Based in Marin County, California, Perlstein College Advising was founded on the belief that each student and family is unique, and therefore their college journey should be customized to their individual needs.  From the very first meeting, I am committed to helping each student navigate their own college process by identifying their specific college criteria in order to find a school where they will thrive and discover their personal and academic potential.

This is such an exciting time in each student's life.  My goal is to approach the college process in a positive, organized, efficient and low-stress environment.  My services include all aspects of the college process, from the initial transcript and extracurricular activity review through the entire application process, including guided essay assistance. 

In today's increasingly competitive college applications environment, an experienced professional can really make a difference.  Having worked both in a local public high school with a college access program for  first- generation, low-income students these past five years, I opened a private practice 4 years ago, with the intention of keeping it small in order to spend more time with each student.

Every year I tour numerous college campuses and attend local, regional and national conferences in order to stay current with admission trends and requirements.






July 30, 7:30pm CTCL (Colleges that Change Lives) Click HERE

 SAT 2019-20 Test Dates: Click HERE

ACT 2019-20 Test Dates: CLICK HERE

Should I take the SAT or the ACT? Click HERE to see the differences

 August 11 Adult Writing Workshop click HERE

Do you have child heading to college (or heading back)? I know it can be hard to let them go. There’s so much you want to say, so much you want them to know. But when do you say it? How do you say it so they can hear? Melanie Vetter does it with a letter. She’s written letters to her kids when they headed off to college or started a gap year or hit some milestone. And she’s taught other parents how to write this kind of letter so it doesn’t come off as mushy or preachy. She said, sometimes people can “hear” what we have to say better in a letter, and she loves that kids can come back to your words again and again. Her next letter writing workshop is on August 11—spend a few hours and write a letter to say what you want your kids to know as they head off to college:

The Core Values & Principles & Adhere to:

as a member of HECA (Higher Education Consultants Education: Click HERE:

Mom of senior student:  "I am clear that your influence made a big difference.  He has friends with much better gpa’s and test scores than him that did not fare as well as he did." 2018





How to Help Teenagers Embrace Stress: Click HERE for information

Freshman applications at UC’s dip 3%L Click HERE to read.

How a relationship with a janitor helped this teen get into the Ivy League: Click HERE

How I know you Wrote your Kids College Essay: Click HERE

Four step program to raising an adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims: Click HERE

How we can help our kids successfully launch: Julie Lythcott-Haims: Click HERE

Why are Colleges in America so expensive? Click HERE

How Can A College Advisor Help your family?  Click HERE

Click HERE  to see the Top 12 Strengths & Experiences Colleges Look for in High School Students