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We went into the search process with no experience and no preconceived expectations, but with quite a bit of trepidation. Our only goal was to find a school where our daughter would be happy but we were terrified by all the horror stories about the college admission process. Academic Access provided an excellent experience for our entire family. Joan and her team understand exactly how to work with both students and parents to minimize stress and provide a completely customized service for each client. We felt like the team at Academic Access truly “saw” our daughter and were able to guide her to exactly the right school for her. This experience was life-changing. There aren’t enough words to express our gratitude. We will definitely be repeat clients – and lifelong friends!

We can’t thank you enough for helping our son achieve his dream of becoming a Blue Devil. Your endless advice, words of encouragement, meticulous, methodical organization, and expertise were invaluable. Thank you for being by her side every step of the way, and for talking us off the ledge during our times of worry and stress! We feel fortunate to have found you.

Our two daughters worked with Joan and her team. The results speak for themselves – our older daughter was accepted everywhere she applied and now attends her first-choice (Cornell). Our younger daughter was accepted early decision to her first choice (also Cornell) and is excited to begin. There was so much about the experience that was helpful, but we would like to focus on the structured process Joan put in place to keep our daughters on track. They both applied to quite a few schools with varied application processes and unique essays. Help with the essays brought our daughters’ own voices and personalities. The team helped them manage the process, establishing reasonable deadlines, providing feedback, and maintaining their focus. Joan broke this daunting process into smaller tasks and manageable steps and always kept them moving forward and on schedule. What we and our daughters expected to be an overwhelming process went smoothly. We did not need to intervene, remind, or prod them to keep up. This kept the stress at a manageable level and reduced pressure in our home.

Joan patiently listened to my child’s goals, his experience, his stories, his strengths and weaknesses. She combined all these with her vast knowledge of the workings of college admission process to craft a strategy to help reach his goals. From the very first meeting, we felt her warmth, passion and unparalleled professionalism. Throughout the whole process, she did not leave a single detail unattended. Highly recommended!

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