Partnering with families since 2005

College Bound Advising combines curiosity and exploration to help students discover their interests and excitement for new possibilities while helping them with every step of their college search, application and admissions adventure.

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The college application process can be confusing, overwhelming, and plain messy. My team and I will be your partners through it all. 

Our proven, straightforward, systematic, yet personalized approach to the college search, list building, application, and essay writing process has been helping students get into college for over 15 years.

We believe every teenager is unique, and their college admissions process should be too!

Our expert college admissions counselors guide students through the college search, application, and admissions process with curiosity, strategy, and a sense of humor.
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Of our students are admitted to their top choice schools

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of our students applied at least one week before their first deadline

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Of our students who applied early decision were accepted

Here's how we help

college admissions advising

college essay advising

Working Towards Change

engaging students in
community service

parent support

The CBA Difference

curious about college admissions

We Get Curious!
(and we have fun!)

college application to do list

We Get Organized!

get into college

You get in!

College is a journey of self-discovery.
So is getting there.

Our mission is simple: to empower students to build their college lists with confidence. We provide personalized guidance and comprehensive resources to help students discover institutions that align with their academic ambitions, career goals, and personal preferences.

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Founder and Owner of
College Bound Advising

Hi, I’m Eydie Balsam

and I love everything college!

Not only have I been working with teenagers, either at the high school or college level, my entire career, but I’m also a mom of three (one high schooler, one college student, and one recent college grad), so I definitely understand the dynamics and complexities of the parent-teen relationship during this transformative period.

My team is ready to help demystify the process, streamline your journey, and even have a little fun along the way! 


Eydie and her team were extremely helpful with our son's college application process. From creating a list of potential schools, to helping him stay on track with his essays they made the process a lot less stressful for our whole family.
Parent class of 2022
Eydie assisted us with the college process for both of our children. She is dedicated and genuinely cared about my children and their desires, hopes, dreams, passions and academic styles. She asked the right questions and challenged them to find the right schools for them.  I can't thank Eydie and her whole team! 
Parent class of 2021 and 2023
If you are looking for someone to support not only your child, but you as well, Eydie (and her team) are the people for you! The college application process is so complex and stressful. Knowing that Eydie and her team were knowledgeable, organized, responsive, and caring allowed us to focus on our children.
Parent of twins class of 2019

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