Founder of SJC College Counseling, LLC, Sandy Clingman helps students and families navigate the college admissions process.


Her goals are to

  • convey current information with customized guidance -- as early as middle school -- 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
  • provide insight to the admissions process to help students stand out with distinctive applications and essays
  • reduce the stress, anxiety, and confusion that often accompany the college admissions process
Boston University

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; earned a professional certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California's specialized program; and completed the College Advisement Program from the Teachers College of Columbia University.


In addition, Sandy works seasonally as an undergraduate reader for the University of San Francisco Office of Admission; and is a freelance writer focused on informing and encouraging college-bound students from all backgrounds. (Check out her Admissions Intel articles here.) 


Her further training and experience include the IECA Summer Training Institute; the PCACAC Counselor Summer Training Institute; six seasons as a Scholarship Reader with the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fundfour seasons as a High School Cultural Exchange Program Reader with American Councils for International Education; four workshops as an Essay Coach with College Summitand two seasons as a College Coach for the Matchlighter Scholarship. Sandy is a 2017 recipient of the IECA Foundation Irvin J. Katz Award, in recognition of her volunteer service with the Possibility Project.


Previously, Sandy lived for three years in Berlin, Germany, where she represented Boston University's overseas graduate program. Later, she was employed as a Guidance Counselor for the Department of Defense (DODEA) in California. Sandy has lived in Virginia with her husband since 2005, working for both Fairfax County Public Schools and the College Board as a testing administrator and raising two children.


Sandy is a member in good standing of key industry professional organizations, with strict qualifications for membership ( IECA,  HECA, NACAC and NCAG ) and adheres to the highest standards of ethical and professional service. She attends 3-4  professional conferences each year for the opportunity to meet with admission staff, stay current with higher education policy, continue professional development, and participate in counselor college tours.





"I really appreciated that you always made yourself available to help when I most needed it, often on short notice. You genuinely cared about each essay I wrote and tried to put me in the best position possible to get into my target schools. In addition, your patience made the whole experience a lot smoother for me!"

(Student admitted to  Carnegie Mellon University's top-ranked program in Computer Science.)







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