Navigating The College Admissions Process From Start To Finish
The Academic Match is the premier college and career advising firm that matches students with the best fit programs to reach their educational, career, and social goals.
The Academic Match, LLC
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Founded by Paula Friedman
What We Do
At The Academic Match, we are proud to be experts in advising students and their families on specific goals for college or graduate school.
Reviewing current academic record, advising on future course selection, guiding standardized testing
Recommending extracurricular activities, volunteer or paid work, summer opportunities, how to leverage talents and passions to showcase what makes each student unique
Conducting an initial college search based on key criteria
Developing a timeline of activities during high school, for college campus visits, demonstrated interest, submitting applications well before the deadline
Optimizing short answers, essays, and personal statements
Choosing the best fit major or career path
Preparing for admissions or scholarship interviews
Applying for merit aid, scholarships or grants
Evaluating admission and aid award offers
Handling the final steps from admission decisions to matriculation
Whom The Academic Match Helps
High School Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Graduate School Applicants
Some Universities Where Our Students
Have Been Accepted!
*The Academic Match does not claim ownership of these logos. All trademarks and logos are owned by the respective university.
Congratulations To Recent Graduates!
"We hired Paula Friedman to help edit our daughter's college essays and scholarship applications. She didn't change our daughter's thoughts or ideas - she just made her language a lot more clear and effective. Paula is an awesome editor and counselor, with a wealth of information. I highly recommend Paula and didn't hesitate to hire her for my other two children!"
- Diana T.
"Working with Paula took so much of the stress out of college applications. She helped me not only to craft a strong application, but to manage the whole process of applying to college. She thoroughly reviewed my essays and was always available when I needed help, no matter the time of day or how many essays I was working on. Throughout all this, she was kind and supportive. Her vast knowledge of colleges was very helpful, and I would definitely recommend working with Paula."
- Lindsay F.
"Jodi was the gift that keeps on giving! She understands the process, was very upfront and honest and set my daughter up for success the minute she walked in her front door. My daughter has received acceptances to each and every college she applied to. Jodi is no longer the college advisor, she is part of our family!"
- Andrea R.
MEET OUR BIG ESSAY IDEAS CARDS!
The Academic Match is the creator and designer of BIG Essay Ideas Cards, a proprietary deck of cards with questions or prompts that will help students to uncover Bold, Insightful and Genuine Ideas ("BIG Ideas") as they consider potential topics for their college application essays. The student's top-of-mind responses to these cards will lead to a productive discussion and will provide inspiration for thoughtful personal statements and essays for college, graduate school, internships, and scholarships. These 50 BIG Essay Ideas have the power to transform a student from not knowing what to write about to generating unique material for the content and context of a truly original essay. While not every card will be appropriate for every student, the collection of these BIG Essay Ideas will help a student to brainstorm and develop an essay that is BIG--Bold, Insightful, and Genuine.
BIG Essay Ideas Cards are the perfect tool for college counselors and independent educational consultants who assist their students with essays and personal statements.