Ray Prado

Ray Prado

Admissions Expert

Ray has read thousands of college applications. He knows what stands out from the crowd and has outstanding experience in college essay editing.


About Ray

Born and raised in southern California, Ray attended Pomona College majoring in International Relations. Wanting to explore some of the world, Ray joined the Peace Corps, serving in the Central American countries of El Salvador and Honduras. Upon returning to the U.S., Ray entered UCLA and received his Master degree in Latin American Studies and continued on with Ph.D, work in Latin American history.

He has spent his career in higher education starting at the UCLA as an academic advisor, the Outreach and Recruitment Director at the UCLA School of Medicine, then 12 years at Caltech working in the Undergraduate Admissions office. He is currently in his 9th year as a college counselor at a private high school in southern California. He has definitely expertise in the admissions process at a highly selective university and with this knowledge, is able to help students craft well-written essays and guide families through the admissions process.


  • Master of Arts, Latin American Studies University of California, Los Angeles, California
  • Bachelor of Arts, International Relations Pomona College, Claremont, California


Ray believes that it is important for the student to feel comfortable during the entire process. Every question is important. The college admissions process can be daunting and intimidating. So it is important that the students and parents have a thorough understanding of what the admissions process involves. Having worked in the admissions office of a highly selective university, Ray knows of how applications are initially screened, read and reviewed in an admissions committee. He wants to make sure that the students he works with have a thorough understanding of what “holistic” admissions involves so students will be able to complete the best possible applications for college.

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