We do our best work on behalf of prospective college students when we get to know them well.

Establishing a relationship with our students and their families fosters an honest and trustworthy relationship that shapes our vocational and educational explorations.  

This is our primary model for college counseling. Although we are pleased to assist students from a distance, we highly value face-to-face meetings, and always strive to have at least one in-person meeting with the family to kick off our work.

We are not a franchise operation. We live and work in Nashville, and have a deep history and easy familiarity with secondary education and the lives of students in our region. We do not accept payment from educational institutions– this is why we are known as independent counselors. We underwrite our own continuing education, professional development and travel to colleges and universities to make evaluative site visits. 

We will work with students at any point in their high school education to consider course selection and review extra-curricular activities and opportunities. The ideal time for most students to begin their college search is the junior year. 


We work with juniors to:

1. Share ideas for approaching the college search process, maximizing campus visits, and compiling research on colleges and universities, as well as introducing the application process;

2. Review transcripts and test scores and responses to our student/parent questionnaires to aid in developing a "working" list of schools that we refine collaboratively over time, based on your campus visit experiences and our informed guidance; and

3. Craft a calendarized workplan to accomplish all the chores required to complete applications for admission and financial aid, meeting for as many times as is necessary. We review essays and coach students on how best to interpret and portray their lives so that admission officers catch a glimpse of the full and complex individuals applying to their schools.  


in special circumstances, we also provide student support for: 

  • interviews
  • scholarship applications
  • auditions
  • art portfolios
  • referrals for learning, behavioral, or clinical supports

We have numerous colleagues in the community to whom we turn for corollary supplemental services such as tutoring, evaluation, and psychological or behavioral counseling. When our typical levels of service do not quite fit what a family is interested to pursue, we are pleased to develop proposals for how we might meet the needs of potential clients.  



Rhodes College
Skidmore College, NY
Southern Methodist University
Stanford University
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
Trinity University, San Antonio
Tulane University
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of Georgia
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
University of Oregon
University of Redlands
University of the South (Sewanee)
University of Tennessee (Knoxville)
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
Wake Forest University
Warren Wilson College
Willamette University
Yale University

American University, DC
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Belmont University
Beloit College
Boston College
Carleton College
College of William and Mary
College of Wooster
Columbia College, Chicago
Columbia University
Davidson College
Elon University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hampshire College, MA
High Point University
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
Middleburg College
Oklahoma City University
Pratt Institute of Design
Princeton University
Purdue University
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology