Testimonials

Hi Nancy, Words can’t describe how much we thank the help you have given Abe. Abe deserves this, but without your professional work he could have never reached his goal.  We always will highly recommend you. 

Rebeca (mother of Abe)

College Acceptances:

Princeton University, University of Miami (with merit scholarship) and University of Florida.

Scholarship:

Coca Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship – $20,000

Abe W.

Nancy helped me sign up for the correct tests and advised my family and I throughout the college application process. She provided lists of interesting programs for me to do over each summer of high school. While writing college essays, she critiqued and helped edit many of the essays.

College Acceptances

Georgia Tech (GA Tech Stamps Scholars Semifinalist), Johns Hopkins University, University of Southern California (Full Tuition Trustees Scholarship), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Washington – Direct admit Computer Science

Scholarships:

Georgia Tech Stamps Scholars Semifinalist, University of Southern California Trustees Scholarship (full tuition)

Kunaal

Nancy,

I want to pile on and say that we are all super grateful for all the passionate, tireless help you have provided to our son. You are one of a kind and hopefully there are more opportunities for you to help our kids.

Thanks, Vij (father of Hari)

College Acceptance:

Duke University

Hari R

Hi Nancy! I’m about to move in onto campus at Columbia in less than a week now, and I can say I’m quite excited and intimidated. As I enter the next chapter of my life, I want to say thank you for all of your support to help me get this far. I can’t describe how much I appreciate everything you did for me last year. I will definitely keep in touch up here. Who else could I ask for expert advice? 🙂

College Acceptance:

Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Anonymous Class of 2014 Student

I really want to say “thank you” to Nancy for all she has done for me. I came to the United States three years ago, and I’m graduating from high school this summer. As an international student, I faced many challenges while preparing for college.With Nancy’s help, however, I was able to get through my three years of high school smoothly and get into the college I love. I enjoyed working with Nancy because she’s very experienced, patient and thoughtful. During my college application process, she not only provided me with lots of helpful information, but often checked with me to make sure I got each step done correctly and on time.Without Nancy, I could not have succeeded. I’m so grateful for her support and guidance these years!

Angel

College Acceptances:

University of Washington Seattle, UC Davis, University of Miami, Colorado School of Mines, Penn State University

Angel C.

As an international family we were completely unfamiliar with the US application process. Nancy did a superb job helping us to choose appropriate colleges and helping my daughter to complete applications and write essays that animated her genuine voice. Anytime we had a question, she was always there to promptly provide the necessary assistance. Thanks to Nancy’s, our daughter was accepted to her first choice colleges!

M.G.F (father of student)

College Acceptances:

University of Miami, University of Central Florida, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Fordham University, Emmanuel College, American University

Anonymous Student - Class of 2018

Just wanted to say thank you so much for all you did and have been doing for Sofia. I know that getting into Wash U was a big part of your and Sofia’s hard work together. I really appreciate it!

Bessy (Sofia’s mother)

College Acceptances:

Washington University St. Louis, Florida State University and University of Alabama

Sofia C.

Hi Nancy,

You are thought of more often than you know.  Our experience in working with you was extraordinary.  You are a true professional who made it possible for Erica to be in the position which she is enjoying now.  We could not have done it without your good work.

I am always available to speak with any prospective clients, if needed.  I would very much like to do something good who did something so wonderful for us.

With much admiration and respect and gratitude,

Anne (mother of Erica)

College Acceptance:

Georgia State University Masters in Marketing Program

Erica C.

Over the year that I worked with Nancy, I found her to be both thorough and timely. She led me through the process of managing the SAT’s, contacting prospective coaches at several schools, and choosing the right high school courses. A strong portion of my college acceptance success can be attributed to the meticulous strategizing and effort we put into both my application and each individual essay. I would highly recommend Nancy to any future students who are interested in gaining an edge in an ever-so competitive applicant pool.

College Acceptances:

Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Carnegie Mellon University, Claremont McKenna College, Emory University, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Washington, and University of Southern California.

Scholarships:

University of Miami Ronald A. Hammond Scholarship (100% tuition for 4 years), the Dean’s Scholarship at USC (Quarter tuition) and the Associate Dean’s Scholarship at UC Davis for $54,000.

Szu-Raj K.

Nancy treats each and every student and their family as unique and special.  She really gets to know her students so she can draw out what makes them distinctive and helps them to stand-out among the thousands of other applicants.  Nancy effectively blends warmth, guidance and empathy with realistic expectations. Her support and expertise combined with a willingness to advocate for Eric truly helped him to find the right fit.  UCF has been an amazing experience and we can’t thank Nancy enough! 

Leslie (mother of Eric)

College Acceptances:

University of Central Florida, University of North Florida, University of South Florida, Florida International University, Florida Gulf Coast University, West Virginia University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Rhode Island 

Eric

I will recommend Nancy as a great college counselor. She works very hard and diligently to ensure hat each child gets into the college of their choice.

E.J. (mother of K.J.)

College Acceptances:

University of Miami, University of Central Florida, Florida State University, University of Colorado Boulder, Emerson College 

K.J.

Dear Nancy,

As we are approaching the day that Daniel starts his University, I can’t help thinking of you and all of your assistance. Thank you so very much for each and every thing you did for us. I wish it would have been a card or in person but you can imagine that I am running around a lot! But did not want to let go the opportunity to say thank you again! We, especially me, will be eternally thankful. At the end he got the academic scholarship and the adjustment of the financial aid was approved. We are practically there. He kept his 17 credits. he said he will give it a try. Right now he is at the camp they host for 2 days before school start so they can adjust, make friends before etc.. WE ARE SOOO HAPPY ?! Please make extensive our appreciation to Christi also for her support as well. Say hello to your husband and Clifford.. ?. Take care, we will talk soon.  

Love and regards, Jerry Lederman (mother of Daniel)

College Acceptances:

Florida International University and Florida State University

Daniel L.

With your help, I truly can’t believe how our out of pocket costs decreased! I am so thrilled for Jake. He is so happy and excited for his new journey. I cannot thank you enough for everything . You were instrumental in all of this. Use me as a reference any time for new clients. Amazing amazing.   We will keep in touch and I will contact you after the first of the year for my younger daughter.

Susan (Jake’s mother)

College Acceptances:

Wentworth Institute of Technology,  University of North Florida, University of Central Florida, Florida State University, University of South Florida and Florida International University

Scholarships:

Wentworth Institute of Technology merit scholarship ($17,000 x 4 years), WACE Scholarship ($6,000 x 4 years) and Elks Scholarship ($5,000)

Jake A.

College Acceptances:

Rice University, University of Texas – Austin Business Honors Program

Sergio

Dear Nancy,  Thank you so very much for all the ways you have helped me arrive at where I am at! In terms of my future and goals, there is no way I could have come nearly as far without your help, guidance, and support. I cannot apologize enough for not emailing you sooner, I just recently got finished with wrapping up things at school. Thank you again for all of your hard work Nancy! My appreciation will be with you always!

College Acceptances:

University of Southern California, University of California-Berkley, University of Washington, University of California-Los Angeles, Boston College, Carnegie Mellon University

Scholarships:

University of Southern California Presidential Scholarship

Sumedhaa K

 The college application process seemed like such a mystery. During my sophomore year, I tried to look forward to understanding what I wanted in a college, both academically and socially. All the rankings, the specifics each college offered, the college essays, and the Common Application were so overwhelming prior to my contact with Mrs. Nancy Polin. Although I was already sure I wanted to be a doctor, an oncologist more specifically, Mrs. Polin helped me to integrate my aspirations in the framework of the college application process and my chosen career path. When someone asks a high school student
what his/her 
dream school is, much of the time, they give answers such as MIT, Harvard, or Stanford. Mrs. Polin’s recommendations for the colleges that she thought would be the right fit for me were mind-blowing and much appreciated. Through my interaction with Mrs. Polin, I learned that, sure those are great schools, but there is a school out there that is the PERFECT fit for me. There is one college out of the several on that will draw me in the end and it all comes down to your “gut-feeling.” Yet, without the guidance of Mrs. Polin, I would have never realized all my options and gotten acceptances from colleges like the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Rochester, or the University of Washington. 
     In addition to the interest that Mrs. Polin took in my college application journey, the passion with which she advised me about the essays and my resume was unparalleled. She also suggested extracurricular activities to pursue my interests that would strengthen my applications. For example, I have interned the past couple summers at the Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. The support and assistance that Educational Excellence and Mrs. Polin have provided for me through my college application process leaves me indebted. I will be attending the University of Washington in the fall of this year while working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. I am on the right track towards reaching medical school and am grateful for the significant role she has played in my journey. I wholeheartedly recommend Mrs. Nancy Polin and Educational Excellence for any high schooler who is ready to achieve his/her goals in terms of attending the college of their dreams. 
 
College Acceptances:
University of California-Berkeley, Northeastern University, Drexel University, Boston University, University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Penn State University, Emory University, University of Washington, University of British Columbia – Okanogan Campus, McGill University
Scholarships:
Northeastern Merit Scholarship ($10,000 1st year, $5,000 years 2-4), Drexel Merit Scholarship ($15,000 for 4 years), University of Rohcester Merit Scholarship ($10,000 per year), RIT International Scholarship ($13,000 per year)
Anonymous Class of 2014 Student

Nancy has helped me so much throughout the past 4 years in preparation for college. She has helped me with numerous college and scholarship essays in a timely manner to ensure submitting the best possible essay. Having been the first student in my family to attend college in the United States, Nancy helped explain every step of the application process to make sure that no opportunities were missed. Not only did she recommend various different scholarships, but she also took the time to see if I had a good chance at receiving the scholarship. Her and her team were also able to answer any and all questions I had throughout the process. Lastly, I have learned that no detail is too small when it comes to essays. Thanks to her, I can proudly and properly write an essay depicting my activities and ambitions in life. I would recommend Nancy to anyone, especially for those not familiar with the college application process. Her and her team have not only helped with college applications, scholarships, and essays, but they have also helped with financial aspects such as the FAFSA and IDOC. Thank you Nancy for helping me get into schools I would only dream about.

College Acceptances:

University of Notre Dame, Boston University, Purdue University, University of Florida, University of Miami, Florida State University, Saint Mary’s College

Scholarships:

Boston University Presidential Scholarship ($20,000 per year for 4 years), Saint Mary’s College Merit Scholarship ($18,000 per year for 4 years), Pathfinders Award 1st Place in Computer Science Category, Hispanic Youth Awards – Bronze Award in Math & Engineering (Miami Region, $1,000), Cumberland Farms Believe & Achieve Scholarship Program Finalist

Josefa O.

Thank you so much Nancy. I’m very happy. I think this Master’s Degree will be great for my career.

Alex

College Acceptance:

University of Miami’s Master of Arts in International Administration Program

Alex S.

Hi Nancy,

Kevin got into Statis and Comp Sci in U of I. Thank you so much for your assistance in his appeal process. Of course, we will refer him/her to you if we know of someone that needs help college application.

– Father of student who was accepted University of Illinois Urban-Champaign

Anonymous Father of Class of 2015 student

I have had the opportunity to work with Ms. Polin over the course of several months for both tutoring and college applications.  Due to a short timeline and demanding deadlines there was a great necessity for intensity and responsiveness in our work.  Never before have I collaborated with someone who is as diligent, focused, and resourceful in academic endeavor.  Ms. Polin’s attention to detail and willingness to do all that is possible to achieve a goal is remarkable.  Furthermore, Ms. Polin’s genuine passion for her work, which is to put students in the top institutions in the country, is her greatest asset.  A college education will bring about some of the great enrichments of a student’s life.  From working with Ms. Polin, I am confident that I am not only on the right track for future growth and success in the next chapter of my life, but also that I am attending the right institution because of her. 

College Acceptance:

Pepperdine University

D.W.

Working with Nancy was a wonderful experience. She immediately asked the right questions, which prompted me to come up with more content than I could even fit in my essays and resume. Not only does Nancy know how to draw information out of her students, she was able to organize and edit written content in a way that maintains the voice of her students. Nancy also helped me prepare for my interview with the Dean of Admissions. She was very knowledgeable about what kinds of questions would be asked, and her intuition in regards to what kind of responses would most appropriate wa
s on point. I recommend Nancy without hesitation.

College Acceptance:

University of Miami – Masters of Business Administration Program

A.G.C

Educational Excellence has been instrumental in helping both of my boys achieve higher standards and get accepted into the universities of their choices. Nancy came to us highly recommended by a close friend of ours 6 years ago when my older son, Ryan was a sophomore in high school. She not only helped him choose the required classes in high school to get into the top schools in Florida, but she guided him through the ACT exams and application process. Nancy was also the leading factor in Ryan receiving a $14,000 scholarship from FAU that he never would’ve known was available to him!

One year after Ryan’s graduation, Nancy worked with my son Daniel on choosing a college fit for him, and tutored him the entire summer to help get his ACT scores up. This enabled him to get accepted into the University of North Florida; Dan’s first pick. 

Working with Nancy was a joy, and a relief for a working Mom. I didn’t have the time, nor the resources to do this on my own. Nancy would come to our home to counsel our teenage boys at our convenience, anytime in the evenings or on weekends that worked for us. I have referred over a dozen of our friends and clients to Educational Excellence over the years and will continue to do so. 

Angela (mother of Ryan and Daniel)

College Acceptances:

Ryan: Florida Atlantic University

Daniel: University of North Florida

Ryan and Daniel

Anytime you need a parent to speak to me – you know I am more than willing to brag about you! 6 years and 3 children in college – excellent record…and, especially the varying personalities we have here! As a single parent especially, you were the sensible, calm, and knowledgeable one that kept everyone on course and calm. Anyone who has teenagers must use you and your team – the entire college process takes someone who is totally subjective. You always had my kids best interests at heart, along with my pocketbooks.

Through Nancy Polin’s expertise, dedication and insight, my children have been able to achieve academic success at the colleges of their dreams. Nancy truly appreciates the individual differences and strengths within each student and provides encouragement throughout the process. Nancy was paramount in helping my son determine and find the best internships for his political aspirations as well as helping my daughter navigate through summer programs in the field of psychology. As a parent, there is nothing better than watching your children acquire the lifelong skills they need to fulfill their potential and Nancy Polin inspires!  Thank you Nancy and Educational Excellence for all you have done and we think of you as a part of our family. – Thanks again! – Sheryl

Sheryl, mother of Erika, Zachary and Benjamin

Erika College Acceptances:

University of South Florida, Florida State University, and University of North Florida

Zachary College Acceptances:

George Washington University, American University, UMass Amherst, University of Florida, Florida State University, and University of South Florida.

Zachary Scholarships:

George Washington University Presidential Scholarship ($12,000 per year for 4 years), UMass Amherst’s Chancellor’s Scholarship ($8,000 per year for 4 years), University of South Florida Scholars Award ($1,000 per year for 4 years), Robert & Linda Schmier Family Scholarship, Lily Brentano Foundation, Inc. Scholarship, Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship, Pathfinders Scholarship

Benjamin College Acceptances:

Berklee School of Music and California School of the Arts

Benjamin Scholarships:

Berklee School of Music Scholarship Tour ($10,000 for 4 years)

Erika, Zachary and Benjamin

“I would like to give a special thank you to Ms. Nancy Polin and Educational Excellence for helping me reach my goals. Not only did my SAT scores drastically improve in high school with her help, but she guided me through my college applications, essays, athletic recruitment, and much more. Getting into my dream school seemed out of reach without her, but quickly became a reality when under her direction. Not only was I accepted into Emory University, but I had countless earned scholarships to put towards my education at this prestigious institution. I am confident that with her continued guidance, I will one day be a medical student at a top university as well.”

College Acceptances:

Emory University, University of Miami, Bowdoin College, College of the Holy Cross, Connecticut College, Smith College.

Scholarships:

George Snow Scholarship, Community Foundation of Palm Beach/Martin County Scholarship, Palms West Scholarship, Alpha Pearl Foundation Scholarship.

Kaytrina J.

I felt overwhelmed going into the application process and trying to decide which schools to apply to. However working with Nancy allowed me to find several colleges that were a good fit for me.  I was excited about my options and looking forward to attending NEU this fall.

College Acceptances:

Northeastern University, Clark University, University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Miami, American University and Rollins College

Scholarships:

Northeastern University Honors Program Merit Scholar Finalist ($30,000 per year), Clark University Merit Scholarship ($21,000 per year), University of Miami ($17,000 per year), American University Scholars Program ($18,000 per year), Rollins College ($21,000 per year), Florida State University Honors Program ($3,000 per year)

Jack

“Educational Excellence was an invaluable part of my graduate school application process. Nancy helped me to select six universities to apply to, and helped me with every component of the application. We met in person several times to work on a tailored personal statement for each program in which she helped me portray my best attributes and achievements. Nancy also gave me excellent recommendations for tutors to assist me in studying for the math portion of the GRE. I was accepted to five out of the six schools I applied to, which exceeded any expectations I could have had! Without her, I would not have had the confidence to apply to top programs in my field and thanks to her, I will be attending Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in the fall!”

College Acceptances:

Boston University Master Degree Public Health Program, Colorado School of Public Health, Emory University Master Degree Public Health Program, George Washington University Master Degree Program, University of Florida Public Health Certificate Program.

Scholarships:

Boston University Merit Scholarship for $15,000, the Colorado School of Public Health Moran Scholarship for $5,000 and the Emory Rollins Earn and Learn Grant for $4,000.

Chloe B.

Dear Nancy,

I want to truly thank you for all the support and guidance you provided in getting me ready with my college decisions from start to finish. Your knowledge was exceptional and I could not have made lots of decisions without your expertise. I would highly recommend you without any reservations. My parents are appreciative as well!

College Acceptances:

University of North Florida, Florida Atlantic University

Kristina K.

“Nancy’s tour of Florida’s colleges was exceptional and brilliantly organized. Upon completion, James immediately knew where he wanted to study and this saved so much time and indecision. Nancy also made sure that all applications were checked and submitted on time, and her SAT tutoring helped James raise his English score by 50 points within a few weeks. Working with Nancy was a thoroughly worthwhile experience.” 

Jonathan M., parent of James M.

College Acceptances:

University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, Indiana University-Bloomington, Brandeis University, University of Miami, George Washington University, and Bentley University.

James M.

College Acceptances:
Rollins College, Earned Bachelor’s Degree, Economics, May, 2012
Rollins College, MBA Program
Charles W.

We are foreigners parents and for us to get into a really good school it was a top priority for our daughter Carolina. A friend of mine recommended us the services of Nancy and really they pay off. Carolina went to best university that she can do it because of the advise of Nancy. She taught us, how to apply to colleagues, what were the requirements, the dates, the process of obtaining financial help and also she advise Carolina about how to put together the package to the universities. It was a great experience, sometimes we believe that we know everything but a great advise pays off for your whole life. – Luz Arbelaez (Carolina’s mom)

College Acceptances:

DePaul University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hofstra University, Bradley University, Purdue University and High Point University.

Scholarship:

DePaul Merit Scholarship for $5,000.

Carolina D.

It was such a pleasure working with Nancy while applying to graduate schools. Using her services, I was able to meet with her in person, expand the list of schools that matched my interests (and apply to all 15 of them!), as well as write personal statements that were tailored to each school and highlighted my best traits and skills. Most importantly, I was accepted to many of the top programs that I applied to, which allowed me to consider other important factors like financial aid and housing before making a decision. Nancy is also very knowledgeable on financial aid issues and provided me with numerous resources to apply and receive funding. Without her, the process of applying would have been much more difficult and my options would have been limited. I am very grateful that she helped me stand out among other applicants and that I will be attending my graduate program of choice.

College Acceptances:

University of Central Florida Master’s Degree Speech Pathology, Florida Atlantic University Master’s Degree Speech Pathology, Florida State University Master’s Degree Applied Behavioral Analysis, Boston University Master’s Degree Clinical Psychology, and Loyola University Master’s Degree Clinical Psychology.

Venita F.

College Acceptances:

University of Florida, Florida State University and University of Central Florida.

Allison W.

Thank you so much for helping me through the college application process.  I can’t imagine going through all the steps and complexities over the last five months without your guidance.  I am grateful that I had such great advice and insight along the way.  I feel confident in my decision and I can’t wait to start!  Thank you again.

College Acceptances:

University of Montana, University of Wyoming, Unity College.

Sara J.

Nancy-I have to give you full points for keeping us to the task of the college planning process. Please continue to keep us focused and thank you for all that you make possible!!!

Nancy – THANK YOU for helping my daughter with her application for a summer intern research position at the University of Washington Adolescent Health Risk & Resilience Lab. You taught her how to highlight her initiative and eagerness in the application–the result-she is one of four students selected.

Harvinder, father of rising high school senior