Sandy Clingman founded SJC College Counseling in 2013 to privately counsel students and families through 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 College Advisement (Teachers College, Columbia University) and Independent Educational Consulting (University of California, Irvine).



Sandy's further experience, training, and volunteer roles include:

  • Admissions Reader, University of San Francisco (since 2016)
  • Freelance Writer 
  • Former Guidance Counselor for Dept. of Defense Education Activity
  • Former Assistant Testing Coach for Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Former SAT Co-Coordinator for the College Board
  • Former Field Representative for Boston University
  • Graduate, IECA Summer Training Institute, held at Swarthmore College 
  • Graduate, PCACAC Summer Training Institute, held at Univ. of Mary Washington
  • Volunteer Reader, American Councils for International Education Student Cultural Exchange Program of the U.S. Dept. of State (since 2013)
  • Volunteer Reader, Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (since 2013)
  • Volunteer Virtual College Mentor, ScholarMatch (since 2019)
  • Volunteer Virtual College Counselor, College Essay Guy's Matchlighters Scholarship (since 2016)
  • Volunteer Essay Coach, Peer Forward at College Summit (2014-2017) 
  • Group Recipient of the 2017  IECA Foundation Irvin J. Katz Award, in recognition of volunteer service for The Possibility Project 


A California native who loves to travel, Sandy studied abroad one summer in Madrid, Spain. She also lived in Berlin, Germany for more than three years and Honolulu, Hawaii for more than four years, as well as 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, 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 250 colleges and universities!


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