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Getting into college today is far more difficult, competitive and expensive than ever before. Even a small oversight or mistake in the college admissions process can make all the difference in your son or daughter gaining admission to the school of their dreams or receiving a valuable scholarship. Less than 10% of students get into their first choice college, and 25% drop out their freshman year. Through it all, you will likely spend between $100,000 and $300,000 on room, board, tuition and travel for your child's education.

Yet in the end, immediate employment out of college is no longer guaranteed. Therefore, choosing the "right fit" school and environment to maximize their potential is critical. Would you invest $100,000+ in the stock market or real estate without the help of a professional broker or agent? Let the professional coaches at THE KEY guide you through this complex process and tap into your child’s passions and innate talents to unlock opportunities to build a road map for future success. Your sons and daughters are a few short years from leaving home, going to college, starting a career and going out on their own. Are they ready? Are you?


At the Net for UCS

Hi Rick,

Thank you for helping Victoria reach her dream of playing for USC! We could not have done it without you.

Best wishes,
Lainie Garrick

Right Fit to Perfect Fit

Dear Rick,

Sarah Lawrence College had an event on Monday for incoming Freshman. Laurel, Sami, Matt and I spent the day there. As we were leaving, I asked Sami how she was feeling … she said “it feels perfect”.

Thanks again Rick!,


Adding Real Value

Dear Rick,

I can't say thank you enough. My team spent most of the evening discussing the incredible value you delivered. Our CFO, Casey is interested in speaking with you further about his daughter. I know you can help them as well.

Thanks again,

Rick Nelson, CEO Direct Technology

Georgetown Bound

Dear Rick,

I wanted to let you know how unbelievably thankful I am for all of your help over the past 3 years with my entire college application process. I realize that this note is extremely late and so I apologize for that! I was so overwhelmed (and relieved, and elated, and crying tears of joy) after getting into Georgetown that I guess I forgot to thank the most influential and helpful person! Anyways, there was no way I could have handled everything without you. Thank you for every supplement edit, helping me with my indecisions, replying to my frantic e-mails and texts, and sticking with me until the end. It was seriously awesome working with you and I appreciate every single thing you did for me. You are the best! I'll see you soon!

Thanks again (so so so much!),


He's On The Team!

Hi Rick,

I just wanted to send you a note to thank you for everything you have done for Tyler and helping him get into Cal! thank you so much, could not have done it without you

Thanks again,
Proud Parent

So Many Choices

Hi Rick,

Hope all is well. Just wanted to let you know that Alexa was awarded the presidential scholarship at USC. She was also accepted to the Ross school at Michigan and offered a $11,000 a year scholarship as well as being offered $10,000 a year at Claremont with a chance for a full tuition award. She was also accepted to UCLA and UCSB. I wanted to thank you for all your help and guidance through this arduous process. I'll let you know the final decision when we have one, and when you have some time in the near future, I hope to talk to you about our son who is starting high school.

Thanks again,

Accepted at MIT

Rick and the Key,

As you know, MIT decisions came out early this morning. I wanted to let you know that I got in! It's both a blessing and a curse, because now I actually have to choose a school…
I wanted to thank you for all the work you and your team have done to help me and make the college application process smooth and stress-free. I see my friends who are struggling to keep track of every form and deadline and it makes me so grateful to have your help.

Thank you so much for all you do,

Tyler Bolinger Enters Pre-Production

Hey Rick and the Key,

I wanted to check in and tell you I'm currently in pre-pre-production to direct a 25 minute short film I wrote. Both of my actors and my cinematographer are Chapman folks. Because of them my vision is becoming a reality. With your coaching and persistence I was able to make my experience at Chapman an enormously valuable one. I'm extremely grateful for this: thank you for helping me follow my dream. Hope you, your family and the program are doing terrific.

Tyler Bolinger

Aliyah Parris Suits Up for Syracuse Basketball Team

Rick and the Key,

Although a good student, Aliyah has never been as excited about school as she is at Syracuse University. First semester we had some trepidation. This was the first time since kindergarten that Aliyah walked into a situation new and alone. In the past she went to school with relatives, friends, teammates etc. This year there would be none of that. Also, because of the timing of her acceptance and as a transfer student it prevented her from getting into any of the dorms on campus. Therefore, she got an off campus apartment. Being an athlete and lonely, Aliyah found solace in the gym. Working out, playing basketball she was able to make friends with some of the players and a trainer from the girls basketball team. Aliyah, previously had two major surgeries and two unfulfilled years of college basketball. Aliyah, who thought her basketball career was over was encouraged to interview for the girl's basketball team manager by the trainer. Shy Aliyah had a great interview and was offered the job as one of the team's mangers. One of the advantages being part of the team, she was allowed to workout in their gym where she caught the coach's eye. As a result she was offered a position as a player on the team. While new #12 has been red-shirted per NCAA rules this year, she is however, allowed to practice and sit on the bench during games. She is looking forward to next year when she will be playing Division One basketball for Syracuse University as a senior. This has been a dream come true for her. Whereas, all of this is great, we are extremely proud of her continued commitment to education excellence. The semester ended with her earning a 3.67gpa. She is committed and confident that she will continue to excel and maximize her time at Syracuse University as a scholar/athlete thereby preparing herself for success in the future. Rick, Syracuse University would not have been possible without your help and for that we are grateful. Again, just wanted to give you a quick update and say thanks.

Sincere thanks,
Mike and Tracy Parris

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