chalkboard is a boutique consultancy
serving students and their families

  • “I will be heading to Stanford in a couple of weeks and could not have done it without your help! Thank you for your endless effort in helping me with everything!”

    New Mexico, College Applicant 2014
  • “Nana is an excellent editor. More importantly, she is a fantastic coach and with every draft I forwarded to her I became a more confident writer. I was accepted into nine out of ten masters program I applied to.”

    Texas, Grad School Applicant, 2011; University of London, Cass Business School Graduate 2012
  • “Nana didn’t just edit my college application essay – she taught me to be a better writer.”

    Colorado, College Applicant 2007; Harvard graduate 2012

SINCE 2002

  • Served 100+ clients
  • 92% accepted at one or more “reach” schools
  • Stanford acceptance rate 75%
  • Harvard acceptance rate 50%
  • Reed acceptance rate 66%
  • Northwestern acceptance rate 50%


  • We help you find a school where you will be happy
  • We treat you as a partner and an equal
  • We assemble the best team for you
  • We put your best foot forward
  • We ensure that prospective schools know who you are

client acceptances include:

American University

Arizona State University

Babson College

Bard College

Bates College

Beacon College

Brown University

Bucknell University

California Institute of Technology

Cambridge University

Case Western University

Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Chapman University

City University of London, Masters Program

Colorado College

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado State University

Columbia University

Cornell University

Cornell University, Graduate School Sociology

Curry University

Dartmouth College

Denison College

Denver University

DePaul University

Fashion Institute of Technology

Georgetown University, Masters Program

Georgetown University

Harvard University

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Imperial College of London, Masters Program


Johns Hopkins University

Landmark College

Lewis and Clark College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New York University

Northwestern University

Occidental College

Pennsylvania State University

Pitzer College

Princeton University

Purdue University

Reed College

Rollins College

Santa Clara University

Sarah Lawrence College

St Louis’s Olin Business School, Masters Program

St. Edwards College

Smith College

Stanford University

Texas State University

Tulane University, Masters Program

Union College

University of Aberdeen, Masters Program

University of Arizona

University of California, Berkeley

University of Colorado, Boulder

University of Dundee, Masters Program

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of London’s Cass Business School

University of Miami

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

University of Notre Dame

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of Santa Cruz

University of Southern California Film School

University of Southern California

University of Texas Austin

University of Utah, Masters Program

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

University of Washington, Seattle

University of Wisconsin at Madison

Vanderbilt University

Western Michigan University School of Medicine