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College Admissions

We help high school students plan proactively, craft the perfect college list, and maximize admissions success.

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Grad School Admissions

We provide strategic, individualized guidance across the full spectrum of medical, business, law, and graduate admissions.

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Proven Results

Learn about our highly effective approach to admissions, reflected in our exceptional track record of successful outcomes.

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Our experience equals your success

Collegiate Gateway is a boutique educational consulting practice founded by Julie Raynor Gross, Ed.M., MBA, CEP. Since 2004, we’ve worked with hundreds of students and families, and we know that each one is completely unique. That’s what we love about our work and why we pride ourselves on our highly personal and compassionate approach to every single student. Through years of success, we’ve crafted a distinctly individualized and effective approach to college and graduate school admissions — one built upon strong relationships, data-driven research, and real-world results.

“I wanted to say a huge thank you! It’s been really great having you there pushing me to get these materials to such a high level. I feel extremely confident thanks to all your wonderful suggestions.”

Student, Harvard University, Class of 2020

“I am really happy—I never imagined I would get 9 acceptances! You really helped me put together a very nice application and story.”

Student, Mount Sinai Medical School, Class of 2023

“We truly wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for everything you’ve done. My daughters and I were fortunate to have you be a part of this most stressful time in our lives.”

Parent of UVA Jefferson Scholar, Class of 2022

“Thank you so much Julie! I am still trying to soak it all in, because it is more than I could have even hoped for, so I really appreciate all of your guidance!”

Student, Columbia Business School, Forte Fellow, Class of 2020

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