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

Art Institute of Chicago

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 College

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

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 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 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 Scranton

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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