Offices in Temecula and Orange County
For 20 years, we have been helping students get into college. Our admission preparation program is unique in that we help your student from the 9th grade through the 12th grade, preparing them for the college admission process. At the same time we help parents to analyze their financial situation and identify strategies for funding their student’s college education.
~ College Application Essay Instruction and Editing
~ Four Workshops Specifically for Seniors and Their Parents
~ Financial Aid and Speed Reading Workshops
~ Academic Consulting
~ SAT and ACT Test Preparation
~ Student Positioning Assessment (including community service, extracurricular activities, leadership, and awards)
~ Graduate School Admission Consulting
~Transfer Admission Consulting
~Financial Aid Form Submissions
~Creating a Personalized College List
We’re here to see that your family’s most cherished investment has a bright future.
Tom and Ardeth Meier
We are a husband and wife business team who have worked together for 36 years. We function well as a team because we understand division of labor. Tom and his team work with the parents helping to find funding or advising on the best ways to fund. Ardeth and her team work with the student in the complete college prep process. This September we will begin our 20th year in this business.
Tom and his team evaluate the cost that the family will incur with college expenses. They give an approximation of any need-based funding that may be available as well as insight into the possibility of merit money. The parents are asked to provide the names of two or three colleges they think might be prospective school choices. They may recommend more schools which the parents and student will add to their list and do their due diligence.
70% of our new students are referred by previous students or their parents. Once a family starts their first child in our program, they tend to start their next child even earlier so that student can benefit even more.
Ardeth’s team meets with students to assess where they are in the college prep process. They look at curriculum completed and advise on upcoming curriculum for the student. The team makes recommendations for classes available at a specific school, and advises on preparation for national testing through the SAT or ACT. High school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are provided with a plan to prepare and study for these tests. Online preparation, local prep courses, hard copy study materials, and private test preparation consultants are all suggested as possible options for helping the student better prepare.
The team also looks at the student’s contributions to the community and the responsibility level the student has achieved. Then they help the student find the proper niche to volunteer in the community, looking for areas that fit with the student’s other activities and with the student’s interests. Ardeth’s team avoids a “cookie cutter service” approach, with each student treated as a unique individual.
Tom, Ardeth, & Marcia,
Five years ago when we met, I felt that your services might be useful to prospective college students (my grandkids) but would, for sure, make my life simpler. I had no idea what a true success with your program would be. Your work with Samantha Sorensen (and her mother, Paula) has so far exceeded my expectations that it makes tears come to my eyes. The entire family is ecstatic. Sam is walking on water. With your guidance, your encouragement, and your expert help, Sam is beaming with self-confidence, a sense of ownership, and a deep sense of appreciation to me and to ACS. I hope you all can celebrate this “group victory” with the realization that, at least in this case, you’ve made a huge difference. Thanks beyond words!
Thank goodness ACS helped us to understand how many important pieces there are to the college process. We would never have known what we didn’t know until it was too late. By senior year, it flowed together so easily. We couldn’t have done it without them, and Alex feels the U.S. Naval Academy was the best decision he has ever made.
One of the best investments I’ve made in the last 6 years has been Advanced College Solutions! We worried that our homeschooled daughter would have difficulty with the college process, but with ACS’s help, she was accepted to all of her schools, and started at George Fox last fall. In addition, my older son just graduated from medical school with the help of ACS.
We have recommended ACS to so many families over the last 7 years. Our girls love their schools, Harvey Mudd and University of Alabama, and couldn’t be happier!
Thank you, Advanced College Solutions, for doing all the things that gave our son, Austin, the edge he needed to be accepted to Harvard. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
I cannot say enough great things about Tom and Ardeth personally, and about their company Advanced College Solutions. We have been faithful clients going on 4 years now and their help and service has been invaluable! Ardeth is a terrific listener and guided my son through his high school decisions for college and was a comfort to me, his mom. I have to say that it was some of Ardeth’s suggestions about clubs and programs that helped my son get accepted into several colleges. Tom and Ardeth are very accommodating. They are there for you at the moment you need them. I can not recommend them enough. They are worth every penny!
We did not think our son would be able to attend a private college because of the cost. However, he starts this fall at an outstanding private Christian college; our contribution is only $1,600. To say we were thrilled with Tom and Ardeth’s service is an understatement!
You don’t know what you don’t know! This statement is so true of the entire college admission and funding process. We had so many friends who were crying the blues with their students’ college admission results. Our daughter not only got into great schools, she received thousands in free funding. The difference between our friends and us? Tom and Ardeth!
ACS has been invaluable to our family as we navigated through the process of course selection, essays, college selections, applications, financial aid and more. Being an educator and business owner we thought we knew the process pretty well until we met with Tom and Ardeth. We highly recommend their services and are so thrilled our son will be attending UCLA next fall.
ACS was the best gift we ever gave our twin boys. They both received very generous scholarships. One just graduated from Brown University and his brother just graduated from UC Berkeley!
We appreciate all that you have done for us and our children. We were looking for guidance on financing college when we met you back in 2005. What we have received has been significantly more than we had envisioned. The college process, the academic counseling, the hands on teaching for the Sat and college essay writing, positioning for acceptance into the school of choice, ongoing financial guidance, and the list goes on. The amount of service you provide is phenomenal and we could not be more pleased with our investment in your service. Two of our children have already graduated from Brown and Stanford!
We just wanted to thank you for all you have done for us, and continue to do. We so appreciate that we can always call you for advice, or just to re-explain something for the 100th time! We really do trust you and feel like we are in such good hands.
First of all, thank you for not only helping me get into my dream college, but also guiding me through what is to come in my future endeavors. I could not be more appreciative of all the people that helped me navigate the application process, from all of the essays to all of my scheduled appointments regarding my course load or financial aid.
The most difficult and stressful time for me was definitely the essay writing process, and I don’t know what my senior year would’ve been without the help of the entire staff. And now I can happily say that I will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall, and I attribute that feat to Advanced College Solution’s invaluable guidance and preparation these last 2 years. I hope that I can accurately represent how phenomenal your service is with my accomplishments, and that I could be a part of your Brag Board even if my graduation announcement is long overdue.
Thank you for all your help!