College admissions counseling success stories.

In 2012, years before I went on Shark Tank, I met Akbar when he presented to the parents and students in my SAT prep class. I learned a lot and realized that he is a true master of the admissions process and loves helping families understand everything. I have seen what he does and I am very excited that he joined Prep Expert as our Admissions Director!

Shaan Patel, Founder of Prep Expert

Ever since I was a child, I dreamed of going to a top school in the U.S. Until I met Mr. Rahel, I did not have the slightest idea of how to actually make that happen—I had never met anyone with experience in applying to these schools and all I knew was what I read on College Confidential.

When applying to colleges, Mr. Rahel helped me present myself through my essays in a way that effectively communicated my passions and interests, as well as helped me decide on whom to ask for letters of recommendation and which schools to apply to. Mr. Rahel’s help was central to my success in college applications and for preparing for the SAT because he kept track of my progress on practice tests. I don’t think I would have ever made it to my dream school, MIT, without the guidance and help of Mr.Rahel.

S.B. MIT Undergraduate

I just wanted to take this time to let you know how appreciative I am for your sincere and genuine care as you guided me along the admissions process into graduate pharmacy school. Not only was your expertise and knowledge invaluable to my acceptance to the #1 top school of my choice, but your friendly yet still professional attitude towards me made the process all the more a pleasant experience. It was a sincere pleasure to have met you right when I did and I am truly honored and thankful to have been able to work with you. I cannot thank you enough for providing me the opportunity to achieve my goals for the future! You are truly an inspiration as a person, mentor and teacher. Your passion to help others and make it a personal matter does not go unnoticed. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

G.S. Western University of Health Sciences Graduate/Pharmacy

Let me begin by saying that without the help of Mr. Rahel I would not have studied law at Columbia University. I met Mr. Rahel weeks before the applications were due, and he took it upon himself to help boost my chances for admission. He looks at each candidate individually, and puts the candidate in the best light possible for the admissions committee. He is very easy to work with and understands the sensitive nature of the process. His caring nature motivates him to do the best for every single student. I have referred a number of my friends to him over the years and they were all accepted to top colleges in different fields. We all know he is the person to contact when it comes to admissions. I highly recommend consulting with Mr. Akbar Rahel prior to sending your application in. He works wonders.

R.M. Columbia University Graduate/Law

Anyone who has ever gone through the college admissions process, undergraduate or graduate, is familiar with how stressful and tedious it can be. While many understand the importance of the application as a whole, few are able to recognize the significance of the personal statement and essays. I was one of those people. Before working with Mr. Rahel, I was certain that my competitive SAT score, GPA of 4.5, and extracurricular activities were enough to distinguish me in the college admissions process. In reality, when my grades, scores, and extracurriculars were compared to the other thousands of competitive applicants, there was very little to differentiate. The reality is that for today’s students, perfect scores are no longer enough, despite their essentiality. Mr. Rahel helped me with my personal statements and gave my college applications an undeniably razor blade sharp edge, and for that, I am forever grateful.

Unlike other companies and people I contacted, Mr. Rahel made an earnest effort to understand me as a person, instead of as a machine. I am certain that it was my essays that were the deciding factor in every admissions decision that I received. With the excellent feedback and invaluable advice, I was accepted to the University of California, Berkeley and a prestigious international dual degree program at Columbia University in the city of New York. I, without any reservation, acknowledge that it was Mr. Rahel that allowed me to reach my goals and has allowed me to take the next step in my future.

B.R. Columbia University Undergraduate

We are eternally grateful for the guidance and expertise our family received over the years. Both of our children were accepted to the most competitive Ivy League colleges (Harvard and Yale). There are not enough words to express our gratitude and how much we all appreciate the incredible life-changing opportunities this has opened!

Parents Harvard, Yale Undergraduates

I am so grateful for all the help and support I received in applying to colleges! Thanks to Mr. Akbar’s expertise, I was accepted to Yale early action, a truly life changing experience!

M.M. Yale University

I am the father of a recently accepted student to a great university near our home. We started to use Prep Expert’s admissions consulting services about three months before most applications were due. Mr. Rahel did a fantastic job helping my son. My son suffers from Aspergers syndrome and had difficulty organizing his essay. Mr. Rahel was with him at every step of the application process and coaching him with his future plans. Mr. Rahel is truly a caring person and got me involved in every step of my son’s application process. I truly cannot thank him enough for his diligent work. I have a younger son and I am planning to use his help in the near future!

Parent Undergraduate

Where do I even begin? Prep Expert is a life saver when it comes to mastering the college admissions process! Without them, I honestly don’t think I could have gotten into half of the schools that I have been accepted into. Mr. Rahel explained the key components of writing my college essays, which helped me later on when I started writing my essays for scholarships. At the end of the day, the people at Prep Expert were amazing to work with and I am so so grateful for all of the help! I was accepted to my first choice college of Harvard and several other colleges with hundreds of thousands of scholarship monies offered!

N.E. Harvard Undergraduate


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