Student becomes an "Ole" at St. OlafStudent Outcomes

By using a personalized selection of College Ahead college counseling services, students are much more likely to be accepted at their choice(s) of college and be able to afford to attend. Long-term student satisfaction is tied to having a solid, customized plan for college prep: academics, testing, application deadlines and other activities.

During the past 25 years of personalized college counseling, 100% of our students have gained admission to one of their top three school choices.

Approach the college selection, application and admission process with confidence and optimism. Consider personalized services for college-bound students and their parents from College Ahead.

Clients Say

"Julia's knowledge of various colleges is amazing. Without her direction, we may have missed opportunities at colleges which ultimately were great fits."
— Robin G., Parent,  Tigard, OR

students walking to class on sidewalk

“BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO! I just want to offer my sincere thanks for your work with us. I was really uplifted by the process. You are very professional and a nice lady. I’m so glad that we had you on our team. Thanks for making a difference.”
— Jim G., Uncle, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Young woman in graduation cap and gown

"Like many busy parents, I did not have the insight or information to help my daughter successfully navigate her college acceptance. Julia Surtshin made all the difference in the world. She helped my daughter think carefully about what types of schools would meet her academic and personal objectives and worked with her step by step through the application process.


"Julia provided structure and accountability, so that work was completed and deadlines met. She helped my daughter shape top-notch essays and apply for financial aid. My daughter is now happily enrolled at her first-choice school."

— Catherine M., Parent, Davis, CA

Students who have worked with Julia have gained admission to these schools:

Alaska Pacific University
American University
Auburn University
Bard College
Barnard College
Beloit College
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brigham Young University-Idaho
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
California College of the Arts
California Lutheran University
California State University, Chico
California State University, Humboldt
California State University, Sonoma
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Chapman University
Chatham College
Claremont McKenna College
Clark Honors College, University of Oregon
Clark University
College of Idaho
Colorado College of the Mines
Concordia University
Connecticut College
Cornell College
Cornell University
Drexel University
Duke University
Emory University
Fordham University
George Fox University
George Washington University
Gonzaga University
Goucher College
Grinnell College
Guilford College
Hamilton College
Hampshire College
Harvard University
Harvey Mudd College
Hendrix College
Hofstra University
Hollins College
Illinois Wesleyan University
Kenyon College
Knox College
Lake Forest College
Lawrence University
Lesley University
Lewis & Clark College
Linfield College
Loyola Marymount University
Macalester College
Marquette University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McGill University
Mills College
Montana State University
Montserrat College of Art
Mt. Holyoke College
New Mexico Institute of Technology
New York University
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona State University
Northwestern University
Notre Dame UniversityOberlin College
Occidental College
Oregon Institute of Technology
Oregon State University
Oregon State University, Honors College
Pacific University
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Portland State University
Princeton University
Quest University
Redlands University
Reed College
Rice University
Ringling College of Art & Design
Saint Mary's College of California
St. Olaf College
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art & Design
Scripps College
Seattle University
Seattle Pacific University
Simmons College
Smith College
Southern Oregon University
Stanford University
Swarthmore College
Sweet Briar College
Syracuse University
Trinity University
Tulane University
United States Air Force Academy
University of British Columbia
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Denver
University of Idaho
University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
University of LaVerne
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
University of Montana
University of Nevada—Reno
University of New Mexico
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
University of Richmond
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee
University of Texas, Austin
University of the Pacific
University of Toronto
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Washington State University
Washington University, St. Louis
Western Oregon University
Westminster College
Whitman College
Whittier College
Whitworth College
Willamette University
Wofford College
Yale University