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AdvancedU: College Admissions Consulting


The college application process is not easy. Students and their families are often intimidated because they are expected to be professionals as soon as the student is ready to start his or her applications. A student’s college planning is among the most important times in his or her life, and there is little help available for them to truly benefit from the process. AdvancedU connects students and their families with professionals whose careers are predicated on assisting families with this challenging, yet extremely important, time in their lives.


AdvancedU will not only connect you with one person to help you; we will build a team of professionals around you, based on your individual needs and personal goals. Not only that, but, if you deem it necessary, we can help you to generate those goals. The below list shows the litany of different services with which AdvancedU can help you.

We offer these services in, what we call, cafeteria style. We can help you with the whole process, or we can help you with pieces of the process. We will build your program around your needs.

Application Process Guidance     Business Communication Coaching     College Search Guidance     SAT/ACT Tutoring

Advanced Placement Test Tutoring     Personality and Career Testing    Interview Coaching     SAT/ACT Planning

Recommendation Management     High School Course Selection     Application Essay/Personal Statement Coaching

College Admissions Consulting: who are your consultants?

AdvancedU consists of professional high school and college educators, guidance counselors, former university admissions officers, and communications professionals, who all have significant experience helping students to better prepare for the next phase of their lives. The Network also consults with (and sometimes even hires!) former clients, who have recently gone through the admissions process.

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Gail M. Kienitz, Ph.D.

Academic Consultant & Writing Specialist


Gail graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and has a Ph.D. from the University of  Notre Dame. She was a tenured Professor of English before moving from Chicago to the Philadelphia area. She has developed and taught university courses in British, American, and World Literature as well as Cultural Diversity and Cross-Disciplinary Composition courses. After spending nearly two decades teaching at the college level, she began working as an independent academic tutor and consultant. As part of a dual-career academic couple, she has a wide range of institutional academic experience including state colleges and universities as well as liberal arts colleges and the Ivy League. For the past ten years, she has been assisting students with their college-application essays and working as a freelance editor for scholarly publications. She is currently working on a book to aid students writing their common-app and supplemental essays. As a consultant, Gail greatly enjoys helping students craft essays that showcase their strengths, interests, personalities, and stories.


Gail lives in Media, PA. Her husband is a biology professor at the University of Pennsylvania; her son is midway in his high school career, and her daughter will graduate from college next year. When she isn’t assisting students or professional writers with their work, she is typically reading for sheer enjoyment.

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