Lora Lewis Educational Consulting

College Counseling

In my ten years as a college counselor, I've supported countless clients in achieving their higher education goals. Here's what just a few of them are saying:



"The college application process is so much more than essays and applications; it’s also about finding the college that feels right for your student.   Lora readily applies her love of writing (and many English credentials) to guide your child through the essay process, and she absolutely keeps students on task and accountable for the application process milestones (which is so helpful when teens don’t want to listen to mom), but she also takes the time to get to know your child so that she can help them find the right college fit.  Every college offers wonderful opportunities, and a student who is feels at home at any particular school is in the best position to get the most of their higher education.  Lora guided my eldest, a college Freshman, in finding the right fit university, and she’s currently counseling my high school Junior with the college process, and soon we’ll be consulting with her to help my high school Freshman.   We highly recommend Lora!"

-- Irline, mom of University of Puget Sound student


"I just wanted to thank you so much for all your help with my essays and admissions questions. You are a great stress reliever and an amazing essay editor.  Just wanted to let you know that I ended up committing to LMU for entrepreneurship and premed. They even sweetened the deal with a little more than a half ride. So I am super excited for college and very thankful for all of your help along the way." 

​--Brennan, Loyola Marymount student


"I'm 7 for 7! University of the Pacific, Fordham, Pepperdine, UCLA, BERKELEY, USC, AND WHARTON! Thank you for all your guidance!!"
 --Anina, University of Pennsylvania student

​"Thank you so much for saving this whole essay process for Ben.  I am so happy with the way they are coming out--they are very powerful and you really helped him find his voice.  You have an amazing eye and great compassion.  We have been really lucky to have connected with you."
 --John, dad of UC Berkeley student


​"We worked with Lora last year when our older child was in their first year of college at an East Coast Ivy League and it was not going well. Our child ended up leaving school and returning home, feeling that they had in some way failed and that they would never find a school that would feel right for them. We were referred to Lora through a friend and immediately knew it would work out. Lora focused on how important the fit was for each young person looking for colleges (something the high school counselor we worked with the first time around, I'm sorry to say, did not do). Lora also assured our child (and us) that there is a place out there for them. Lora's calm presence throughout the process of searching for schools that would be better fits and through the application process helped make a challenging process seem easy. Our child did end up applying to 4 schools - each of which would have been excellent fits - and they got into all of them. They chose a small liberal arts school on the East Coast and within a few days of being there called us to say "I'm home!". They are nearing the end of their first year and they are thriving. We are so grateful for all Lora did during a very challenging time. We have a younger child just about to embark on this process (a junior in high school) and we have just started working with Lora and are so grateful to have her help from the beginning of this process. If you are beginning this process or your child is struggling at a school that doesn't seem right, we highly recommend Lora to help guide you through this part of the journey with your kids."

-- Laura, Mom of Bennington College student


"Lora worked with both my high school son on his college applications and my daughter on her transfer applications. Our experience working with Lora was great! Lora is skilled at figuring out with each student what schools would be a great fit for them both academically and personally. Both of my kids are heading to schools in the fall that seem like a perfect fit for each of them. Lora takes the time to get to know the student and then structures her support and services around that student. We've worked with other college counselors, but our experience with Lora was the best."

-- Lisa, Mom of Western Washington & Mills College students


"Lora is excellent at relating to kids and we found her knowledge of institutions that are the best matches for them to be extraordinary. Our daughter is now at Santa Clara University with a financial package that covers the entire cost of her college education."
 --Mary, mom of Santa Clara student


"Amy has been accepted into several good colleges, which include University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Wash U, USC, and she chose Penn for business. I truly appreciate your help to Amy during her college application process. Without your help, she could not have achieved the acceptance into such good schools. "

--Zhong, dad of University of Pennsylvania student


"THANK YOU again! Best money and advice we've spent. Will be recommending you to everyone I know!"
  --Regina, mom of Washington State student


"I just wanted to let you know that I got into all the UCs I applied to, including Cal! Thank you so much for all your help!"
  --Liza, UC Berkeley student


"You helped me in a lot more ways than I could have imagined. You helped me find colleges that were right for me, yet encouraged me to go beyond my own goals. You helped me with the technical parts of my applications and essays and were an inside source for little hints and tricks that other counselors don't know. Without your help and motivation, I would never be where I am today. "                         --Laura, Harvard student


​​"I just wanted to say thank you for assisting me in the transfer process, especially because it involved transcripts from multiple schools and universities.  Your guidance, open mindset and unique suggestions for my individual needs led not only to an excellent institution choice, but also helped me to further elucidate my own needs as a developing student. You were an invaluable resource for answering questions that advising offices and admissions counselors couldn't seem to answer, and do so with a level of clarity and confidence that can only come with an extensive understanding of the entire process. Thank you.  

 --Stewart, Transfer Student, San Francisco State


"I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your kindness and everything you have done for me. I would not have known what to do without your guidance. I knew I wanted to go to college, but I didn't know where. I never knew if I was on the right track. I didn't know I was capable of being admitted to a private school in such a beautiful part of the country, and at such a great price! You helped my dream come true." 

 --Madelyn, Lasell College student


"My experience with Lora revolved largely around developing my personal statements. She helped me brainstorm, organize my thoughts and put them into writing, then helped me correct and enhance the grammar, style and structure of the essays. She also gave me great advice and helped me get a solid list of colleges to apply to. It was a huge benefit and advantage for me to have the help of an actual writer." 

--Jonathan, Stanford student


"Your insight on the admissions process was very helpful to me, and your services helped keep me organized during a very important time in my life. Without your reminders and advice I could have let my admissions opportunity slip away." 

--Tyler, Transfer Student, University of Arizona


"I can't thank you enough for all of the help and kindness you've shown me over the last year. The essays I wrote under your mentorship were some of the best writing I've produced, and I was able to use them for so many different applications and scholarships. I'm juiced to enter this next phase of my life!"  

 --Amanda, George Washington University student