Princeton College Consulting is a New Jersey-based educational consulting company committed to helping students earn admission to their top choice colleges and universities. We provide expert college preparation and application assistance to students and families in New Jersey, throughout the United States, and internationally.
Our service to clients is distinguished by unparalleled personal attention, extensive admissions knowledge, attention to details, and achievement of results.
In the last three years, 93% percent of our students were admitted to a top choice college.
Peter, Princeton College Consulting's co-founder and Managing Partner, has been navigating students through the highly competitive college admissions process for over 10 years. Peter works with a select number of students in the U.S., Asia, Europe and South America and along with co-founder Benjamin Caldarelli, co-leads the firm's strategic application review process. In that capacity, and because of the subjectivity inherent in the college admissions process, Peter and Ben work with the firm's counselors, providing additional perspective across all of the various elements of each student's application. Peter can also frequently be found on the road visiting schools and developing a deeper appreciation for and understanding of many of the top colleges and universities around the U.S.
Peter is a frequent guest speaker on the ultra-competitive college admissions and athletic recruiting processes, speaking both in the US and internationally.
Peter also brings 30 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and senior pharmaceutical and financial services executive to advise on the college admissions process. Peter has served in numerous senior strategic, operational and leadership roles with Citigroup, UBS and PDI, a pharmaceutical commercialization company where Peter served as President of their market research and consulting division. Peter also serves on various for-profit and non-profit boards.
A problem solver by nature, Peter is a graduate of Syracuse University and brings a broad set of strategic and tactical expertise to bear on helping students to maximize their potential while achieving their academic, athletic and professional goals.
Benjamin has been guiding students and families through the selective college admission process since 2007. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Benjamin earned a Master’s degree in English from Northern Illinois University. Benjamin attended the Harvard College Admission Institute to understand how admissions officers evaluate applicants and how to best help students and families achieve their college admissions goals.
Prior to becoming a college admissions counselor Benjamin taught English for 10 years at the high school and college levels. In addition to his writing and editing skills, Benjamin is a creative and philosophical thinker who is passionate about education. He enjoys working closely with students to develop their potential and optimize their college and future options. As a former ranked junior golfer, he also understands the crucial role athletics can play in a young adult’s life and in the college admissions process.
With a double major in sociology and Mandarin from Mount Holyoke College, Geraldine went on to earn a certificate in Intermediate Chinese Language from the Beijing Language and Culture University (北京语言大学). She also received a Master’s degree at Harvard University where her research focused on how Ivy League and other highly selective colleges in the US make admissions decisions.
Prior to joining Princeton College Consulting, Geraldine spent four years as an independent counselor in New York City providing guidance on how students could develop into young women and men that will be competitive applicants to the most selective colleges. Geraldine feels fortunate to have had the benefit of mentors that made a difference in her life and is passionate about providing the same type of mentorship to her clients throughout the admission process.
Geraldine has helped domestic high school students earn national recognition in extra-curricular pursuits and prestigious college scholarships. Geraldine also specializes in guiding international students through the US college admissions process as well as assisting younger students with their selection of, and application to, private day and boarding secondary schools. While she continues to serve as an alumni interviewer for Mount Holyoke and mentor for Harvard undergraduates, in her spare time Geraldine enjoys enjoys yoga and meeting up with friends for a strong cup of coffee.
In addition to his master's degree in Education, Jeff earned his certificate in College Counseling from UC San Diego. As part of the PCC team since 2013, he remains committed to professional development and as such is our representative member in Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).
In his spare time Jeff participates in 1860’s Vintage Base Ball exhibitions, plays ice hockey with the Princeton University noontime group and serves on the Board of Directors at the Sean Kehler Foundation, which supports teen volunteerism.
Trained at UCLA and Swarthmore College to understand how highly selective colleges evaluate applicants, Jessica is skilled at helping students best position themselves to admissions committees. Over the last 4 years she has successfully navigated dozens of students through the competitive application process at the most selective schools in the country.
Jessica was originally inspired to become a college counselor by her own transformative experience working with a trusted advisor during high school. She believes the key to success in admissions, and life, is identifying dreams, taking them seriously and strategically breaking them down in to manageable goals. Additionally, Jessica brings over a decade of experience as a journalist and entrepreneur to her passion for helping students discover and unleash their potential.
A graduate of Hampshire College, Jessica also specializes in working with artists, filmmakers, and musicians developing portfolios for submission, as well as students with learning differences. Beyond sharing her love of writing, intellectual vitality, and commitment to sustainable business practices, she understands the college admissions process is often a stressful and overwhelming time for both parents and students. She strives to transform frustration and confusion into comfort and competence. When not counseling students, Jessica’s ideal day is a good meal with friends after a long hike in the Catskills.
Luisa Duarte-Silva comes to Princeton College Consulting after 19 years at Princeton University in various academic and administrative roles. She graduated from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and received her Ph.D. from CUNY. She has worked as an interpreter in the United Nations, and as an advisor to diplomats and business organizations, as a teacher, and most recently, she managed admissions to international programs at Princeton University.
She started her career in education by teaching high school and advising high schools students on their college path. Almost 20 years ago, she moved to Higher Education and has since been teaching and advising students on their international experiential learning, and their career paths. She has been advising domestic and international students on applications to universities in the U.S. and abroad for over 8 years. She brings a passion for imparting the love of learning, and believes in the power of encouragement.
Kim joined Princeton College Consulting from the corporate world, bringing over 25 years of experience serving pharmaceutical clients, physicians, pharmacists, and many other stakeholders. Kim will be your first point of contact at Princeton College Consulting. She works with clients to articulate their goals, to match clients with the ideal counselor, and to support clients throughout the college counseling and admissions process while clients continue to work with their primary admissions counselor.
During her career, Kim has served multiple internal and external customers across numerous marketing and operational roles. She has organized national sales meetings for a Fortune 100 company, coordinated training sessions for renowned surgeons, and has identified processes to ensure sales professionals had the right tools at the right time to maximize their efficiencies.
Kim has leveraged this diverse background to deliver an excellent customer experience for Princeton College Consulting clients. Kim also brings extensive volunteer experience where she managed the gift sponsorship and volunteer programs for Christmas is for Children for over 10 years and serves on the Gala committee for Dress for Success Northern New Jersey. Kim’s client service background coupled with her operational focus ensures clients can efficiently navigate the college admissions process.
I primarily wanted help with my college essays, but my PCC counselor did more than that. He strengthened my entire application to become ...
I primarily wanted help with my college essays, but my PCC counselor did more than that. He strengthened my entire application to become very presentable before any college admissions committee. He worked with me around the clock, and made himself available whenever I needed him. If I was not a PCC client, I would not be attending one of my top-choice colleges in the Fall and my essays and application would be sub-par. All in all, I highly recommend Princeton College Consulting because working with them will indefinitely increase your odds at attending your dream school.
It is hard to believe that I have been working with Princeton College Consulting for 3 years. I cannot thank you enough for all of the ...
It is hard to believe that I have been working with Princeton College Consulting for 3 years. I cannot thank you enough for all of the help you offered. To say I couldn’t have done it without you is certainly an understatement.
You always worked tirelessly to ensure that I was presenting the best version of myself across all facets of the application process. The essays you helped me write, the detailed in-depth interview responses you helped me formulate, and the college list you helped me put together would not have been so personal and specific to me if it weren’t for your guidance and expertise.
I have more to thank you for, though, than just being exceptionally good at your job. You connected with me and made me learn things about myself that I never would have known. You pushed me to be my best and you believed that I would achieve my goal as long as I put in the work. It meant a lot to hear from someone other than my parents that I would become a doctor one day.
I wouldn’t have the opportunity of a BSMD program without you. I’m beyond excited to start and I will of course keep you updated. Good luck with working with Michelle, though. She’s a much less cool version of myself.
Thanks you for everything,
Thank you so much for all you have done over the past three years. Your guidance and patience helped transform me and my family from ...
Thank you so much for all you have done over the past three years. Your guidance and patience helped transform me and my family from clueless and concerned to confident, college ready individuals – and for that I could not be more grateful. I truly appreciate all the time and effort that you put into reading essays and resumes, talking me through the process, and just helping me feel comfortable hitting the “submit” button. I know I wasn’t always the best client and that at times I needed to be helped back on track, which you always accomplished, not by yelling but rather, by encouraging and motivating me. It was always a pleasure being able to talk with you and navigate the vast college landscape. Through minor digressions and sidebars I feel that I gained a true mentor and I couldn’t be more thankful. I’ll be sure to keep in touch next year and update you on NYU Stern and all the crazy things that will inevitably happen in the city.
Thank you for helping to make my dreams come true and preparing me for the next chapter in life.
We wanted to hire a college admissions counselor because his high school guidance counselor had told him that applying to colleges was a ...
We wanted to hire a college admissions counselor because his high school guidance counselor had told him that applying to colleges was a complicated and daunting task. Additionally, school guidance counselors are excellent, but they really do not have too much time for each student. I had worked with other college consulting services before, and they either cared more about making a profit or had a superficial understanding of the application process. Princeton College Consulting has a proven track record of helping clients get into their dream schools, so I felt more confident about selecting its services. Ever since the first meeting, I have not regretted my decision.
Working with Princeton College Consulting has exceeded my expectations not only because of the amount of help they have given to my son to navigate the college admissions process, but also because they have nurtured my son's professionalism and maturity. My son spent countless hours with Princeton counselors brainstorming, proofreading, and reading essays, as well as doing interview preparation and fulfilling various college application requirements. Princeton College Consulting helped guide my son through the application process while allowing him to do his own work. As a result, I believe that my son has not only learned much about the college admissions process, but also about how to build a successful future in college and beyond. Additionally, my son was accepted into almost every school he applied to including his top choices. I can state with conviction that my son would not have gotten into his dream school without the excellent advice and guidance of Princeton College Consulting. In short, Princeton College Consulting’s services are second to none!
Princeton College Consulting works closely with the following organizations for both academic counseling and athletic recruitment:
The Nassau Tennis Club is a family owned business that has been providing tennis, fitness, and sports programs to the Greater Montgomery area including Princeton, Hillsborough, Bridgewater, Skillman, and Belle Mead for nearly 40 years. The Club has evolved into the area's premier tennis facility, offering year round tennis opportunities for improving, competing, and socializing. Princeton College Consulting and Nassau Tennis Club provide a college admission development program and athletic recruiting services such as athletic recruitment packages.
Centercourt Club and Sports at Chatham is a premier sports and recreation brand offering highly trained coaches, year round programs, club sports, and facilities. They aim to provide College Athletic Recruiting Services with Princeton College Consulting.