“Sara Harberson knows the dynamics of each college, far beyond just the published stats. She is able to draw out the “type” of student – and person – that your high school senior is and hopes to be, and from this identifies a range of schools that will offer an environment in which they will thrive. ”
In today’s competitive landscape, we each come to the college selection process with pre-conceived ideas. Sara helps keep the process in perspective, while remaining focused on the end-goal. Sara gently prods both the student and parents to move outside of their comfort zones. For example, she is a strong advocate for schools that don’t necessarily carry the same name recognition as the Ivies, but are certainly worth consideration given that they offer many more opportunities for undergraduate students to secure research positions (vs. having to compete with graduate students for these select spots), the classes are taught by professors (vs. TAs), and the inherent benefits of low student:faculty ratios.
On a personal level, Sara balances setting realistic goals with creative optimism. The initial lengthy list of schools will be whittled down to a select few, each of which will meet the defined objectives. At the end of the day, we all want our children to succeed in life – not just college. And that is the importance of retaining – and listening to – Sara’s expertise and guidance.”
“We have three, very different kids (High School Graduations in ’16, ’19 and ‘22) — each working on their own unique paths. We feel incredibly fortunate that Sara Harberson has been — and will continue to be — a truly helpful and invaluable resource for each of them.
We got to “know” Sara through a subscription to AdmissionsRevolution.com where Sara’s advice on understanding and leveraging the power of athletics was incredibly helpful to our oldest daughter who followed Sara’s counsel and used basketball as part of her strategy to help gain admission to CalTech. Blown away by Sara’s actionable insights that truly moved the needle, we engaged her directly to help our rising 10th grader make some choices about how best to construct his summer plans. Sara connected with him via SKYPE and helped him parse through and prioritize the different options he had identified as well bringing new options to the table. Sara helped him find that elusive balance — helping him structure a summer that allowed him to pursue his academic passions – while also enabling him to do some part-time work and as importantly, enjoy some much needed downtime after a full year of school. Sara was well prepared, really bonded with him, and as a result, they accomplished more in an hour than we could ever have. As a result, our son is excited about continuing to work with Sara in the years to come. Finally, our youngest son, has his sights set on attending a specific Northeastern prep school for high school, where he wants to play lacrosse. Sara has already been super helpful in sharing with him the types of things he needs to be doing now – in middle school – to best position himself for the competitive admission process ahead.
Sara’s advice and approach was far different and far more comprehensive than what we – or our kids – expected. Our two oldest said that while they genuinely value their public high school college counselors – that working with Sara was a night-and-day experience. Sara is the kind of college counselor — really coach — that every kid needs and will benefit from. She’s accessible, positive (but firm) and really invests the time and effort to truly connect with her students. Sara’s style and skills, backed by her unparalleled experience will put every parent truly at ease – knowing that their student is in the hands of the best and brightest.”
“My daughter Eliza was fortunate to have Sara as a college guidance counselor at The Baldwin School, a prestigious all-girls private school in 2014/2015. Eliza was an early recruited lacrosse player, which accelerated her college application process. Since athletic recruitment does not guarantee admission, Sara was an extremely knowledgeable adviser throughout our entire process. Sara guided us expertly through the murky, often opaque admissions process. At times, when Eliza or myself were on edge with the academic side of the recruiting, along with the lack of communication from the coach and university, Sara was a calming, collected force that asked us to trust her with the process. She was always available, either on her cell, after hours from home, email or in person and worked tirelessly on our behalf. Sara made sure Eliza’s essay was the best to her ability and constantly pushed her to improve. Although her guidance was included in the Baldwin tuition, with the level of expertise Sara delivered and the peace of mind that Eliza was in the best care possible, I would have gladly paid extra for it.”
“My family has had the great good fortune of meeting, and then working with, Sara Harberson while both our daughters were in high school. We registered for Admissions Revolutions and have not looked back!
Sara embodies the “6P’s” ~ Passionate…Professional…Personable…Positive…Pro-Active…Pragmatic…all at a stratospheric level! Everything she has done, or of which she has been a part, shines through her every presentation: her managerial experience in admissions at Ivy League and other prestigious, highly selective, top-tiered schools; her experience guiding pre-college clientele through the labyrinth that has become the college admissions process; her ability to access information at record speed using a wide-netted network of colleagues and friends in the industry.
In what can easily become an anxiety-producing process, it is fascinating (and nerve-soothing) to watch Sara Harberson take the helm with very individualized care and advice. One INSTANTLY knows one is in excellent hands! Her assessment of a student’s progress to that point is very much spot on. She has the keenest and most discerning eye for how any one particular application will be received by any one particular institution, making it easier for the students in identifying where there is room for improvement and where they are right where they need to be. She offers helpful tips in abundance: how to get organized; the role of each element (grades, extracurricular, awards and recognitions, community service, recommendations,etc) and their weight in the real scheme of things; where to invest the precious time left before Early Decision.
She is genuine in her assessment, expertly luring out of each student what is they REALLY want from their college experience. Most helpful to the student is what one should do to present oneself in one’s most authentic light, so that one’s true voice – in the college application essay as well as the application as a whole – shines through While doing so, she encourages students to be ever mindful of what THEY have to offer to a selective school. Sara Harberson has the magic touch: she inspires without sugar-coating. She encourages and empowers students to reach for their dreams, while gently guiding them to keep themselves tethered to planet Earth.
I am not surprised – AT ALL – that she is being heralded by the most well-respected news outlets in the country as the pre-eminent expert in the field!”
Having Sara as part of our son’s college admission team was like a dream come true – she applied her vast expertise, knowledge, grace and kindness to everything presented to her. Consistent and reliable, Sara took the stress out of the college search equation. Sara treated our son like he was her own and put her vast network of resources to work, encouraging our son to stretch for his dream school. She worked with our son to help him focus and identify his key strengths schools would be looking for, teaching our son “how to fish” and made him feel like a winner. She was available to answer our questions and got back to us quickly with concrete answers. If you’re looking for the world’s best cheerleader to be a part of your family’s college admission team, Sara’s your gal. The question isn’t “Why Sara?” it’s “What are you waiting for?”