Admissions Counseling

College Transitions is a team of counselors, academics, and former admission officers dedicated to guiding students and families through the college search and admissions process.

Admissions Counseling

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Our Services

As the only consulting provider with an active research agenda in higher education, we leverage our quantitative background, professional network, and inside knowledge to help students identify good-fit schools and gain a competitive advantage in the admissions process. Over the past decade, College Transitions has supported thousands of applicants, helping them secure admission at the most competitive institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

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Andrew Belasco

CEO | Counselor

Dave Bergman

Director of Content | Counselor

Michael Trivette

Director of Operations | Counselor

Kelsea Conlin

Director of Writing Support

Kim Bluitt


Kate Milani


Adrienne Spraggins


Sarah Mcllory


Courtney Kelly


Emily Schell


Mentorship & Planning

Grades 9 and 10

Provides guidance for all essential college planning tasks during the first half of high school, including:

  • Academic advising and course selection for all grades
  • Extracurricular planning
  • Summer activity planning (including support for summer program essays)
  • Resumé building
  • Diagnostic standardized testing and score assessment
  • Preliminary college visits and demonstrating interest

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Grades 11 & 12, and Transfers

Offers support throughout the entire college search and application process, including for the following tasks:

  • College list development
  • Preliminary review, assessment of chances, and strategic positioning
  • Course selection
  • Extracurricular planning
  • Essay coaching (for personal statements and supplemental essays)
  • Activities list and resume development
  • College interview prep
  • Standardized testing strategy
  • Letter of recommendation strategy
  • Financial aid and scholarship guidance
  • College decision guidance and college transition support

We offer a Comprehensive and Hourly Plan.

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Over the past several years, more than 95% of our students have been admitted into one or more of their top three choices; and our students are approximately 5x more likely to be admitted into America’s most selective colleges and universities.

BUT these results do not tell the entire story. Our success is due, in large part, to our students, many of whom come to us with strong academic credentials. We are NOT miracle workers—no counselor is—but we do turn our students into better applicants and have the track record to prove it.


Classes of 2023

Representing 36 states, 11 countries, and 126 different high schools, the College Transitions Class of 2023 was our largest, most diverse, and most accomplished yet. With support from our team of counselors, CT students earned admission offers from more than 200 colleges and universities. We have included a sampling of our most popular schools below. Institutions listed in bold accepted five or more of our students.

Row ARow BRow CRow D
Amherst CollegeGeorge Washington UniversityRice UniversityUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
American UniversityGeorgia Institute of TechnologyRochester Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Maryland
Babson CollegeGeorgetown UniversityRose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
Barnard CollegeHamilton CollegeRutgers UniversityUniversity of Miami
Bates CollegeHarvard UniversityScripps CollegeUniversity of Michigan
Bentley UniversityHarvey Mudd CollegeSkidmore CollegeUniversity of Minnesota
Binghamton UniversityHaverford CollegeSmith CollegeUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Boston CollegeImperial College LondonSouthern Methodist UniversityUniversity of Notre Dame
Boston UniversityIndiana UniversityStanford UniversityUniversity of Oxford
Bowdoin CollegeJohns Hopkins UniversityStevens Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Pennsylvania
Brandeis UniversityKenyon CollegeSyracuse UniversityUniversity of Pittsburgh
Brown UniversityKing’s College LondonSwarthmore CollegeUniversity of Richmond
Bucknell UniversityLafayette CollegeTexas A&M UniversityUniversity of Rochester
Carnegie Mellon UniversityLehigh UniversityTrinity CollegeUniversity of St Andrews
Case Western Reserve UniversityLondon School of EconomicsTrinity College DublinUniversity of Southern California
Carleton CollegeLoyola Marymount UniversityTrinity UniversityUniversity of Texas at Austin
Claremont McKenna CollegeMacalester CollegeTufts UniversityUniversity of Toronto
Colby CollegeMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyTulane UniversityUniversity of Vermont
Colgate UniversityMcGill UniversityUnion CollegeUniversity of Virginia
Colorado CollegeMiddlebury CollegeUniversity College LondonUniversity of Washington
College of William & MaryMount Holyoke CollegeUniversity of British ColumbiaUniversity of Waterloo
Columbia UniversityNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyUniversity of California, BerkeleyUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Connecticut CollegeNew York UniversityUniversity of California, DavisVanderbilt University
Cornell UniversityNorth Carolina State UniversityUniversity of California, IrvineVassar College
Dartmouth CollegeNortheastern UniversityUniversity of California, Los AngelesVillanova University
Davidson CollegeNorthwestern UniversityUniversity of California, San DiegoVirginia Tech
Denison UniversityOccidental CollegeUniversity of California., Santa BarbaraWake Forest University
Duke UniversityOhio State UniversityUniversity of CambridgeWashington and Lee University
Emory UniversityPenn State UniversityUniversity of ChicagoWashington University in St. Louis
Elon UniversityPomona CollegeUniversity of Colorado BoulderWellesley College
Florida State UniversityPrinceton UniversityUniversity of ConnecticutWesleyan University
Fordham UniversityPurdue UniversityUniversity of EdinburghWilliams College
Franklin & Marshall CollegeRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteUniversity of FloridaWorcester Polytechnic Institute
Furman UniversityRhodes CollegeUniversity of GeorgiaYale University

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