Many Thanks to The Wonderful Families Who Have Entrusted Me With Their Students For The College Counseling & Admission Essay Journey

Elizabeth’s students have gone on to attend top schools around the U.S. and internationally, including:

Amherst College
Bard College
Barnard College
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Colgate University
Colorado College
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Duquesne University
Emory University
Georgetown University
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Loyola Marymount University

Manhattan School of Music
McGill University (Canada)
New York University
The New School
NYU Clive Davis School of Recorded Music
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Oberlin College
Penn State University
Pomona College
Pratt Institute
Princeton University
Reed College
Syracuse University
Trinity College
Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Edinburgh (UK)
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of St. Andrews (UK)
University of Southern California
University of Texas
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin
Vassar College
Wake Forest University
Washington University
Wesleyan University
Yale University

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A parent of a Rye High School student who matriculated to Yale University:

My son really enjoyed working with you and it was just what he needed. God knows how he got into Yale without a single connection. But I think he got in because he was “locked and ready to go” to apply to 22 other schools. I really loved his essays, they seemed to get deeper and truer as he went along. He was actually disappointed that he wasn’t going to submit the rest of them. I am going to keep them so that he has a glimpse of what he was thinking when he was 18.

My son tells me that his takeaway from the process was that 1) when you start to write what you want instead of what you think they want, it starts to work out and 2) it is amazing that you can actually get in to Yale writing about dragons and superheroes.

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A parent of a Trevor Day School student who matriculated to New York University Tisch School of the Arts:

We first hired Elizabeth to work with our 8th grade daughter four years ago when she applied to private New York City high schools, and the experience was so wonderful we enlisted her to help our high school senior with her various college admission essays. Our daughter loved working with her, found her warm, patient, encouraging and always enthusiastic, and she was a pleasure for us parents to work with as well. With the Common App essay in particular, she helped her hone and tell a personal, poignant and quite moving story, very much in her own authentic voice. We feel so lucky to have had Elizabeth guide her and us through the college process. Our daughter was admitted to NYU Tisch, which was her first choice, and we are so grateful to Elizabeth for all of her help.

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A parent of a TWHS (The Woodlands High School, Texas) student who matriculated to Boston College:

Thanks for your kind words about Beth, so lovely to hear! As you know she really enjoyed working with you and learnt so much as she progressed. We both appreciated your hard work, energy and passion for writing. Thank you 😊

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A parent of an Eleanor Roosevelt High School student who matriculated to Washington University:

Thank you for your heartwarming email. It has been a beautiful journey watching Rayna blossom into a self- assured pre-college woman and we were ecsatic that you were at the helm. You guided Rayna from the beginning and allowed her to believe in herself. Your gentle suggestions prompted her creative juices which ultimately allowed her to write her heart out. Jeff and I are very grateful for all you have done to help Rayna achieve her dream school.

Thank you again for being our fearless college leader. We could not have done it without you!!

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A student from Fiorella H. Laguardia High School Of Music & Art and Performing Arts student who matriculated to Pratt Institute, and her parent:

Hi Elizabeth,
Finished my applications in December. I got into SCAD and just had interviews with CMU as well as Purchase NY. Thanks so much for all the help it would have been hell without you!
-Sophie

Hey Elizabeth!

I am answering for Sophie so I can take the chance to thank you for working with her.

She did great and overall is really happy. Basically, she only got rejected from RISD and the design program at Carnegie Mellon. But she did get into the production design program at Carnegie Mellon.

Also got into RIT, SCAD, Bard, Pratt and Purchase.

So it came down to Pratt and CMU and surprisingly she picked Pratt. She got a ton of $ from them and nothing from CMU but that wasn’t really it. She just wanted a more general design program at the end of the day.

So—it is all good.

Anyway—thanks for everything. Maybe we will talk again in four years!! (I have an eighth grader 😉)

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A parent of an Easthampton High School student who matriculated to Loyola Marymount University Film Department:

Dear Elizabeth,
I can’t thank you enough for the love and guidance you gave to Anni. Her trust in you warmed my heart. My trust in you was biblical! Thank you for all your kind words and especially your professional help. You gave her something she will use for a long time to come.

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A parent of an Ethical Culture Fieldston School student who matriculated to Colgate University:

Hi Elizabeth —I’ve been meaning to write to thank you for taking such good care of Brooke and for the great work you did advising her on her essays, editing her, talking to her, etc. She really enjoyed working with you. And, I loved reading the results. I am very touched by how well you understood Brooke and how much you appreciate her. I know the feeling is very mutual. I think Brooke learned a tremendous amount from you that she will carry with her always. It’s been a tremendous experience.

Thank you so much for the many hours of hard work and hand-holding.

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A parent of a student from The John Cooper School, The Woodlands, TX who matriculated to University of California, Santa Barbara:

Hi Elizabeth, Kya mentioned you’ve been a pleasure to work with, as always. Thanks for the college guidance and support you’ve given both our children. Best wishes.

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A parent of a Stuyvesant High School student who matriculated to University of Michigan Engineering:

Dear Elizabeth,

Many thanks for your kind words and for your help with Jakob’s essays, of course. It was very helpful to have an objective professional guiding him through this rather stressful process. He appreciated it and learned a lot from you.

Many thanks again and we may reach out again in three years when our younger son is applying to college🙂

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A parent of a Hunter College High School student who matriculated to Barnard College:

Working with Elizabeth England was one of the highlights of our college application process. My daughter says this: “She’s super-helpful with brainstorming. She helps you find your own best voice and gives good editorial suggestions. Elizabeth is easy to talk to and sticks with you throughout the process.” I was also grateful for Elizabeth’s kind and thoughtful approach to working with anxious parents! She is encouraging, patient, responsive. She’s an optimist and a realist. We highly recommend working with her!

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A parent of a Hunter College High School student who matriculated to Barnard College:

Working with Elizabeth England was one of the highlights of our college application process. My daughter says this: “She’s super-helpful with brainstorming. She helps you find your own best voice and gives good editorial suggestions. Elizabeth is easy to talk to and sticks with you throughout the process.” I was also grateful for Elizabeth’s kind and thoughtful approach to working with anxious parents! She is encouraging, patient, responsive. She’s an optimist and a realist. We highly recommend working with her!

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A parent of an Easthampton High School junior/tennis player who matriculated to Georgetown University:

In my very first phone conversation with Elizabeth, I felt like I was speaking to a close friend who had an earnest interest in my son’s future. She immediately shared her wealth of knowledge as it pertained to my son, and I felt a huge relief to know that I was in the hands of someone who truly cared and would be an enormous support for us through this stressful process. Elizabeth has continued to provide us with current information and helpful tips while planning our college trips. I look forward to working with Elizabeth as my son goes through the grueling application process.

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A student from Dwight School who matriculated to New York University:

Without you, my essay would never have been the essay it was and my supplements greatly benefited from your editing. I’m attending NYU in the fall and I really just wanted to say thanks for helping me.

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A student from Huntington High School who matriculated to Emory University:

I just wanted to thank you for all the hard work you put into helping me with my essays and supplements for school! I’ll be attending Emory University in the fall. Couldn’t have done it without you!

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A parent of a Webster University Geneva student who transferred to University of Maryland:

Open and clear, Elizabeth established and maintained a positive relationship with our son. Having been educated solely in french, our son needed to find his voice in English. Through Elizabeth’s guidance, the end result was a voice that was elegant, articulate and honest.

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A student from Frank Sinatra School of the Arts who matriculated to McGill University:

While I was preparing my college admissions essays, Elizabeth’s correspondence gave me a quality of technical and conceptual editing help that I simply wouldn’t have received had I depended on my school’s less specialized counselors. Aside from offering important suggestions about the structural and grammatical elements of my essays, she provided a useful third-party viewpoint that I felt very comfortable bouncing a variety of ideas off of, and brought my attention to the images I was presenting to admissions offices in a way that my family, friends, and school most likely would not have. Overall, I found Elizabeth to be a pleasure to work with and a great source of critique and encouragement during a very stressful process, and I would recommend her to anyone looking for help with developing their admissions materials.

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A student from Mumbai, India who matriculated to Boston University’s PLME program:

I just heard back from the last of the colleges today. Just wanted to let you know that I did not get accepted into Brown or Northwestern. However, I was accepted at Boston University’s accelerated guaranteed program, which I am very excited to be in. I really appreciate all the help you gave me.

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A student from The Spence School who matriculated to Amherst College:

When I first met with Elizabeth she was really fun to talk to. She asked me a series of helpful questions and I began to tell her stories about things that I was thinking about. Just from those stories she was able to help me pull out and then develop themes. Additionally she was able to explain how to approach the whole process, and gave me tips and a schedule for moving forward. During the writing process, Elizabeth helped me tighten my language and make my essays more colorful and to the point. I really appreciated her help and encouragement, especially because no high school senior wants to hear advice from their parents.

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A parent of a Saint Ann’s School student who matriculated to Vassar College:

Thank you for all of your help, advice, patience and support. I cannot believe how ridiculously difficult this process has become. Your support made such a difference in surviving it. Will definitely recommend you to others and will keep you posted on what she hears from school.

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A parent of a New Hope Solebury High School student who matriculated to Duquesne University:

I don’t know how you do it but you are made for this job! You have an uncanny ability to see the substance through the traffic and poor grammar and sift out an essay that says exactly what was trying to be said!

My daughter sent me an elated text this morning saying that you liked her essays, and that she edited them and returned them to you! If you could only hear the surprise and relief! I guess I need to be better at couching constructive criticism 🙂

Thanks again so much. You have made this process bearable.

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A student from Interlochen who matriculated to Oberlin College:

Your help with my college essay, apps and supplements has helped me leaps and bounds. I do not know where my applications would have been without your careful and cunning eye, your input and edits. My college essay is something I am proud of, and it is what it is because of the great work you helped me put into it.

During college supplements you pushed me and helped me write those college “love letters.” I have submitted all of my applications, and have already heard back from one: University of Vermont, which I was accepted to.

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A parent of a Fiorella H. Laguardia High School Of Music & Art and Performing Arts student who matriculated to Tulane University:

To me, you were a lifesaver. You put the motor under my daughter and gave her the confidence she needed to get through this challenging process …And you took the pressure off of me, which had it continue the way it was with my editing my daughter’s essay would have ended up hijacking our relationship. Mostly, she truly enjoyed the collaboration with you…Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Again, I have so much respect for and gratitude to you for the time, effort, sensitivity and intelligence you put in to your consulting and editing.

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A parent of two Saint Ann’s School students who matriculated to Amherst College and University of Pennsylvania:

Elizabeth was recommended to us by a close friend and I’m so happy I took her advice! Both my son and daughter (two years apart) were eagerly engaged throughout the essay coaching process and enjoyed and valued Elizabeth’s input and enthusiasm. Each of my children, while very close, are different learners and were looking for different school environments. Elizabeth seamlessly transitioned from one to the other encouraging their individual voices to shine through. Their personal statements were truly just that. Elizabeth is engaging and warm and relieved so much of the stress involved in this process along with the writing jitters of starting with a blank sheet. Her approach is refreshing. For my kids to find enjoyment during this time was invaluable and we all are so appreciative for all of Elizabeth’s support and I couldn’t recommend her more!

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A parent of a Fiorella H. Laguardia High School Of Music & Art and Performing Arts student who matriculated to University of Edinburgh, UK:

Elizabeth has an infectious enthusiasm for the college process that really helped us as a family to face our fears and clarify our thinking. She is warm, knowledgeable and wonderful at communicating with Juniors about every step they have to take. We are very grateful to Elizabeth for making the process easy and even somewhat enjoyable! Our daughter is off to Edinburgh University in UK and we couldn’t be happier.

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A parent of three students from a private school in Spain who matriculated to American universities:

Elizabeth worked with three of my five sons. The two whom she didn’t help were before her days of college counseling; if not, they would have been signed up as well. The process is simple, hassle free, full of encouragement and perfect for this stressful time for everyone. Elizabeth stays on top of the students without overwhelming them. She edits and tweaks the essays to make them more fluid without offending the writer. Being the mother of five boys, I am constantly looking for help with motivation in areas other than athletics. Elizabeth was my answer for the college application process. If I had another chance to do it all over again, Elizabeth would be our woman!

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A student from The John Cooper School, The Woodlands, TX who matriculated to Columbia University:

We met Ms. England through one of my dad’s family friends while he was inquiring as to who would be a helpful writing coach, specifically in regards to Ivy League essays. Firstly, we approached each of my school’s prompts, and we brainstormed thoroughly as to ensure that my corresponding essay was both unique and authentic. Thereafter, I would write a draft and send it to her, and she’d have a revised version with comments within 24 hours. Even though the process was laborious, and each essay required around four-five drafts before a finalized version was realized, her assistance enabled my essays to stand out and they ultimately got me into Columbia.

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A parent of a Dalton School student who matriculated to Washington University:

We met Elizabeth through a friend. Elizabeth helped my son with both College Counseling and the Essay Coaching. She was terrific and very knowledgeable. She provided a lot of insight to us about all the schools we had been interested in and what their strengths and weaknesses were. Her assessments about the schools were spot on. My son is now at Washington University in St. Louis and it could not be a better fit!

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A parent of an Eleanor Roosevelt High School student who matriculated to Tufts University:

Elizabeth was incredibly patient with my son’s writer’s block, and extremely spontaneous once he found his voice. She was thoughtful, encouraging and seemed to bring out the best in him. I think his essay was the most personal and moving piece of writing he’s ever produced, and I can only attribute that to the creative dynamic between my son and Elizabeth.

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A parent of a Saint Ann’s School student who matriculated to Colorado College:

I just wanted to thank you immensely for working with my son on his college applications. Although it drove me crazy that he left everything to the last possible minute, I was able to stay calm because I knew you were on his case. I saw his confidence grow each week throughout the process, and I attribute a lot of that to you. I think he is quite proud of the work he has done and is feeling very good about what he has submitted.

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A parent of a Loomis Chaffee School student who matriculated to University of Miami:

Elizabeth came recommended by a dear friend, and upon our first conversations, I was impressed not only by her immediate sense of what would make a good college fit for our daughter; but by her ability to put our usually anxious daughter at ease with what was undeniably a stressful time. She was such a cheerleader throughout the college process, in a way that parents often find it difficult to be. Elizabeth has given her so much confidence in her voice that she has decided to major in communications!

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A parent of a Professional Performing Arts School student who matriculated to Penn State:

Thank you, Elizabeth for all of your guidance during the college process. We started out completely overwhelmed and stressed by it all and turned out to have much better results than we anticipated. Having you on board to remove all of my “nagging” came through to my daughter as mere deadlines and coaching from you. Your outreach to your network to help answer our questions, providing tips and being available to text with my daughter as we toured schools showed how much you cared about her success. I know that part of her wanting to do well was because of you. She didn’t want to let you down. You were a great mentor for her. She enjoyed working with you and is so thrilled to have gotten into her dream college.

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A parent of a Professional Performing Arts School student who matriculated to New York University Tisch School of the Arts:

I wanted to respond immediately when I received your email because our daughter loved working with you and gained so much from the experience! Elizabeth, we are so grateful for all you did for our daughter!

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A parent of a Special Music School student who matriculated to Princeton University:

I appreciate all the help you gave our son with his essays. I know he enjoyed working with you and valued your opinion.

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A parent of a NYC Museum School student who matriculated to Oberlin College:

You gave our daughter the kick she needed to get things done. Clearly, her confidence has enhanced, all thanks to you really. But more, you really kept my head above water when I felt like was drowning. I simply could not have gotten through this process without you. I feel so fortunate to take this journey, albeit a very different one, with you again next year. Our other daughter is very eager to begin. You truly make people’s lives better.

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A parent of a Berkeley Carroll School student who matriculated to Bard College as a sports recruit:

You were such a wonderful force in our son’s life at just the right moment. He really appreciated you and was eager for your feedback and counsel. There was nothing difficult or fraught about his relationship with you — you two just clicked. For that, we are deeply thankful. On a separate note, we were up at Bard last weekend for their soccer ID camp, and it was so clear he had made a great choice.

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A parent of both a Fiorella H. Laguardia High School Of Music & Art and Performing Arts student and a Stuyvesant High School student who matriculated to The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU Tisch and University of St Andrews, UK, respectively:

My twin daughters are very different and had completely different college goals. I was so impressed with Elizabeth that she was able to connect with each of them in a unique way for their own goals. Even after years of hearing about how stressful the college process is we were still overwhelmed by the number of essays and things to do. Elizabeth helped us navigate the process with ease. She would tell me to just let them deal with her with their questions, planning, deadlines and anxiety. And she was somehow able to keep them on track and motivate them at the same time. Elizabeth became their cheerleader, trusted guide, and therapist. I couldn’t have gone through the process without her. Thank you so much Elizabeth, for your help and guidance for both of my daughters to get accepted into their dream schools.

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A student from The John Cooper School, The Woodlands, TX who matriculated to University of Michigan:

We were introduced to Ms. England through a family friend while in search of a premier college counsellor and essay writing coach. I will never forget the overwhelming enthusiasm that Ms. England shared with me on our first FaceTime call, which was an immediate assurance that I was in good hands. Soon after, she would help me craft a college list that perfectly catered to my own unique interests and desires.Throughout the essay writing process, we worked tirelessly to ensure that every prompt was executed with purpose, and that my outgoing personality would manifest within each response. Surely enough, this was the result. Although it took many long hours and drafts to do so, Ms. England’s million dollar “show don’t tell” advice enabled me to dig deeply, subsequently producing a truly authentic product. Not only did Ms. England help me get accepted in to one of my top-choice schools, but she also instilled writing skills that will benefit me for life. Thank you so much for everything, Ms. England. I am very lucky to have had you by my side throughout the college process!

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A parent of public and private school students who both matriculated to private middle and high schools: 

Elizabeth was a pleasure to work with.  My children focused and worked hard for her. The work was done efficiently and the final product was still clearly each child’s own work. Worth every penny!

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A parent of a Village Community School student who matriculated to Beacon High School:

When my son entered 8th grade I was totally unprepared for the arduous process of applying to high schools — applications, tests, and essays. Hiring Elizabeth to help my son with the essay portion of his numerous applications was the smartest thing I did. With her guidance he composed terrific essays, which I believe were instrumental in his getting accepted to his top choice schools. She also gave him great pep talks, helping his confidence. I’m sure I’ll be hiring her again in 4 years!!!!

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A parent of a Village Community School student who matriculated to The Horace Mann School:

Somehow, Elizabeth was able to get my son to complete in just a few sessions the essays that would have taken him weeks to do on his own. It sure made my life easier!

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Elizabeth is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling and the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling.