Happy college students

Overwhelmed by
college admissions?
Have "getting in" worries?
Need to find great
affordable schools?


Happy college students

We understand
—and we can help.
Contact us now for
a free consultation.


How Your Way To College Can Help

Personal Attention

Expert one-on-one guidance to alleviate the stress that students and families face and help them succeed in the college admissions process.

College Knowledge

Regular visits to campuses and a large body of research used to match a wide range of students with colleges where they can be happy and successful.

Financial Perspective

Thorough understanding of college costs and the current financial aid landscape – best opportunities for need-based or merit scholarships.

Proprietary Tools and Resources

Tools to help students avoid mistakes and wasted effort including checklists, college comparison charts and our proven approach to helping students create powerful essays.

Did You Know?

You can get much more value from a campus visit if you ask the right questions. Not sure what to ask? Click here for some suggestions.


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Our Services

We offer two plans to choose from based on your needs; however we would be happy to discuss other options.

Comprehensive Program

Coaching, advising, and support at every step along the way for students and families: from assessing student strengths to the final college list and strategy; from interview preparation to solid applications with powerful essays; and guidance for making difficult decisions.

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College Search & Strategy

Appropriate for a student needing only limited assistance: identifying preferences and priorities for college, and financial considerations; developing initial and final college lists with a strategy in mind; providing advice with regard to early action and early decision plans.

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Our students create compelling application packages and have received offers of admission to many of the most selective colleges and universities in the nation, including:

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The College of William and Mary

From our clients

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Jim was really helpful, he worked very well with my daughter and ultimately she selected a college first suggested by him. Working with Jim took a lot of pressure off of us and our daughter felt great about the entire process. 

Martha M., Boxford, MA

Our daughter’s dream was to attend college in California. Not knowing much about colleges in California, we were uncertain where to begin. Jim has a vast knowledge of colleges and what they have to offer. My daughter is now a very happy sophomore at the California school that Jim helped her identify as the best fit.

Barbara H., West Newbury, MA

I highly recommend Jim Obernesser and Your Way to College. Attempting to survive the college search on your own can be overwhelming. From college visit plans to the application process and essays, Jim provided options, insight and encouragement and he was always available. Jim’s campus visit reviews were spot on and his recommendations were personal to my specific needs.

Sam H., Falmouth, ME

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