High School Seniors

Seeking college admissions is a complex matchmaking process between a student and university, searching for the one distinct community from amongst 3,350 diverse U.S. higher education institutions, where a student can collaborate with peers and mentors in search of knowledge that can translate into economic well-being. 

Each student and each parent, given their degrees of willingness to collaborate with advisors, traverse the college admissions undertaking in their own unique way, working toward consensus as a family about the single college choice. Therefore, students and parents need objective, experienced  and at times, nuanced counsel in order to define, revise, and execute a college admissions strategy

To serve the diverse needs of families, in devising their own distinctive higher educational plans, we’ve developed a suite of retainers, evolved from lessons learned throughout nearly twenty years helping families navigate the complexity of the modern college admissions process successfully.

In advising clients, Creative Marbles experts follow the inherently student-centric admissions process, thoroughly interviewing each student in a guided self-reflection. Then, through a collaborative editorial process, students deduce the narratives of their lives, grounded in their experiences, and by extension, contextualize their qualifications for admissions thus producing a quality college application that increases the likelihood of finding value in a college education.





For students applying to numerous colleges with robust, complicated applications—multiple separate yet interlocking autobiographical essays per application, admissions interviews, and letters of recommendation, all to elucidate the multifarious facets of a student’s life experience, under the highest scrutiny in college admissions—we recommend our Elite College Admissions Intensive. 

Throughout the application season, typically starting in summer and extending through mid-winter, CMC’s experts rigorously collaborate with each applicant in intense inquiry-based reflections, challenging each student’s assumptions in order to concisely argue how their character and vision align with each university.

Parents, understanding the complexity of their student’s particular educational pursuits, seek CMC’s professional guidance to lessen the risk of miscalculations, including objective management of the entire application process,  to support their student’s ambitions, while mitigating potential contentions typical of the parent-teenager relationship.  

As a consequence, seniors delineate their life’s purpose, plotting a course for their further education, regardless of their admissions outcomes thus reducing the risk of malinvestment.



For parents, whose children are applying to colleges with mid-tier complexity in application, thus concomitant level of admissions selectivity, endeavoring to minimize risk of strategic missteps and college malinvestment, we recommend Discriminating College Application Guidance retainer. 

CMC’s experts collaborate with students at timely intervals, dictated by the cyclicality of the application process and individualized to each student’s unique work style, on admissions issues ranging from application support to college selections to editorial assistance, as needed. 

The rigorous editorial process is an intricate inquiry between CMC editorial advisor and student to identify and refine the narratives of a young person’s life, conforming to the constraints of the autobiographical college essay. 

Furthermore, applicants can (re)discover or confirm their aptitude, an awareness that will become the compass needed to seek out opportunities in college and throughout their life. Additionally, our seasoned advisors moderate conversations, counseling parents and students in reaching a consensus regarding a student’s college plans.



CMC’s experts support students and parents as they navigate the college application process, confirming their admissions strategy, providing assistance during implementation where needed to avoid costly mistakes due to inexperience.

Additionally, families depend on CMC’s experienced editorial advisors, who in inquiry based collaborations, help applicants clarify their autobiographical narratives, as well as resolve writer's blocks to craft unique college essays, succinctly characterizing the story of their lives. 

Families utilize our experienced advisors to reduce the learning curve in the dynamic and often subjective college admissions process. Then, students, with their parents’ support, can focus on completing applications, including essays, in seeking the greatest value in college.

Retainer Options:



Parents who will guide their students through the college admissions process but lack understanding of the dynamic and mostly digital college admissions process, depend on CMC’s expert counsel to fill an informational gap.

Our consultants are available by phone, email, or text to address parents’ inevitable concerns, and reduce stress,  during the college admissions process. Parents will receive timely alerts filled with insights, gleaned from 20 years of experience, along with the latest developments in the college admissions process, so families can reduce the risk of costly missteps. 




CMC’s experts moderate a conversation during a single strategic session between parents and their children to devise a strategy for navigating the complexities and subjectivity of the college admissions selection and application process 

Finally, we’ll initiate the college essay idea-generating process, integral to submitting insightful, and increasingly important  college admissions essaysthat often underpin a successful application for college admissions.


Drilling practice problems repeatedly without analysis to recognize patterns amongst incorrect answers, SAT or ACT test takes cannot efficiently identify what concepts need reviewing, nor develop test-taking strategies to minimize their inaccuracies.

As educators, specialist in the college admissions process, first, we advise students and parents about the value of an SAT or ACT score as part of the student's overall college admissions strategy, in light of current, widespread test-optional admissions policies.

Ideally, we begin the preparation process 6-8 weeks before a scheduled SAT or ACT.  We assess a student's performance, designing a unique test practice plan, including a test-day strategy to maximize their efforts during the multi-hour experience, as well as teach students to practice effectively in order to gain confidence in their test-taking abilities.

After collaborating with Creative Marbles, students can more efficiently navigate the complexities of the SAT and ACT to more accurately quantify their aptitude, further defining their capacity to be successful in college.

A diverse advisory team, including a Harvard trained expert with a decade of high school teaching experience, now directly counseling families regarding a variety of educationally related topics. 

Request a Virtual Appointment with CMC’s experts and gain immediate answers for your pressing educational questions.

For more information or to purchase one or more of these retainer options for your family, please contact us at info@creativemarbles.com or call (916) 769-6092.

CMC’s advisors are also available to speak about trends in college admissions with parent and community organizations, companies, or at private gatherings.