Big Brains offers personalized counseling, tutoring, and other services to assist families seeking guidance with the college application process.

Big Brains counselors work one-on-one with students around the world to guide them through the process of preparing for and applying to colleges and universities across the United States. Our counselors work as a team to review and provide feedback on each student’s applications, so your student will have the benefit of our entire team’s expertise.

Our counselors are experts at working with students to identify the schools that will be a good fit for them both academically and socially, while also inspiring students. We will guide them through creating a positioning that they can actually achieve and that is unique to their likes and aspirations.

Our families are proud of their students’ success, with 92% of students being accepted to one of their three top choice schools in 2013, including to all of the following:

Highly Selective Schools

  • University of Virginia
  • Rice University
  • Davidson College (2 of 3 admits from Bellevue were our students)
  • Reed College
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Stanford University (3 out of 5 admits from Bellevue were our students)
  • Whitman College
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Williams College
  • Johns Hopkins University

Top Technical Schools

  • Tufts Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • California Institute of Technology (3 of 4 admits from Bellevue were our students)
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Renssellaer Institute of Technology


  • Yale University
  • Dartmouth University
  • Brown University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Princeton University