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Barbara Shore graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and earned a master’s degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from New College of California.

Barbara began her career as an education writer and researcher, working with many high-profile companies and organizations to shape their educational policies and communications. 

Turning her attention to individual students, she launched a practice that focused on bolstering students’ writing, critical-thinking and test-taking skills.  After many requests to help students with college essays, Barbara spent several years researching and studying the college admissions process, and expanded her practice to include college admissions consulting.

For the past 18 years, Barbara has successfully combined every facet of her background–state-of-the-art educational knowledge, expertise as a professional writer/researcher, and graduate-level training in counseling–to help students navigate the college admissions process and launch satisfying and successful college careers.

In addition to working with individual students, Barbara leads college admissions and college essay workshops and is available to speak to parent and school groups on a range of related topics.

Universities & Colleges My Students Have Attended

  • Bates College

  • Boston University

  • Bowdoin College

  • Carnegie Mellon University

  • Case Western Reserve University

  • Colorado College

  • Columbia University

  • Cornell University

  • Dartmouth College

  • Duke University

  • Eckerd College

  • Emory University

  • Georgia Tech

  • Grinnell College

  • Hampshire College

  • Harvard University

  • Haverford College
  • Johns Hopkins University

  • Lewis & Clark College

  • McGill University

  • New York University

  • New York University, Abu Dhabi

  • Northeastern University

  • Northwestern University

  • Pepperdine University

  • Pomona College

  • Princeton University

  • Purdue University

  • Reed College

  • Stanford University

  • Swarthmore College

  • UC Berkeley

  • UC Davis

  • UC Irvine

  • UCLA

  • UC San Diego

  • UC Santa Barbara

  • UC Santa Cruz

  • University of British Columbia

  • University of Chicago

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

  • University of Miami

  • University of Michigan

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • University of Notre Dame

  • University of Oregon

  • University of Pennsylvania

  • University of Rochester

  • University of San Diego

  • University of Southern California

  • University of Texas, Austin

  • University of Vermont

  • University of Washington

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • Vanderbilt University

  • Villanova University

  • Virginia Tech

  • Washington University in St. Louis

  • Wesleyan University

There was no doubt Barbara would be the one I trusted to guide my daughter through the college search and preparation process. A seasoned writer, editor, parent and observer of life, Barbara’s ability to connect with young adults and to ascertain and celebrate their unique qualities and interests is what makes her work so invaluable. With Barbara’s help, my daughter was prepared at every step of the way, with powerful, creative essays under her belt before the start of her senior year in high school. And thanks to Barbara, my daughter was accepted at the college of her choice.

— Katie C., Madison, NJ

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