Other counselors, especially the large competitors, give little to no personal attention.  They promise a large number of hours, but students spend most of those hours typing their essays alone.  Don’t waste your money at an application factory whose goal is to get your child out the door as quickly as possible, providing a lot of flash and little substance.

Simon Academics takes the opposite approach.  Since 2010, we have given personalized attention in all aspects of the application process. Essay writing with us is transformative, forcing students to examine their pasts, presents, and futures, thereby gaining self-knowledge and focus that lead to successful academic and professional careers.  If you just want some light editing and a little bit of advice, please look elsewhere.

Our counseling guides towards developing interests, helping each individual become unique, successful, and happy.  Every child is different, and so every child must take a different path through life.  We have the directions.

Our track record speaks for itself.  We take all comers and consistently help them get into schools above their GPA and test score expectations.  We only post college acceptances for students who receive essay writing assistance.  Many former Simon Academics students have attended top universities, including Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Cambridge, Berkeley, U Penn (Wharton), UCLA, Cal Tech, MIT, Northwestern, and Carnegie Mellon.

2017 College Acceptances

Emily: Cornell, U Mich, Wellesley, NYU Stern, Santa Clara, Carleton, George Washington (President’s Scholar), Tulane, UCSD, UCSB, UCD, UCI, Colby (Presidential Scholar and Ralph J. Bunche Scholar)
Lyon: Northwestern (early admittance)
Esther: USC, UCSB Regents Scholarship
Sally: UCSD, NYU
Jeremy: UCSC, UCR Chancellor’s Scholarship
William: UCSC, UCR
Bing: UCR
Flossie: UCR

2016 College Acceptances

Allison: Yale, Berkeley, Brown, Dartmouth, Duke, Johns Hopkins University, UCLA, UCSD, UCSB
Misha: Columbia/Juilliard Combined Program, NEC Peabody, Tufts, Eastman/Rochester Combined Program (full scholarship)
Miranda: Berkeley, UCLA, NYU Shanghai, UCSD, UCD, UCI
William: Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, and more (8/8 for public schools)
Andrew: Berkeley, UCSD, UIUC, UCSB, UCI
Brian: Berkeley, UoW Seattle, Penn State, UIUC, Purdue, Boston, UCSB, UCSC, UCR
Kaili: UBC, Drexel, USF, UOP
Kenny: RPI, UCSD, UCD
Yuhan: UCSB, UW
Ria: Rutgers, UOP, UCR
Deven: CU Boulder, UOP, University of Oregon, University of Arizona, Catholic University, Stonehill
Samuel: UCI, UCSC, UCR
Anthony: UCR, LMU

2015 College Acceptances

Nidhila: Duke, Cornell, Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, Davis, Rochester (20k/year scholarship + $3k grant)
Haroon: UCLA, Washington University (St. Louis), UCSD, Case Western, UCSB, UCI, UCSC
Pragathi: Case Western, RPI
Melissa: Carnegie Mellon, UCSD, PITT, UMD, OSU, UCI, UCSC
Sabrina: Davis, Santa Clara, UCSB, UCSC, UCR with Scholarship, UOP with Scholarship, USF with Scholarship
Peggy: Purdue, UCSC
Linqi (From China): Whitman – Early Decision
Steven: UCI, UCSC

2014 College Acceptances

Albert – Berkeley, NYU, Georgia Tech, Urbana-Champaign, and more.
Ayesha – Washington University (St. Louis), UCSD, Urbana-Champaign, Boston, and more.
Aamir – UCLA, UCSD Regents, Boston University, and more!  Several scholarships offered.
Hao Nan – Carnegie Mellon, USC, UCSD, and more!  Several LARGE scholarships offered.
Susanna – Berkeley, UCSD
Shruthi – UCLA, USC, UCSD, Davis, University of Washington, and more.
Richard – University of British Columbia
Michael – UCSD, RPI, Northeastern, and Drexel.
Fan Wu – Architecture programs at Rhode Island Institute of Design, RPI, Syracuse, and Oregon
Nathan – UCSB
Sravani – UC Riverside

School Essay and Application Assistance

  • College and major selection
  • Completing applications
  • Career planning
  • Essay writing
  • Interview assistance
  • Includes counseling

$599 for a single hour.

$7,499 for the UC essays and UC application OR the Common App with one university and its supplements.

$1,999 for each additional school.

$14,999 for up to 20 university applications and supplements.

When should you start?  The best time to begin college applications is the beginning of summer before senior year.  This gives ample time to write essays and make up for any shortcomings.  It also gives time for early applications.

College Counseling

  • Planning extracurricular activities
  • Career planning
  • Goal setting
  • Test planning and scheduling
  • Assessment of weaknesses and strengths
  • Recommendations on educational needs
  • Answers to all questions

$2999 for one year with unlimited counseling as needed.  Application assistance and classes are extra.

When should you start receiving counseling?  Eighth grade is a good time to start, getting ready for high school.  The start of tenth grade is a good time, especially when considering summer programs with deadlines in January of sophomore year.  Overall, you should start when you have questions about the educational process.  Our focus is on what is best for the individual child.  For many students, that is acceptance into the most competitive school.  For others, a small liberal arts college or other path may work better.  We pay attention to the individual.  Our primary goal is to help children grow up to be happy, healthy, successful adults.

Private High School Application Review and Essay Assistance

$2999 for the first school

$1999 per additional school