Undergraduate Student Testimonials

“I am so happy my family chose to go to Kate to help me with my college applications.  She helped me find the perfect college for me, as well as making my application as strong as it could be by reading all my essays and reviewing my apps thoroughly and helping me get accepted into my top choice school!” Leah, Minerva College

"Mrs. Duey has been nothing short of  instrumental in my college application process. She helped me greatly refine my ideas for essays and then edited my essays to improve them dramatically. She was willing to reject mediocre essays and able to encourage superb essays instead. Through this process she transformed me from a strong student into a strong applicant, and helped me gain admission to Harvard, Yale, and UChicago. The only thing I can lament about Mrs. Duey's help is that it has given me a difficult choice as to  where to attend college in the fall."  Paul, Harvard University

"Although my parents and I started getting stressed and anxious about the college process long before it actually started, Ms. Duey guided us through it in such a way that we were surprised at how smoothly everything went. It is clear that Ms. Duey has extensive experience and expertise with college admissions through her wealth of knowledge. She offered me advice not only on application essays but on research project ideas, extra-curriculars, teacher recommendations, standardized testing, resumes, interviews, assessing the pros and cons of each school, constructing a college list, and much more. She was always reassuringly positive. I am especially grateful for her help in finally choosing a school once the admission letters came back--through an avalanche of often biased or uniformed advice from parents, friends, teachers, and even strangers, Ms. Duey helped me rationally assess each choice and feel confident about my selection. I am now heading off to my dream school thanks to Ms. Duey!" Trisha, Columbia University

“I had consulted with several counsellors prior to choosing Mrs. Duey and I can say with a high degree of certainty that she is one of the best in her field. Her dedication and expertise are simply unparalleled. Mrs. Duey's assistance was invaluable in guiding me and my family through the application process from beginning to end (and beyond). Although I had already begun exploring my options, Mrs. Duey helped introduce me to quite a few new programs and majors that I had not previously considered. Beyond exploring college options, she aided in determining an optimal workload that would be highly rigorous, satisfy my interests, and leave some time for me to pursue my extracurricular ventures. Furthermore, she helped perfect my essays by spending hours discussing various stories/topics and brainstorming ideas. She spent time understanding my character and values so that I could effectively express them throughout my application. She even gave up time with guests on New Year's Eve to ensure that my applications were perfect for submission. Thank you so much for helping me get into some of the top programs in the world!” Kabir, University of California, Berkeley

"Ms. Duey helped me write my essays, and encouraged me to keep revising. The best piece of advice she gave me was to write a thank you note to the admissions rep who visited my school. I think that letter put me over the top. Thank you Ms. Duey!"  Sara, Chapman University

I am very grateful to have worked with Kate during my college application process. Discouraged by my results from the early application round, I did not know how to improve my application. Then I met with Kate who helped me reorganize my essays so that I was able to present a cohesive application that showcased my strengths, experience, and character. I really appreciated how she paid attention to every detail and always provided a lot of useful feedback on how to improve my application. In the end, my regular admissions results were spectacular, thanks to Kate! Alice,  California Institute of Technology

"Many appreciations for Kate for all of her support and guidance throughout the application process! I know that without her help, my senior year would not have flown by so effortlessly and smoothly. She’s always been honest with me, and her tips and stories helped me immensely. She’s always organized and definitely helped me stay on track with my applications. Thank you for all the time you put in for me and for always providing an encouraging and supportive voice! I feel so blessed to have had someone like you to lean on during the application process." Amy, Georgetown University

"As an international student studying in the UK, Kate's help was vital to my US college applications. Her extensive knowledge of the application process and the colleges themselves shone light on everything I was in the dark on, and her support helped me to push on through every essay that stood in the way of clicking that "Submit Application" button. But beyond that, Kate really took the time to discover my character, even meeting me personally in England, so that she could help me find colleges that I would thrive at. I am endlessly grateful for all her work and support, which completely transformed my application, and made the process much smoother. Thank you for everything, Kate!"  Mariesa, Harvey Mudd College

Kate was wonderful because she truly got to know who I am and helped me convey my personality and stories through essays that were clear and concise but also full of as much nuance as possible. She really worked at my pace and continued to help me refine my essays until I was fully satisfied and confident in the final products. Even though I was living abroad and 10 time zones away, Kate was so accommodating about working with my schedule. Kate was both encouraging and honest and this balance made her feedback incredibly useful. It is clear that Kate loves her job and her enthusiasm makes her a pleasure to work with.” Sophia, Stanford University

"Having Kate work with and support me my senior year of high school was truly a blessing. As a first generation student, I didn't have a good sense of what the college application process was. I just knew the personal statement was key; but Kate went far beyond helping me with my statement. She found schools that would best meet my needs, she spent countless hours with me to discuss my options, and I will never forget the entire day that she set aside to help me apply to one institution. She truly invests herself in the student and my experience with her is invaluable. Kate held my hand every step of the way which was something I really needed. I simply can't thank you enough Kate."  Edith, University of California, Berkeley

"I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with such an eager and understanding admission counselor...I was able to submit unique applications that would not have yielded as bountiful of rewards if not for Kate's careful grooming and polishing. Despite all of my last minute and late night endeavors, Kate was just a call away every step of the application process, ready to pick apart my applications and help me to highlight my strengths."  Kyla, University of Southern California

"Kate Duey helped me immensely with my college search and applications. She sat down with me for hours getting to know my past and present self. After she had a strong understanding about my character, she advised me on colleges where I would flourish. She also helped me construct a college portfolio emphasizing my strengths as a student and as a human being. She was patient through my many rewrites and was eager to accommodate my busy schedule. Above all, she was kind, caring and invested in my application process." Anthony, Carleton College               

"Kate helped guide me on the right path. She made me see the writing process through the eyes of an admissions reader, a perspective that helped me understand what made my story unique. Her expertise in writing improved the flow of my essay and generally, Kate was a great source for reassurance. Thanks, Kate!" Jen, Harvard University

"You helped me immensely last year, and I am very grateful for that. Good luck with your students next year!" Albert, California Institute of Technology

"I cannot thank you enough for everything you've done for us this past year. We were so lost on the whole college process and you led the way! Not only were you a great guide, but also a great friend. And I am proud to say that I will be attending St. Mary's College of California in the fall!" Aida, St. Mary's College of California

"Working with Kate was an absolute joy. I was overwhelmed by the choices facing me, and she helped me figure out what I really wanted out of a university. It was a huge weight off my chest, and college has been fantastic since!"  Evan, University of California, San Diego

"I just received your little note and gift card today, and it really warmed my heart! If anything, I should be the one sending you a card, since all the college things couldn't have worked out nearly as well without your wholehearted assistance!  It was such a pleasure working with you, and I'll be sure to come back and visit whenever I get the chance!" Kaiqi, New York University

"Kate helped me realize my potential with a unique ease and grace. She was there every step of the way- from choosing which colleges to apply, to the final drafts of the personal statements. She was easy and fun to talk to while guiding me towards my dream school with her amazing advice and explanations. She is very knowledgeable and truly understands the intricacies of the college application process. She was a pleasure to work with and I am very thankful." Alexandra, Reed College

I always felt that Ms. Duey respected me as a student and a person, and I had a lot of confidence when I made my college decision. My personal statement was on Lucille Ball and it was a lot of fun to write. I felt really lucky because everyone around me was always complaining about writing their college essays. I had a good senior year,  from start to finish."  Monique, Mount St. Mary's College

 "Being a first generation college student, the whole college application process was stressful and overwhelming. Well, it would have been had I not had Kate to help me along the way. Thanks to her awesome skills, knowledge, and wisdom together we survived the process, lowered our stress levels, set high goals, and achieved them. Thanks Kate!" Sandra, University of California, Los Angeles

“Kate was a tremendous help for me throughout my application process. She understands that the application is all about you. She wants to know all about you so that she can help you portray that in your application. I always had a hard time writing what I wanted to say, but I spoke it well and having Kate help me translate that to the application was such a great help. For me, the application process wasn’t just answering lame prompts, it was when I got to reflect on what I have done and share that to the readers of my application. It allowed me to express creativity that I’ve never gotten to do in school and Kate helped me realize that. The skills and knowledge I learned from Kate not only helped me in the application process but will help me further on in life. I am forever grateful for what I’ve learned these past two years and will share my knowledge to future college applicants. Thank you Kate!” Sib, University of Southern California

Being able to ask Kate for help during the college admissions process was life-changing. She never failed to point me in the right direction and always took her time to get to know me in order to assist me in writing the most genuine and reflective essays. Her great advice, positive mindset, and persistent attitude helped keep me on track and minimized anxieties for me, as well as for my parents. Whenever we met, she always made my ideas felt welcome and assisted me in expressing my most important traits through writing. I am so extremely thankful that I was able to work with her during this short period of time and can definitely say that, without Kate, I would not be where I am now!” Samantha, University of California, Davis

"Working with Kate gave me the direction I needed when I first started applying to colleges. She not only helped me during our regular meet-ups, but took the time to research universities that I might be interested in. She guided me along the writing process by helping me brainstorm and edit my personal statements. Having Kate as my college counselor was truly beneficial because she understands what the admissions office is looking for and she knows how to highlight our best qualities as a person, student, athlete, and leader."  Iliana, University of Washington


Parent Testimonials

“Kate was instrumental in our daughter building out the perfect list of colleges to apply to that matched her interests, stretched her thinking and matched her personality. We spent a few sessions with Kate and I was profoundly touched at how quickly she was able to zero in on the qualities of our daughter that you can only hope does not get lost in the complicated college admissions process. In a short amount of time, Kate was able to help us get a solid list of schools to put on the list and from that our daughter landed in the perfect spot for her. She encouraged our daughter to be curious, be adventurous and how to navigate the nuance of this complicated and emotion filled experience. We were very lucky to have come across Kate and feel fortunate to have had her in our court at such a stressful time. What a pro, what a friend!” K.K., Parent of a student at University of Puget Sound

“I learned more during my first phone call with Kate than I did during years of high school college counseling sessions. I really valued her candid feedback, realistic approach and patience. She got to know my son really well and guided him in the most thoughtful way through his college list, applications and essays, and ultimately his college choice. It took a lot of the stress and negative emotion away knowing that Kate was keeping track of the overall process and deadlines, handling my son's mood swings while keeping him engaged and motivated! Kate is a trusted advisor and I look forward to having her advise my second child as well.” C.P., Parent of a student at University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

"Kate is one of the loveliest, most astute people I have had the pleasure of meeting. She is impressively knowledgeable and passionate about her work. Living in Europe our son was educated in the local public French system. Very strong academics but not much else in so far as extracurricular activities. Our son is an excellent student who had his heart set on studying at a top US university. When we contacted Kate (a bit late in the process) who had been highly recommended by a friend we were a bit gun shy in sharing our son's aspirations of applying to one of the top schools. We were anticipating that she would kindly say, "thanks, but no thanks" to working with him as we were quite behind in preparations. We could not have been more wrong! Kate immediately connected with our son and encouraged him to go for it. And he did. Despite the crazy 9 hours time difference she always made time to share her infinite wisdom, edit every essay and guide us through the angst of the college application process. I believe she did this by her unique ability to 100 percent connect with her students. She is a gifted counselor and was certainly a gift to us. Thanks to Kate's support and expertise our son will be starting at Brown University this fall! Immense gratitude to you, Kate!"  A.C., Parent of a student at Brown University

"Kate made all the difference in our son’s search for his best-fit college. First of all, she was organized. She took our son through a process that helped clarify what he really wanted and needed in a school and then using her vast knowledge of resources gave us a list of best-fit schools for us to explore. She fine-tuned this list as we went along. At the same time she helped us get ready using her many resources to prepare him for standardize tests, taking the right courses in high school, finding scholarships, etc. And through out the entire process she was encouraging and reassuring to our son (and to us as well). I highly recommend Kate as a trusted advisor for this most important process."  S.A., Parent of a student at Lewis and Clark College

"I first consulted with Kate in January 2012, when my son decided that he wanted to continue homeschooling throughout high school. She gave us a quality, in-depth consultation that allowed our family to chart all four years of high school. My son did exactly what Kate suggested, which included taking a number of national tests and continuing the extracurricular activities he excels in.  Thanks to Kate, as a high school junior, my son already has a large number of college credits and plans to double major."  I.G., Parent of a student at Georgia Institute of Technology

"What makes Kate Duey a stellar resource for parents navigating the complex and often daunting college selection landscape is not only her comprehensive knowledge of the subject but her passion for the students she guides from the onset of their journey. In addition, one would be wise not to assume she will simply give away her wealth of knowledge and college preparatory experience--parents and students who seek Kate Duey's consultation should expect a few "homework" assignments of their own in order to make sure they research the ins and outs of college websites, securing transcripts and letters of recommendation, reading collegiate newspapers and understanding financial commitments using online "calculators." Ms. Duey's invaluable contributions are an important reason my wife and I decided to send our daughter Danae to Carleton College."  B.B., Parent of a student at Carleton College

"Thank you for all your support for our daughter during the past few months.  You were a perfect fit for her!  You really guided her through her essays and found her weaknesses to work on.  Thank you for being there for her.  I think we all get anxious along the way, but your calm and gentle pressure really made her feel like she really can do this application thing!  We are so proud of our daughter - but it really does take a village, or at least, a great counselor/guide, supportive parents, and a very patient little sister!"  D.T., Parent of a student at Johns Hopkins University

"When we started the process for our daughter with Kate, we were not sure exactly what to expect. But it turned out to be one of those amazing experiences from start to finish, where we left feeling so grateful to have had her insights, experience, compassion, intelligence, and firm guidance for the entire process. I like the fact that each of us were given 'homework assignments'--it made us feel more involved in the process. Kate's extensive knowledge of the college admissions process combined with her positive reinforcements as well as gentle admonishments were just the ticket for keeping our daughter engaged and motivated. We felt very lucky to have Kate as a part of our college team!"  M.G., Parent of a student at St. Mary's College of California

"Johnny and I are very grateful to Kate for all her guidance, advice and encouragement during this important college process. We appreciated the time she spent with Jennifer in helping her develop a list of schools that would meet her goals.  Because of Kate's involvement the whole application process was made so much easier for us. She was there from beginning to end helping with the FAFSA application, common apps, letters of recommendations, and supplements.  Kate was also very open to any input we had. Jennifer's acceptance to UCLA was the highlight of this whole process and she is looking forward to her college experience and being part of the Bruin family.  Kate gives her best and we would highly recommend her."  M.W., Guardian of a student at University of California, Los Angeles

"Estamos muy contentos con la ayuda que Kate nos dio. La experiencia que ella tiene ayudando a los jovenes nos ayuda agarrar la informacion necesaria para completar el proceso de aplicaciones. Gracias a Kate, mi hija Edith tuvo toda la ayuda que necesitaba para que la aceptaran en la universidad que ahora esta."  H.M., Parent of a student at University of California, Berkeley

"Congratulations Kate! We thank you for your help with Christopher's admission process. He is very happy with his decision and is doing great things as a sophomore. Anyone lucky enough to consult you will get great insights. All the best!" M. J., Parent of a student at University of Miami

"She offered a wealth of information about college options based on a student's strengths and weaknesses."  A.S., Aunt of a student at Middlebury College

Graduate Student Testimonials

"For Kate, every student is special. She will fully explore your individuality and strengths, help you to know yourself, and give you full confidence, such that your application materials will be fully developed and optimized. In addition, she made my vision and thinking more open - this was a very good preparation for my studies in the United States, and has enabled me to better adapt to the way of thinking and pace of learning here."  Qifan, Graduate Student at Northeastern University

"Kate provided valuable feedback in the careful crafting of my Personal Statement for dental residency programs. Her admissions proficiency provided a lens with which to view how to present writing that is distinct. As a result, I was able to clearly convey my thoughts in a noticeable manner."  Joseph, Dental Resident, Lutheran Medical Center, Hilo, Hawaii

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Professional Testimonials

"I invited Kate to speak at my Junior Class Student/Parent College Information Night. She has a wealth of information about best-fit colleges for highly gifted students. Her expertise in helping create an individual college list is remarkable."  Kate Rademaker, Counselor, Highly Gifted Magnet, North Hollywood High School 

"Kate has the unique perspective that comes from being a parent of a child with a learning challenge, and a highly educated, and trained professional. Her experience and compassion is a wonderful asset! The college application process can be overwhelming. It's so important to have someone that can help identify the schools that are a good match for your child. Kate is able to take the stress out of the equation allowing the student to focus on making an application that reflects their strengths and special qualities." Bonnie Cook, Co-founder, Pasadena Area Dyslexia Parent Support Group

"Kate Duey has done a fantastic job mentoring and assisting in college preparation at inner city Catholic High Schools in Los Angeles. Her involvement with our top achievers and assisting them for admission to top tier colleges and universities is a service that many of our high schools cannot provide. We are proud of all of our students and their college matriculation, but we cannot help but notice Kate's impact at one school in particular. With a history of few applications to selective colleges and none to the Ivy League, in her first two years Kate counseled students who were wait-listed at Brown University and admitted to Cornell University."  Charlie Steinmetz, President, Steinmetz Foundation; Member, Board of Trustees, Los Angeles Catholic Education Foundation

"Kate focuses on an individualized approach working with gifted students, stressing fit over name when it comes to identifying an optimal college match. Cognizant of the needs of gifted learners, Kate identifies and clarifies colleges and universities that offer gifted students the curricula, faculty involvement, academic and extracurricular opportunities and student support that enable the gifted student to hone in on schools best suited to their unique needs and goals for a challenging, fulfilling college experience." Bonnie Raskin, Carolyn D. Bradley Scholarship Program

"Kate is an obviously experienced and knowledgeable academic counselor for the highly gifted secondary student. She has presented and enlighten many students from across the country in the past 5 years through the Institute for Educational Advancement’s Apprenticeship Program where we match students with doctors, lawyers, and scientific researchers who serve as mentors in the greater Los Angeles area. Kate truly understands the needs of gifted students."  Min-Ling Li, Institute for Educational Advancement Apprenticeship Program

"Kate went far above and beyond what I imagined a Counselor would do for their students. She flew to San Jose State University to take a tour of the campus as well as talk to me in person about our Computer Science and Engineering programs on behalf of her students. Kate wanted make sure it was the right place for them. To me that shows true dedication."  Bernard Mesa, Database Administrator at TCI: Teachers' Curriculum Institute