Help with the college application process and essay writing


Are you finding the college application process stressful?

Don't know what to write for your UC personal INSIGHT QUESTIONS or application essays?

We'll assist you with the process.


We make applying to college less stressful. Colleges For You guides students and their families through the college application process. We help you apply to college by finding the right college for you. We provide: advice on high school course selection; assistance completing the college application, personal statements, UC Insight responses, and other applications essays; and provide prep for interviews. Support from start to finish.

Colleges For You director, Miriam Schaffer  is a college admission advisor, who guides students and their families through the college application process, including choosing colleges that are the best fit for a student, helping with completing college applications and providing assistance on developing college application essays and personal statements or personal insight essays.

Colleges for You clients have been accepted at colleges and universities nationwide including: UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, University of Arizona, Purdue, University of Michigan, Cal Poly, Chico State, San Francisco State, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Long Beach, San Diego State, San Jose State, University of Oregon, Pitzer, Emerson, DePaul, and many more.

We make regular visits to colleges and universities to learn about campuses and students and to be able to find the best fit for each student.

Colleges For You works with each student and family to develop an individual college admission plan and time line. Whether you are an A student or a C student, or somewhere in between, there's a college for you to apply to.


  • High school curriculum and transcript review
  • College search
  • Identify colleges with the best fit for each student
  • Develop an effective resume or "brag" sheet
  • College essay/personal statement direction, topic development, review, revisions, and critique
  • Interview coaching
  • Review of entire application
  • Scholarship search
  • Wait list follow up letter


Fees are $75/hour. This includes meetings with student and/or family, ongoing phone and email communication, research, essay critiquing and revisions.

The first meeting is usually 60 to 90 minutes and is an intake of information related to the student's academic performance, interests, and college goals.


*Colleges for You provides college admissions advising services to students in the San Francisco Bay Area and all East Bay cities including Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Alamo, Danville, Concord, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton and more.