Who We Are

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Twelve years ago, Shari Beckman co-founded a boutique firm to help high school students and their families navigate the college application process. Since then, the firm has worked with hundreds of students in the New York metropolitan area, as well as across the United States and internationally.

Shari is fully immersed in today’s college landscape, which has enabled the students with whom she works to achieve overwhelming success with their college choices. She has worked with a broad array of students who have been accepted by many of the nation’s top schools, including but not limited to:

  • Amherst College

  • Babson College

  • Bard College

  • Bates College

  • Boston University

  • Bowdoin College

  • Brandeis University

  • Brown University

  • Case Western Reserve University

  • Claremont McKenna College

  • Colgate University

  • Columbia University

  • Cornell University

  • Dartmouth College

  • Dickinson College

  • Drexel University

  • Eckerd College

  • Elon University

  • Emory University

  • Eugene Lang College - The New School

  • Franklin & Marshall College

  • George Washington University

  • Guilford College

  • Hamilton College

  • Harvard University

  • Haverford College

  • Hofstra University

  • Indiana University

  • James Madison University

  • Lafayette College

  • Lehigh University

  • Macalester College

  • Marist College

  • Michigan State University

  • Muhlenberg College

  • New York University

  • Northeastern University

  • Northwestern University

  • Oberlin College

  • Princeton University

  • Purdue University

  • Quinnipiac University

  • Roger Williams University

  • St. Lawrence University

  • Santa Clara University

  • Sarah Lawrence College

  • Skidmore College

  • Smith College

  • State University of New Jersey/Rutgers

  • State University of New York/Binghamton

  • State University of New York/New Paltz

  • Syracuse University

  • Temple University

  • Trinity College

  • Tulane University

  • Union College

  • Union College/Eight Year Medical Program

  • University of California/Berkeley

  • University of California/Davis

  • University of California/Irvine

  • University of California/San Diego

  • University of Chicago

  • University of Colorado/Boulder

  • University of Delaware

  • University of Hartford

  • University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign

  • University of Maryland

  • University of Miami

  • University of Michigan/Ann Arbor

  • University of New Hampshire

  • University of Pennsylvania

  • University of Pittsburgh

  • University of Richmond

  • University of Rochester

  • University of San Diego

  • University of Vermont

  • University of Wisconsin/Madison

  • Vanderbilt University

  • Washington University in St. Louis

  • Wesleyan University

  • Wheaton College

  • William & Mary

  • Yale University

Through modern technology and creative planning, Shari has worked with a number of students in China, as well as Chinese students who currently study at U.S. boarding high schools. Shari is excited to be expanding her international clientele with the addition of her son, Jake.


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Jake Beckman spent a decade working in marketing and communications. Throughout this time, he developed a deep expertise in effective storytelling and branding that now adds a crucial component to the SLB advantage that we offer to students.

A 2010 graduate of Columbia University and an exceptional writer, he has held such positions as VP of Marketing for a digital publisher; Director of Communications for a major corporation; Creative Director for a technology company and Senior Staff Writer at one of the nation’s largest broadcast newsrooms.

Jake’s experience, energy and strong interpersonal skills make him the perfect partner for the work we do.