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For the last 15 years, I have been blessed to help thousands of families just like yours find, apply and get into great colleges. Yet, every year I meet teenagers who are more stressed, more overwhelmed, and more afraid they won't get into a "good" school. My goal has always been to show students how to be authentic, how to discover their true interests, and how doing less often results in both more acceptances and a more enjoyable life.


My approach has been considered revolutionary because it runs counter to commonly-held beliefs about how college admissions works and why students get accepted. I feel blessed that families from all over the world, including top CEOs, celebrities, and parents who never went to college have placed their trust in me to help their children navigate the admissions process. I am also proud to say that year after year, my students have gone on to amazing colleges that truly match who they are as people.


Given that I am the first in my family to attend college and the third to get accepted to Stanford from my urban, public high school, I now want to fulfill my mission of helping as many families realize the incredible opportunities available.

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How to Help Your Child Create a Standout

College Application By Being Themselves

  • Use the Common Application to your advantage. 

  • Craft a genuine Personal Statement by using stories. 

  • Demonstrate uniqueness by writing an exceptional “Why do you want to go to our college?" essay.

  • Learn why reaching out to admissions officers can make a big difference.

  • Avoid the 4 biggest pitfalls in the application process.

  • Read as a PDF or Listen as an Audio Book!



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Welcome to Extraordinary U.—the only podcast for teens and young adults designed to show you how to discover your passions and create your own success stories. America's top youth success coach and host Danny Ruderman has helped thousands of teens find what they love and become incredibly successful in music, technology, business, and the arts. Tune in weekly to hear Danny interview young people who have accomplished extraordinary things so that you can learn how to think big, and go for it! 


Acceptance Academy

Acceptance Academy is a 3-day program where Danny teaches rising seniors how to create stand-out applications and pairs them 1-1 with his trained, certified coaches to write unique and authentic admissions essays.


“It's wonderful people like you, who keep the integrity and build the character of future generations..” 

—  Ivan B, Parent

"I just wanted to say thank you for what you did for me. Most of all, my gratitude is for helping me understand that I didn’t need to get into an Ivy League school to flourish and achieve my highest potential in life."

—  Ethan W, Student

"Thank you for being the most awesome college counselor out there!"​

 Michele K, Parent

“Danny! You are a badass, can’t thank you enough for helping me get into my top choice of colleges!"

​—  Ryan K, Student

"It was your focus on integrity and helping kids find what they’re interested in that most attracted us to you...we agree with you that happiness and feeling a sense of purpose is driven by doing something you love." 

—  Nicole L, Parent

“Thank you for all that you do.

My daughter is really enjoying her experience working with you and we feel so lucky to have you in her corner."​

—  Lori W, Parent


“Danny totally had my back and helped me express who I really was–no easy task in such a high-growth phase of life. I am forever grateful for Danny’s guidance.” 

—  Evan Spiegel, CEO Snapchat

“Danny gave outstanding advice and was patient and kind with my daughter. If you’re looking to help your child, Danny would be your first choice.”​

—  Dylan McDermott, Actor

"Danny gets what teens are going through and is good at explaining things in ways that make sense.
He made me feel a lot less stressed and more confident in myself."​

— Imani Cheadle, Student





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Danny Ruderman is nationally recognized as one of America’s premier college counselors. After being the first from his family to attend college and only the 3rd student to be accepted into Stanford University from his public high school, Danny's mission is to help as many families as possible navigate the admission process. He is the author of The Ultimate College Acceptance System (St. Martin’s Press) and Top 100 Answers to Your College Admission Questions. He has also created college counseling programs used by nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies.


Stanford University

Lewis & Clark College

University of Michigan

Harvard University

Kenyon College



United States Military Academy

Yale University

Cornell University

University of Arizona

Brown University

Parsons School of Art

Tulane University


Northwestern University

Southern Methodist University

Columbia University

Rice University

UC Berkeley

University of Chicago

And many, many others