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Holistic, Educational, and Affirming
Locking Into Your Success!
Expert Advice for Your Every Need
Customized Service for Your Individual Needs

Optimal Fit College Consulting, LLC is your source or all things college admissions.

Let’s face it. Planning for and applying to college is stressful and complex. There are many requirements, deadlines, and nuances between colleges and universities to manage. Optimal Fit College Consulting will help you and your family plan, organize, and execute the college  application process to present your student at their best!

How Do We Do it?…or Holistic, Educational, and Affirming

We take comprehensive look at each student’s background and aspirations to develop a personalized plan to help the student tell their story and highlight both their potential and fit with institutions. We use all of the latest technology, sprinkled with some positive feedback in order to organize information and tasks and keep students focused on getting into their dream school.

The following services are offered at Optimal Fit College Consulting.

Academic Advice and Course Planning

Guidance with Evaluating Institutionsfor Optimal Fit

Admissions Interview Preparation

Support on Resume / Activity List Development

Career Planning & Academic Program Alignment

CollegeApplication Support and Guidanceon When and How to Apply

CollegeApplication Support and Guidanceon When and How to Apply

College Decision Support

College Search Support

Find a space that suits you and your work.

Financial Aid Interpretation & College Cost Evaluation

Find a space that suits you and your work.

Guidance on SAT / ACT Requirements and Test Prep Planning

Find a space that suits you and your work.

College Visit Guidance

Support with Essay Development & Authentically Telling the Student’s Story

Guidance on Summer Activities

The above services can be packaged or purchased a la carte.

Pro Bono services

Each year Optimal Fit will serve deserving seniors (or juniors) who are looking to enrollin college, but who do not have the support needed. For more information, complete theContact form to arrange a consultation.

Meet Thomas

As a first-generation college graduate, I understand the challenges of navigating the admissions and the postsecondary educational landscape. My efforts to comply with the many requirements to enroll at my undergraduate institution, and the compassionate assistance that I received from several administrators, was a significant factor in entering higher education as a career option. I want to help students be their best!Withclose totwenty-five years of experience in enrollment servicesand having servedat all levels of administrationat various institutions, I want toutilize my professionalexperience and academic training to help students and families navigate the collegeadmission process.A little more about me…

Professional Experience

  • 6 years of experience as a financial aid administrator
  • 3 years of experience as an assistant dean of students and first-year experience administrator
  • 15 years of experience as a student affairs executive providing strategic leadership to various student services areas
Academic Background

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  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)Political ScienceThe College of New Jersey
  • Master of Arts (MA)CounselingMontclair State University
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)Higher EducationFlorida State University

I am an associate member of he Independent Educational Consulting Association(IECA).


“By having this extra help with the college application process, it made the process much simpler. It helped me build a great application and well written essays for colleges to see.”

Syracuse University FreshmanWhitman School of Management

“My wife and I cannot thank you enough in leading our family through this journey with our son!
You became our trusted family advisor!
Your commitment to so many details,
numbers, averages, spreadsheets, and knowing the trends of each institution in which we considered as a family/team made ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE
WORLD. Our son was accepted to one of the ( if NOT the) best schools in his major that checked all the boxes.
As parents and after visiting the institution, this really fits who our son is as a person and affords him the very best opportunity to be the very best someday in his profession.
It has been our pleasure to part
ner with you and your services!”

Parents of a 2022 Freshman

“With Dr. Hollins’ amazing help, I was able to get into all 11 of the schools
to which I applied! He helped me develop better time management skills and taught me how to stay on topic in my personal essays. He’s was a tremendous help in achieving my dream!”

Old Dominion University FreshmanSchool of Cybersecurity

College Acceptances

Below is a listing of some institutions where students who have used my services have been accepted.
  • Christopher Newport University
  • Clemson University
  • Drexel University
  • George Mason University
  • Hampton University
  • Howard University
  • Monmouth University
  • Montclair State University
  • Norfolk State University
  • North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Penn State University
  • Rowan University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Syracuse
  • University
  • Temple University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • University of Alabama
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Tech

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