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Welcome to
Clinch College Consulting

As an Independent College Consultant, I offer college counseling with a personal touch. My mission is to make applying for college less overwhelming for students and families and to reframe it as a time for students to learn more about themselves, their goals, and their dreams for the future.

Find out how I can help...




An Experienced Writing Coach and College Counselor


Now a college consultant and writing specialist, Kelly Clinch worked as a high school English teacher for 15 years, especially focusing on AP Literature and senior English courses. She is a Georgia certified teacher with a great deal of experience teaching students to write and helping students refine their college essays. Her past students have been admitted to Harvard, Yale, Brown, Duke, Georgetown, UNC, UGA, Georgia Tech, and many, many more excellent colleges and universities. Presently, Kelly is completing her Graduate Certificate in College Counseling through UCLA. She has a passion for working with teenagers and helping them build strong college applications and find their voice as writers to tell their stories. Click the "About" section to find out more about her professional background and how she can help with admissions essays or with the full application process.




Build a Strong Application!


College Counseling: If you need help with the entire application process, find out more about my full-service college consulting by clicking on the College Consulting page in the menu above! I can help build a strategic and balanced college list, advise a testing plan, develop a strong application, help navigate admissions requirements, and keep you organized during this sometimes stressful time. I only accept a small number of clients each application cycle so I can provide personal care and attention to each student.


Essay Coaching: A good college essay can be a key factor in an acceptance to your dream school. Your college essays may be the only way an admissions committee really gets to meet you, to learn more about you, your goals, dreams, and experiences. But how do you write essays that will stand out in that huge pile of thousands? Students know how to write academic papers, but college essay writing is very different. It is more personal. Colleges want to hear your “voice” and often finding that unique voice in writing can be tricky!  Many high school students find writing college essays difficult and time-consuming. I can help!





Consulting Packages and a la carte Essay Coaching Available

I offer a variety of consulting packages, hourly counseling, and price points to meet a variety of needs. You can also tailor a student package to meet the specific needs of your child. Please contact me for more details about the services I offer and pricing for college consulting!


I offer "fixed fee" essay pricing, since no one really knows how much time it will take each individual student to write a stand-out essay. Everyone is different. There is no hourly rate, so parents know the costs up front before we begin. Price points include the entire writing process from brainstorming to final product. Click on the "Essay Coaching" tab for more information and details on essay pricing.

Class of 2023 Acceptances


Amherst College**

Appalachian State University

Auburn University**

Berry College**

Case Western Reserve University

Clemson University

College of Charleston

Florida State University

Georgia College and State University**

Georgia Institute of Technology**

Georgia State University

Georgia Southern University

Georgetown University

High Point University

Indiana University

Kennesaw State University**

Lehigh University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology**

Mississippi State University

North Carolina State University

Northeastern University**

Ohio State University

Penn State University

Purdue University**

Rice University**

Samford University

Texas Christian University

Tulane University

University of Alabama

University of Florida

University of Georgia**

University of Kentucky

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Mississippi

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill**

University of South Carolina

University of Tennessee**

Virginia Tech

Wake Forest University

Washington University at St Louis**

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"I don't know how we would have managed college applications without you!"

-- Parent, Class of 2023

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