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Dr. Alexander Castilla is a nationally recognized college admissions expert. For over 10 years, under his guidance, hundreds of teenagers and young adults have gained admission into a broad range of American universities that are an outstanding fit.

Castilla holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, a Masters degree from New York University, and a teaching certificate from the United Nations. He has worked as a professor, writer & research fellow in both the United States and Europe, and is author of the book, Re-imagining European Identity Politics in the 21st Century. UNESCO, the US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and prestigious American & international NGO's have supported his contributions to higher education. Dr. Castilla currently mentors students and alumni at Columbia University.




Dr. Castilla is a true expert as a college counselor & a first rate professor. The immense range of skills that I gained under his guidance have facilitated my success, shaped my character and are serving me well at Harvard. With gratitude and sincerity, I can say Dr. Castilla changed my life.
— Danny, Harvard
Alex has outstanding skillsets, great integrity and the highest ethical standards as a college counselor and international educator. He has a winning and innovative approach to counseling which has helped numerous international students achieve their dreams of studying in the US. I offer him my highest recommendation.

— Dr. Prashanth, MIT (India)
Alex is an expert in college counseling who continuously provides winning advice for students and families around the world.
— Yu, PhD, Columbia University (China)
I loved applying to colleges!
Not what you hear very often, but I had guidance from Alex who made the process valuable and cool! His expert literary critique gave me skills which allowed me to submit my college application with confidence. Alex genuinely brought things out of me that I never believed were there.
— Sara, New York University
Alex’s guidance was direct, thoughtful, and forced me to dive more deeply into my subject material. His feedback helped my writing become clearer, stronger and more engaging. Getting the acceptance letter has been a game changer and I strongly recommend his work. Thanks, Alex!”
— Daniel, Harvard Graduate School
Incredibly helpful, Dr. Castilla’s coaching was beneficial and irreplaceable. I am honored to have worked with him.
— Emily, NCAA Athlete, Columbia College
Dear Alex, I have heard back from colleges, and I have decided to go to Brown. Again, thank you so much for helping me during the college process!
— Emma, Brown University
Alex was a real blessing when I applied to law school. He’s truly versed in many disciplines and has a great deal of knowledge about college admissions.
— David, J.D., Berkeley
Alex’s direct approach helped me to reach my goal of getting into graduate school. Throughout the process, I was able to really identify my educational and career goals. Without Alex, my application wouldn’t have shown my true self, and arguably would have kept me out of my first choice, the University of Pennsylvania.
— Carlos, University of Pennsylvania
Alex did a great job and his experience and professionalism will help any student who wishes to study in an American university. I owe it to him!
— Barbara, New York University (Graduate Level)

Writing the College Essay

Learn more about how Dr. Castilla leverages his skills as a published writer and professor to teach students how to write outstanding essays


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