It's you against the test. That attitude was what drew Rob to helping students overcome their anxiety and conquer the SAT, MCAT, and other exams over a decade-long career in test preparation.
Over time Rob's students began to ask his help with their personal statements. As word got out, Rob's boss kicked him out of his tutor/trainer job (lovingly, of course), and thus in 2007, Passport Admissions was born.
Over the past 14+ years, Passport has become a team of educators, growing almost exclusively through word of mouth as a company that always does right by our students. It's not just you against the test now; it's you against the essays, the interviews, and the admissions process. And Passport will be there for our students every step of the way.
Other advising companies often employ folks with little experience. Often their only credential is their degree: they got in and graduated (good for them!), but how can they know what worked for them will work for you?
Everyone at Passport has years (or even decades) of experience mentoring students. We've seen what works for thousands of students, which is why we can be so confident that we can help you too.
We REALLY get to know our students: what motivates them, their strengths and weaknesses, the role they play in their family, and most of all, their dreams and aspirations. We then help them craft an application that makes those qualities shine through. It's never a one-size-fits-all approach, because each student is unique.
When we're a great fit with a student, something magical happens. When we're a great fit, we don't just edit essays; we help our students become better writers. When we're a great fit, we don't just connect about applications; we help our students learn and grow. So it's no surprise that our "great fit" students get in at an incredibly high rate.
We're a small company, so we can't work with everyone. As a result, we want every student we work with to be a great fit, which is why we offer hour-long introductory meetings so we can interview you and see if we're a fit to work together.
Admissions can be unpredictable, but working with Passport is anything but. All of our packages come with a "Get In Guarantee," a claim that few (any?) other companies can make. And that's because once we commit to helping our students get in, we do everything in our power to see them achieve their dreams.
For our clients, we hope to make the admissions process a period of self-discovery and personal growth (and to help you get in, naturally). For the community, we provide free resources - speaking engagements, admissions tools, online classes, just to name a few - to help make the admissions process less opaque. And for students with financial limitations, we offer multiple scholarships each year to worthy students because we know that not everyone can afford to work with us. We believe that the best way to make a difference in the admissions world is by working within the system to improve it.
Over the past ten years of working in Graduate Medical Education, Ali has reviewed thousands of applications from future physicians and interviewed several hundred more. She has personally counseled dozens through application, interview and selection processes and works closely with physicians who interview as part of UCSD's School of Medicine Admissions Committee.
After returning stateside in 2018, Andrea became a college essay coach for all kinds of college, graduate school, and professional school applicants. Now a seasoned essay editor, she can boast that some of her recent students were admitted to Cambridge, Cornell, Boston University, and Carnegie Mellon. For her, the best part of essay coaching is getting to be a teacher who is also part cheerleader and part counselor.
Born in India, raised in the Bay Area (go Dubs!), and educated in Atlanta with a gap year in Houston, Asmita loves experiencing as many worlds as she can and internalizing their lessons. She’s wanted to be a doctor since she was old enough to hold a play stethoscope, and she’s psyched that her dreams are finally being realized as part of the Emory University MD class of 2024.
Debra is a professed Luddite (she wrote her dissertation by hand), book lover, and sports fan. She earned her B.A. in English at Emory University where she stayed to work on a Ph.D. in comparative literature. Now an associate professor of English at San Diego Mesa College and Mira Costa College, Debra enjoys working with students to help them find their voices as critical thinkers and writers.
In Joshua's senior year at Brown University, he became a teaching assistant for an introductory computer science (CS) course, where he discovered his passion for working with students one-on-one. Excited by the prospect of CS transforming clinical medicine, Joshua has become passionate about helping other students integrate interdisciplinary interests into their medical training.
Kenia spent her childhood days reading books in the school and public library. At UC Irvine, Kenia earned a Literary Journalism degree, where her passion for literature evolved into a passion for writing. She wrote for the Voice of OC for two years where she wrote articles on social justice and local news.
A Southern California native, Laura chose to stay close to the surf and sand of San Diego and attend UCSD, where she majored in Economics and minored in Biology, Chemistry and Philosophy (what else do you do with all those science classes after three years on the pre-med track?).
Lisa received a Bachelor’s in Biology from Kenyon College and a Master’s in Microbiology and Immunology from Emory University. She was then lured to San Diego by the great weather and top scientific research community, where she worked over a twelve-year period as an immunological research associate for institutions including Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, Johnson & Johnson and Viagene, Inc.
Lyn studied Psychology and Biology when she attended Yale. She started with The Princeton Review as an Assistant Director in 1999 and after 12 and a half years, the last three spent as Regional Vice President of the West Coast, Lyn decided to work with students directly to help them navigate the increasingly competitive and difficult college and medical school admissions processes, as well as providing much-needed emotional support for students and parents.
Mara Cobb is an English major pursuing a Master’s degree from Indiana University East (IUE). In 2019, Mara earned her B.A. in English, Professional, and Technical Writing from IUE. She has spent the past three years serving as a genre editor for the IUE literary journal, Tributaries. In that role, she has read and copyedited nearly 200 poems, fiction stories, and narrative essays. Mara is also a current member of the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta.
Matthew was born and raised in San Diego, California before venturing off to cow town...AKA UC Davis. Matthew used Passport for his own medical school admissions and was thrilled with the process and the results. He is currently in medical school at the University of Cincinnatti.
After Nate earned his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College, he continued to pursue his interests through an M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. Supporting patients with Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) convinced Nate that he wanted to pursue a medical education, and with the help of Passport, he earned a seat at Albany Medical College, where he currently studies.
Paige was born and raised in Saratoga County, New York. She received a Bachelor’s in Economics from Skidmore College before pivoting and earning her MFA in Writing from the Mountainview MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. She became a bookseller once again at East City Bookshop in Washington, D.C. and eventually moved to New York City to pursue a publishing career.
As a teacher and tutor for The Princeton Review, Rob found joy in helping students overcome their anxiety about standardized tests. Over the years, Rob's students started to ask for help figuring out how to tell their story in their application essays. Once word got out, Rob started to get more requests than he could handle, so his boss kicked him out (lovingly, of course). She told him to start a business, and thus in 2007, Passport Admissions was born.
Ryan earned humanities degrees from John Carroll University and Ohio University. For the last ten years, he has worked in dozens of editing, tutoring, and instructing roles at five different colleges. He has also worked extensively as an editor for various literary journals, such as Narrative Magazine, New Ohio Review, and Fiction International. He has a strong affinity for words and feels genuine delight when the right ones are found.
Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Plattsburgh State University. After graduating, she enrolled in a Master’s program in Educational Administration and Policy Studies in Higher Education from the University at Albany. She holds eight years of experience advising pre-medical students at a prestigious university and has gained a national and regional reputation as a top pre-health advisor.
Tyler recently completed the medical school application process and found that with the strategy and support of Passport, the application process can be somewhat -gasp!- fun! He hopes to bring this excitement and love for the application process to all of his students so that they too can have a less stressful and more successful experience.
Not everyone can afford our services, so each year we grant need-based scholarships to ambitious students who have demonstrated the ability to succeed in college, graduate school, or medical school.
The winner(s) of each scholarship will receive an advising package tailored to their needs.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and each application is reviewed individually.