College Counseling Amy VanTassel


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"Let me help you find a college that fits."

College Placement

I don't place students or get them into college! Students' achievement and talent incites where they are admitted; it's my job to ensure they have the best options from which to choose. Since I believe the quality of an institution doesn't reside in its name brand or rankings, I help students submit outstanding applications to high-caliber options that fit them as individuals. Here are some colleges where my clients have matriculated in the past five years:

  • Stanford University
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Gonzaga University
  • Harvard University
  • Ithaca College
  • Colorado College
  • Scripps College
  • New York University
  • Washington University
  • University of Colorado
  • Beloit College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Chapman University
  • University of British Columbia
  • California Polytechnic University
  • University of Saint Andrews
  • University of Southern California
  • Whitman


I wish we hired Amy early, to help during Sophia's sophomore and junior years. Fortunately we found her the summer before her senior year, since we didn't even know where to begin with my college essays. Amy sat down with Sophia and worked on some outlines. After a ton of editing hours that I wasn't there for, Sophia produced the best writing I've ever seen from her, all in her own words!
Julie, mother of a Sunset High School senior
I only knew about Stanford, U of O, and the two other colleges everyone from my high school always goes to. I didn't know how to start finding other ones, and it didn't know where I could get in. Amy gave me ideas and told me how to research them to learn more. Now I have a really great list and I would honestly be happy to go to any of them!
Sarah, Jesuit High School senior
Amy helped me step back from being a nagging mother. She got through to [my son] and encouraged him to think outside the box for where he wanted to go. And she prodded him to meet his deadlines without being rushed.
Siobhan, mother of a West Linn High School graduate attending Ithaca College
Expertise? Check. Knowledge? Check. But what stood out for us was Amy's positive energy. Our daughter saw the process in a whole new, positive light, and that is why Amy was WAY beyond helpful! I can't recommend her any more highly!
Troy, parent of a Sunset High School senior
I only had one or two big school names in mind when I was a sophomore. Then I started meeting with Amy VT. She gave me exercises and suggestions that enlightened me to a bunch of schools I never thought of before, and now I'm here at Wash U and I'm soooooooo happy!
Celeste, Washington University freshman