The Cure for the Common Application

The Cure for the "Common" Application.
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College Results

We know the tips and tricks of the application process, and we're able to help our students learn to articulate what makes them unique as applicants and help them get in above and beyond where their stats may predict.

Passport Admissions
Passport Admissions

Our Method

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What Are My Chances?

We'll talk about your goals, your stats, and what you need to do to get in.

Strategy Session and Timeline

A great application starts with a great strategy, followed by breaking down what you need to do week by week.

School Selection

We go beyond grades and test scores to help you choose a list of schools that match your goals and fit your preferences.

Essays - From Start to Finish

We help you tell your story as well as possible, from brainstorming through the final read.

Mock Admissions Committee

Our mock admissions committee will give you honest feedback about your final product before you submit the real application.

Interview Prep

Our mock interviews closely mimic interview day, whether that's a traditional interview, MMI, panel interview, or any other type.

Personal Check-Ins

You're not just a number; we send you encouragement, check in often to make sure you're on track, and celebrate when you finally get in.

Select Colleges Where Our Students Have Been Accepted

Arizona State University
Auburn University
Baylor University
Boston College
Boston University
Cal Poly Pomona
Cal State Long Beach
Cal State Los Angeles
Cal State Northridge
Cal State San Marcos
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College
Clemson University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
DePaul University
Duke University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Tech
Gettysburg College
Gonzaga University
Harvard University
Hofstra University
Humboldt State University
Johns Hopkins University
Loyola Marymount University
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Notre Dame
Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Penn State
Pepperdine University
Princeton University
Purdue University
Rochester Institute of Technology
San Diego State University
San Francisco State
San Jose State University
Santa Clara University
Seattle University
St. Louis University
Stanford University
Syracuse University
Texas Tech
Tufts University
UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Merced
UC Riverside
UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of Chicago
University of Colorado - Boulder
University of Denver
University of Georgia
University of Hawaii
University of Illinois
University of Indiana
University of Kansas
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Montana
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Richmond
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee
University of Texas
University of Virginia
University of Washington - Seattle
University of Wisconsin
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Xavier University
Yale University

College Advisors

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Our College Services vs. Others


Other Counselors

Advisor Experience
5-16 years average
A wide range: many have only helped a handful of students.
Application reviewed by someone with experience working in admissions
Number of students we work with
30 per year
Not advertised
Hour-Long Introductory Call with Your Advisor
Varies: usually not offered
Work with a team of experts
Proven admissions tools

Pricing: College Admissions





Personal Advisor with years of college counseling experience
Personal Editor to brainstorm, revise, and perfect your essays
Strategy and Detailed Timeline
Advising hours and email communication
Personalized College Search Recommendations
What to Major In
Testing Timeline
Early Decision Advising
Applications Covered
Realistic Mock Interviews
College Acceptance Decision-Making Help
Interest-Free Payment Plans
Passport Student Promise
Total Hours
Senior Advisor Price
Through April of Senior Year
20 schools
Through April of Senior Year
10 schools
Through April of Senior Year
5 schools

Services: College Admissions

11th Grade Advising Program

Topics covered include academic success strategies, planned coursework, standardized testing, AP testing, college list, and extracurricular interests and involvement
Junior Advice
Senior Advice

10th Grade Advising Program

Topics covered include academic success strategies, planned coursework, standardized testing (SAT vs ACT), and extracurricular interests and involvement
Junior Advice
Senior Advice

9th Grade Advising Program

Topics covered include academic success strategies, planned coursework, standardized testing timeline, and extracurricular interests and involvement
Junior Advice
Senior Advice

College Blog Posts

College FAQs

Who will be my advisor?

Picture this: you walk into the operating room and your surgeon tells you it's her first operation. You wouldn't be thrilled about that, would you? At Passport, we believe in the value of experience in helping students achieve their goals. Our senior advisors have worked in admissions advising for an average of 16 years. Our junior advisors have worked in admissions advising for an average of 5 years.

What's your guarantee?

Our guarantee is that if you're not happy with where you get in, we work with you to transfer for free. This isn't usually a problem, since 95% of our students get into either a reach or match school, but it's nice to know it's there.

What is the difference between a regular advisor and a senior advisor?

All advisors have gone through extensive training and have years of advising experience. Regular advisors are trained to work primarily with traditional students. Senior advisors specialize in working with non-traditional applicants in order to offer more guidance throughout the process. All advisors provide the utmost support in students' applications.

When should I get started with Passport?

It's never too early (well, okay, we know some parents get admissions consulting for their toddlers, so yeah, there is such a thing as TOO EARLY). But seriously, it can't hurt to meet us and ask that question. We would rather tell you to wait a year or two before working with us than to have you sign up too late and for us not to have enough time to make a difference with you.

When do most students sign up?

Usually during junior year or the summer before senior year.

How do you help me pick schools?

Passport's personalized school selection process is more than just GPA and test scores. It's about understanding a fit between your preferences and personality and the schools and programs to which you're applying. Though we've collected gobs of data on the various programs we help our students apply to, we help you choose schools by understanding your hopes and aspirations and finding a range of programs that match.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes! It doesn't make sense to us to pay for something up front if you're going to use it over several months or even years. We will even waive the interest if you enroll within two week of your intro meeting!

How many students do you take on?

We deliberately limit the number of students we work with so that: a) we can deliver better service, and b) so we don't get too busy during the busiest times of the admissions calendar.

Who is a good fit to work with Passport?

Admissions consulting is like coaching: you have to listen to the coach in order to improve and achieve your goals. So we at Passport are fundamentally looking for people who will follow our advice and give their all to achieving their goals. We believe that at its best, the admissions process is a journey of self-discovery. We love to help students who see it the same way. You don't have to be thrilled about writing essays to work with Passport, but you have to be willing to put in the work. At the end of the day, we're looking for students who trust us: to have your best interest at heart, to guide you to the best of our ability, to give you honest feedback that will help you improve. And in the end, we want what you want: for you to get in to the school(s) of your dreams.

How does essay editing work?

At most admissions companies, you never meet your editor. You send them your work and a few days later you get to try to decipher their comments on your document. Rinse, repeat. At Passport, we believe in helping our students become better writers. That starts with live sessions with editors so that they can: a) teach the art of better writing b) preserve the student's voice, and c) understand the student's ideas in full, to edit both the meaning and the grammar. And sure, in a pinch, we also edit for grammar asynchronously. But by that point, you already know your editor well.

How often do we meet?

We meet as often as we need. For our students who are right up against an application deadline, we might meet two to three times per week. For our longer-term students, we might only meet once per month.