Ray Prado


  • Almost a decade of college counseling advising experience, helping students apply to schools in the U.S., Canada and Europe, with outstanding results.
  • Having worked in the admissions office at Caltech for 12 years, brings an insider’s view of the holistic admissions process at a highly competitive university.
  • 9 years of college counseling experience at a highly regarded private high school in Orange County (Southern California).
  • Outstanding experience in college essay editing, based on reading thousands of applications and knowing what stands out.
  • Strong background in interviewing, having conducted interviews for one of the top medical schools in the U.S.


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.