Our Services

Initial Consultation

We start with an initial consultation designed to assess a student’s progress to date. It is also an opportunity for College Bound Mentor to get to know the student better and develop a personalized plan for success. Specifically, we will:

  • Evaluate the student’s academic and extracurricular history–including transcript, test scores, extracurricular activities, community service, and outside interests.
  • Identify strengths and potential gaps in student’s record.
  • Develop a one year plan including strategies, recommendations for coursework, activities, summer experiences, college visits, community service and internships.

Application Mentor Package

The majority of our clients opt for this package because we mentor students through the entire process. Specifically, College Bound Mentor works with students to:

  • Meet for an Initial Consultation
  • Refine and implement curriculum plans, testing schedules and extracurricular activities
  • Select summer activities, community service projects, employment and internships
  • Create, Review, or Revise College List based on personal needs of student and family
  • Plan college visits and list of questions to ask while at schools
  • Prepare the “Activity Listing/Resume”–a detailed list of extracurricular activities; awards, honors, and accomplishments; employment and internships; community service; summer activities; hobbies and interests
  • Select and approach teachers for letters of recommendation
  • Develop their personal statement, highlighting individual strengths and unique points of differentiation
  • Work on supplemental essays
  • Conduct mock interviews
  • Break down applications and develop plan for each component/section
  • Review financial aid packages and identify best value for student and family goals
  • Help students make final decision

Essay Assistance

Having trouble finding your voice?  Not sure how to tell your story?  We can help.

College Bound Mentor Essay Specialists work with students in-person or remotely strictly on the essay. We do not write essays for students, but provide questions and suggestions to guide the student through the process. We review and revise the essay until the student’s voice comes through and the essay communicates the key characteristics of the student.  We focus on the goal of providing a clear, positive, and holistic picture of the student to the admissions committee.

Grad School & Career

Thinking about what’s next? Uncertain how all your experiences fit together?  We can help.

Grad School

We work with a wide range of students on developing a plan and crafting the personal statement and supplementary essays for graduate school. We have successfully worked with students to gain admissions to medical school, law school, business school, and graduate schools in public health and allied health sciences.

We have partnered with Alex Leventhal of Prep MBA. Alex is one of only three MBA admissions consultants to be in the Poets & Quants Hall of Fame. He has been an MBA Admissions consultant since 2005. As one of the most experienced professionals in the industry, he has helped hundreds of applicants achieve their goal of acceptance into a highly-ranked MBA program.


College Bound Mentor will sit down with the student and develop possible career goals based on interests and strengths. We will also discuss various pathways to achieve their goals.

Hear From Our Students & Their Parents

  • Thank you for all your hard work and thank you for pushing me to write the best supplements I could! I’m so excited to have this opportunity, and I am sure that all of your counseling helped get me here.

    MIT Student
  • CBM, I can't thank you enough for all your help making my essays absolutely killer. Those essays are incredible. You're outstanding! Please be around in a few years so I can hit you up for my Harvard law application. I loved working with you!

    Brandeis Student
  • Lisa, I got my acceptance letter from Dartmouth earlier today. Thank you so much for all your help along the way!

    Dartmouth Student
  • Mike got into GW this evening! He is thrilled! We are so happy for him and so proud of him! Thank you!

    George Washington University Parent
  • I got into the honors program and received the Dean's scholarship at Northeastern. Thank you for being such a huge help with my essays and my questions throughout the process!

    Northeastern Student
  • I’m happy to report that Nicole has found her niche and absolutely loves Clemson! Nicole has really grown. It was a big step for her going so far and she second guessed herself up until the last day of orientation, but the self-confidence she has gained is so evident and everyone comments on how much it has agreed with her!

    Clemson Parent
  • Thank you for all the help you have given me and I know I wouldn't have been able to get this far without you! I'm also happy that I don't have to write essays for another 8 colleges!

    Emory Student
  • Dear Lisa, I hope you are doing well! Thank you so much for everything you did!!! I hope that we will keep in touch and that we will see each other again someday.

    Emory Student
  • I received the email last night (subject line Good Things!) that I got into William & Mary! Ahhh!

    College of William & Mary Student
  • I was planning on emailing you just today actually to say that I was accepted to Harvard! I know this never would have happened without all of your help. I can't thank you enough! Your guidance clearly was profoundly helpful.

    Harvard Student
  • I got into NYU Stern! I'm so excited, and can't wait to actually go! I've been on their website and looking at dorms and classes and everything already! I really couldn't be happier. Thank you so much for all of your help and good wishes; it was invaluable!

    NYU Stern Student
  • Hi CBM! I was just sitting here waiting for my next class to start thinking about how much I love it here at UD and I realized that I have you to thank for giving me one of the best years of my life! You were always there for me, helping me out and dealing with me. I will always remember that one day that you told me that you woke up in the middle of the night thinking about an idea you had for a college essay for me. I thought that it was so amazing that you were so dedicated to helping me get what I really wanted and I appreciate that so much.

    University of Delaware Student
  • I have officially committed to Harvard! Thank you so much for everything that you have done for me. Your support and advice were so integral during the past three years, and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to meet you. Truly you have changed my life and my future. Without you, I know that I would never be in this position. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be accepted to and eventually go to Harvard. Yet, you believed in me, and for that I am so thankful.

    039 - Harvard Student
  • Officially Emory University class of 2020! I am so happy, thank you for everything! I really could not have done it without you!

    Emory Student
  • You may have heard from Neil that he got admitted into the University of Chicago.  This is a big accomplishment and it would not have been possible without your help. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our heart for your guidance and coaching during this process.

    University of Chicago Parent
  • I want you to be one of the first to know that I got accepted into UPENN! Thank you so much for all your help throughout the entire application process. I could not have achieved this without you. All the hours working on the Common App and all the essays paid off, and I owe that all to you.

    University of Pennsylvania Student
  • I am happy to report that my son landed his dream job in June at Google.  He finished Johns Hopkins a semester early.  My daughter is also happy with her job at Condé Nast, which she got through her Lehigh connections. You did well for my kids and I am very grateful.

    Parent of Johns Hopkins and Lehigh University students
  • Abby helped work with me in an individualized way and got to know me as a person, not just another applicant. She was extremely helpful and worked collaboratively with me, guiding me to the ideal school. I would recommend anyone applying to college to Abby, as she is kind, helpful and dedicated.

    NYU Student
  • Lisa, I just found out that I've been accepted early decision to Columbia University!  I am beyond thrilled and so excited for next fall.

    Columbia Student
  • Thank you so much for all your help!  I always knew Brian had potential but your direction made it all happen for him.  We are thrilled.

    Tufts Parent
  • College Bound Mentor was incredibly helpful to our family as my daughter went through high school and was accepted at a great university. They helped us choose a good curriculum in the high school, and gave excellent advice about standardized testing. The overall process was much less stressful than it would have been without them. My daughter will be attending a great school that fits her really well.

    University of Pennsylvania Parent
  • I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done to make this hellish process easy and fun, and I feel bad for anyone who doesn’t have a CBM team at their side. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be picking my first semester classes for Dickinson tomorrow!

    Dickinson Student
  • Lisa has worked with me and my siblings for years now and she's remained a friend and resource for us. I attribute my 10 college acceptances and subsequent scholarships to her amazing essay assistance and application guidance. It's now 5 years after I worked with Lisa for undergrad apps and she was the first one I thought of reaching out to now that I am looking into masters programs. Whether I desperately need the assistance or not, I believe the help I'm receiving is more than worth it.

    Graduate School Client
  • Before I found College Bound Mentor, I felt lost in a sea of online articles and college related rumors. If this sounds like you, you have come to the right place. College Bound Mentor has helped calm all my worries about the college admissions process, testing, and career paths. They have been an incredible and reliable resource that is only always an email away. I now feel confident going into Senior year that I will end up at the right school for me.

    High School Senior
  • She was very kind, informative, and helped me a lot. Loved how much info she had even before we met, and how well she explained everything.

    High School Junior
  • We signed up with CBM during our daughter's Sophomore year. From course selections, to just completing the last of her college apps, the CBM team has been a guiding light in this process. Their expertise and patience are priceless. I highly recommend them to anyone diving into these waters. Thank you CBM!

    Senior Parent
  • Sorry for the long, overdue thank you for helping our son through the college application process. Needless to say, the outcome for him was excellent and he is excited to attend CMU and to be swimming on their team next fall.  We know that you two played a critical role in many ways, but most importantly helping him unpack and clarify his personal positioning early on and then coaching him to reflect this in the numerous essays and application documents produced over the past 9 months.  As parents we are proud of his many accomplishments and appreciate you helping to put these in the best possible light. His applications were compelling in a very competitive environment. Your expertise, feedback and project management guidance made a big difference.    So thank you both for your patience and support as we know you have a lot of students and feel we had the best of the best working with our son.

    Carnegie Mellon Parents
  • I can’t thank you enough for all of your help and guidance with my daughter's Personal Statement! She is SO happy with how it turned out! I’m truly grateful to you for helping her to express herself and show her commitment to her education as well as her true desire to help others.

    Parent of High School Junior
  • Just realized that we never took the time to thank you for all the work you've done with our daughter over the past couple of years. The support you've given her has been invaluable. We are obviously happy for her and proud of her achievements, but I must say that having someone besides her parents to keep her on track and advise her has been the best part of it. It definitely preserved our relationship with her during those precious last years having her at home. We'll definitely be in touch very soon as her brother will be a Sophomore in the Fall, and we'd like to start the process then as we did for our daughter.

    Columbia/Sciences Po. Parent
  • After this spring break and visiting Wisconsin, I have decided to become a Badger! Thank you for the help through the admissions process!

    University of Wisconsin Student
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