Success Stories

Our staff works diligently and closely with each and every family to demystify the college application process while drawing out the student’s unique interests, learning styles, and values. We closely mentor each student, focusing on being motivators, instilling a sense of excellence and confidence, and nurturing development. Communication lines are always open, and while we are firm in our process, we develop long-term relationships with both student and family. For a list of universities our students have been accepted to, please click here.

Kelly
Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2021

In short, working with Jodi and Aureus Prep is the best decision you could make regarding the college process. Five stars is an understatement, to say the least.

In terms of navigating the hurricane that is college admissions, Jodi Redmond and the AP team are a godsend. From finalizing my list to finding logistics and details about each school to organizing and editing my essays, I would have been completely lost without AP. Regardless of whatever issues arose (and issues abound in the college process) it was an invaluable safety net to know I could text someone who was not only extremely knowledgable about the subject but also cared a great deal about my success as a student and just me as a person. This alone made working with Jodi more than worth it.

However, the wonders of Aureus Prep did not stop there. Jodi has curated an elite team of tutors to prepare students for the ACT and SAT subject tests. To prep for the ACT, I worked with Andrew, a Stanford grad who was clearly brilliant but very sweet and easy to work with. In terms of my essays, Jodi and Emily (a successful screenwriter) did a beautiful job editing so I could present myself in the best light.

Overall, working with Jodi and Aureus Prep truly changed my life, and you would be doing yourself an extraordinary favor if you did the same.

Lucho
Columbia University Class, Class of 2021

I seriously could not have gone through this process without Jodi and the Aureus team. She brings such expertise and knowledge to the college application process that it truly motivated me to put on the page the best representation of myself. Her writing abilities are beyond impeccable, not to mention the entire team she has with her. Passing down this experience to me allowed me to give schools creative, yet straightforward representations of who I am.

The understanding that Jodi has for the application process as a whole and her ability to transfer it to her students is exactly what the top universities are looking for. There is truly no better counselor who can get the best out of a student and help that student to fully thrive while still enjoying the process. Jodi herself is a learning experience for anyone who has the opportunity to encounter her.

Dario
Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2021

Working with Jodi made my junior and senior years a breeze. She was always there when I needed her and had access to the best tutors for test prep. She also set me up with an internship with a CEO. It was so reassuring to have someone I knew I could count on. I certainly couldn’t have done as well without her!

Jane
Brown University, Class of 2013

Jodi paid close attention to who I really am, dissected my needs, and guided me through the application process with inspiring advice and much-needed practical help. She tore down my fear of writing and, to my surprise, made the application process one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had. I still thank Jodi for all the help she gave me; her support got me into Brown, the school I wanted to attend the most, and I would have never had the last four wonderful years of my life without her. Thank you Aureus!

Tyler
Brown University, Class of 2018

Jodi Redmond was an invaluable asset during my college application process. I arrived with a decent common app essay, but Jodi helped me take apart what I had written and pointed out changes that ultimately resulted in a much more cohesive piece of writing. She was a highly skilled editor with great attention to detail, and she was very helpful throughout the various stages of supplement writing. From the first day we met to the day I turned in my application, it was very clear that Jodi has deep knowledge of the way that the college admissions process works. I am now happily studying at Brown University, and I can confidently say that Jodi helped me get here.

C Leung
Harvard University, Class of 2012

We just received acceptances to both Harvard and Princeton (amongst all the other acceptances). I simply can’t believe that we are so fortunate to have these options. You were there for us, encouraging us, through the entire process, and your expertise and guidance is what brought us to this point. Thank you!

Hediyeh
University of California, Los Angeles

Jodi made the application process totally enjoyable. She made me feel comfortable throughout what would have been a rather stressful journey. I felt like I had a true friend who was really looking out for me with the best of intentions.

Rebecca
University of Southern California, Class of 2018

I will forever consider meeting Jodi the universe’s want and the stars aligning. Our casual small talk at our first meeting blossomed into a friendship and mentorship that has allowed me access to new opportunities, the discovery of a strength and belief in myself that was once lacking, and access to the hands-down most personalized, sincere, dedicated, charismatic, and intelligent “college counselor” (she is above and beyond a college counselor to me, but an invaluable guidance) imaginable.

Jodi and Aureus Prep are entirely devoted to their students. What you want and aim to achieve is their foremost priority. Jodi prepared me for the college realm, and its application to real life situations. She gave me a realistic understanding of what my academics and extra curriculars had to offer to the colleges of my interest, while fostering a personal challenge to aim higher than I would have thought I could achieve.

In the end, with Jodi and AP’s help, devotion, and support I was admitted to every school of my choice. The endless hours with Jodi of revising, reviewing, and deciding curated not only a successful college profile (and made a seriously overwhelmed high school senior incredibly grateful for her choices),  but also a constant support-system, friend, and mentor in my moments of panic and bliss.

I am honored to be an alumna of Jodi and AP. As an upcoming sophomore at the University of Southern California studying International Relations and Global Business, I can contently, truly, and highly, highly, recommend Jodi and AP for college advisement. Thank you endlessly and eternally Jodi and AP for your guidance throughout the process… You are truly the best of the best.

Janet
Mother of a UC Berkeley Student, Class of 2019

The college application process can be daunting, even for someone confident like my daughter, who is an extremely motivated self-starter. She was able to tackle the challenge of researching the many college options available, but the many options made it even more daunting. Though extremely disciplined academically, my daughter was numb in the face of  writing the required college essay (make that essays plural because there are so many supplement essays)! It was next to impossible to be able to decide what her personal statement should focus on — too many choices had her unable to know which topic was best and incapable of knowing how to edit her numerous essays to fit the required word limit. That’s where Aureus came in and saved the day. Jodi was highly recommended by a friend who had heard amazing things about Jodi’s style and effective essay tutoring. We were lucky that a student opted to choose a gap year over attending college and made a space available for our daughter to receive Jodi’s attention. Attention is an understatement. Jodi was able to focus in on what was the essence of my daughter’s passion and commitment and managed to lift the paralysis which had kept my daughter from being able to begin her essays.

Additionally, Jodi was able to communicate in a kind and respectful manner – albeit strong – how to focus on the big picture while remembering to add the nuanced details which helped to define my daughter. It’s as if my daughter’s thoughts and enthusiasm jumped off the pages of the essays and into the reader’s lap. There is no doubt in my mind that Jodi managed to keep my daughter focused on expressing herself in the most genuine way so that any college admissions officer reading her essays would not only be interested and impressed, but duly moved and entertained!  In addition to inspiring my daughter to write from her heart – in her own voice – Jodi accomplished what is equally as important, if not more difficult when one’s client is a teenager: Jodi kept my daughter on a schedule. THIS IS KEY!  There is no way our daughter would listen to us regarding deadlines, but with Jodi, she made edits and rewrites happen, even if it was the eleventh hour.  Jodi was strong and supportive and, like a great coach, raised the bar and expected our daughter to understand and meet the mandatory deadlines, something my daughter never would have done on her own or with our prodding, despite her self-discipline in most other areas.

Hiring Jodi enabled us to keep the stress at bay. I cannot imagine what it would have been like to have been the one demanding to see rewrites, drafts, etc. The back-and-forth conversations, texts, 24/7 connection between Jodi and my daughter were a luxury, but all worth it — we’re at the tail end of hearing from all the schools and so far my daughter is at 100% acceptance to over a dozen schools! It is unbelievable and incredibly exciting. We are all grateful for Jodi and her Aureus Prep Team – all Ivy League grads!

Sophie
UCLA, Class of 2019

I remember when I started the college application process. I was a nervous wreck. My previous experiences with applying to colleges and college counselors had been less than satisfactory. Then came Jodi, who took me in even though she was no longer taking on new clients for the season (she has a waitlist and my mom had to talk her into adding me). Now I get why people are so into her. She completely changed my perspective on the application process. It was no longer this intimidating task that I couldn’t manage, but it was now a process that I confidently took control of. She was able to encourage me and guide me through the process, all while becoming an amazing friend (students totally gel with her; that’s her secret).

Jodi was able to take an unbiased look at my essays and help me edit them strategically with a perfect understanding of what each school needed. We scrapped some and started from scratch. We looked within and got really deep, which was scary but rewarding. Because of Jodi, I wasn’t nervous to hear back from the schools, but felt excited and confident. Jodi gave me back the hope that I had long lost before I met her, and thanks to her individualized work with me, I now have acceptance letters from UC Berkeley, UCLA, Wisconsin-Madison, Emory, Northeastern, UC Santa Cruz, and UC San Diego!

Sabrina
Mother of a Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan Student, Class of 2019 (Part 1)

I just finished going through the college application process with my oldest son. Needless to say, things have changed since I applied to colleges many years ago!!!  So many people have shared with me the stresses they went through during this time and we did have a few of our own – but I must say that most of our stress was alleviated when we started working with Jodi Redmond at Aureus Prep. Jodi is talented, creative, organized, well educated, prepared and well versed in the art of applying to college, most especially when it comes to essay writing.  What I most appreciate about Jodi is that she taught my son a new way to write that truly helped him communicate who he is on paper.

We found her editing skills to be inspiring and were equally amazed at her ability to take 1000 words and turn them into a brilliant supplement essay that could only be 250. She held my son responsible for doing the work and getting it to her in a timely manner so that the editing process was smooth and stress free. She was happy to answer any questions I had about the process and there was open communication between her, myself, and my son from the start.  I have already signed up with her to work with my two younger sons!!! She is a gift in this process, a calm in the storm and exceptional at this work!!!!

Sabrina
Mother of a Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan Student, Class of 2019 (Part 2)

This is my second testimonial for Aureus Prep! Jodi Redmond and her staff at Aureus Prep are exceptional.  I have been part of the process of working with Jodi for the past three years.  She and her staff have supported, guided and assisted my older two boys through the college application process over a three year period and she will be working with my youngest when it’s his turn : )

We first hired her to help our oldest son edit his college application essays.  They worked diligently with Zach, giving him a voice in his essays yet really helping him edit them down so that they met the standard word count.  More than that though, Jodi really helped Zach learn how to write an engaging essay, one that would bring the reader into his life rather than just talking about his experiences.  Zachary is very happy at the Ross School of Business at UMich!

We started working earlier with Jodi for AJ.  She and her staff worked with him as a Junior to support him in his activities and in pursuing his interests as well as with ACT prep.  She got to know him and assisted him in looking at colleges he may not have considered without her input.  It has been another amazing experience and he has been accepted almost everywhere he has applied.  We are still waiting on a few more responses.

If you are looking for support and guidance through what can be an overwhelming experience, I highly recommend Aureus Prep!!!! I can’t say enough about their professionalism, their service and their availability throughout the process both to me as a mom and to the student with whom they are working.

Rachel
UC Berkeley, Class of 2019

Jodi pushed me to dig deep about myself and succeeded in helping me put my personality and passions into each one of my essays. Because of her, each essay and extracurricular section came alive and I felt confident in every single application that I sent in. All the rewrites were definitely worth it; I was fortunate enough to have 18 acceptances out of the 19 schools I applied to. And now, I couldn’t be happier at UC Berkeley.

Kunsiri
International Student from Thailand

I’m an international student and was finding it hard to get good grades in an American university, especially in English Composition. I was struggling with the reading material (and writing) for class. The essay writing in particular was really difficult, and I was feeling as if I needed to drop the course. That was around the time that I heard about Jodi at Aureus Prep. Jodi has worked with so many international students, getting them into great universities, and she was optimistic. She looked for my weaknesses and made sure to focus on strengthening them. Not only has my English improved, but I’ve gained critical thinking skills which, I believe, is really important to a successful education and career in this country.

I started out with the tutoring almost a quarter of the semester in, which I thought was too late, but at the end of the day, I received an A in the course! I continued to study with Jodi for English 2 (also a composition and critical thinking course, which was very difficult), and got an A in that as well. I’m now working with another tutor at Aureus for my GRE prep, and it’s great. All along, Jodi was concerned not just with my specific coursework and homework, but with my overall performance and actually learning the material so that I would be able to transfer to any school that I want and do well there. Overall, I feel very lucky to have found Aureus Prep and Jodi. She makes me feel comfortable, confident, and gives me the tools and encouragement to do my best.

Benyapa
International Student from Thailand

My experience with Aureus Prep changed my future. First, I have to say that Jodi, the director, saved my academic life. If I hadn’t met her, I’m not sure of where I would be studying right now. I was an international student at Santa Monica College and my GPA was low. I knew I would not be able to transfer, which was my goal, if things didn’t change. I heard about Aureus Prep from my sister, who was already studying with Jodi. Based on her Harvard degree, I was a bit scared. But it turned out that not only was she really nice and down-to-earth, but she excels in explaining and teaching. This is really important for an ESL speaker/learner. Whenever I didn’t understand the material, she explained it clearly and patiently until there was no question I knew what to do.

After having her as my tutor for 2 semesters, my GPA went up EXPONENTIALLY. My professors and the other students were so impressed by my improvement. She was especially great with my composition courses, which were difficult, and I ended up with As. I am so thankful that I met her. I also studied with Justin for biology, and had a great experience. Jodi ended up helping me with my college applications, and I was accepted into almost every school that I applied to.

Christine
Graduate Student at UCLA

Ten years after graduating from college, I started the process of applying to graduate school. When writing my statement of purpose for my application, I was totally overwhelmed and had no idea where to start. Jodi and her team were there to help me throughout the entire process. They helped me to put together a great essay that set my application apart from the rest and helped me to get into the school I wanted.

David
Graduate Student at the American University of Paris

When I was applying for graduate school, I was required to write a personal statement.  I knew that in order to stand out from the large number of applicants, my writing needed to be exceptional. Aureus Prep’s essay advisement services helped bring out some of my best writing, and taught me how to express myself while showing the admissions panel that I was a great fit for their program. The best part is that this was all done via Skype and email as I’m not in Los Angeles. I ended up getting accepted into the program, and I know that my personal statement had A LOT to do with it.  If you are you looking for essay advisement services and editing for college or grad school, I would absolutely recommend Aureus Prep. I worked with Jodi, the director, but they are all highly educated and experts in the admissions process.

Mikey
NYU, Class of 2020

Working with Aureus was an incredible experience. I would never have been able to get into the NYU without Jodi’s help. I will forever be grateful!

Matthew
University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Working with Aureus removed so much of the stress from the college application process for me. Jodi and her team helped mitigate so much pressure through constant encouragement and management of deadlines. More than that, though, I learned a lot about myself and grew tremendously as a writer. I learned how to challenge the way I thought about myself and the world, and developed the skills to eloquently express those thoughts in writing. For that, I am so grateful for the Aureus staff!

Zach
University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Attending the University of Michigan has been the starting point on which my entire professional and social life has thrived. Since attending, I have exponentially developed my business and technical skills. The education received here has allowed me to pursue a career at Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations Consulting Division, where I have applied my learning to assist companies in traversing the disruptive factors affecting the business world today. Without the help of Jodi and her team I don’t believe any of this would have been possible. If you’re looking to set yourself up with the best chances of your college dreams, this is the place to start.

Gidon
Cornell University

The Aureus staff was just so great at pushing me to do my very best while making it feel easy and fun. It’s unique to work with relatable professionals who have both Ivy degrees and actual admissions experience. Jodi somehow managed to get me, a person who generally dislikes writing, to put in thirty or more drafts and revisions with a few months, which is something I could not have done on my own. I obtained significant scholarship money and am extremely excited for Cornell.

Jordan
University of Southern California

Jodi and the whole team truly made me feel like I was their priority at all times. The attention to detail through the entire application process as wells with the tutoring and course selection changed my college experience. This team is incredible. Anyone transferring from Santa Monica College must go to Aureus!

Savannah
Lewis and Clark College

I feel that any words I could use will not adequately describe how truly amazing Aureus Prep – and Jodi – is. Before I reached out to Aureus Prep I was afraid I wouldn’t get into any colleges (my standardized test scores an grades weren’t high enough). I felt incredibly underprepared, I didn’t know what was necessary for applications, and I didn’t know what steps I needed to take. Aureus Prep is a very small group of professionals – all with crazy big degrees, many of whom are professional novelists and writers, all with admissions experience – who have a unique essay writing technique designed to help students stand out in the piles of essays from other applicants. I have now been admitted to the school of my dreams (along with acceptances to 12 schools, all with scholarship money!), and I know for certain that this would not have been the case were it not for the amazing people at Aureus. Thank you, Jodi. You are loved.

Mason
University of Texas at Austin

The college app process with Aureus was an amazing experience – from test prep to applications to brag sheets to composing difficult essays. Not only did it help me as a student, but also as an individual, and Jodi was with me every step of the way. I am so grateful for your guidance and support.

Mark
University of Michigan

Jodi guided me through every step of the application process, creating a much less stressful application season (and eased the stress with my parents as well)! I was given ample time, guidance, and hands-on assistance on how to communicate my thoughts, my essence, and my experiences in a truly (and remarkably) compelling way that set me apart from other applicants. I had an outstanding season, and am very happy to be at the University of Michigan. I still visit Jodi when I’m back home from school and am in touch often.

AJ
University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Applying to colleges can be an extremely stressful and grueling process. I made constant calls to Jodi throughout my junior and senior years, and she was always there to guide me along, from activity planning and building my resume, to any and all questions I had about getting into schools. Jodi and her Aureus team truly helped me stay organized and feel confident throughout the entire process. Their ability to guide me through the writing (and make edits that allowed my voice to stay consistent) was incredible and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. Jodi and her team had previously worked with my older brother and what she gave my family was a gift.

Justin
NYU

Working with Jodi and the Aureus team was by far the best decision I made with applying to colleges. If it wasn’t for them, I surely would not have gotten into all my top schools. From help with my entrance essays to tutoring for my advanced classes, Jodi and the team helped and encouraged me every step of the way. I continue to work with them on my coursework and papers, and we have begun the graduate school application process together.

Rebecca
University of Southern California School of International Relations

The Aureus team’s mentorship allowed me access to new opportunities, the discovery of a strength and belief in myself that was lacking prior, and access to the hands-down most personalized, sincere, dedicated, charismatic, and intelligent college counseling imaginable. Jodi and her team are extremely devoted to their students. What you want to achieve is their foremost priority. Jodi prepared me for the college realm and it’s application to real life situations. She gave me a realistic understanding of what my academics and activities had to offer to colleges, while fostering a personal challenge to aim higher than I believed I could have achieved. With Jodi and AP’s help, devotion, and support, I was admitted to every school of my choice. The endless hours of revising, reviewing, and deciding curated not only a successful college profile, but also a constant support system, friend, and mentor in my moments of panic and bliss. Truly the best of the best.

Lucho
Columbia University

I seriously could not have gone through this process without Jodi and the Aureus team. She brings such expertise and knowledge to the college application process that it truly motivated me to put on the page the best representation of myself. Her writing abilities are beyond impeccable, not to mention the entire team she has with her. Passing down this experience to me allowed me to give schools creative, yet straightforward representations of who I am. The understanding that Jodi has for the application process as a whole and her ability to transfer it to her students is exactly what the top universities are looking for. There is truly no better counselor who can get the best out of a student and help that student to fully thrive while still enjoying the process. Jodi herself is a learning experience for anyone who has the opportunity to encounter her.

Dario
Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Working with Jodi made my junior and senior years a breeze. She was always there when I needed her and had access tot eh best tutors for test prep. She also set me up with an internship with a CEO. It was so reassuring to have someone I knew I could count on. I certainly couldn’t;t have done as well without her.

Rohan
College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

Working with Jodi (and team) is incredibly easy because she is truly your friend, and guides you through the otherwise tough process of college applications.

Sofia
University of Southern California

Working with Jodi has made such a difference in my college application process as well as my success in high school. She has been. constant support – there for me at all hours – and always motivated me to do my best. I loved working with her and know that we will always remain close.

Ryan
University of Pennsylvania

Jodi’s guidance was unreal… helped me get accepted to almost every school I applied to, including Penn, Michigan, and Boston College. Whether it was late night conversations or day of admit decision text messages, Jodi was always there.

Kelly
Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania

In terms of navigating the hurricane that is college admissions, Jodi Redmond and the AP team are a godsend. From finalizing my list to finding logistics details about each school to organizing and editing essays, I would have been completely lost without AP. Regardless of whatever issues arose (and issues abound in the college process), it was an invaluable safety net to know I could text someone who was not only extremely knowledgable about the subject but also cared a great deal about my success as a student and just me as a person. This alone made working with Jodi more than worth it.

Trevor
School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Working with Jodi and the Aureus team was an amazing experience. Not only did they help me prepare to apply to schools but they also guided me in getting to make sure I was in the right position to start my freshman year. Their continuous support and dedication to their students is what makes them so great. Without Aureus, I would definitely not be where I am today!

Rachel
University of California, Berkeley

Jodi pushed me to dig deep about myself and succeeded in helping me put my personality and passions into each one of my essays. Because of her, each essay and extracurricular section came alive and I felt confident in every single application that I sent in. All the rewrites were definitely worth it; I was fortunate enough to have 18 acceptances out of the 19 schools I applied to. And now, I couldn’t be happier at UC Berkeley.

Henry
Southern Methodist University

I began the college process having no idea where I should spend the next four years of my life or even where I could get in. My brother had experienced amazing success with Jodi, and I formed a relationship with her. She was able to understand what I truly needed and not only direct me to the colleges where I would thrive, but she held my hand through the entire application process, from resumes to interviews to the actual applications, and ALL of the essays. She was available whenever I needed her, even at a moment’s notice. She brought out the very best in me by giving me every bit of what I needed (including every inch of her time). I got into so many selective schools, had choices, and was even offered scholarships! Once frightened by the whole process and nervous for my future, I am now confident and excited about the next four years! Aureus is the best.

Mikey
NYU

Working with Aureus was an incredible experience. I would never have been able to get into NYU without Jodi’s help. I will forever be grateful!

Izzy
University of Maryland, College Park

Working with Jodi and her team made the entire college application process run smoothly. I felt like I had the support I needed and was helped to showcase myself in the best possible light. With Jodi’s help, I was able to apply to 20 schools and not feel stressed about deadlines or my writing. She was amazing, and I am now at a school that I love!

Navid
University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

I’ve never worked with a more dedicated group to help me in the pursuit of my goals in attaining an education at the highest level. Their strategic process was a key factor in my admittance to Berkeley (as well as other top schools). I wouldn’t be where I am without Jodi and her team.

Ariel
University of California, Los Angeles

Applying to college can be incredibly overwhelming and challenging. Having to focus on an academic course load simultaneously doesn’t make it any easier. Finding the right college counselor can make the seemingly elusive dream school a reality as it did for me. Jodi and her team are organized, friendly, and highly experienced experts on the application process. The absolute best!0hy/gh

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