College Planning Service
Personalized guidance for the college admissions process 408.248.4816
Is it time for my child to start planning for college?

Second only to the choice of a spouse, the choice of a college is the most important life decision many people will make. Yet the college search and application process is complex and getting harder to navigate each year. The increasing competition for the fixed number of places at many desired colleges and universities makes it ever more important to be able to present a student’s demonstrated abilities and accomplishments in a way that will make them stand out from the other applicants.

As a result, the college search and application process is filled with anxiety for many students and their parents.

  • What is the difference between early decision and early action and when is either of these the best option for my student?
  • At what point does it make sense for my student to retake the SAT? To take the ACT in addition to the SAT? To take only the ACT?
  • How do we pick summer activities that will both interest my student and also increase the chances of his or her getting into the desired major / program at the colleges he or she selects?
  • How do we ensure we make the best match?

The internet is filled with vast quantities of often conflicting, biased and sometimes just erroneous information.

College Planning Service can answer all your questions and seamlessly guide you through this confusing process.


"I loved working with Vicki, she not only advised me on my essays and interviews, but also took the time to get to know me and understand my future plans. As a result of working with her, I prepared strong applications and formed a more defined notion of what I wanted to study at both the undergraduate and graduate level."

--Tripti B.
B.S. Georgetown University, Ph.D. student at U.C. Berkeley

"We would like to thank you for your great help and advice with Michelle!! So far she has been accepted into Wash. U. and UCLA!! We are so happy. Most importantly, she has a great counselor to lead her towards a successful direction. THANK YOU, Vicki !!"

--Grace C.
Mom of freshman at Washington University, St. Louis