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Meet Our Counselors

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    Kristin Sullivan

    Director of Counseling

    - B.A., University of Michigan, M.A., Michigan State

    - Sample admissions outcomes: Harvard, Brown, Yale, Georgetown

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    Lauren DeMeo

    Counselor

    - B.S., Georgetown University

    - Sample admissions outcomes: Columbia, NYU Stern, Middlebury, Boston University

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    Zofia Bąkowska

    Counselor

    - B.A., University of Oxford, M.A., University College London

    - British Council Education UK Agents Training Certificate (May 2018)

    - Sample admissions outcomes: University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London, London School of Economics

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    Ha-My Nguyen

    Counselor

    - BSocSci (Hons), National University of Singapore

    - Sample admissions outcomes: MIT, University of Chicago, Harvard, Johns Hopkins University

Our Story

Cialfo Joins Collegewise

In 2017, Cialfo joined Collegewise, America's largest college counseling company, in order to provide Singapore students with expert admissions advice. What does that mean for the students and families who entrust us with their college aspirations? Now that Cialfo is officially Collegewise Singapore, we'll be able to continue to guide students through the admissions process, and we're excited to announce that we now have access to top notch American resources that will help us do so even more effectively than before.

Since 1999...

Kevin McMullin founded Collegewise in Irvine, California, in 1999 using his last paycheck from his previous job. He worked with nine students that fall at their kitchen tables to help them find the right colleges and complete their applications.

A Different Kind of College Counseling

For too many families, the college admissions process was scary, stressful, and unsuccessful. Kevin wanted to give Collegewise families the opposite experience. It worked. One year later, over 100 families were enrolled in the Collegewise program, and Kevin was no longer the only counselor.

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Growing Our Company One Customer at a Time

In the years that followed, we refined our Collegewise system and slowly grew our company with additional offices, driven by word of mouth from families who were thankful that we’d taken the stress out of the process and helped them achieve their goals. We hired counselors who kids liked and parents trusted. We turned our offices into a place where every family left feeling even better than they did when they arrived, and where students could reliably get top notch admissions advice that would take them one step closer to their college aspirations.

Collegewise Today

Almost 20 years after Kevin met with his first student at a kitchen table in Southern California, Collegewise has become the America's largest college counseling organization and is now expanding in Asia. With over 50 counselors banding together, we’re out to change the way that families approach the college admissions process. We think this should be an exciting time for students and parents, not a stressful, anxiety-ridden, cardiac arrest-inducing rite of passage. Whether you hire one of our counselors, read our book, or just browse our blog (where we give away free advice every day), we’re going to be there injecting sanity and perspective into the process and helping you get the results you're looking for when you apply to schools in the US or the UK.

Meet Our Team

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    Joel Block

    CEO

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    Arun Ponnusamy

    Chief Academic Officer

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    Nikita Lath

    Student Advisor

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    Sarrah David

    Student Advisor

Our Students Are From

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Innova Junior College

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Canadian International School

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Singapore American School

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National Junior College

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Nanyang Junior College

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Pioneer Junior College

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Serangoon Junior College

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Dunman High School

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Global Indian International School

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Hwa Chong Institution

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Singapore Polytechnic

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Ngee Ann Polytechnic

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Anderson Junior College

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Tenby International School

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Temasek Polytechnic

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Temasek Junior College

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Tanglin Trust School

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Victoria College

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Eunoia Junior College

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St. Joseph's Institution International School

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St. Andrew's Junior College

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NUS High School

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Overseas Family School

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Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan

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Sevenoaks School

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River Valley High School

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Raffles Institution

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Phillips Exeter Academy

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Anderson Junior College

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Anglo-Chinese Junior College

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Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)

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Anglo-Chinese School (International)

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British School (Malaysia)

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British School Jakarta

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Catholic Junior College

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DPS International

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FIS International School

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International School of Kuala Lumpur

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International School Singapore

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James Cook University

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Meridian Junior College

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Nanyang Polytechnic

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Nanyang Technological University

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NPS International School

Organizations We Work With

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21CL

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ADVO Education Centre

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Between The Lines

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Blackbox

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British Council

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Code For Asia

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Coopita

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Envisage

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Glints

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Google for Entrepreneurs

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Gradient

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HECA

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Junior Achievement

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Learners Lodge

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Legacy

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Reach

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Scape

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Science Centre

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Skillseed

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Snapask

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UCAS

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