Thank you so much for all of your help and support throughout this difficult college process. Without you, there is no way I would have been so on top of things. Your encouraging attitude paired with your dedication is truly inspirational. I couldn’t have done it without you! You’re the best.
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Student
Thanks for helping me through this whole process. Your encouragement really added to the positive aspects of this application process. I appreciate all that you did to prompt me, and especially your comments on my essays.
Laguna Hills High School Student
I wanted to thank you for all the advice you gave to my parents and me. Your insight into the college application and acceptance process was invaluable. Your advice and encouragement back when I was on the wait list, ultimately helped me earn acceptance. Thank you again for all your help.
Laguna Beach High School Student
CYNTHIA MUCHNICK, M.A.
Cindy is an expert in the college admission process: she got her start in admission offices before opening a private study skills and college counseling business in Southern California, which she ran for over fifteen years. As an Assistant Director of Admission for the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago, she screened and reviewed over three thousand applications, interviewed prospective students, and served on the admission committee to evaluate borderline applicants and appeals cases. Then, as an educational consultant, she helped hundreds of high school students navigate their academic journeys, including course selection, study skills, time management, and college applications. Since closing her private educational practice in 2011, Cindy has focused on public speaking to student, parent, school and business groups on a variety of education-related topics.
Over the course of her career, Cindy has written numerous books: The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World (Familius/Workman Publishing, 2019) is her tenth. Her other titles include Writing Successful College Applications: It’s More than Just the Essay (Peterson’s, 2014), The Everything Guide to Study Skills: Strategies, Tips, and Tools You Need to Succeed in School (Simon & Schuster, 2011), The Everything College Checklist Book (Simon & Schuster, 2013), Straight-A Study Skills (co-author, Simon & Schuster, 2012), The Best College Admission Essays (co-author, ARCO/Macmillan, 1997), and four other wedding-related books (Penguin/Random House).