At Great College Advice, we are like personal shoppers. We help you find the colleges and universities that fit you best…and help you get in.

We learn everything about you so that we can understand what you are looking for in a college. Like tailors, we measure you up. We figure your preferences, your priorities, your personal style. We help you consider the environments that might suit you best–especially the classroom environment, for it is in the classroom, after all, where you get the greatest value from your education. We give you some questionnaires and surveys and personality assessments and aptitude tests. We help you be better able to articulate your strengths and weaknesses, your likes and dislikes, your hope and dreams, so that you can more systematically try on different colleges for size. We make the process efficient.

By the same token, we have to learn a lot about the colleges, so we can quickly and efficiently (and correctly) identify a short list of colleges that fit you. We spend a lot of time on the road investigating campuses, snooping around classrooms, talking to librarians, chatting up the faculty, and asking students about their experiences. We take the tours and listen to the information sessions so we can get a better idea of what sets each school apart, and to learn what they seek in their applicants. Sometimes we also call admissions offices or coaches or financial aid officers directly, to be sure that we understand the processes and procedures, and so that we can effectively share this information with our students and their families.

Your Personal Shopper for the Best College Fit

We get to know you.

We get to know the colleges.

So we can help you find the right fit.

In this sense, we are, indeed, personal shoppers. Just as you must try on jeans or sweatshirts or t-shirts, you have to try on different colleges to see how they look on you. Of course, choosing a college is a bit more complex. And it’s certainly a service that is much more costly than even the most expensive pair of designer shoes. But the same principles apply. You need to know what you want. You need to understand what is available. And you need to make choices that reflect your knowledge of yourself and the colleges.

How do you think these look on me? Do they fit?

Lewis & Clark
Wheaton College
Mark Montgomery at Manhattan CollegeManhattan College
Stanford University
Emory University
Haverford College
Private college counselor demonstrates the best college fitMuhlenberg College
Private college counselor demonstrates the best college fitUniversity of Delaware
Private college counselor demonstrates the best college fitLehigh University
Private college counselor demonstrates the best college fitLynn University
Private college counselor demonstrates the best college fitUniversity of Central Florida
Private college counselor demonstrates the best college fitUniversity of Miami
Private college counselor demonstrates the best college fitEckerd College
Private college counselor demonstrates the best college fitFordham University


Saving the best for last….

Private college counselor demonstrates the best college fit

Macalester College

For the Best College Fit, Try It On!

You see, what looks good on the rack, may or may not look good on a particular person. What looks good on one individual may look awful on another.

You are picking the college for you. You need to think carefully about what you want or need. A little more room in the waist? Something that shows off your best features? Or how about something in aqua?

Seriously, it’s not easy to pick the right college. You need to think carefully about what criteria are important to you, and then you need to systematically search for those colleges that fit those criteria. It’s not an easy process, with over 3,000 colleges in the United States (that’s a lot of sweatshirts to try on).

So consider getting a “personal shopper” as you go through the process. The investment will be well worth it.

After all, you wouldn’t want to spend $250,000 for that little pink number, now would you?

Mark Montgomery
Great College Advice

Great College Advice offers college admissions advice to high school students and their families around the country and around the world. We help students look differently at college admissions and navigate the changing educational landscape. We give our students a positive and insightful college planning experience with long-lasting effects. Because it’s not just about college—it’s about your life’s journey.

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Published by Mark Montgomery

Mark is a leading educational consultant. His experience as a professor, college administrator, and youth mentor help him guide students from around the country and around the world.

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  1. Like everyone else said, I think you look the best in pink. I think a lot of students don’t fully consider all of the qualities that make colleges a “good fit” for them. Last year, one of our student bloggers interviewed a bunch of University of Colorado students to find out “What they wish they’d considered when choosing a college”. I thought the results were pretty interesting:

    Hope you find some value in it.

  2. Sounds good, Ashlee. I would strongly recommend, however, that you do plenty of research before the visits. AcceptedEdge’s search engine and “predictor” will not give you good results about YOUR chances. They will only aggregate data that are quantifiable…and much of the admissions process is qualitative–and impossible for any algorithm to predict. For example, “varsity letters” mean nothing to colleges. They want to know your true level of play–which is hard to build an algorithm for. AcceptedEdge is a gross-grained tool for what is, in essence, a very fine-grained process. Don’t make decisions about where to visit solely on AcceptedEdge’s predictions.

  3. I’m new to your emails! What a great sense of humor you have and a fabulous way of making a point!! Now, I rather like the orange “bunny rabbit” look myself.

  4. Why, thank you, Cindy! I appreciate the compliment. And you’re right: the orange does make me look a bit like a rabbit. Too funny!
    Thank for reading our blog.

  5. Dera sir
    please i want to admission in your good college therefore, kindly process my case for admission and give me information that how i will be do the process for study visa form my country pakistan
    Thanks Allot
    best regards
    Jan Alam

  6. Hello, Jan.
    We work with students from around the world to assist in their college application process, and we’d be happy to help you. Please send an email through our contact page. Keep in mind that you can get your student visa relatively easily, once you are accepted to an accredited university or college in the United States.
    Best regards, and we hope to hear from you soon.

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