College Consulting Testimonials

University of the Pacific (United States) - WikipediaMatthew, Student, University of the Pacific

Thank you for helping me on my college journey. You were extremely instrumental in helping me find the college that is right for me in my next stage of life. I really do appreciate how dedicated you were to helping me. Thanks to this experience I’ve become better at time management and writing.


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Kimora, Student, Villanova

Thank you so much! I literally wouldn’t be going to Villanova if it wasn’t for your constant support and guidance.


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Olivia, Student, Northwestern

I want to thank you for all you have done for me to help me along my college admissions journey! You worked tirelessly editing my essays and helping me put together my colleg list, and because of you I am going to my dream college. I can’t thank you enough and am certina that I couldn’t have done it without you.


UCLA LogoShirin & Sam, Parents

There are no words to truly express our gratitude and appreciation. From the first day we met you were our friend, consultant, therapist, and solid support person. The process of applying to college has so many angles to consider, deadlines to keep track of, essays to write, tests to take and you know, can feel very stressful, but we are so grateful for you being there for us and not just because our son achieved his dream of getting accepted into UCLA.


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Lorrie & Marc, Parents

Thank you for your guidance and patience throughout the daunting college search and application process. When we first met during our daughter’s freshman year, we really had no idea how much we did not know about the process. Having you a phone call away to answer questions, dispel myths, and diffuse more than a few stressful moments was invaluable!


UC Santa Barbara LogoDe Ann & Freddie, Parents, UC Santa Barbara

We wanted to give you a great big gigantic thank you for everything you’ve done for our daughter from freshman year until now. It’s all paying off and while the process was busy it was not crazy. We are truly thankful we found you and that our daughter had an opportunity to work with you.


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Parent, Texas Christian University

Caring matters. And high school kids especially need to believe and experience that their interests are cared for during the complex and stressful college search process. In our view, caring is what distinguishes Ellen. She leads her students to properly prepare themselves, set lofty, yet realistic goals, and to be true to themselves in exploring the best possible college fit. Ellen has a system. And this system works for parents and students both.


University of RedlandsAndrea & Albert, Parents, University of Redlands

Ellen worked with our daughter navigating the college admission process from 9th through 12th grade. Without her expertise, we would have been completely overwhelmed with the process. Ellen has been a true blessing to our family. She was extremely professional and intuitive of our needs as well as proficient and helpful in presenting answers to our questions regarding admissions, athletics, financial aid, etc. Her prompt replies to our emails and phone calls exemplify her true dedication to her students and their families. Even though she has many clients, she creates personalized websites for each student. Personally, she provides invaluable attention and warmth that makes you feel at ease and confident with the college process. Her assistance enables you to focus on your child’s needs during their last year of high school. Ellen’s service for families is priceless and thanks to her college suggestions, our daughter is incredibly happy with her college choice. We highly recommend Ellen and her Simply College Prep services!


UC Santa Barbara LogoSue & Steve, Parents, UC Santa Barbara

It was great having our daughter work with someone so relaxed about the process. With all the other responsibilities our daughter had going on she did not feel any extreme pressure of college deadlines, and the timing of everything seemed to flow easily. We just returned from the full UCSB Spring Insight tired from walking the campus from one edge to the other, several times, listening to students and faculty at the Spring Insight. Something just clicked (like you said it would) and what we hoped for happened: our daughter is beyond excited to be a Gaucho and we are elated and relieved that she made her decision. Thank you so much for all your help.


University of Pennsylvania logoDon, Student, University of Pennsylvania

Ellen helped me present my story in a way that made me appealing to the admissions committee. For the supplement essays, she got me to connect my past experiences to those I was looking forward to at Penn and she showed me how to present me on paper. She proofread my essays, helped to keep them streamlined, and made sure they flowed. Throughout my sessions with her, she truly showed her understanding of the application process; she was constantly making sure everything looked great from an admission’s point of view. That was the best aspect of her help: she knew how to make my story speak to the admission committee. I can’t thank her enough for helping me gain admittance to Penn; her role was nothing short of essential.


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Donna, Parent, University of Indiana-Bloomington, Jacobs School of Music

Big thanks to Ellen Gaddie and Simply College Prep! My daughter was accepted to all six universities that she applied to and ended up choosing a school that she would not have even known about without the help of Simply College Prep. This school was a home run for our daughter and she is off to start her career thanks to the gentle hands that helped her along the way. It gave me, as a parent, someone else to lean on and say, “Why don’t you ask Ellen?” when I found myself in a difficult spot. Ellen was her friend through the whole process and patiently guided my daughter through the first application that was due Oct. 15! She was my friend too and helped explain things I didn’t understand and she didn’t even get annoyed at my silly questions. It’s really helpful to have someone to explain the maze of applications and requirements, especially when the school’s guidance counselors are so over worked. Thanks Ellen, for making dreams come true! You are a lifesaver and a nice person too! You’ve been there and understand the process and the emotions we all go through, together.


UC Berkeley LogoMarc & Shari, Parents, UC Berkeley

We want to thank you for the guidance you gave our daughter over the last few years and college search. Our daughter connected with you perfectly, she really enjoyed working you and valued your input. You made the college search experience so much more enjoyable then it would’ve been and we are so glad we found you and you were able to be our daughter’s college counselor! We will keep you posted as she starts this fall at UC Berkeley. We wish you more successful and happy students. Thank you for what you do.


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo logoKelley, Parent, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Thank you so much Ellen! I couldn’t be more proud of my daughter!! She has worked so hard and been so present and aware of everything she needed to tackle along this college application path. You have literally become a “household name” around here… At LEAST once a day either my husband, my daughter or I, say “Thank God for Ellen”, “Mom, don’t you think we would’ve killed each other by now if we didn’t have Ellen”? “How do people do this without Ellen”? You are hands down the best college consultant in Orange County!


UCLA LogoLaura, Parent,UCLA

Mike, Alex, and I now have a clue of the deep dark secrets of applying to college, and you made the journey entirely conceivable. We would have gone absolutely crazy without your planning, guidance, help, and working with (or prodding) Alex. Thank you so much for making this process as easy as it could have been.


Vanderbilt University logoCayla, Student, Vanderbilt

I just wanted to thank you for everything! I am so grateful for your help and will never forget how crucial you were to getting into my dream school! I couldn’t have done it without you! I can’t wait for August when I get to start this new chapter in my life. Thank you both so much.


Pepperdine University LogoKathleen, Student, Pepperdine

Thank you so much for all of your help on my applications and ultimately guiding me to find the right school. That was a crazy time in my life, but looking back, you provided me with stability and support that I will always value. I leave in three weeks, and I am beyond excited (and a little bit nervous!)


Washington University logoClayton, Student, Washington University

Thank you for helping me with all my applications and especially the essay writing. You really helped me put my personality into my writing, which was challenging. I learned that essay writing is not like high school English composition writing and I appreciate that you helped me see the edits and changes that needed to make me sound like me on paper.


Colorado State University logoSandy, Parent, Colorado State University

Thank you for working with our daughter. She really feels comfortable with you and I love that her stress level is decreased after a meeting with you! She is feeling very confident about her college process and was just telling me how she is way ahead of the game compared to several of her friends. This is an exciting time for all of us watching her reach for her college dreams.


UCSD logoWei, Student, UCSD

I’m so excited to be attending UCSD! Thank you for all your help and time.


UC Davis logoPaige, Student, UC Davis

I have been accepted into all the schools I applied for with academic scholarship offers. I can’t thank you enough for all of the assistance; I’m so grateful!


Northern Arizona University logoJoanna, Parent, Northern Arizona University

I cannot begin to thank you for your support throughout the college process with our son. You took the stressful, overwhelming feelings away and with your knowledge and guidance we had confidence in our direction the whole time. We appreciate the effort you took to get to know our son, helping him along the way so that he was able to reach his college acceptance goals. We are so excited that his goals were exceeded and choices get to be made!! It will be our pleasure to entrust you with our daughter’s future and we look forward to it with a sense of ease. Thank you.


UC Davis logoJuli, Parent, UC Davis

You have been great to work with through the college process. It’s a very exciting time for all of us. We can’t believe our daughter’s been accepted to her stretch school. Your essay feedback and consultation was invaluable. Your combined knowledge, tracking and process management was invaluable. I would recommend Simply Prep to anyone looking for guidance and advice while navigating the college process.


Seattle University logoJennifer, Student, Seattle University

Thank you for all the work you have done helping me get into college. Your guidance gave me the tools I needed to complete the process. I especially appreciated all your help in writing the essays. I feel I have become a better writer thanks to you. The encouragement that you provided assisted me getting into Seattle University. I can’t thank you enough.


Assisteens of Capistrano Valley

Thank you so much for speaking to us about the college planning process! All this information will help us when we are applying to colleges and we hope you will be able to speak to us again!

Jodi G, Independent Educational Consultant, Washington, DC

Ellen Gaddie of Simply College Prep is terrific. After meeting more than 40 Independent Educational Consultants, I chose Ellen as a mentor to help me learn the best way to help students succeed in the college process and beyond. Ellen has mentored me through my first few student clients and has given me the tools necessary to become a successful IEC in my area. She is truly amazing at what she does and anyone who works with her can feel confident they are going to get into a college that is the “best fit” for them today, and in the future. She is one of the only IECs that I would trust with my own children

Leslie C, Independent Educational Consultant

Ellen Gaddie possess the unique and invaluable combination of being both a consummate professional in the field of college advising as well as being an extremely approachable and enthusiastic “cheerleader” for students going through the often-complex college application process. Ellen loves working with students and goes above and beyond to find colleges that best fit a students needs and goals. She is up-to-date on the latest college information, visits colleges on a regular basis so she can speak first-hand about particular campuses, and she is committed to supporting each student through their individual college process. As a fellow college consultant, I hold Ellen in extremely high esteem and often look to her for advice and counsel. If you are a looking for a college consultant who will partner you’re your student on every leg of their college path, then Ellen Gaddie is the consultant for you!