Cynthia is a wealth of information about schools around the country, about the application process as it differs for many schools, and the important financial aspect. She quickly answered every question we had about any part of the process. She is incredibly organized and has developed very effective methods and tools to keep one step ahead of the student.  

We owe a debt of gratitude to Cynthia! She truly has a gift for helping students and genuinely cares about them and their college dreams.

MW, Parent

I thought college applications would be an absolute nightmare. I was extremely late to the college research game due to a concussion, but luckily, Cynthia was more than willing to help me succeed in meeting the deadlines. Within one month, I went from having zero clue of what colleges would suit me, to having a great list of schools. Cynthia is kind, empathetic, welcoming, prompt and effective in converting your vision for college into a short list from the thousands to consider.

~ TD, Student – Babson College ’22

Cynthia made the college planning process a breeze! I came into it completely lost with no idea where to start. She is well organized and is very specific with what the student wants and needs. With a myriad of resources and information sources, I had no doubt that I was in good hands. She walked me through every little part of the process that I felt unsure of, from expanding my application list to scholarships to essays. After working with Cynthia, I feel more confident than ever about starting my college career.

~ PK, Student – University of Washington ’23

I am extremely thrilled to recommend On Course College Consulting to anyone who is looking for college consulting services. Cynthia Seidel is very detail oriented with great communication skills and professional demeanor. She will be on top of your child’s interests and choices when it comes to college decision process. She will also respect the parents’ preferences and works well with the entire family. Cynthia is reliable, reachable, dedicated and eternally upbeat. The entire college decision making process is made easy when you get help from people like Cynthia.

~ KK, Parent

Cynthia patiently guided me through every step of the college application process and her help paid off – I was accepted to several direct-entry PharmD programs – with merit scholarships. She was very knowledgeable and discovered programs I would have never found on my own.

~ AS, Student

Cynthia considered my preferences on many different factors to help me discover colleges I had never even heard of before. Many of these were perfect fits for me, ending up high on my list. She helped me become more confident that I was doing all I could to maximize my chances of getting into the top schools I applied to.

Cynthia is excellent at communicating, whether in person or in her follow-up emails, and she makes sure to answer any questions or concerns that I may have. She always looks out for my interests and my family’s preferences to make sure we are satisfied.  

~ RK, Student, University of Washington, 2023  


As a parent, having an objective and knowledgeable advocate for my child was wonderful. Cynthia has a great rapport with kids and knows the right questions to help direct the college search, guide them through the application process and ultimately allow them to select the school that best fits their needs.

Our children have such great college opportunities available to them which can make the selection of where to apply and ultimately what to choose challenging. Having Cynthia as an unbiased advocate made the process much easier. Now that my son is away at college, it is a delight to see him happy with his choice. I can’t wait to see him at October’s Parent Weekend.

~ JD, Parent

I highly recommend On Course Consulting. Cynthia demystifies the college application process, offering both clarity and encouragement. She’s positive, tireless and ethical, digging deep to find potential colleges that are the right fit for your child and your budget.

~ LL, Parent

Cynthia became kind of a Cinderella’s Godmother for our family, as both my husband and I grew up and got our education in a different country. When it was time for our child to apply to colleges, we felt really worried that something would be missed due to our inexperience with the US college system. Thanks to Cynthia and her detail-oriented approach, wide knowledge of colleges both in the US and abroad, excellent custom-made system of tracking each student’s application process, our child finished everything far before the college deadlines.

I was always able to call or text Cynthia, and her calming and professional replies to my often panicked messages were really helpful. I always wondered how she could manage that level of stress that we had just shifted on her shoulders. Now, when it is over, every time we receive the confirmation that our child is admitted to a college (she applied to 9), I rush to inform Cynthia, as I know she’s genuinely as glad for our child as if she was her own. We are really grateful to Cynthia and no doubt can recommend her college consulting services to anyone going through the college application process.  

~ OM, Parent

Choosing Cynthia’s consulting company was the best decision we made. As a parent I was worried that my knowledge about the whole college application process wasn’t enough. Cynthia was great with my daughter all the way from the beginning to the end. Everything was done with professionalism and enthusiasm. We would do it again and we will with our younger child. Thank you, Cynthia, for everything you’ve done for our family.

~ NK, Parent

When I first embarked on my college application journey, I was completely confused and overwhelmed. I was first recommended to Cynthia by a friend, and I was very thankful to have someone who knew what they were doing. Not only was Cynthia’s availability always amazing, she answered whatever questions or concerns I had thoroughly and promptly, went above and beyond to find schools that fit me perfectly, and provided detailed instructions that made my life, and my parents’ lives, much easier.

One of the most important things Cynthia showed me is that when it comes to college, I have options. She was able to find numerous schools that I was incredibly excited about and had communities and opportunities that fit my major perfectly. As I look back on my applications and essays, I am very proud of the work and creativity I poured into them. I truly believe that my applications perfectly reflect who I am as a student, and I know that without Cynthia’s continuous support I never would have been able to accomplish what I did. I highly recommend working with Cynthia. Because of her, I was able to learn from my application process and create something that I am truly proud of.

~ AH, Student

My daughter and I were so lucky to have Cynthia help us through the process of college applications.  I could not have guided my daughter with such care and understanding and expertise and patience.  She always took the time to help me as a parent, for which I am grateful.

~ MW, Parent

Cynthia was a great resource for our daughter who did not have a top notch GPA. She helped identify colleges that she could get into and recommended some “reach” schools too. She helped my daughters’ application to shine by polishing up her activities list and recommending ways for her to create a great essay. Cynthia knows what schools are looking for.  My daughter got into her reach school and we couldn’t be happier!

~ NC, Parent

Cynthia provided extremely helpful advice when it came to writing unique essays for my college applications. She had an amazing attitude that made writing college essays an enjoyable experience.

~ SH, Student

I was little help for my senior in the college application process as I had grown up and completed my education abroad. My son was overwhelmed by the task and we spoke with several advisers before a friend recommended Cynthia. We came in for our first meeting confused, but after speaking with Cynthia for one hour I knew that my son was in the right place.

Cynthia had a plan and confidence that though we were starting in September of senior year, with hard work and guidance, my son would succeed. She was there for him every step of the application process.

As a parent I was always updated on the progress. My son was accepted into nine schools, and chose the program that he was really excited to be a part of. I would recommend Cynthia to anyone who would like to stay on course during the ups and downs of the application process.

~ AR, Parent

As a parent, Cynthia made this process painless for me and that is a huge value! Not only was her expertise valuable, she kept my son on track which meant I didn’t have to. Our home was a far more pleasant place to be in. There was never a time I felt like anything was being missed and that is saying a lot considering this process.

~SE, Parent

Cynthia was great at seeing and communicating the appropriate strategy. I liked her positive attitude and her ability to create clear and actionable lists of items to accomplish.

~ AV, Parent

The college process was very in-depth but Cynthia made it a lot less scary and overwhelming by going through all my options with me.

~ MK, Student

I appreciate that Cynthia allowed her own humanity to be a part of the process. It helped inform the grace, patience, and understanding that she brought to us as parents, and to our student.

~ JB, Parent