We work with you to personalize your application process experience, address your individual needs and goals, and facilitate the student’s transition to higher education.

Our Call to Action

Over the last 12 years, we at Cardinal Education have guided hundreds of students through the college admissions process at schools across the country; from Williams to Bucknell; Yale to Davidson; Vanderbilt to UC Berkeley.

Families coming to us with seemingly strong resumes and grand dreams are often hit with a harsh reality: the college admissions game has changed.

It is not enough to just have polished essays or standout interviews. The resume behind the application must demonstrate depth, ambition, and passion. That can only be done if students start early, fostering their skills, interests, and leadership abilities along the way.

Our college counseling packages are a reflection of what we see as the missing element to our students and families college aspirations. They prevent the foreseeable yet often crippling mistakes on college applications, foster organic development and support of students’ skills and passions, and de-stress the entire college process.

From beginning to end, they ensure that our students and families stay ahead of the game.


Our Philosophy

Many students and families fear even the idea of thinking about the college process during the early high school years. Academic burnout and lost teenage social years are the most common concerns.

At Cardinal Education, we believe successful college admissions results and a full high school experience are not mutually exclusive. Our model relies on taking natural student interests, building up skills, and developing students into leaders within their field.

We seek to empower students through personalized mentorship, not trap them students in prepackaged molds.


Our Method

Our unrivaled methodology relies on two pivotal components: deep relationships and expert strategy.

We meet with all of our students and families on a regular basis, often 2-3 times a month, throughout their high school years. Through this process we come to truly understand each of our students and families and uncover the unique pathways to success.

Our years of experience in college admissions have allowed us to identify and leverage key inflection points in a high school career. Our process is proven to reduce stress, free up time to work on growth areas, and get students from the brainstorming phase of a great inspiration to its tangible and successful achievement.

Features of our program include:

  • Student Profile Comprehensive Analysis
  • Mentorship Meetings
  • Activity Planning
  • Project Cultivation
  • Class Selection
  • Test Planning
  • Winter/Summer Planning
  • Program/Volunteer/Internship Application Assistance + Research + Essay Editing
  • Standard College Visit
  • Special College Visit Planning

“Allen, I just wanted to let you know that I got into Dartmouth, Washington University in St. Louis, and Cornell. Thank you for helping me out with my college apps and essays. Your advice was invaluable to me considering the pressure that I was under. I’m glad I got the real inside info I was looking for, and not some cookie-cutter program or useless cliches. I was so stressed going into senior year and felt completely overwhelmed. Your recommendations showed me how to successfully manage all my work and keep my stress level down. Also, thanks for making sure I never slacked off too much. I really appreciate the individual attention I received.”

– Tim Geum Cornell ’12; Seoul, Korea

“I highly recommend Cardinal Education to anyone applying to boarding or private schools. They really know what they are doing, and show a lot of care and attention to their students. With their help, I will be attending Thatcher next year. Not only do their tutors know their stuff, they made sure that I stayed on top of everything. They were pretty unrelenting in their focus and it helped me stay on track so many times.”

– David Phillips Exeter ’11

“This unique company provides personalized, individual educational coaching and tutoring for kids of all levels and abilities. The tutors they hire are all Stanford students. They consult, as needed, with teachers to make sure the child’s educational goals are being met.
Thank you so much for helping Colleen out with her college essays. I don’t know what we would have done without you. Colleen was always so busy with schoolwork, sports, and extracurriculars that she never had enough time to work on her essays until she began working with Sheila. Sheila helped organize all her college applications and developed a plan of action. Sheila then outlined a schedule to follow for Colleen’s essays and applications and made sure Colleen met every deadline no matter what! You made such a stressful experience an enjoyable one. I can’t thank you enough!”

– M.P. Mother of a Stanford ’10 student

Colleges and Universities to Which We Helped Our Students Gain Admission

*Names in bold indicate multiple acceptances*

Amherst College
Barnard College
Bates College
Boston College
Boston College (Honors Program)
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brown University
Brown University PLME (Joint Bachelors and MD Program)
Bucknell University
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (Honors Program
Carnegie Mellon University
Chapman University
Chapman University (Honors Program)
Claremont McKenna College
Colgate College
College of William and Mary
Colorado College
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College

Davidson College
Duke University
Emory University
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
Georgetown University
Georgetown University (Honors Program)
Georgia Institute of Technology
George Washington University
Harvard University

Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College
Loyola Marymount University

Loyola Marymount University (Honors Program)
Macalester College
Middlebury College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Princeton University

Reed College
Rice University
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Scripps College
Smith College
Southern Methodist University
Stanford University
Swarthmore College
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
Trinity College
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of Arizona
University of Arizona (SALT program)
UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Riverside
UC San Diego
UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame (Honors Program)
University of Oregon, Eugene University of the Pacific
University of Pennsylvania
University of Redlands
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of San Diego (Honors Program)
University of San Francisco
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Southern California (USC)
USC (Honors Program)
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Wake Forest University
Washington & Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wellesley College Whitman College
Willamette College
Williams College
Yale University