Undergraduate Admissions

Collegiate Gateway is dedicated to providing each student and their family with a fully individualized roadmap to success in every aspect of the college admissions process.

At Collegiate Gateway, we know that applying to college may feel like a daunting task. We simplify the process to give our clients the confidence to aim high and conquer every challenge ahead. We rely upon a strategic and data-driven framework to lead our clients every step of the way – from every decision, every college visit, and every application… to every acceptance.

Since we started in 2004, we’ve worked with hundreds of students and families. We know each student has different needs and goals, and we take a highly personalized approach to every single client. It’s through the genuine relationships we build that we help discover your greatest strengths and advantages, identify your best-fit schools, and craft your unique story into a powerful and successful application.

Personalized Planning

Phase I – Planning

The college admissions landscape today is more competitive than ever before. That’s why the most successful applications require proactive planning long before you hit send. Beginning early in the high school years, we build deep personal relationships with each student and their family, in order to help leverage your unique experience into a stellar application that stands out against the crowd. From our very first meeting, we offer the peace of mind that you’re doing everything possible to position yourself for maximum success.

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of your academic, personal, and extracurricular background
  • Examine options for secondary schools, including public, private, and boarding schools
  • Advise on selecting the most beneficial high school curriculum
  • Provide time management and organizational tools to improve academic performance
  • Guide on fostering relationships with teachers and school counselors
  • Consult on extracurricular activities, athletics, community service, and summer activities
  • Provide specialized guidance to students in science research programs, if applicable
  • Offer strategies for selecting and preparing for standardized tests
  • Administer and interpret Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality assessment
  • Equip families with strategies to facilitate communication and optimize decision-making
  • Provide access to a customized online Student Portal to track action plans, testing, and college lists
  • Includes proprietary College Admissions Handbook®, a complete guide to the admissions process
College and Grad School Admissions

Phase II – Application Process

Our approach to the college application process is centered around two goals: helping you to identify the colleges that are the best fit for your background and preferences, and then maximizing your chances of being accepted. We’re experts in every detail of admissions, but just as important is our compassionate, personal approach to guiding students and their families to a successful outcome. We truly believe every student has the potential to ace the college admissions process – you just need the right tools and the right support.

  • Provide comprehensive, comparative information on college features and admissions
  • Conduct individualized research to inform and guide every decision
  • Help identify your most important college features
  • Develop a personalized list of “best-fit” colleges
  • Educate on making the most of college visits
  • Establish organizational framework to manage priorities and deadlines
  • Brainstorm and edit compelling Personal Essay and supplementary essays
  • Provide customized resume template and develop effective resume
  • Guide on supplementary application materials, such as art portfolios, athletic reels, and science research abstracts
  • Counsel on obtaining effective letters of recommendation
  • Help you sort through early decision considerations
  • Supervise completion and submission of applications on all platforms
  • Help develop strong update letters to schools after applications are submitted
  • Conduct mock interviews and provide feedback
  • Advise on applying for and maximizing merit-based scholarships
  • Counsel on follow-up with waitlist schools to boost chances of acceptance
  • Help you make your final decision!
  • Conduct a comprehensive review of your academic, personal, and extracurricular background
  • Examine options for secondary schools, including public, private, and boarding schools
  • Advise on selecting the most beneficial high school curriculum
  • Provide time management and organizational tools to improve academic performance
  • Guide on fostering relationships with teachers and school counselors
  • Consult on extracurricular activities, athletics, community service, and summer activities
  • Provide specialized guidance to students in science research programs, if applicable
  • Offer strategies for selecting and preparing for standardized tests
  • Administer and interpret Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality assessment
  • Equip families with strategies to facilitate communication and optimize decision-making
  • Provide access to a customized online Student Portal to track action plans, testing, and college lists
  • Includes proprietary College Admissions Handbook®, a complete guide to the admissions process
  • Provide comprehensive, comparative information on college features and admissions
  • Conduct individualized research to inform and guide every decision
  • Help identify your most important college features
  • Develop a personalized list of “best-fit” colleges
  • Educate on making the most of college visits
  • Establish organizational framework to manage priorities and deadlines
  • Brainstorm and edit compelling Personal Essay and supplementary essays
  • Provide customized resume template and develop effective resume
  • Guide on supplementary application materials, such as art portfolios, athletic reels, and science research abstracts
  • Counsel on obtaining effective letters of recommendation
  • Help you sort through early decision considerations
  • Supervise completion and submission of applications on all platforms
  • Help develop strong update letters to schools after applications are submitted
  • Conduct mock interviews and provide feedback
  • Advise on applying for and maximizing merit-based scholarships
  • Counsel on follow-up with waitlist schools to boost chances of acceptance
  • Help you make your final decision!

Proven Success

92%
of our students were accepted to one or more of their Top 3 schools in 2020

100%
of our transfer applicants have been accepted to one or both of their Top 2 schools

$4.4M
in merit scholarships has been offered to our undergrad students over the past three years

Transfer Admissions

We have enormous success helping students transfer to a new college where they can thrive academically and personally. We deliver specialized expertise in the unique requirements of transfer applications, reflected in the fact that 100% of our transfer clients are accepted to one of their top two schools. Our transfer consulting includes all the services listed above, with a special focus on helping students understand their needs and identify exceptional new schools that are a perfect fit.

“Thank you so much for all your help and for keeping me grounded and sane.”

Student, Cornell University, Class of 2020

“I couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you so much for all of the time you have put in to guide me through this process! It was a great experience working with you!”

Student, NYU, 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

“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
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