Jessie's Blog


I Hired Jessie Sophomore Year!


Jessie has been helping and supporting my triplets since sophomore year! We started with her at that time because the kids were looking to get additional advice (besides just that of their guidance counselor at school) as far as helping them with their schedules and deciding how many Honors and AP classes to take. She helped us in those early days with class selections, tutors, and SAT/ACT prep recommendations.

Then moving on to junior year, by that time she knew my kids well and were able to s…

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Acceptances 2018

Congratulations to all of our applicants! Your hard work has paid off, and your successes are commendable - and all your own!

The YES! List for CompassU 2018

(so far...)

American University
Cal Tech
Carnegie Mellon University
Dickinson College
Elon University
Fordham University
Franklin & Pierce College
Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University
Muhlenberg College
NC State University
Northeastern University
Northeastern University Honors Program
Nova Southeastern University
Penn State

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Success Stories - Emily, Muhlenberg University

Hollie, whose daughter was accepted at Muhlenberg University, wrote the following testimonial for CompassU. “Jessie was absolutely wonderful for Emily... She also kept me sane. Emily. Was a somewhat unique situation. We did not use a college coach when Emily was looking for colleges the first time around. She was a 4.0 plus student with all honors and AP courses. Emily also was going the student athlete route. We decided on a small school outside of Boston. From the moment Emily arrived for pre-…

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Success Stories - Robert, Millersville University

Robert was accepted to Millersville University. His mother Robin wrote of CompassU, “Jessie took her time to get to know Robert and get to know what his likes and dislikes were in school and in life. She also really spoke to him and listened to him about what was important to him in a college. She understood my concerns as a parent as to the distance away a college was and the expense for each college. She really tried to fit the college to the student. She encouraged Robert with just the right …

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Success Stories - Gabriel UMD College Park

Dorothy’s son Gabriel was accepted to the University of Maryland, College Park. In her review of CompassU’s services, she writes, “Jessie is a strong writer, and her feedback on essays is critical. We have learned more and more with each child that those essays are very important to admissions counselors. She is also quite adept at remembering off the top of her head what each college expects in terms of scores, grades, visits, etc., and is very practical at matching a child's dreams with realit…

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Success Stories - Ryan and Megan

I was lucky enough to work with siblings Ryan and Megan last year. One was accepted to Penn State – University Park and the other to West Virginia University. Their mother Connie praised CompassU’s services by writing, “I used Jessie for both of my children, and they both were accepted to their first choice colleges before Halloween of their senior year. Jessie made the whole college application process stress free for me and my children. She provides time lines, guidance, and support through th…

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Branding, Higher Ed, and the Right Fit


Years ago, during a shopping excursion at the Tannersville Outlet Center in eastern Pennsylvania, I wandered into the Cole Haan store. I browsed the offerings a few times but found I kept returning to a pair of strappy dress sandals. Summer is nearly here, I told myself. And just look at the lovely box complete with scripted Cole Haan on the outside!

I gave in and tried them on. The straps were toward the front of the shoe, and while the heel was just the right height, those straps felt a litt…

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These Schools said, "Yes!" to CompassU Students

American University

Boston College

Boston University

Bowdoin College

Bucknell University

Calvin College

Caldwell University

Cal Tech

Carnegie Mellon University

Catholic University

Clemson University

Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University

Chapman University

Dartmouth University

Elon University

Franklin & Marshall College

Franklin & Pierce College

Gettysburg College

Georgetown University

Gordon College

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Immaculata University

Ithaca College

Johns Hopkins Univ…

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Success Stories — Chester, College of Engineering at Montana State

You had better like mountains and snow at Montana State! You had better like mountains and snow at Montana State!

#trexselfie Mom's hair at least made the pic. #trexselfie Mom's hair at least made the pic.

"Jessie and her team at CompassU have been invaluable in our college selection endeavors. Chester received many generous merit scholarships offers, and we are very excited that our son will attend the College of Engineering at Montana State University.

From the beginning, Jessie, using her depth of knowledge, was very helpful setting up our list of potential schools and the goals we needed to ac…

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