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 on selective admissions, with customized guidance, so students and families can make intentional, well-informed choices
  • help students stand out with distinctive applications and essays that highlight their unique abilities and accomplishments
  • 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
  • reduce the stress, anxiety, and confusion that often accompany the college admissions process

Sandy is an alumna of the University of California, Davis, with a major in International Relations and a minor in English. She holds a Master of Education in Counseling from Boston University and earned post-graduate certificates in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California, Irvine; and College Advisement from the Teachers College, Columbia University.


In addition to college consulting, Sandy evaluates applications as an External Reader for the University of San Francisco's Office of Undergraduate Admission; and writes freelance articles about the college admissions process.


Sandy's further training and experience include:


A California native who loves to travel, Sandy lived in Berlin, Germany for three years and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain one summer. She also spent four years in Honolulu, Hawaii and lived in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Washington and Monterey, California as the spouse of an active duty military officer. Sandy has resided in Virginia with her husband since 2005, where she worked for several years as a testing assistant at Fairfax County Public Schools, founded SJC College Counseling, and raised 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 multiple 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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