstra Indiana University Johns Hopkins Kenyon Lake Forest Layfayette Lehigh Lenoir-Rhyne Lewis and Clark Loyola Maryland Loyola Marymount University Lynchburg Macalester Manhattanville Marquette Marymount McGill Menlo College Middlebury Naval Academy Northern Arizona University Northeastern Northwestern Notre Dame NYU Oberlin Occidental Ohio Wesleyan Oregon State University University of Oxford (England) Parsons School of Design Pace Penn State Pitzer Pomona Pratt Princeton University Purdue Randolph-Macon Reed Rice Rochester Rutgers San Francisco Art Institute Savannah College of Art and Design School of the Art Institute of Chicago San Diego State San Francisco State Santa Clara University Sarah Lawrence School of the Museum of Art Scripps Seattle University Skidmore Sonoma State University Southern Methodist University St Andrew’s Presbyterian St Louis University Stanford Suffolk Syracuse Texas Christian University Trinity Tufts University Tulane U Colorado Boulder U of Cincinnati University of Chicago U Denver U of Arizona, Tucson U of Connecticut U Massachusetts Amherst U of Maryland U of Miami U of Michigan, Ann Arbor U of Montana U of Oregon U of Santa Clara U of Southern California    (including Marshall School of Business) U of Washington U of Wisconsin, Madison U of the Pacific U Pennsylvania U Puget Sound U of Redlands U San Diego U San Francisco University of Virginia (UVA) UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Merced UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA Ursinus Vanderbilt Washington University St Louis Wellsley Wesleyan Wharton School of Business Wheaton Whitman Willamette Wooster Yale
What Colleges Say to Our Students: “…One of the things we loved about your file was your essays.  You wrote spectacular pieces that captured your compelling voice as a human being and promising young intellectual.  Your words helped to set you apart in our massive pool of qualified applicants.  In short, your essays were among the best we read this year.” – An email from Tufts University to one of our students, Tufts Class of 2013