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  • Writer's pictureMargaret Gaffney Benedict

About Margaret Benedict

For the past ten years, I have helped over 200 students gain acceptance to some of the top schools in the country such as: Bates, Columbia, Cornell, Franklin & Marshall, Georgetown, Lehigh, Harvard, Princeton, UPENN, Trinity, Williams, Yale and others. I am a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

As a former college professor and founder of both College Preparation Services ( and The Matthew Gaffney Foundation (, I have a unique perspective on college applicants and the challenges they face with the college admissions process. College Preparation Services is a private consulting business; The Matthew Gaffney Foundation provides college admissions assistance to first generation students who are academically successful and qualify for free lunch in school.

The purpose of this blog is to share observations about the emerging trends in today’s college admissions. The blog will share information about key topics such as the changing profile of students accepted at top colleges as well as the recent trends in financial aid and who qualifies. The blog will also share some of my students’ success stories in order to celebrate their achievements and to inspire others to achieve their own dreams.

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