Sandy Clingman founded SJC College Counseling in 2013 to help students and families navigate the college admissions process.


Her goals are to

  • provide insight and information, with customized guidance, so students and families can make intentional, well-informed choices
  • support and facilitate students' efforts to develop and clarify their strengths and interests

  • suggest post-secondary options that will be an excellent fit for the student -- personally, academically & financially
  • help students stand out with distinctive applications and essays
  • reduce the stress, anxiety, and confusion that often accompany the college admissions process

Sandy is an alumna of the University of California at Davis, with a major in International Relations and minor in English. She holds a Master of Education in Counseling from Boston University; and earned a graduate certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California at Irvine.


In addition to college consulting, Sandy works as an application reader for the University of San Francisco; and writes freelance articles about the college admissions process, available here.


Sandy's further training and experience include:


A California native who loves to travel, Sandy lived in Berlin, Germany for three years. She also lived in Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, and Washington. She has lived in Virginia with her husband since 2005, working for several years as a testing administrator for both Fairfax County Public Schools and the College Board while raising two children.


Sandy is a member in good standing of key industry professional organizations (IECA,  HECA, NACAC, PCACAC, and NCAG ) and adheres to the highest standards of ethical and professional service. She attends 3-5 college admission conferences each year for the opportunity to meet with admissions staff, stay current with higher education policy and trends, network with colleagues, and join college tours. To date, she has visited more than 200 colleges and universities!


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