Our students have been accepted to a wide variety of colleges and universities, such as:

American University
Auburn University
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bucknell University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
The Catholic University of America
Chapman University

Colby College
Colgate University
College of Charleston
College of The Holy Cross
The College of William and Mary
Connecticut College
Columbia University
Cornell University
Davidson College
Dean College
Dickinson College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Franklin and Marshall College
The George Washington University
Gettysburg College
High Point University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Indiana University, Bloomington
Ithaca College
James Madison University
Knox College
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Marist College
Mercyhurst College
Miami University, Ohio


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University of Mary Washington
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Miami
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Missouri, Columbia
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of Southern California
University of South Carolina
University of Tampa
University of Texas, Austin
University of Vermont
University of Virginia, Main Campus
University of Wisconsin
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
Washington University in St. Louis

Now that the application process is over, I’d like to thank Denise for all her help and support. For many months, she helped me improve and strengthen my college essays. With words of encouragement and a wide smile, she was a pleasure to work with. She kept me on track, and thanks to Denise, I had great choices for college!”
— Olivia, Connecticut College ‘22

“I cannot thank Denise Baylis enough for all of the help and guidance she gave me. I first came to her because I wanted to transfer to a larger university that would offer me more pathways to explore my interests than my current small liberal arts school offers. However, what I gained after working with her was so much more. Through her one-on-one personal help, I was able to discover that I could major and build a career around my long-term passion for nutritional sciences. Denise never left me in the college search to struggle by myself. She was there for me from helping me explore my interests, to selecting schools, to the application process and to essay editing. Her knowledge of the search, application and admissions process, combined with her compassionate nature and constant support, has truly led me to success. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Denise."

—​ Maya B., Elmsford, NY

Success Stories

“Denise truly saved the day. Our son was looking to transfer and had decided on only one school. Denise convinced him to broaden his search, and helped him identify three additional out-of-state universities. She also gently discouraged my husband and I from getting too involved in the application process - explaining that schools understand these are young men and women who are discovering themselves. She was someone our son could talk to, strategize with, and call when things got lost in the mail. He was ultimately accepted into all four schools, and he chose one of the universities that he and Denise identified. He is over-the-moon happy and so are we! "
— Joan M., Chicago, IL / Son at Brandeis University

“College applications are extremely stressful and time consuming. It’s difficult to do everything on your own, especially when it comes to writing various essays, supplements and going through the editing process. I was lucky enough to have Ms. Denise Baylis guiding me throughout the entire process, helping me choose the right schools to apply to and creating and perfecting my essays and supplements. With her guidance I was able to remain organized, choosing the best schools for me and producing college applications that I was truly proud of. The smile and positive attitude that Ms. Baylis brought to every meeting was truly comforting. Ultimately her guidance, support and kind nature has helped me to achieve my dream of attending Cornell University and the skills I acquired with her will remain with me for a lifetime.”
— Alana, Cornell University ‘17

"As the mom of a college-bound high school student in the midst of the highly competitive and labor intensive process of college admissions, Denise has been indispensable in navigating this complicated journey and making it less stressful.  Her support, experience, and knowledge of all aspects of applying to college made the process so much more manageable. I can't imagine my daughter or I doing it without her!"

— Angela M., New Rochelle, NY

“I came to know Denise Baylis after my daughter had a disappointing freshman year in a small liberal arts college that did not meet her academic needs. My daughter needed focus in identifying a college major and career goal. Denise took my daughter under her wing of experience and guidance. More importantly she boosted her confidence, and my daughter was smiling again. She guided her through the process in a realistic and concrete way. With Denise's help, my daughter was able to choose a college major and career goals that are suited to her personality, interests and academic strengths. Denise is a wealth of information. She helped research the best schools for my daughter, taking into account her transfer status, preferred major, financial need, and application deadlines. And above all, she treated my daughter with respect and understanding. Coincidentally, about 2 hours before writing this testimonial, my daughter received her fourth acceptance for the Fall of 2014! She was accepted all four schools she applied to: Cornell University, Emory University, Boston University and Tulane University. Many thanks to Denise!”
— Michele B., Elmsford, NY

“I asked Denise Baylis of Open Door Educational Consultants to aid my son with his college transfer process. We started late in the process so time was of the essence. Denise managed to schedule time to either meet in person, on the phone or via Skype. She worked closely with my son to choose a major, find colleges that would best suit his needs, and meet all of the deadlines to apply. He was accepted to all of the schools he applied to and will be transferring this Fall. I highly recommend Denise as she is teen friendly, professional, thorough and knowledgeable about this daunting process.”

— Maria R., Valley Cottage, NY
  Son Nick is a sophomore at Ithaca College, majoring in TV and Film

​Muhlenberg College
New York University
Northeastern University

Northwestern University
Occidental College
The Ohio State University, Columbus
Pace University
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rollins College
Sarah Lawrence College
Siena College
Skidmore College
Southern Methodist University
SUNY Albany
SUNY Binghamton
SUNY Buffalo
SUNY Fredonia
Susquehanna University
Syracuse University
Texas A&M University
Towson University
Trinity College, CT
Tulane University
Union College
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Arizona
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Dayton
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Georgia
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Maryland, College Park

"Being a parent of a young adult, we were so fortunate to find Denise who helped my daughter with this stressful and difficult process.  It was such a relief to know that she was being guided weekly by someone who has so much experience and professionalism. I am truly grateful and highly recommend Denise’s expertise."
— Theresa F., Mom of University at Buffalo Dance Major

"We can’t thank Denise enough for all that she’s done to help our daughter get accepted to many great colleges. She was not only a great support for her, but for the whole family. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts."
— Elana G., Ardsley, NY / Daughter at Tulane University

"Working with Denise on our son’s college application process helped take the stress out of a very stressful time. Her constant attention to requirements, deadlines and understanding of what the schools were truly looking for in their applications was key. Her guidance helped to garner acceptance to almost every school that our son applied to."
— Donna I., Waccabuc, NY / Son at Southern Methodist University

“I don’t think I could have survived the whole college process without Denise!"
— Katie, University of Pennsylvania Engineering, ‘22

College applications are extremely stressful and time consuming. Often it becomes difficult to do everything on your own, especially when it comes to writing numerous essays, supplements and going through the editing process. I was lucky enough to have Denise Baylis guiding me throughout the entire college admissions process, helping me choose the right schools to apply to and to create and perfect my essays and supplements. With her guidance I was able to remain organized, choosing the best schools for me and producing a college application that I was truly proud of. The smile and positive attitude that Ms. Baylis brought to every meeting was truly comforting. Ultimately her guidance, support and kind nature have helped me to achieve my dream of attending Cornell University. The skills I acquired with her will remain with me for a lifetime.

— Alana S. Cornell University 2017

“Thank you so much for helping my son!!  This has been such a great experience for him and us.  You are great at your job and unbelievably dedicated!! I am so thankful that you were recommended to us! “
— Kathy F., Pelham, NY  

"Denise Baylis has been wonderful with my daughters. She demystified the college application process and gave them the confidence to achieve all that’s involved. Her personal qualities— patience, commitment and organization— were a perfect fit for my daughters. She knows how to  communicate and work with high school students, and is very knowledgeable. It was such a big relief to know that she was on top of everything, including due dates, documents needed, essay editing, etc. She was just a pleasure to work with! I highly recommend her services!"
— Nadine N., Larchmont, NY /Daughters at Dickinson College and Connecticut College

“Denise opened my eyes to a variety of schools I had never considered before or even knew about. She introduced me to Miami University, which is the school I am currently attending and loving. Denise was also very crucial to assisting me in writing and individualizing essays and preparing my applications.”
— Devin, Miami University ‘20

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