Ms. Jennifer Taylor
“Every student who aspires to college deserves the opportunity. We make this possible. We work with a diversity of students to highlight each individual’s valuable assets and experiences. The college application process should be full of self-assessment and discovery of the many possibilities for education.”
Ms. Taylor’s approach to the college planning process is frequently described as empathetic with high expectations for her students. She has successfully navigated the college admissions effort for her own three children and knows firsthand the challenges parents face when managing the application process for their high school students.
Ms. Taylor received an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in addition to a B.S. from the University of California, Davis.
Her first career just out of graduate school involved corporate management spanning marketing, communications, sales management and business development roles; she launched new pharmaceutical products, in-licensed technologies and developed and managed large sales teams. While in these corporate roles, Ms. Taylor has always been involved in her communities by serving on nonprofit boards committed to youth development. Pursuing this passion further, Ms. Taylor then chose to apply her business training to senior level assignments in higher education.
She is the former Senior Director of Admissions at Santa Clara University, former Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Enrollment at Presidio Graduate School and was also a college admissions reader at Stanford University.
Having reviewed over 6,000 personal applications and interviewed over 500 candidates for admission, Ms. Taylor has extensive and exclusive insight into the college admission standards of top universities. She now shares these unique insights with parents and students who are looking to be highly competitive in today’s college applicant pool. She works with her students to create outstanding essays with intellectual depth, to prepare cohesive college materials that reveal who they truly are and to present exceptional college applications that highlight students talents.
Ms. Taylor works with high school students with varied profiles including those who are scholar athletes, students who will differentiate their application with portfolios, young adults who seek highly selective admission and those applicants who plan to seek colleges where students with solid B academic performances thrive.
Ms. Taylor is a member of the following professional associations:
- Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
- Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA)
- Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC)
When Ms. Taylor is not working with parents and students, she can be found hiking through local Bay Area trails with family and her three adult children, enjoying a quality cup of coffee, and pursuing her work on the non-profit boards of Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills and the Palo Alto Family YMCA.