The Right Colleges

My goal is to help you find the right colleges for your son or daughter. The schools that are right for your neighbor’s child might not be right for you or your family.


Through my consulting program, I try to inspire your child to think creatively about his or her future academic and professional career. We spend from a few months to a few years together to carefully determine which colleges are most likely to provide the educational environment that will enable your child to reach his or her potential.


I can help you identify these schools—but your child must help me by honestly answering questions and completing our self-reflective exercises. The work is challenging, admittedly, but the results pay off in the end!


Together, we creatively explore available educational options and work hard to ensure that your child earns acceptance letters.


Q. Will I receive individual attention through the process?

“I was very nervous about the college admissions process. I knew that I wanted to go to a good school – a fun school that was at the right academic level for me. You gave me confidence and helped me find what I was looking for.”
-Emily Teller, Ohio State University

A. Every applicant who works with me receives my personal attention in an individualized program – there are no hand-offs to junior associates. I help students and families find particular academic programs, schools likely to offer attractive merit packages, and/or campuses with specific resources to accommodate students with special needs. The goal is to take advantage of every admissions benefit available to you at both selective and less selective institutions.

As an admissions professional on your side, I work directly for you. I will help you carefully evaluate the educational quality and market value of various schools, programs, and degrees. You can speak candidly about your college applications with me, without having to worry that any off-the-record discussions with your school guidance counselor might influence recommendations from your high school.


Q. My child is a complex person. I want her to find a college that will satisfy a number of different things that she and I are looking for. Can you help?

“Steve helped us to focus on schools that were best for our sons. He helped us think things through – clearly and carefully. This was not easy, especially because of the expectations of many of our sons’ friends at school.”
-Barbara Shotz, Parent

A. I am a complex person too. I love life, learning, and helping students explore academic options while preparing for future careers. I have the academic credentials and experience you would expect from a world-class consultant, and I pride myself on understanding and appreciating the many skills and complexities of my students. I am of the same social and professional world as most of my families—enabling me to relate well to your desire for multi-faceted success.

I understand that there is more to life than grades and SATs. I know your child is special. I gear my program to help communicate his or her special qualities to colleges while helping to find schools that are right – schools that give your child the best possible education and satisfy his or her academic, social, religious, and cultural needs.


Listed below are some colleges and universities that have accepted my students over the past 20 years:


“I went to college 25 years ago. The world is a lot different now. I have a gifted child, but I’m not sure the world would have known, if not for Steve Goodman. He provided up-to-date information about procedures for student-athletes and real insight into the inner workings of the overall admissions process.”
-Elliott Footer, Parent


Adelphi University
Agnes Scott College
American University
Amherst College
Arcadia University
Arizona State University
Bard College
Barnard College
Bates College
Bennington College
Bethany College
Boston College
Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Bradley University
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Northridge
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic University
Centre College
Clark University
Colby College
Colgate University
College of William and Mary
College of Wooster
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Creighton University
Curry College
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke University
Elon University
Emory University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
Franklin Pierce University
Furman University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Tech
Gettysburg College
Goucher College
Grinnell College
Guilford College
Hamilton College
Hampshire College
Harvard University
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College
High Point University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hofstra University
Hollins University
Hood College
Howard University
Indiana University
Ithaca College
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Johnson and Wales University
Juniata College
Kenyon College
Knox College
La Salle University
Lafayette College
Lawrence University
Lehigh University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Lynn University
Macalester College
Marquette University
Maryland Institute College of Art
McGill University
Messiah University
Miami University (Ohio)
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
Muhlenberg College
New England College
New York University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Ohio University
Ohio State University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Otis College of Art and Design
Penn State University
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Princeton University
Providence College
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University
Reed College
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhodes College
Rice University
Rollins College
Roanoke College
Rutgers University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Skidmore College
Smith College
Southern Methodist University
Spelman College
St. Lawrence University
Stanford University
Suffolk University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Temple University
The New School (Eugene Lang)
Trinity College (Connecticut)
Trinity University (Texas)
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Edinburgh
University of Florida
University of Hartford
University of Illinois
University of Lynchburg
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami (Florida)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri
University of Nebraska
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Scranton
University of South Florida
University of Southern California
University of St Andrews
University of Tennessee
University of Texas
University of Toronto
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Wagner College
Wake Forest University
Washington and Jefferson College
Washington and Lee University
Washington University (St. Louis)
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
West Virginia University
Whitman College
Williams College
Yale University


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