Who We Are
Collegiate Gateway is a boutique admissions consulting practice founded in 2004 upon the belief that there is no limit to the value of a great education. We pride ourselves on providing our clients with personalized, accessible, and expert guidance to help them achieve their educational and career potential.
Our approach to admissions relies on two pillars: identifying best-fit schools for each student, and then guiding them through every decision to maximize their probability of admission. What sets us apart is the enormous amount of care and attention we deliver to each of our students and families. In addition, we have visited hundreds of colleges and graduate schools around the world and have met directly with admissions officers, faculty, and students to provide our clients first-hand expertise on every school we recommend.
Through years of successful outcomes, we’ve developed a comprehensive, holistic framework encompassing every aspect of the admissions process, and we derive immense satisfaction from delivering exceptional results for our clients.
Meet Julie Raynor Gross, Founder and President
Julie received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to earn a master’s in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Phi Delta Kappa, with an emphasis on counseling and university administration, and a master’s in business administration degree from Harvard Business School. She also received a certificate from the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions.
Prior to founding Collegiate Gateway, Julie’s professional experience included executive management in both the educational and business sectors. She began her career at Harvard University, where she conducted academic planning and assisted in the creation of an undergraduate core curriculum for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
As Director of Strategic Planning at Newsday, she helped coordinate the company’s long-term strategy and oversaw the creation of the paper’s 24-hour cable TV network, The Newsday Channel. She also served as VP of Strategy and Marketing for Cameo Beauty, a national wholesale business, where she spearheaded strategies to expand product offerings and geographic markets.
Since founding Collegiate Gateway over 15 years ago, Julie has helped hundreds of students achieve admissions success. She is recognized nationally as an expert in the field and is featured regularly on television, in print, and at industry conferences to provide insight into the current state of the admissions landscape.
Understanding and empowering individuals is a special passion for Julie, and she applies her extensive training in psychology to her work with Collegiate Gateway. She is a Master Practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator® (MBTI®), the leading assessment tool for innate personality, and a Certified Practitioner of the Strong Interest Inventory®, used to identify interests in academics, activities, and careers.
Julie has participated in extensive volunteer and pro-bono work in the fields of secondary and higher education and beyond. She is on the board of the World Frontiers Forum, whose mission is to promote human wellness through frontier discoveries in the areas of technology, life sciences, and the arts. She is Co-President of her class at Princeton University and served on the Princeton Alumni Schools Committee as an Interviewer for six years. In addition, Julie provides pro bono management consulting for the Harvard Business School Club of New York’s Community Partners Program, and works with teams to provide strategic direction to secondary schools and higher education institutions.