When I set out to establish City Smarts’ college admissions guidance program, I began with a few simple questions. Why is the college admissions process so stressful, and how can we help? I wanted to build a better, more humane college admissions support program, one that is equally comfortable sending students to superb regional colleges as it is Ivy League universities. I wanted to help students take ownership of the college process, and I wanted that process to be meaningful.

After speaking with students and parents, I began to understand the source of their anxiety. The very factors that were supposed to make college admissions more flexible–endless variations of admissions essays, testing acronyms, and application platforms–made the process mysterious. Indeed, even when they were extremely well prepared, the families I spoke with maintained that admissions decisions were a gamble, that they came down to luck.

Let’s restore sanity to the admissions process by empowering students and parents with clear, actionable information and hands-on support. Let’s help students target smart schools and tell compelling admissions stories. Applying to college doesn't need to be a drag. It should be a milestone to celebrate.


As an admissions nerd, it’s easy to wax poetic about the process. But no testimonial can replace a conversation rooted in the unique objectives of your son or daughter. So give us a call and let City Smarts help.


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Our end-to-end college admissions consulting program empowers students of every level to achieve their goals in the admissions process while relieving admissions stress.

While in recent years our students have been accepted to schools such as Harvard, Yale, and Columbia, our focus is not limited to elite universities; we are proud to help place students at outstanding state and regional schools such as SUNY Binghamton, Syracuse, and Stony Brook University.


The world of MBA admissions consulting is full of self-styled gurus who promise to "unlock" the admissions secrets of Wharton, Booth, and other top MBA programs.

I don't buy it.

Every year, City Smarts works with prospective MBAs using our common sense narrative approach. Our students have been accepted to top day-time MBA programs such as Chicago Booth, Northwestern Kellogg, and Duke Fuqua.


Transferring schools presents a host of unique challenges from an admissions perspective and is historically more difficult than freshman admissions.

City Smarts has a sterling record with transfer applicants. 

In recent years, our transfer students have been accepted to schools such as Yale, U Penn, Columbia, and Vanderbilt. 

2017 Acceptances

Yale University

Columbia University 

Dartmouth College


Chicago Booth MBA 

University of Pennsylvania 

Barnard College 



2018 Acceptances

Barnard College (2) 

Chicago Booth MBA 

Cornell (2) 

Darden MBA

Duke MBA

Harvard University 

Georgetown MBA

Oberlin (2) 

U Chicago

U Penn (2) 



And many more...