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Testimonials



Ms. Hicks is a personable and knowledgeable professional whose guidance and optimism secured college acceptance letters for our children from several top universities. With enthusiasm and patience, Ms. Hicks succeeded in presenting our children's unique strengths to the admissions counselors. Her efforts speak for themselves: our son attends Princeton University, and our daughter at Rice University. We feel fortunate to have worked with Debbie Hicks, and we give her our highest recommendation.

~Princeton and Rice Universities, Parents

Applying to college is stressful…unless Ms. Hicks is on your team. I really wanted to go to Stanford and she believed in me throughout the whole process. She encouraged me to apply and helped me to think strategically about things like my college essays and teacher recommendations. She helped me develop a list of back-up schools since Stanford has a low admission rate but did so without discouraging me from chasing my dream. In the end, I was accepted to Stanford, my dream school, and looking back, I have Ms. Hicks to thank for the tremendous encouragement, advice and support. Thank you!

~Stanford University, Graduate


To my favorite counselor in the whole world! Roses are red. Violets are blue. You helped me out a lot, and so I am thankful for you.

~Texas Christian University, Student


Thank you for your help with our boys' academic choices. You spoke directly to them about their interests and put a lot of thought into how they could have a better school year and prepare for college. With the right balance to fit their unique learning and college needs, they had a fun and interesting year and are actually enjoying school more and for the first time, both boys got all A's and B's. This helps with my stress level as well! I feel we got excellent advice and that you genuinely care about their educational experience.

~Texas Tech University, Parent


September 28 is our "Teacher's Day". It's also the birthday of a very good teacher in Chinese history. I want to thank you for your help and patience. Wishing you a wonderful year.

~University of Texas, Student


Many thanks for all you do…especially providing a "safe" place for students to go for help, advice, support – where they can talk with someone who CARES. You do an awesome job. As well, a place I felt I could come for all the above!

~University of Georgia, Parent


Thanks for all you have done and continue to do for me. Thanks for putting up with my emails, and going above and beyond the call of duty. I really appreciate it and I'm sure I wouldn't have been accepted to the Huntsman program at Penn without your help.

~University of Pennsylvania, Student


If I was on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire", do you know who my 'phone a friend' would be? You! You might be wondering why but isn't it true that every time I came into your office, you had an abundance of knowledge, help and care?! Thank you for being so helpful! I owe you my million dollars that I will win on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire"! I am so grateful for your efforts. Have a blessed day!

~Purdue University, Student


Thank you for all your help and advice with our son's college application. He received his first acceptance letter offering him $14,000 annual scholarship. We are confident he will be considered for more financial awards as we approach the decisions ahead.

~Ohio State University, Parent


You have been extremely helpful and supportive to me. You put up with my confusion and indecisiveness and have pushed me to take accelerated classes. For all of that, I owe you huge thanks.

~University of Texas (CAP at UTSA initially), Student


I want to thank you again for taking time out of your busy schedule to help me. You've been so kind to me since the moment I met you, from really caring about the courses I took to calling me in before school started to ensure I was enrolled in the appropriate classes. I really feel honored considering you have many people you help. I am so glad you were my counselor.

~Stanford University, Graduate


Thank you for helped me so much during this year without asking return. You are not only gave me a hand when I need it, but also gave me a lesson at how to be a wonderful person.

~University of Texas at Dallas, English as a Second Language, Student


Thank you for the incredible professionalism, competence, caring, and friendship you offered our son. You immediately took him under your wing and helped him get organized and oriented. You watched over him at every stage of his education. Most importantly, you truly became a reliable friend who guided him with wisdom and kindness. All of this was done with good humor and apparent enjoyment. You kept him informed on numerous requirements, deadlines, school activities, scholarship opportunities and other matters, that, in our experience, went well beyond what is expected.

~Earlham University, Parent


Thank you for helping my parents and me through the admission process. Your insight has been invaluable.

~Princeton University, Student


I had to stop by and give you a hug and a HUGE thank you for all you have done for my son. You are an incredible person and I appreciate all your kindness.

~University of Texas, Parent


I cannot thank you enough for your kindness and help. Our son always knew that you were there to help him! We could not have gotten through his senior year without you. Our son is off to Pepperdine and is SO excited: as are his brothers, mom and dad!

~Pepperdine University, Parent


There is no way I can thank you enough. You've been my source of college advice these past years, and more importantly you've been my source of guidance, confidence and friendship. Thank you for supporting me through every aspect of my life in high school. You are absolutely amazing at what you do because you care deeply about it. Please stay in touch!

~Cal Tech University, Student


I can't thank you enough for all of the time and hard work you have extended to me. You have been an inspiration and I appreciate all you have done. I am leaving for my global journey in just a couple of days and I wanted to thank you for all your help. I wouldn't have even known how to submit an application if it weren't for your guidance. I am honored to have had you as my counselor and I'll be sure to send some postcards!

~St. Edwards University, Student


I appreciate all of the work you have done for me this year. I know there were countless times that I walked into your office with admissions questions that you helped with at the last minute. Additionally, you have given me so much help in looking for scholarships. You have been an invaluable factor throughout the process.

~Vanderbilt University, Student


Thank you so much for being there for our son; guiding him, supporting him, helping him, listening to him and loving him. You have given him so much support, encouragement and confidence throughout these past years. He woke up this morning WAY earlier than usual in a great mood and said that he was going to school early because he needed to let his counselor know that he got into UT! I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You really touched his life in a big way. He has always been so quiet, but you helped guide him every step of the way. We saw a huge change, as he believed in himself by doing everything he could and learning to let it go. You really touch many kids' lives. I am so glad you were his counselor!

~University of Texas, Parent


Thank you for everything you have done to help our son through his high school years. Your time, energy and efforts have proven to be a huge asset to him. We are fortunate such a passionate person worked with our son and guided him toward his future. Personally, I want to thank you for always answering my questions and helping ME. I have enjoyed working with you.

~Notre Dame University, Parent


Thank you so much for taking time out of your extraordinarily busy days to help our family. I know you are well suited to being a counselor and I consider you the most important and pivotal person in his high school life. You're terrific!

~Texas A&M University, Parent


Just wanted to tell you that LSU accepted me and I knew that you would like to hear that.

~Louisiana State University, Student


We know all the things you do are an expression of the unique person you are. You are an exceptional professional with an open heart, a lot of energy, dedication and a passion for helping young people. We are grateful you are in our lives!

~Stanford and University of Texas, Parents


Thank you for your help with the college application process and making me stay in AP Government.

~University of Georgia, Student


I wanted to thank you so much for all the help you've given me over the years in the college admissions process. I am extremely grateful my name begins with "T" so I could have you as my counselor! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

~Duke University, Student


Thank you for the great deal of personal insight on each school. It meant a lot that you genuinely showed interest in my decision and kept in touch after graduation.

~University of Virginia, Student


I thank God that our last name starts with an "S"! Thank you so much for all you have done for me and making this celebration possible. Your guidance through high school and the college admissions process was instrumental in my success. You're the best counselor ever!

~Harvard University, Student