About Sara Fargo

Educational Consultant

For over 25 years I have worked with students on college planning, college selection and college applications. I have extensive knowledge of private and public colleges in California and throughout the United States.

I work on an hourly basis so families may use me when my services will be most helpful to them. Families meet with me on average between four and six times during their high school years; however, I am pleased to meet with students for fewer or more appointments.

My fee is $180 an hour.

I often meet with 9th and 10th grade students, and one appointment each year for planning purposes is ordinarily adequate. I normally begin the college selection process with students the summer after their sophomore year, but some families wish to start sooner.

Junior year is the college research year when I work with students to identify colleges they would be interested in pursuing and to target appropriate SAT and ACT testing dates, as needed. During the summer after junior year and the fall of senior year, most appointments focus on the final college list and the application process.

I prepare an application timeline for my students and help them develop strong college essays. In the spring of the senior year, it may be helpful to meet and discuss the student’s final college decision.

I do accept new students at any time in their college process, and sometimes I provide a second opinion.

I also counsel transfer students, as working with students wishing to transfer has been and continues to be a part of my business.

Please contact me with your questions about my services or to set up an appointment.

Kindly view the parent and student testimonials on the following two pages below.

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Testimonials from Parents

“Thanks Sara! You provide great service for a great value.”

“You have given ____ and our family fabulous advice, insights and peace of mind, and we are all grateful for your professionalism, warmth, care and guidance.”

“Words cannot describe how grateful we all have been to have your support during this past year. Your insight and wisdom has been truly appreciated. You were a key ingredient in _______’s success, and the person who kept us calm as we could be throughout the process.”

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your help and support. You helped us navigate through so many questions and decisions.”

“Thank you again for your guidance. You have a wonderful blend of analytical and intuitive approaches!”

“Please see student testimonials below.”


Testimonials from Students

“I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for me. Your help has been endless. I am incredibly happy and you are such a big part of that.”

“Thank you so much for your help and support during the college process. You have helped me more than you know.”

“You gave me such good advice and invaluable tips on my essays and course selection. I couldn’t have done it without you.

“I cannot even begin to express in words how grateful I am for your help last year. The college process was daunting, and I never thought I’d be able to get through it. Through your guidance, I was able to see not only what school would be best for me, but also which one would be a home. I consider this year to be one of the best of my life.” (A student after first semester of college)

Colleges were My Students Have Been Accepted










Cal Poly, SLO


Chico U.

Sonoma State

San Francisco State U.

U. Michigan

U. San Francisco U.

U. Washington

U. Wisconsin

U. Oregon

U. Colorado, Boulder

U. Arizona

Arizona State

Oregon State

Colorado State

U. Vermont

Indiana U.

U. Virginia

U. North Carolina

U. Maryland

U. South Carolina

Clemson U.

U. Tennessee

U. Alabama

U. Texas, Austin

Michigan State U.

Penn State U.

U. Nevada Reno

U. Hawaii, Manoa

American U.

Colby College

Trinity College, CT

Syracuse U.

Colorado College

Carnegie Mellon U.

Lehigh U.

The 5 Claremont Colleges

Vanderbilt U.

Whitman College

Bucknell U.

Colgate U.

Grinnell College

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Macalester College

Vassar College

Wake Forest U.

Swarthmore College

Rice University

Bowdoin College

Seattle University

Elon University

William and Mary

U. Utah

Dartmouth College

U. Pennsylvania

Columbia U.

Cornell U.


Stanford U.


Northwestern U.

U. Chicago

Washington U.

Texas Christian U.

Southern Methodist U.

Loyola Marymount U.

U. San Diego

Santa Clara U.

Hamilton College

Saint Mary’s U.

U. Denver

U. Puget Sound

Lewis and Clark College

Willamette U.

Gonzaga U.

Middlebury College

Williams College

Tufts U.

Brandeis U.

Boston College

Boston University

Northeastern U.

New York U.

Barnard College

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

Amherst College

Reed College

Notre Dame U.

U. Miami, FL

Villanova U.

George Washington U.

Bates College

Connecticut College

Wellesley College

Case Western Reserve

Purdue U.

U. Southern California

Occidental College

Tulane U.

Kenyon College

Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Cal Lutheran U.

Fordham U.

Emerson College

Carleton College

Skidmore College

Ithaca College

Oberlin College

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