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Providing students with a competitive advantage

Reliable, custom-tailored guidance through the entire college application process.

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We make the college application process simple...

Whether you are a 4.0/pre-med major or a 2.5/undecided student, we will help you present your best self so that you can realize your college dreams.  

Our guidance will lead you to a college that is a perfect fit: socially, academically, and financially. We work with students and parents to make the application process stress-free.



Kathleen is the co-founder of College Advantage Advising. She earned her College Counseling Certificate from UCLA and gained several years of experience reading applications for the Loyola Marymount University Admission Department. After reviewing thousands of essays and applications, Kathleen developed a comprehensive understanding of the college admissions process.


Having a deep love for education, she volunteered extensively in the Orinda and Acalanes Union School Districts and served as a board member for the Educational Foundation of Orinda. Currently, she works part time in the Campolindo High School College Counseling and Career Center.


A San Francisco native, Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Loyola Marymount University, where she is a member of the Advisory Board for the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. She has been actively involved at the University of Southern California, serving as President of the Interfraternity Parents Council and as a committee member on the Alumnae Coordinating Council. Kathleen conducts college essay writing seminars at pre-collegiate summer programs. She also coordinates college success workshops for incoming freshmen, helping them navigate their path to maximize their educational investment.


Kathleen establishes strong connections with her students, guiding and motivating them throughout the process. Mindful of the pressures teens face, Kathleen believes in using a positive approach to help students find the best path.



While working in Campolindo's College and Career Center for nine years, Cathy advised and encouraged hundreds of students in all four grades. Although no longer working there, she continues to use the insights learned.


She has a keen sense of where students are in their journey and what's important or stressful along the way. She has worked with the highly-motivated self-starters, students who feel lost and need a hand, and everyone in between. She helps them understand that they have a unique path awaiting them, regardless of where they are starting from.


She encourages students to dabble in areas of interest and tries to connect them with those opportunities, whether it’s extracurricular activities or speaking with a professional in a specific field. She believes that through this, they become more aware of what excites them and how to get there.

She was born and raised in the Bay area, and graduated from UC San Diego.  She earned a College Counseling Certificate from UC San Diego. After living near Washington DC for 22 years, where her two daughters were born, she returned back to the Bay Area in 2013 to be closer to family. She loves it here and is proud to call the Bay Area her home!


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