When it comes to applying to college,
the following facts may surprise you:

Fact 1

On average, the overall college admissions rate is 65%. Only about 100 colleges accept fewer than 12% of applicants.

Fact 2

Every college in the
nation accepts EITHER the
SAT or ACT equally.

Fact 3

Higher grades + higher ACT/SAT test scores = higher financial aid offers.

What Else Don’t You Know?

If you are tackling college admissions for the first time, it WILL be overwhelming. In fact, the college admissions process is vastly different from what it was even 10 years ago, and most parents don’t even know where to begin.


At Competitive Edge College Counseling, we provide the personal attention and insightful expertise your student needs to navigate the complexities of the college search and application process. Through highly individualized, one-on-one work sessions, we help students:

  • Develop a reasonable list of best-fit colleges and a strategic submission approach
  • Create a realistic, step-by-step college application timeline for which they are held accountable
  • Complete error-free essays, winning personal statements, and individualized applications
  • Successfully apply to college on time and with less stress-for themselves AND their parents!

There is no one “right” college, but there is a right way to approach college admissions.

Navigating the college admissions process requires a personalized strategy to determine:

the RIGHT Academic Fit  |  the RIGHT Social Fit  |  the RIGHT Financial Fit

Don’t go it alone! Let Competitive Edge College Counseling help.

Schedule your FREE 30-minute CONSULTATION

Or come to our next “Ask the Experts” Parent Event and meet us in person.

Colleges across the country offer admission
to Competitive Edge College Counseling students.

College Counseling Schools

Comprehensive College Counseling Program

One-on-one expert guidance throughout the entire application and selection processes.

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CAPP Program for students in grades 8-11

We have a special plan for each year of high school to help students stay on track with their plans for college.

Review Program

Transfer Student Counseling

We help students transfer from community colleges to four year universities as well as from one university to another.

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Ask the Expert workshops especially for parents

Our Ask the Experts information sessions are casual, parents-only, meet & greet events.

Upcoming Dates
College Counseling Grades 8 - 11

Grades 8 - 11

College Admissions Preparation Program (CAPP)
Each program includes a 1 hour personal consultation with a college counselor, followed by several small group sessions.

College Counseling Grades 11-12

Grades 11 - 12

Comprehensive College Counseling for “rising seniors”
Ideally, we start the formal comprehensive program in the SPRING of a student’s JUNIOR year.

Private College Counseling Transfer Students

Transfer Students

Our Transfer Student Program is targeted to meet the needs of transfer students. We support them through every step of the college search and application process.

About Competitive Edge College Counseling

As the premier provider of private college counseling in Orange County, CA, Competitive Edge College Counseling also works with students from across the United States.

Our expert college counselors provide the individual service and personal attention your student needs to successfully navigate he complexities of the college search and application processes. During one-on-one, comprehensive college counseling sessions, we guide your student through the entire college selection and application process, and are there for them every step of the way.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!

“My expectations were met and then some.”
“CECC was crucial in helping our daughter prepare the applications and essays to present a compelling picture of why a university should offer her admission. As a result, she was ‘seven for seven’ in getting admission offers to all of her colleges! It was like Christmas every day, going to the mailbox to receive her next congratulations letter. We are more than grateful that we chose Competitive Edge College Counseling for help during the college admissions process!”

M. Rickabus, Parent

“Thanks for making this process easy and fun.”
“My personal counselor at Competitive Edge College Counseling encouraged me to explore all options and provided me with multiple resources to do so. She really stressed the fact that this process was for ME and that, if I didn’t put in the effort, I wouldn’t get the results I wanted. I was able to complete all of my applications with enough breathing room to continue the rigor of my senior year courses. I have to admit it was kind of fun watching all my friends, who were struggling during the holidays to fill out 20 applications for schools that didn’t even fit their needs!”

SMCHS senior, 2015

“I HIGHLY recommend CECC’s services.”
“My daughter and I have a great relationship, and she is a hard working student. HOWEVER, she is also a typical teenager who prefers not to accept advice from her parents on most occasions. The counselors at CECC provided detailed analysis and solid support through regularly scheduled work sessions with my daughter. I was kept informed of the progress, but I didn’t have to be the one constantly bringing up deadlines. I HIGHLY recommend their services to any parent and college applicant in need of help in navigating the college application process.”

P. Gunay, Parent

We have worked with families from: Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Coto de Caza, Cypress, Dana Point, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Trabuco Canyon, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.

Our students attend: Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Tesoro High School, Trabuco Hills High School, Mission Viejo High School, Dana Hills High School, Capistrano Valley High School, Los Alamitos High School, El Toro High School, Fullerton High School, Corona Del Mar High School, Orange County School of the Arts, San Juan Hills High School, and Beckman High School.

Not Local? That’s ok. Our private college counseling program is tech-friendly.
Whether you reside in Orange County, CA, or Orange County, NY, we can help. Using the Internet, we can work remotely with students from anywhere across the U.S. and still provide the personalized college counseling guidance for which we are known.

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Percent of time public school counselors reported spending on college admissions counseling


Percent of time private college counselors spend on college admissions counseling

source: NACAC Counseling Trends Survey, 2013

Don’t go it alone! Let Competitive Edge College Counseling help

CALL 949.280.2228 to schedule your FREE 30-minute CONSULTATION

Or come to our next “Ask the Experts” Parent Event in Orange County and meet us in person.
Or complete the form below, and a representative from Competitive Edge College Counseling will contact you.

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