Your Gateway to College


Gateway Educational Consulting offers comprehensive college consulting services for students in grades 8-12. We are based in Lexington, MA and work with students near and far in their college planning and application process.


Upcoming webinar December 3, 2020


Gateway Educational Consulting and the Russian School of Mathematics invite families to join our discussion on the Road to College.

What are colleges looking for in admissions essays? Are college visits truly necessary? How many schools should my child apply to?

Join us at 5:00 pm on December 3rd to discuss these questions.

The event is free and open to the public and recommended for families with students in grade 7 and higher. Please register at:



On May 6, 2020 we hosted a webinar to discuss the many recent changes in the college admissions process due to the coronavirus, including:

* standardized testing (ACT, SAT, AP, subject tests)
* effects of pass/fail courses on GPA
* how colleges will assess students without grades and test scores
* what to do this summer now that many programs are canceled
* effects of shrinking college endowments and state funding
* new considerations when writing application essays
* the move towards online learning and what to expect on college campuses next year
* creating a college list when so many factors are in flux
* considering a gap year due to the uncertainty of college resuming in person this fall

Recording of webinar on College Admissions amid Coronavirus 


In the Press


Boston Magazine interviewed Sharon Olofsson of Gateway Educational Consulting for a series of articles on applying to college.  


Listen to Sharon's practical approach to decreasing stress in the college admissions process during her appearance on NewTV


Sharon was profiled in The Boston Globe on the benefits of hiring a college consultant.