“Yes, Mr. Shively is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced, but more importantly, he is truly invested in the students he helps, and for that, I am forever grateful.”
Ana Alejandre, Brown University student
“Tom Shively provides a unique perspective to college-bound students (and their parents) that few can provide. As a former director of admissions and a former college counselor, Tom has a thorough understanding of the college admissions process from both the secondary and post-secondary vantage point. He’s also spent an immense amount of time personally visiting college campuses throughout the nation. Most important of all, Tom has a genuine concern for those students he works with, and he’s passionate about looking out for their best interests.”
Phillip Caffrey, Iowa State University
“Tom encouraged my kids to look at several schools with an open mind before beginning to narrow their choices. He taught them how to look for the culture and personality of the school as well as the degree programs that were offered. Instead of trying to tell my student what she should do, Tom suggested schools that fit her goals and targeted degree program. He then helped guide her to specific websites and colleges that worked for her. After working with Tom, both of my kids absolutely loved the schools they chose.”
Patty Reeves, parent
“If Brian had not met you that day, it is my firm belief that his life would be drastically different today. You never know the impact that you have had on the kids that you have advised over the years, but this is one of the greatest success stories ever! Just thought you should know how much your advice meant to this young man. It literally changed his life!”
Kathy Smith, West Des Moines, IA
“I was born and raised a Hawkeye and couldn’t imagine attending any other university. If it wasn’t for Mr. Shively’s insight and encouragement, I wouldn’t have even looked at UN-L. Thanks to Mr. Shively’s understanding of the culture of UN-L and how my personality complements the lifestyle, I have thoroughly enjoyed my college experience and have been able to take advantage of many amazing opportunities that have shaped my life for the better.”
Matt Hedrick, University of Nebraska-Lincoln student
“Tom Shively has a wealth of information about many, many schools and visits them personally so he can speak from first-hand knowledge. His fees are VERY reasonable, he is practical in his approach and truly has the student’s best interests in mind – while being sensitive to the family’s desires and financial situation. I would recommend Mr. Shively to anyone who needs help navigating through the complicated process of finding the right college for their child!”
Deb Lind, West Des Moines, IA
“Top Reasons we Liked Tom Shively’s Assistance:
1. Fees are beyond reasonable.
2. As much as you love to tell stories, you also really listen and get to know the students’ hearts.
3. Your stories are interesting and relevant.
4. You really advocate for the students.
5. You do everything you can to reduce the financial burden.
6. You know of what you speak.
7. You actually visit the schools and get to know the admissions people.”
Dawn Schneider, West Des Moines, IA