College Applications and Advising

College Applications and Advising2021-07-14T23:52:05+00:00

With more than 20 years of experience advising students on their path to college, we systematically work through the college admissions process in a series of small, manageable steps. We strive to make this process stress-free (dare we say fun) and coach each student to pick the best-fit college or university. Our students have gone on to attend schools throughout the United States and internationally.

Erin Robison Director

Erin Robison
B.A. Elementary Education, University of Iowa
10+ years of application experience

Andrea Scalero

Andrea Scalero
B.A. Linguistics, SDSU
M.A. Linguistics, SDSU
10+ years of application experience

Dan Elconin

Dan Elconin
B.A. Communications, UCLA
10+ years of application experience

Kaite Neipris ACT SAT tutor at Hammer Prep

Katie Neipris
B.A. English, UCLA
PhD English in Literature, UCSD (in progress)
10+ years of application experience

How we can help

Ongoing Support: 

  • Academic advising
  • Resume building
  • Transcript review
  • Remediation advice and assistance
  • Interest inventories and career guidance
  • Internship/summer program application assistance and guidance

Application Support

  • College list building
  • Application completion
  • Essay guidance
  • Comprehensive date and deadline planning
  • Letters of recommendation planning
  • College interview help and planning
  • Scholarship essay writing
  • Final decision guidance

Our Services


We start with our comprehensive clients as early as freshman year and as late as the summer prior to application season.  

We work with our comprehensive clients to optimize their school list and to ensure that they have everything they need to make them the most attractive candidate possible.  Until the end of junior year, clients typically meet once per quarter.

Once students begin the application process, counselors and students meet as often as needed until all applications and supporting documents are submitted.

Comprehensive clients work primarily with Andrea Scalero, our Director of Admissions, but their essays are also reviewed by our other professional essay coaches for a fresh-eyes approach. 


We can design a program to meet your needs. 

Where does tutoring take place?

Meetings take place either at our office in San Diego or online through Zoom. Additionally, we use Google Docs so we can collaborate in real time on a document.

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