Testimonials

Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
"Mrs. Brandow was great at keeping me focused and on track with my college goals. It was extremely beneficial to have an experienced professional to remind me of deadlines and reassure me that I had all parts of my application turned in and finished completely. By myself I would have been overwhelmed and not been able to apply to as many schools as I wanted to, but with Mrs. Brandow’s help I was able to complete numerous well thought out essays and applications to every school I considered applying to without all the stress of facing it by myself."
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
"As a senior I felt lost and had no idea where to begin my college selection process…Mrs. Brandow was able to help me choose a major, Commercial Dance, and then she did extensive research on the colleges that would be the best fit. She helped me with college applications, kept me on a timeline and gave me advice on writing my essays. She made me feel confident in my choices and encouraged me throughout the whole process. Words cannot describe how lucky I feel to have been able to work with Mrs. Brandow and I would strongly recommend her services. I couldn’t have gotten through it without her."
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
"You have been amazing to work with...Your many hours of help were very much appreciated and made this so much easier than it would have been otherwise."
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
"I could not have written that essay without your help brainstorming and showing me how to put all the parts together. Thank you so much for motivating me to get it done!"
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
"My experience working with Mrs. Brandow could not have been more fulfilling. I had always wanted to get into a top university, and she worked with me to achieve my goal. We all know that writing essays for college applications can be difficult but also one of the most important pieces of your application. She was a perfect sounding board that helped me choose a topic that was easy to write, personal and one that helped me stand out from the crowd. I truly believe that without Mrs. Brandow’s help I would not have been able to achieve my goal of attending one of our nation’s top universities. I would recommend using Mrs. Brandow as a college consultant to any high school student who wants to excel and get that acceptance letter from their dream college."
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
"The summer of my daughter Kelsey’s junior year was exciting yet stressful.  From a parent’s perspective, I was overwhelmed. In fact, I didn’t even know where to begin. My neighbor recommended I give Laurie Brandow a call.  I made that call and Laurie became our saving grace.

Our first meeting she reassured us that we would get through this process and she would walk us through each step.  She had such a calming and reassuring tone that the weight of my stress seemed to be lifted.  I could truly see her passion for her profession.  In fact, when we left that day I was excited about the process I once was so afraid of and most importantly so was Kelsey.

Over the next few months, Laurie presented us with a list of 20 schools, guided Kelsey through the application process and deadlines, gave her advice on writing her essays and kept her organized and motivated.  But most importantly she was a constant support system for Kelsey as well as myself. We were thrilled.

We were so fortunate to have Laurie's guidance during this time.  We truly could not have gotten through this process without her.  She was dedicated and passionate with the utmost expertize."
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
"Mrs. Brandow has gone out of her way to print out lists of scholarships and grants, and help me pick the right colleges and high school courses. Mrs. Brandow recommended me for a summer internship at a veterinary clinic in Farragut and thanks to her, I got the internship. I would recommend Mrs. Brandow's guidance to any student. If there is one thing Mrs. Brandow has taught me, you can do anything you put your mind to."
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
"I often have trouble putting my thoughts onto paper, so it was very helpful to be able to talk through my ideas with Mrs. Brandow beforehand. An essay that I had been dreading for weeks became a relatively enjoyable process. Her help with organization and revision made it much easier for me to complete my essay and feel confident that I was submitting the best college application I could."
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
"Thanks for making this whole process practically stressless. Thanks for all the encouragement. I really, really appreciate it!"
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
"Mrs. Brandow helped me to focus on the things in my life that interested me the most and that I enjoyed. Not only that but she guided me in every step of the way and it would have taken much longer without her help. I believe that my essay was significantly better after she helped organize my thoughts and ideas."
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
"My son was able to complete his essay in just 10 days! Mrs. Brandow was a kind and steady influence. She gave him easy stepping stones to complete what seemed like a mammoth task. His essay was creative and informative. Thanks, Laurie!"
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
Laurie Brandow has been critical during my college search. I hired Laurie not as an admissions novice, but as a high school student knowledgeable about the college process. Despite having done my own research prior, I have learned ten-fold under Laurie's professional guidance. I have been accepted to my dream school and the number one liberal arts school in the nation (not the same!), and I owe a great portion of my success to Collegiate Blueprint. Making an investment in Laurie Brandow's expertise and services has drastically changed my present and future in many ways, and stands as one of the best decisions I have made thus far in my life.
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
Mrs. Brandow was a fantastic mentor through the very stressful and demanding college application as well as decision process. As a student who remained undecided until May, I could not have asked for better guidance from someone who knows the ins and outs of the entire process and presents options in a timely and intelligent manner. I am thankful for her patience with me and grateful for her assistance and perseverance in reaching my goal of acceptance into the school of my dreams.
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
"Mrs. Laurie Brandow has been such a great influence in my daughter Katie's life. She has given so much guidance and encouragement that it as motivated Katie was a drive that I have never seen in her before. Mrs. Brandow has given Katie the tools and information that will help her as she strives to achieve her goals. I would recommend Mrs. Brandow to any student who needs help in achieving their goals."
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
My experience was amazing. I was a little late getting into the college application process, but Laurie helped me through it and I was able to finish all of my applications before early decision time.
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
This being my second child I thought I could do as I did with my first and help him with the essay writing portion of the application process. Quickly recognizing the differences in my two children (and in an attempt to enjoy our last year at home together) we met with Laurie to see if she could help with this highly subjective yet critically important part of the college application. She and my son quickly created a rapport from which she could help him put the necessary skills, traits and experiences on paper and do so in a cogent and impactful way. Thanks to Laurie for all of the time, interest, follow-up and sometimes necessary nagging she shared with my son.
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
I count Laurie as one of my closest friends but that's not why I asked her to help my son with his college essays when applying last year. I hired her because I know she's incredibly competent, and when she sets her mind to achieve something, she's all in with impressive focus. When my older son was applying to universities, I tried to help him manage the process with my husband. Although he had earned an impressive high school resume, getting him to complete college applications in a timely manner with thoughtful essays was incredibly frustrating. I decided we wouldn't go through that with his younger brother. Laurie came on board and helped our younger son refine his essays. He was accepted early decision to an elite university which was his first choice, and my husband and I found it a much less stressful experience. Money well spent!
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
My experience with Laurie's service and the Collegiate Blueprint plan was excellent. The self assessments and questionnaires that she had my son complete really helped him focus and produce an outstanding (ok, I'm biased) common app essay. She kept him on track (sometimes no small feat) and provided valuable feedback on the many essays that he had to write. I really valued her "industry" knowledge on what colleges are looking for in essays and her editing of the essays. He is my only child so I haven't been through this process before and had no idea what I was doing. Having her there to guide me through the process was invaluable for me. She is really pleasant to work with and worked well with my son. We are very pleased with the outcome, acceptance to schools and scholarship money... So, as you can see it was a very positive experience for us.
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
Working with Laurie Brandow at Collegiate Blueprint has been very rewarding for our family in many ways. Her research was extremely helpful as our daughter was focusing on college choices. Laurie helped define our daughter's interests which led to being very important when choosing where to apply to school. Receiving Laurie's guidance during the application process also helped relieve the stress that tends to happen during a child's senior year in high school. We are very grateful for such a successful experience with a wonderful professional.
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
If I had to describe Laurie in a few words, I would describe her as brilliant, bold, creative, funny, kind, and knowledgable. Laurie not only knew about nearly every college or university in the nation (and quite a few in Canada and the U.K.) but she also was able to tailor my college list by my anticipated major, feelings about location, and even my personality. Laurie was even keen enough to research which schools had Model United Nations teams, becoming acquainted with new rankings and travel statistics. If you have a silly request (within reason) or organization that is rare and you want to take part in, Laurie will find schools that meet your criteria. Laurie also helped me transform my essays into works of art. She was able to help me think about myself in terms of where I have been and whom I presently am. Laurie turned my vision of the college process, which was a vision of great headaches and apprehension, into one where I knew I could get through my applications and be accepted into an amazing university. I am attending the college of my dreams.
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
Laurie provided me with an opportunity to have someone help me figure out what I wanted to write about in my college essay, and then help me with the process of writing the essay. My college essay was the most important essay I have ever written, and without Laurie's help I would still be writing it today.
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
Mrs. Brandow was great! She thoroughly covered every aspect of the college application process, from choosing colleges to getting accepted by them. In my opinion, her work on the college essays was phenomenal. By the time I sat down with my school counselor to talk about college, I had already applied to my colleges and knew where I was going. 10/10 would recommend.
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
I am so lucky to have worked with Mrs. Brandow throughout my college application and selection process. By assisting me in composing essays, creating résumés, and keeping my deadlines in check, the daunting jump from high school to college was seamless. Mrs. Brandow went above and beyond for me by offering her time, advice, and reassurance whenever I needed her, including phone calls to talk me through a college rejection. I am confident that my experience would not have been the same without her, and I am so excited I will be attending the perfect school for myself and my major this fall.
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
Our family found Collegiate Blueprint to be an extremely helpful source of information and assistance beginning our daughter's sophomore year and extending through her senior year. It was great to have someone else push the college essay writing process along! Laurie Brandow was always willing to answer questions that arose and guide us in the right direction. Taking into consideration our daughter's personality and goals, she gave sound advice on a range of colleges to which she should apply. Unable to decide on early decision anywhere, our daughter's college search was long but Laurie was there for her throughout. We would highly recommend Collegiate Blueprint.
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
Laurie did an awesome job working with Catherine! She gave her some great ideas to consider and helped her hone her final essays. Her approach and connection with Catherine was great and Catherine greatly enjoyed working with her. We were so grateful for her guidance on the college process and felt like she really spent time considering what was in our daughter's best interest. Thanks again!
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
Working with Mrs. Brandow really helped me find the topic that truly reflected by personality and portrayed my best characteristics in my college essay. She really helped me explore and narrow down my subject choices and gave great guidance. It was so nice to have Mrs. Brandow there to guide me through the process and write a meaningful essay.
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
Laurie and Collegiate Blueprint were wonderful to work with. She took all the fear and uncertainty out of finding the right college for our daughter. We will be using Collegiate Blueprint for our second daughter as well.
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
I cannot thank Laurie enough for her help throughout this year. Without her, I would never have visited Vanderbilt and discovered it was the perfect school for me! I know I emailed her with essays and questions soooo much, but it helped so much!
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
Collegiate Blueprint was a wonderful experience for our daughter and family as we began our first experience in applying for college.  It removed stressed and tension from the experience and allowed our daughter to lead the charge with Laurie on the application process.  The process was organized and simple to follow.
Collegiate Blueprint Consulting LLC
Thank you Laurie for your research, your patience, your candor, and your tenacity. Even though we may not have agreed on every detail at each step in the process, I always admired your commitment to helping create the strongest possible applications and knew that you wanted great things as much as I. I think you really helped my daughter find her voice without letting the essays become generic or melodramatic. When I read her essays from start to finish, I remember tearing up and thinking how incredibly well her application captured her personality and even her soul.

Again, thank you for your work with my daughter. I think you have really done something great for her that will impact her for the rest of her life, and I appreciate it.