Testimonials

I thought you might like to see our daughter’s acceptance letter from Cornell. We are elated. The Princeton coach also indicated that he would get her through the admission process.
Thank you so very much for all you did to help make this happen. Our daughter’s essays turned out awesome and the videos you edited are what caught the coach’s eyes.”
-Parent
“Teacher, parent, guidance counselor; your’e all of the above. You went above and beyond helping me in the entire college process. Thank you for guiding my plan towards my dream college and helping me determine my future. Thank you for keeping me sane, getting stuff done and still finding time to laugh along the way. Your professionalism and care is evident in what you do. You will always have a place in my heart.”
-Student
“Marilyn O’Toole was an absolute gift to our family as our daughter went through the college application process. This was our second child applying to college and this time it was virtually stress free! She kept our daughter on schedule, in control and, most importantly, confident. By the time she began her senior year, she had decided to which schools she would apply, was almost finished with her essays and was ready to face the last of her standardized testing. She achieved what we thought would be impossible!”
-Parent
I’m writing to thank you so very much for all your wonderful help during the tough college application process. I could not have accomplished nearly as much without you. You brought me comfort and especially helped me in stressful times. Though I’m excited and relieved the process is almost over, I am sad our time together is done. Again, thank you and I hope to always stay in touch.
-Student
“A very long journey, which we could not have completed without you. You were so incredibly helpful!!!
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!”
-Student
“Thank you for all you did to help our family get through this extraordinary process. I am sure we would not have survived if it had not been for your excellent guidance and direction, as well as your belief in our son. We consider ourselves very lucky to have worked with you. Thank you.”
-Parent
“Thank you for everything. I would not be where I am without you!”
-Harvard-Westlake student
“Thank you, Marilyn for your careful and savvy help. We appreciate being able to ask you random questions and to lean on your vast knowledge of the ever growing and changing world of college admissions. We are so grateful to you!”
-Parent
“Thank you so very much for aiding me in the college process. I could never have done it without your support and humor. It was refreshing to be able to laugh and joke at such an agonizing process. Thank you for all your help and for keeping my parents sane!”
-Student
“Marilyn knows how to highlight students’ strengths. The students I’ve interviewed are well prepared to discuss why they think my university is a good fit for them.”
-College Interviewer
“Navigating the overwhelming task instead of fun and exciting. Marilyn’s guidance helped us change our perspective to a positive one. She was so knowledgable, enthusiastic and informative with all aspects of the process. After a thorough discussion about all facets of our child, including his personality and possible future interests, Marilyn pinpointed many school options that we had never thought about. Marilyn’s mock interview gave my son confidence and he actually enjoyed his real interviews !”
-Parent
“Marilyn’s advice and knowledge during an arduous application process proved invaluable. She helped us choose schools and develop strategies when applying. Most importantly, she eased us through our many panic attacks! She is amazing and we highly recommend her.”
-Parent
“Marilyn has really been a lot of help and I would recommend her college counseling services very much. The video she edited helped our son find a college to perform on their Track & Field Team. I would recommend her to anyone who has an interest in athletic college guidance. ”
-Parent, Athlete accepted PAC 12 Program
“I want to thank you for all the work you did to help me go through the college application process. I don’t know what my mom and I would have done without you. You are so kind and generous to help so many others like me…and now I’m going to my dream school!!”
-Student
Thank you for all your advice regarding my essays. I am super excited for Princeton, and it is the perfect college for me. I could not have done it without you!
-Student
I really enjoyed you being my college counselor and I am so happy with how everything turned out. I really hope we can stay in touch. Thank you for always believing in me.
-Student
“Thank you so much for all the guidance you’ve given our son. He is a huge fan of yours and he is happy at Tufts!! Thank you!”
-Parent
“Thank you for all the work you invested in me this past year! It truly means a lot to me. I am beyond excited to start my time at Tulane.”
-Student
“There are no words to express how much I appreciate all you’ve done to support my journey. I am so excited to begin classes at UCLA this fall. Let’s stay in touch and please let me know if there is anything that I can do to support you.”
-Student
Thank you…thank you…thank you
-Parent
Thank you so much for your help with my college applications. You were an integral part of the process for me and I would not have had nearly as many unique essays without your help.
-Student
Thank you for helping me through the college process. With your guidance, I was able to work through challenges and find the school that is the perfect fit for me.
-Student
Thank you for your wise guidance and help during the college application process. I owe it to you for putting Richmond on my radar and I am sincerely grateful. Thank you for your patience throughout our time working together. I am incredibly excited and can’t wait to update you on my many experiences from college.
-Student
“Thank you for all your help and encouragement. Thank you for walking us from the beginning and staying with us through the final decision.”
-Parent