College Consulting

Bulldog Tutors takes the anxiety out of admissions. From building your college list to perfecting your college applications, to deciding what extracurriculars to take – we help you become the strongest candidate you can be. 

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College Lists

We will work with you one-on-one to build out a customized list of colleges based not only on your preferences but also on your likelihood of getting in.

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College Applications

In today’s competitive admissions landscape, how you package yourself is more important than ever. Our counselors will help you curate an application that stands out.

Long-Term Coaching

We can help you pursue your passions during middle and high school in a way that will make you exceptionally qualified for admittance to top-tier schools.

Free Initial Consultation

Come in for a free 30-minute consultation to get answers to some of your most pressing questions – and discover what you didn’t know you needed to be asking.

College List Building Services

The Exploratory List

Figuring out which college environment you would most thrive in can be a daunting task. Are you drawn to the hustle and bustle of a large, public research university, or the intimacy of a small liberal arts college? Do you see yourself spending the weekends exploring the wilderness surrounding your rural college, or perhaps you’d prefer roaming through a big city? Could you see yourself succeeding at a religiously affiliated college, or a single-gender college, or an HBCU? Public vs. private, core curriculum vs. open curriculum – these are just some of the factors to consider when choosing a college. Our experts will help you sort through your options, then compile a preliminary college list of schools designed to solidify your preferences.

The College Application List

With over four thousand colleges and universities in the U.S. alone, finding the perfect college can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. Our experts will incorporate both your preferences and your odds of admission to build a well-balanced list of colleges that would be a great fit for your learning style and personality.

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Jessica was able to help me craft a list of colleges that was much more comprehensive and representative of what I wanted out of my college education … [She] was instrumental in helping me to understand how the admissions process actually worked, and what colleges were looking for … I am very excited to be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall on a full-ride merit scholarship, and I definitely have Jess to thank.

- Sarah L.

College Application Services

The Common Application

Your consultant will meet with you in person to walk through the Common Application and give you tips to keep in mind when filling out each section.  Once your application form is complete, your consultant will perform a Common Application review. 

Supplemental Applications

Supplemental applications present their own unique challenges. Essay prompts ask “what art nourishes your mind and spirit?” or “what makes odd numbers so odd?” They might challenge you to write a tweet that tells the world who you are, choose a theme song for your life, and discuss your favorite word. Our experts can help make sure your supplements stand out – and not because you said your favorite word was “defenestrate.”

Interview Prep

College admissions interviews are your one chance for colleges to get to know you as more than a piece of paper, so it’s important to make the most of it. Our Bulldog consultants will help you craft answers to the most difficult interview questions, then hone your interviewing technique through mock interviews.

Waitlist Coaching

We offer guidance through the next steps after being deferred or waitlisted at your dream school. Our consultants will help you craft the perfect “letter of enthusiasm.”

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[Jessica’s] input and assistance were invaluable, and my son gained early admission to Yale, his top choice college … At each step of the process, she served, alternatively, as a cheerleader, tough coach, and neutral critic. While being encouraging, she still provided clear and accurate information, and never sugarcoated what needed to be accomplished to improve application odds … Quite simply, finding Jessica was like stumbling across the key to the vault.”

- Laura H.

Long-Term Coaching Services

Academic Planning

Should you take honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or dual-enrollment classes? Would colleges frown upon dropping your language class in favor of a computer science class? Our Bulldog consultants will help you select classes to optimize your academic success and eventual college application.

Extracurricular Planning

Our experts will design a plan to bolster your extracurricular pedigree. This includes identifying and applying to international, national, regional, and statewide competitions and scholarships – half the battle of having an outstanding resume for colleges is simply identifying the right opportunities.

Summer Planning

Summers should be used to build a track record in your area of interest. Our experts will help you identify summer opportunities that will pop on a college application. You are never too young to start building your resume!

Standardized Test Planning

A timeline of which tests to take when, including ACT vs SAT, Subject Tests, and potentially AP tests.

Students that scored in the 97th percentile or above on the SATs in 2018

How do you plan to stand out?

Jessica Magro

Jessica Magro

Director of Admissions Consulting

Jessica Magro knows from personal experience what it takes to gain admissions to the Ivy League. Jessica was accepted to all five Ivy League universities that she applied to (Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, Brown, and the University of Pennsylvania). She earned perfect scores on both the SATs and SAT Math 1 Subject Test, and she was an AP Scholar and National Merit Finalist. Jessica was also awarded the prestigious U.S. Congressional Bronze Medal and was a U.S. Presidential Scholar chosen to represent Rhode Island – one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Jessica understands firsthand how frustrating the college application process can be, and she has been guiding students through this stressful process ever since. Students she’s worked with have gone on to attend highly competitive schools, including MIT, UC Berkley, NYU, and George Washington University, as well as Ivy League universities like Yale, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania. Other students have earned full-tuition merit scholarships to top public universities like UNC Chapel Hill and UMD College Park.

Jessica graduated from Yale University with Distinction in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health.

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