Pittsburgh College Admissions Consulting

New findings published by the American School Counselors Association reveals that student-to-counselor ratios in Pittsburgh area high schools are exceedingly high, approaching 400-to-1 at many area high schools.  Pittsburgh’s school-based counselors are well-trained, competent, and improve the academic and personal well-being of their students; however, given multiple job roles and large caseloads, most counselors can no longer devote the time and effort necessary to college planning and to effectively guiding students through the college search, admissions, and financial aid process.  As a consequence, many Pittsburgh students proceed through high school without the support needed to successfully navigate the college admissions process and to complete the tasks necessary to enroll at suitable college and universities. These tasks include, but are not limited to, creating a list of target colleges, planning high school coursework and extracurricular activities, navigating college application requirements, filling out college application forms, writing college essays, obtaining financial aid and college scholarships, and securing internships and summer program opportunities. This is why many Pittsburgh area families seek out college admission consultants.

College Transitions strives to address the current college admission-related needs of Pittsburgh’s students, mainly by providing comprehensive college planning and college admissions counseling services to families residing throughout the Pittsburgh metropolitan region, including locations such as Mt. Lebanon, Allison Park, Sewickley, Fox Chapel, Upper St. Clair, and Wexford, among others. As higher education researchers and college admission professionals, we develop evidence-backed college admissions strategies that help our students earn admission into the most competitive colleges throughout the United States, including nearby institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, Bucknell University, Case Western Reserve, Oberlin, Kenyon, and Allegheny College. Our results support the effectiveness of our guidance and strategies.

Over the past several years, College Transitions has guided students at a number of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County high schools, such as Mt. Lebanon, North Allegheny, Upper St. Claire, Sewickley Academy, Shady Side Academy, Winchester Thurston and others. If you would like to find out more about our offerings, you may reach us via phone at 678-710-3699, via email at [email protected], or by submitting a request for a free consultation.


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“College Transitions was responsive, establishing a great rapport with our son, and keeping the process moving in a friendly and helpful way...fine tuning the essays, error checking he applications, and available to answer panicked questions almost around the clock. Sam was accepted into his first choice, The University of Chicago, a school that had seemed out of reach at the beginning of the process.”

Susan Hayes, New York, NY

Son Attending University of Chicago
"All the stress and anxiety I had about the college application process was significantly relieved by the guidance and expertise over at College Transitions...I can now say I'm at the school of my dreams..their service far exceeded my expectations and I am extremely glad and fortunate that I came across them."

Paul Yousef, Vienna, VA

Aattending Notre Dame University
"As an only child with parents who never attended college in America, I was completely frightened of the college admissions process. However, College Transitions immediately settled my fears and supported me through every aspect of that process...-I just got back from Bulldog Days at Yale, and I still cannot believe that I was accepted. Thanks to your help, I got to see my dream come true."

Amanda Zhang, Atlanta, GA

Attending Yale University
"Our daughter was dreading the admissions process before we signed on with CT, but her and our fears were quickly laid to rest ...our team was always available and helped us to organize everything..in the end, Katy was admitted into several top colleges WITH merit aid. We couldn't be happier!"

S Gupta

Daughter attending USC
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