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Your College Adventure

It’s More than an Education

It's about

It's about
challenging yourself

It's about
building relationships

It's about

It's about
your perspective

It's about
preparing for lifelong

The College Process

College is not your ultimate destination. It is one part of your life’s journey. Great College Advice® gives you the tools to explore how higher education fits into the life you want to live. We deliver a transformative college preparation process with long-lasting effects. We specialize in YOU and your educational journey.

Enjoy the ride. Don’t panic. Seek adventure.

We empower you to take charge of your educational future.
We help you discover the educational alternatives that are right for you.
We guide you to make your own decisions as you explore your options.
We give you the tools to plot a course toward your chosen educational destination.

Our Success

We measure success one student at a time. Each student defines success in a different way: no two students share identical visions. While we are proud of our track record of guiding students toward their chosen goals, we are prouder of the individual victories and triumphs our students experience on the road to college.

No matter your background, experience, nationality, or native language — and no matter how you define educational success — we can help you map your college journey.


Students helped.

$3.8 million

Total merit aid for the Class of 2019.


Students accepted to one or more of their top three choices.

3x to 10x

Higher than average admissions rates.


Focused on our individual students.

Our Team

We are educators with experience as classroom teachers, professors, academic advisers, admissions officers, writers, and marketers. The team at Great College Advice® understands what it takes to succeed in the highly-charged, competitive atmosphere of college admissions.

At the same time we share a highly collaborative approach. Within our group, we share ideas, talk about how best to help particular students, and cooperate to ensure that every one of our clients benefits from our collective expertise.

Our team members are graduates of the top universities in the country, and all hold advanced degrees. We know what it takes to compete and succeed at the highest levels.

Mark A. Montgomery, Ph.D., Founder and CEO

Mark has been a high school teacher, a college professor, an admissions officer, and a senior college administrator. He created Great College Advice® in 2007 to share his insider knowledge to demystify higher education and deliver solid guidance to students and their families. His thoughts on college admission have been published in Time, Money- Magazine, Forbes, US News & World Report, USA Today, and local newspapers in Hong Kong and Denver. He also has given admissions presentations for a wide array of organizations on four continents. Mark is a college insider, award-winning educator and global thinker.
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Our Services

Wherever your child is in the college preparation, selection, or application process, we’re here to help make that process more successful, less stressful, and more fun. At Great College Advice, we provide individually-tailored services to bring out the best in our students.  We know that all students can shine, and it’s our pleasure to help them reach their objectives.

No matter if your student is aiming for the Ivies, or if your aim is to reduce the cost of college, or if you have a star athlete who wants to play in college, or if a learning difference plays a role in the college choice, or if your student is a late bloomer trying to figure out what would be the best fit for the future, Great College Advice can create a plan for success.


The expert college counselors at Great College Advice specialize in mapping college journeys. Let us help you map yours.