Three Young Teenagers

Recent Testimonials:

I just wanted to thank you for the eye opening seminar today. It was extremely helpful. I came stressing about all of the things that I knew I needed to complete, but confused on how to complete them, and left feeling very encouraged and ready to choose my "hard" (term used in workshop) now.

Thank you for taking the time to explain the confusing pieces that make up the process of preparing and applying for college. Your explanation of the application process was especially helpful. Thank you, again.

Natalie M

Hi Mrs. Hartley,

I have great “news” James C was accepted at East Carolina University.  This was his first choice.  Thank you so very much for all of your help.  He hasn’t received information on how much financial aid yet, but he is putting in the time looking for scholarship.  I must say your writing tips truly helped my son.

I am so glad he got opportunity to participate in your program.  I’m constantly sharing your business name with people I know.

Happy Holidays and thank you.

Shirley C

Elizabeth - I wanted to personally thank you for your help and guidance with Ellery. Please share our thanks with your daughter as well. For sure your combined efforts had a great impact on Ellery's preparedness over the last year and we are beyond excited that he was not only accepted to was accepted into Berklee College of Music (his top pick), and received a scholarship offer worth 1/2 the tuition cost but that he was encouraged to reach for his goals!  He is ecstatic and we are most appreciative.

Couldn't have done it without you!  So, thank you!

Allan A

Hi Elizabeth,

I just wanted to thank you for all you did for Sophie. I told you she was a Questbridge Finalist. We are still waiting for Ivy Day, but that wasn't what I wanted to thank you for. You recommended Muhlenberg to us because Sophie is a Theater person. We toured it and loved it. It is VERY pricey though. She was admitted a few weeks ago, but we steeled ourselves, feeling pretty certain that the FA would not be sufficient. She received a tiny audition based talent scholarship, but it was a drop in the bucket.

However, she received the Presidential Merit Scholarship and a ton of grants. Total package without loans $54,000.

So awesome.

Kathleen and Sophie

My son and I have attended several of your seminars (Homeschool, Senior Year, Writing and Interview) and we have done everything you have advised. I am so thankful that we did, because my son was accepted into all 5 of the colleges he applied, as well as the UNCC Honors College.  Several of the schools sent merit scholarship offers. We tell all of our friends with College Bound students that they really need to attend your classes. Thank you for all the work you do. It is an invaluable service to the families in our community, and, it has been a tremendous help for ours.

Thank you,
Kim H


I am happy to report that our daughter Mary made an early decision to apply to University of Pennsylvania and was accepted! She is so excited and we are so proud of her.  She has met her goal of getting into an Ivy League School.  Although she worked hard to achieve this goal, we all agree that this would not have happened without your services. Thank you for all of the valuable information and guidance you have given to us.

The first time you met with us, you reviewed Mary's academic portfolio and our financial situation; and, you said to us "Mary is golden".  You were right, of course.  If Mary does a work study program on campus, which is the plan, we will owe $6,700 per year and this includes a study abroad program.  This is one tenth of the annual cost AND,  Mary gets to go to Penn!!


Elizabeth, when walked out of your office, the information you shared was worth far more than the 195.00 we paid! I wish every college bound child could have an Elizabeth Hartley in their life to guide them along the way. You have such a gift for motivating a teenager as well as making a parent feel less overwhelmed! I could go on and on.... but, please know that we are ever so grateful! We will be in touch!


Ms. Hartley:

I wanted to let you know that Dara started at Cornell University as a freshman last week. It was an emotional time leaving her, but we remain grateful for the opportunity; and, people like you who invested in her along the way. Thank you very much for your guidance and advice to her through high school.

She was accepted into great colleges and making a final decision was really hard. Although she had offers from Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Dartmouth, Boston College Honor program and Chapel Hill Honor Program, she accepted Cornell University.

My sons are in 10th and 9th grades now and I will be sending them to you.

Best Regards,
Femi T

Dear Mrs. Hartley,
I'm officially a part of the Vanderbilt class of 2019!! I could not have done this without your help.
Thank you thank you for suggesting Vanderbilt and for guiding me through this process. Vanderbilt gave me a $49,000 grant!!!!
Along with a $2,300 student contribution and the Florida prepaid plan (total cost is $63,000).

Thank you so much!


Mrs. Hartley,

I am happy to tell you that I am going to be a part of the University of Virginia Class of 2019! I am really content with this decision, as UVa offered me most of the things I was looking for in a college. I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done to make this decision possible. Your counsel was so crucial for me to understand this crazy process of college admissions. I also really appreciate that you didn't say that I should go to the most prestigious school, but rather the school that was the best fit for me. That really gave me a confidence in this decision.

I'm referring all my younger high school friends to you for college counseling!

Jenna W

Thank you for all your help advising and preparing Annie for her Duke scholarship visit. She spent four days at Duke and was awarded the Benjamin N. Duke Memorial Scholarship which covers full tuition, room and board, mandatory fees and funding for two summer service experiences, locally and internationally. The value of the scholarship is over $250,000 for 8 semesters. She is excited to be a part of the scholars group and study neuroscience in the fall.

We have a current sophomore, so we will be seeing you again in the near future!

Karin J