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"Vicki worked with both our children and we feel so lucky to have found her. She guided them through the daunting college admissions process with her expertise and humor. She gave them the responsibility and ownership of setting goals and making sure they stayed on top of things, while explaining all of the details along the way. Vicki advised our kids from writing essays, filling out applications, and recommending which choices would be best for them from their multiple college acceptances. Vicki has a wonderful way of engaging and motivating her students with her witty, enthusiastic, and caring personality. She was the best gift we gave our kids in preparing them for their college admissions."

--Sherrel & Gary M.
Saratoga, CA


Vicki S. Kleinman

Independent Educational Consultant

Vicki Kleinman has more than a decade of experience as an Independent Educational Consultant. Her professional qualifications include:

  • Certificate in College Admission Advising with Distinction from UC Berkeley
  • Completed Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions
  • College adviser at Lynbrook High School (San Jose) from 1998-2008
  • Speaker at area high schools and community college on college topics
  • Professional member status in Independent Educational Consultants (IECA)
  • Member of Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA)
  • Member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • Member of the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC)

Between her experience as a college adviser at Lynbrook H.S.and her educational consulting practice, Vicki has successfully counseled over two thousand college-bound students since 1998.

Vicki has taught classes in College Planning Basics trough the De Anza College short course program. She has presented a yearly series of PTSA-sponsored workshops for parents of juniors at Saratoga High School since 2005, and at Los Gatos High School since 2008.

She has lectured on College Planning for Gifted Students as a guest speaker at both the San Diego School District GATE program, the San Jose Unified GATE program and the annual conference of California Association for the Gifted.

She has also worked with the non-profit organization College Summit, a national organization that partners with schools to strengthen the college-going culture and increase college enrollment rates.

Vicki frequently attends local and national professional conferences to keep abreast of the breaking developments in the field. Additionally, she regularly visits college campuses and has personally toured over 200 private and public colleges to date.

She is at true professional, enthusiastic, highly organized, supportive and results focused and has a special talent for working with young adults.

Vicki resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

College Planning Service was established in 1998