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Spark Admissions

Spark Admissions is a boutique college admissions consulting firm with over a decade of experience helping students gain admission to their best-fit colleges and universities.

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Led by Harvard doctorate Rachel Rubin and University of Chicago MBA Rachel Blankstein, Spark Admissions has over a decade of experience as the national leader in college admissions consulting. What’s more, our college admissions results are unparalleled by any other admissions consulting firm. In addition, every member of our team has admissions experience at top-ranked colleges and universities.

Dr. Rubin earned international media attention in 2012, while at Harvard, for her groundbreaking research on how the 75 most selective U.S. colleges and universities make admissions decisions. Today, that foundational study grounds our strategic, data-driven approach.

We provide expert guidance on every step of preparing for and applying to college—but we don’t stop there. We view the college preparation period as a time for skill-set development. In addition to application guidance, we help students navigate the academic demands of high school, gain practical experience through internships, heighten their leadership and communication skills, and explore new academics and extracurriculars to build the strongest possible application.

As a result, 96% of our students get into at least one of their three top-choice schools. It’s also why we’ve earned more 5-star Google reviews than any other college admissions consulting firm in the country.

Explore our college admissions and transfer admissions pages to learn more about our in-person and online college counseling packages, or contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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The Spark Advantage

See what sets us apart from other college admissions consulting firms.

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Our Team

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Exceptional Admissions Results

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Our Code of Ethics

We are committed to providing honest and ethical college admissions advising. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of professional integrity, and our results are the product of excellent and honest work.

Spark Admissions consultants uphold three key values in all our interactions with students, families, colleges, and one another:


We communicate fairly and openly with our client families. From providing guidance to helping on applications to discussing pricing, we will never be dishonest or evasive in any aspect of your work with us.


The strongest and most successful applications are those that showcase students’ real passions and achievements. Our students succeed because their applications are thorough and authentic.


The admissions process is deeply personal; because of that, we never discuss students’ applications with any outside parties. Every aspect of your family’s work with us stays completely private.

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Read Our Reviews

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Spark Admissions has the highest college admissions success rate in the country.

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