Accolades

Truly appreciate the thoughtful approach to communicating with both the student and the parents. We come out of every meeting excited about the next steps toward college! College Expert has been a great investment for our family because our daughter has been able to find her own motivation for being successful. A huge “thank you” to Sue and the rest of the College Expert team – Parent

Dear Sue, Thank you so much for the College Survival guide. I cannot express how much I appreciate all you have done for me throughout the year starting in 8th grade to pick select the best high school. Your help in selecting classes, activities, and college was so helpful as well. Also, thanks to the College Expert Team for the inspiration , motivation and essay editing, to get through the common application and all the essays. And I loved all the great sandwiches at the Jam Sessions! I know your expertise and wisdom is why I was able to get into my dream school, Northwestern! You really are the College Expert. You have changed my life. Thank you, – Grateful student

Decisions made during college application has a far-reaching impact on the young people. I appreciate most your effort to get to know my son and help him figure out the colleges best match his needs. As a parent, it is hard to assess which schools best fit my son. Guidance to his chance of admission and potential mismatch with highly reputable schools is especially helpful. – Parent

Our son appreciated the help and support he received on his essays – right up to the last minute! – Parent

Morgan and I are very happy with our experience. I appreciate Sue and all of her experience to get us through the very daunting task of choosing a college. – Parent

Personalized service is what I like best. The one-on-one sessions with Sue are so helpful. – Parent

I really like the prompt response from Sue whenever I have questions. I also like the recommended actions from Sue based on our sons individual situation. – Parent

Aside from receiving excellent advice about colleges, we truly appreciate the personal attention and responsiveness of your staff at every level. We especially appreciate the essay mentoring service. – Parent

Our daughter seems very focused and enthusiastic about her appointments with you. She tells me that you are going to be discussing financial aid, grant and scholarship information. I am very interested in this part of the process as I am sure we need to start getting things in order regarding this! Thank you for all you are doing for Ciara. I am grateful that her Dad found you… – Parent

Can’t think of anything you could improve. I was extremely satisfied, even though I didn’t take advantage of everything you had to offer. There was plenty of value in the things that my daughter and I chose to do. Thank you, Sue! – Parent

I find Sue’s knowledge of what it takes to get into specific schools very helpful. It would seem very overwhelming if we were trying to figure that out on our own. I also like the fact that she has personally visited so many colleges and universities. I know we will also like having the help when it comes to writing college essays. – Parent

Sue and Ryan, your knowledge, advice and follow through have been excellent. – Parent

Positive support for both student and parents. Help teasing out the nuances of students desires and needs, distinct from parents opinions. Real honest opinions and guidance. – Parent

Morgan and I are very happy with our experience. I appreciate Sue and all of her experience to get us through the very daunting task of choosing a college. – Parent

What we like the most: Sue’s availability for any and all questions, her knowledge of so many colleges, her help navigating through Eagan High school and class selection, help determining what The student wants in a school. And we are just getting into all the college application resources!! – Parent

We liked Sue’s ability to match our son’s skills with the different schools. We really appreciated the help he received on writing his essays. It was a wonderful experience to have this help and support. – Parent

Thank you, Sue and your team, for providing not only excellent college consulting service, but also continuously encouraging the students during this somewhat uncertain period of their life. I already recommended your service to my co-worker. – Parent

I like the honesty, in which Sue communicates with our son. He needs to hear the truth and he needs to hear that there are plenty of options out there to choose from. – Parent

What I like most (so far) is the in-depth knowledge that Sue has about schools. She is able to couple that knowledge with each student’s personal style and preference to identify the best schools to add to the search. There are a number of schools on my son’s list that would not be there if it weren’t for Sue’s recommendations and ideas. We are quickly approaching the application process and have not yet drafted an essay. At a later stage, my favorite things about the service will likely grow and shift. – Parent

So far so good. We think you did a good job in reviewing the overall process so far. Your positive attitude is great to be around. You come across as a sincere person that cares about her clients and that is important to us. Keep it up :-) – Parent

Not sure if there was anything I didn’t like. I appreciated the level of interest you instilled in my daughter. She was not sure if college was going to work out for her. You helped us convince her that there is a place for her and she will succeed at NDSU. – Parent

Students are able to experience college process independently with help from professionals. This helps student’s search become a more timely process and requires far less parental nagging!! – Parent

We like the willingness to get to know the student and not just go thru the process. That is different than some of the other places we looked at going. Sue and the staff seem personally invested in our kids…that means the world! So neat to have Sue come to our daughters graduation party…personal service and connections. We highly recommend College Expert and are going to be using the services with our 3 other children. – Parent

What I like most is that you put structure and order around what is a sometimes confusing and intimidating process. I feel very comfortable that you guys “know your stuff” and that has saved us tons of time. I also like the way you approach the students and are firm but pleasant in getting them to commit to the many deadlines involved in the college application process. It takes the pressure off parents to have an outside source do some of the necessary “nagging” to make sure everything gets done on time. – Parent

I am very happy with the college list that you helped prepare for us. We have visited 6 of the schools on the list and 5 of them are strong possibilities. I am grateful that our daughter will have guidance from someone other than her parents when it comes to writing her essays and submitting her applications. The guidance counselors at our daughter’s high school are not very helpful with the college application process. It is reassuring to know that we have experts available to answer our questions and to help us through this process. – Parent

We are in early stages so to be honest although I am very impressed to date, but we haven’t done a whole lot yet. That said we have already recommended you to at least 3 others and I believe at least one has already met with you if not more. – Parent

Excellent experience so far. Sue has been extremely helpful with all questions that we have had and has always provided sound advice. Our daughter is just entering her Junior year, so we still have a lot to do, but we definitely wouldn’t want to do it without the assistance of College Expert. – Parent

We value Sue’s knowledge about colleges that may be a fit. – Parent

I truly cannot think of one thing to add or improve. You were so committed to meeting us where we were and guiding us to where we needed to go. I cannot thank you enough! – Parent

We love the personal touch in all the services you offer. Also the emails, updates, newsletters, reminders, etc. help keep everyone on the same page and breaks down a daunting process into manageable pieces! Our experience has been outstanding! – Parent

Keep doing what you’re doing. – Parent

I like that being able to pick up the phone and get a quick answer to any question. I like how you bring in resources specializing in writing or interviewing skills. I don’t think this has happened yet but worry as your business grows you will lose the personal touch. – Parent

Flexibility and rolling with our Teenager! Great energy and open to hearing who our child is AND encouraging our daughter to expand her mind and experiences! Thank You!!! – Parent

Overall, a very good experience and I don’t know how we would have made it through the grueling essay process without you. – Parent

At times, Jay needed a gentle kick from behind, particularly when it came to standardized tests and classes he didn’t want to take but needed to take. Sue handled the task with ease and effectiveness. Thank you! – Parent

I can’t really think of anything to improve. Our 4th child is starting with Sue. Using College Expert makes the whole process so much easier and less stressful. Sue’s knowledge of colleges and what is needed to get in is invaluable. She understands the importance of the college essay. And I think a real strength is that she’s able to find the school that is the right fit for your child which in the end is what you want for your child. There are many schools out there; you want your child to be at the one that best suits him or her. – Parent

Personalized service with the student is a great part of the experience. – Parent

What to improve? Nothing – you do a fantastic job! I like the jam sessions which keep the kids on a schedule – and the food is a nice touch! – Parent

We have had such a positive experience, and it’s so fun to see our son interact with Sue, she brings out information from him we never would have thought of!! – Parent

I like that the student is in charge and has a group of peers, guided by true experts, to help them navigate this next phase of their lives. It is an exciting time and the experience should be enjoyable and manageable. I believe college expert helps our family maximize the positive aspects of the college search process. – Parent

I loved it and Jake really enjoyed it. Jam sessions were a fun way to get a not-so-fun task done! People are amazed when I tell them I had NO part in getting Jake’s applications done. Thank you!

I appreciate all the varied information, parent support, and depth of knowledge of your services. – Parent

Our experience was fantastic. You did an exceptionally good job at identifying the right colleges for my son to apply to, and you even predicted which one would be his best match – the one he fell in love with the moment he walked on campus. – Parent

As a parent, I feel this has taken a ton of stress and pressure out of the process. We feel we are well ahead of most families/kids and can enjoy the summer. – Parent

I loved that we didn’t have to nag our daughter about meeting deadline applications or writing her essay. It was truly helpful having a third party involved in the process. In the end, our daughter was accepted to five of six schools she applied to. Sue was great in helping her decide the final outcome! Couldn’t have asked for a better way to navigate this stage of life. – Parent

Very personal. Sue cares about every area of his high school and college road map. We have recommended this service and will continue to do so. Thank you!! – Parent

We have appreciated so many things: The insights on schools that could be good matches for our girls; The supportive environment that your jam sessions provide; The referrals to support services (tutoring) that were a perfect fit; Educating us on all the best steps to take to set our girls up for success in the application review! – Parent

Like it that it takes the process out of the parents hands and puts it in the child’s court with a great advocate! – Parent

We really appreciate the individualized approach that Sue uses and the personalized time we get with her. Sue has been very accommodating and once even did a Skype session when we had specific questions for her. She is an efficient time manager and keeps the student on task with the deadlines and timelines as Senior year approaches. – Parent

I have valued your services so much that I have recommended you to seven of my friends and colleagues. – Parent

Sue is easily accessible when needed…gets back right away. Gives us ideas and we can brainstorm as a family on which direction we want to go. – Parent

The one-on-one availability of Sue and her genuine caring and enthusiasm was wonderful. – Parent

Have Sue very involved on every step. We like your knowledge of many different schools. We like your Essay Experts. -Parent

So impressed with Sue’s vast knowledge of colleges and fitting them to the client, (and) Sue’s great attitude and genuine love of helping. – Parent

Best part, individualized approach using tested tools, Sue’s experience and objective guidance. – Parent

We have enjoyed the entire process. Thank you. – Parent

Takes the pressure off me because I felt lost as to where and how to begin preparing my child for college. – Parent

I liked that you listened to my daughter’s interests and needs before jumping into recommendations. You made a BIG difference in the college search and ultimate selection. THANK YOU! – Parent

I like how you connect directly with the student and empower them with tools and information to make the best decision and prepare the best application. – Parent

Keep up the good work. We don’t know where we would be in this process without you! Thank you. – Parent

It has been an invaluable service and worth every penny! – Parent

I love the one-on-one approach. – Parent

I like all aspects of your offering. – Parent

Kept us on track to meet deadlines, learned of more colleges that would be a good match for our student. Excellent resources. – Parent

I love the fact that you get to know and value your clients individually and their unique personalities and skill sets. I never get the sense from you that your higher-achieving clients are more interesting, or more fun, or more valued by you. In our competitive and sometimes superficial culture, your approach is a breath of fresh air! – Parent

Sue does a terrific job with presenting options and projecting her enthusiasm. She stayed focused on what she believed were “best-fit” options for our child, but made it clear that is was his (and our) decision. We’ve made many referrals over the course of the 4+ years we worked with her, and even though our child is moving on to college, we continue to make referrals when people ask us how we ended up with such a good result. – Parent

Our experience, to date, has exceeded our expectations. – Parent

The level of expertise is greatly appreciated as a first and second time user. The level of responsiveness is great. If you need a question answered, Sue is only a phone call or email away. – Parent

I thought the jam sessions engaging my son in the process was awesome. He received the guidance he needed but really drove the train in his college selection! – Parent

Truly appreciate the thoughtful approach to communicating with both the student and the parents. We come out of every meeting excited about the next steps toward college! College Expert has been a great investment for our family because our daughter has been able to find her own motivation for being successful. A huge “thank you” to Sue and the rest of the College Expert team!

Sue and her staff are very energetic and understand teenagers. This is a dynamite combination because kids need to be motivated to engage in their college process and their thinking needs to be challenged along the way. College Expert does this very well. Thank you! – Parent

I really like the Skype option and the guidance we received. – Parent

I wanted to thank you for preparing [my son] to make the important college choice. It was a very exciting final meeting. I felt like Ian was given the “space” to make the final decision for himself. This required the rest of us at the meeting to have some degree of restraint. I felt really good about it. Admittedly, I would have been more anxious about his forthcoming college experience had he chosen [–]. The grid you designed seemed to be very helpful to [my son] for analyzing the attributes of each school and also reflecting on the intellectual and emotional responses he had in each category. Thank you for all of the personal attention, for taking the time to know [my son] and for being genuinely interested in [my son’s] happiness and future success. – With gratitude, Parent

Thanks again for a productive meeting yesterday, and of course for the entire “college expert” process. Even though Matthew already had Lewis & Clark in mind, talking through the decision-making process was extremely valuable. Best of all, I believe he is happy with his choice and looking forward to college. And now on to the next one! We would like to set up an introductory meeting for [my 9th grade son] sometime this spring or early summer. Looking forward to seeing you again!

Great discussion on MPR News! You sounded so natural and you were indeed “The Expert.” :) – Parent

Jake has been telling everyone he has officially declared –. He is excited and relieved to have this done. I so think this is such a nice fit for him. Jake was so funny because he didn’t want to discuss colleges with me, he wanted to wait until our meeting to truly pick your brains on this. When I asked him if he was glad we did it, and if he thought it was work it, he say yes. He really trusted and valued your knowledge and he loved the jam sessions because it made him get stuff done. Plus at the jam sessions if he had questions he could just ask and get answered then and there. He is a tough one to please as he is such a perfectionist, so awesome job! Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you very much. I know Ryan is just getting into this and he will be awesome! Jake trusted him just as much and we glad to have him involved. You both got to know Jake so well and it was nice for me to be able to trust you as well because I knew you knew him and had his best interest at heart. It was all and all a great experience for our whole family, so THANK YOU! – Parent

Thank you for all your help through the college search, who knows where I’d be without you! I have thought about the difference you have made in my family, and it is pretty clear that none of us would be where we are today without your help. So thank you so much!

You’re the best, Sue!!! All is well. Thank you FOREVER for your wonderful consult — two girls, two “perfect fits” — we feel grateful every day. Happy 2014! – Parent

Hello Sue, I just wanted to shoot you a quick email to thank you so much for helping our son navigate the college selection process. I really felt you understood our son, the type of person he is and what was most important to him in a college environment and experience. We are all thrilled he was accepted to Grinnell ED and can’t thank you enough for all your expertise! It really is such a great fit for our son and he sensed it from our very first visit. – Parent

Just wanted to let you know our son got his acceptance letter from Rose-Hulman today. He is in cloud 9. We never would have looked at Rose without your guidance so we owe you a huge thanks! – Parent

I just can’t believe it. Two years ago I didn’t think college was even an option and here he is at an amazing place studying what he wants. I don’t think thank you is enough!!! – Parent

Sue, you have been an immense help, and, we are happy to recommend you as often as we can! For your part of the deal, you just need to keep doing as you are for another 8-10 years, so you can help the girls. Thanks for all, and, keep in touch. If you ever would like a referral, feel free to have anyone email or call. We’re happy to give one. – Parent

She is very excited about your college suggestions. I really want to thank you. We would never have found some of these good matches on our own and both of us are glad for your advice about some of the reach schools on our list. I am not sure how people get through this process without knowledgeable help! – Parent

Please relay a big thank you to Kris for helping K– this afternoon at the Jam session and this evening! Kris turned around edits quickly and even worked with K– on her final edits until 10:30 tonight. I saw Kris’ last suggestion to K– and it was right on target. Thank you, Sue, for putting together a great team and providing such a valuable service to the students! – Parent

Ben got his AP tests back and got 5 on both. He was very excited. I don’t think he would have done so well without your encouragement to study for the tests. It paid off and now he is excited to study for the ACT. Anyway, I think you are awesome and so glad we found you. You know how to motivate kids and get them focused on the right things, but still keep a balanced approach. Hope all is well. Thank you for everything!! You are the best! – Parent

Dear Sue and Ryan,
You are an impressive duo on many levels. We left feeling that we are in good hands. (All of us) . You are the modern day personal coach for high school kids, the more socially acceptable gap between parent and social worker/psychologist, and the most important match.com at this stage in life. With pleasure we sign on, – Parent

A student who is thriving in college…My son is absolutely thriving at the University of Denver! DU has been the best place for him. He's been on the executive committee of his fraternity and that's been very formative in incredibly positive ways. It is not a “frat” but truly a fraternity of brothers who are invested in serving, in academic excellence, and in pushing one another to excel and grow as men of character. He is planning to spend his summer in New York city taking classes at Parsons The New School of Design, working part time for a retail store, and hopefully interning with a clothing design company. It should be a memorable summer filled with growth and adventure. Thanks for all you did to help him select DU! – Parent

We are so proud of Rachel. I would like to sincerely thank you for your four long years of guidance, teaching, and wisdom for Rachel. The whole framework for her approach to her studies in high school evolved from some of our first sessions with you when she was a freshman. Rachel made her own decision, which should help her over the next four exciting years. Suzanne, you are the best. – Proud Grandfather

YES,HIRE SUE LUSE. I haven’t had anyone get into Duke in the last nine years without going through Sue Luse. Given your obvious savviness about the college admissions process, you definitely want to be sure you are doing everything possible to allow K— the opportunity to attend that school in another 18 months. You probably already know Sue's daughter graduated from Duke, so if there’s one school she knows better than any other, it's Duke. She won’t waste your time, and she won’t stroke your ego, either. Even if you already know 90% of what Sue tells you (a point that should be re-assuring to you and not frustrating) that last 10% may be just enough to produce an acceptance letter. More importantly, Sue’s track record of making high-potential clients giddy about their #2 and #3 choices is unsurpassed. A student two years ago of hers (I tutored this same student in SAT & ACT) got a rejection from his top choice Notre Dame, but by that time, Sue had spent so much time massaging his 2nd choice — Vanderbilt University — that he jumped at it. That kid’s now a sophomore and says Vandy's the “perfect choice” and he couldn’t even imagine being stuck in stuffy old South Bend, compared to Nashville. Sue’s real gift–if I may say so–is helping a 17-year old believe that #1 #2 and #3 are virtually indistinguishable and that the individual's happiness is less dependent on the name of the college and more dependent on the right fit. I honestly get nervous when I'm tutoring a student and they tell me they only have one real choice for a college. Yikes. That is not the way to go. – Brenda Alberts, Alberts Tutoring

Thank You so much for helping all four of our children navigate the college process. We cannot express our gratitude enough for your organizations wonderful work with our children. What a journey it has been, and we believe the process you directed us thru has been performed with the utmost professionalism. – parent

Thank you for all your wonderful help during the college planning journey. It was easy and even fun, and we loved working with you. We wish we had more children to send your way! – Parent

You provide an excellent service and we're glad we're working with you and your team. – Parent

All I can say is, you add so much value in this process not to mention you are shoulder to cry on in times of need!! – Parent

I don’t know how we would have navigated this tortuous path without your guidance and support. – Parent

The way you connect with your students and the process you have in place to get such a daunting process completed is unmatched!!…Accepted into at least 7 schools and scholarship money from all of them so far…the decision will be interesting. – Parent

Thank you for all you did to help her sort through her decision options. I think the best help was in giving her the confidence through the entire grueling process that there are good options within her reach. – Parent

We are so appreciative and thankful to have you as part of our college journey for our girls. You’ve been an a tremendous resource – and friend. – Parent

You have been an immense help in our college journey and we thank you for all you have done to help ease the stress of finding the “right” college. – Parent

Thank you for the amazing guidance you have given me throughout high school and my entire college search and application process. You also helped me cope with the ups and downs of high school and were always there for me. I could not be more proud and happy to say I am going to my DREAM college, largely because of your help and guidance. You made my dream come true!

I thought last nights meeting went very well. You have a good interaction with her. I think we are on the right track with school size and level for softball. – Parent

Thank you so much for all of your help throughout the application process! I can’t thank you enough for all of the help, advice and support you (and your associates!) gave me during the college search! Your help was invaluable, and no doubt played a great role in my acceptance! Thank you once again! – Student

Thanks you for the time you have spent mentoring me. My rule, when I decide who to work with, is their attribute toward children. You are in my highest esteem. Every single person, adult or child I have spoken to or who knows you sings your praises. The kids love you – all different types students and learners. I have so appreciated your guidance and patience as I have worked with you this year. – Colleague

Thank you so much for all the help and positive encouragement you gave our daughter throughout the college search and application process. You really helped decrease her anxiety she felt early on in the process. – Parent

Thank you for everything you did for our son. We appreciate all the your guidance and consel. You took what could have been a very stressful time and made it a PLEASURE! – Parent

May you walk with a piece of sunlight always in your heart, John has been accepted to all his colleges and has also received impressive merit scholarships. We would not be here without your help. – Parent

I am so over due in extending my gratitude to you for all you have done for TJ and for me. TJ has been accepted into, I think 8 out of 10 Colleges so far! Not only am I so psyched at all the great choices he has, but what it has done to boost his self esteem. You are so savvy to know which schools weigh less on the ACT’s and more on grades and extra curricula’s. There is no way I could have ever gotten to this place without you! – Parent

We are so grateful for your help. You have changed my daughter’s life and set her on the right path. You will never be forgotten by my daughter or me. There are people in our lives that make such a difference in the quality and joy in our lives and you are one of those! None of this would have been possible without you! – Parent

We are eternally grateful to you for the wonderful support and guidance you gave our girls, and we recommend you to all our friends with college-bound children. You have been an important influence on our girls – many, many thanks for all you’ve done! – Parent

We loved your service. It kept us organized and on track. I must say it helped take the stress out of the whole process. We will recommend your services to everyone we know! – Parent

You were right on so many levels about college options for our daughter. It has been a godsend. And so were you, right when we needed you. You really know your stuff, combined with a keen intuition about every kid you see. – Parent

Thanks for all, all, all, of your help! You have my best wishes in the future to help others also realize and accomplish their goals. I remember in the first meeting with you when I told you that Harvard was my first choice you did not say it was impossible and instead, you made it happen! Please keep in touch. Thank you. – Student

I also want to take the time to thank you for all the help in the last few years! College admissions definitely would have been more challenging without you and your associates’ guidance and expertise! I remember how back in high school the future seemed so far away, but now the last four years seem like a distant dream! Time flies the more you experience it. – Student

Thank You so much for helping all four of our children navigate the collage process. . We cannot express our gratitude enough for your organizations wonderful work with our children. What a journey it has been, and we believe the process you directed us thru has been performed with the upmost professionalism. – Parent

We love you and the help you have provided our children, all 3 who have worked with you so far. – Parent

Sue – you are a dear woman, it was a pleasure to get to know you and thank you for all your help. – Parent

My daughter and I have enjoyed your personal and professional manner in the way you have dealt with us. – Parent

Sue, we couldn’t have done it without you! – Parent

Sue thanks! You were a very positive influence on our son and his self-esteem. – Parent

Thank you so much for advising our son and us in our navigation of the college application process. we are all obviously thrilled with our outcome – but also greatly appreciated the guidance, advice, input, unruffled demeanor and resource you and your team provided throughout the process. The whole process was remarkably low stress. – Parent

Sue, you are wonderful! – Parent

Very nice to work with you, we couldn’t have done it without you! – Parent

You are a wonderful person, I could relate to you from our very first phone call. – Parent