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Welcome to Cortex


The Leader in College Admissions & Personal Development Consulting

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Welcome to Cortex


The Leader in College Admissions & Personal Development Consulting


OUR MISSION is to guide students through the college admissions process in a way that fosters self-reflection and growth-mindedness, empowering students to develop to their fullest potential and create positive change.

Unlike traditional college consulting services, we don't simply help students increase their standardized scores and write grammatically correct essays.

In addition to providing these services, we inspire students to authentically identify what matters to them and successfully pursue those objectives.

This, in turn, leads to powerful college applications that open doors of opportunity at top tier universities.

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Our Team


Role models with years of experience

Our Team


Role models with years of experience


The Founders

Our innovative college admissions consulting approach was created by three Mission San Jose High School siblings who were accepted to Yale, Stanford, Dartmouth, Duke, Caltech, Cornell, UPenn, Johns Hopkins, and every UC.

Amy Do - Dartmouth College
B.A. in Economics and Psychological & Brain Sciences; Highest Honors - Presidential Scholar

Daniel Do - Yale University
B.S. in Cognitive Science and Philosophy

James Do - Stanford University
B.A. in Human Biology
J.D. (Doctor of Laws)


Over 16 Years of Experience

Since 2003, we have helped hundreds of students in the Bay Area and around the world gain admission to top universities, including the UCs and Ivy League colleges.

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Our Consultants and Advisors

We believe that the best admissions consultants are role models with years of mentoring experience who bring out the best in their students through personal connection and inspiration.

All of our consultants are Stanford, Harvard, and Yale graduates, many of whom also attended a top UC for at least one of their degrees.

Together, they represent a wide range of career paths, including medicine, law, engineering, business, and the humanities.


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Our Impact


What parents and students are saying

Our Impact


What parents and students are saying


Testimonials

“Your influence on my daughter has been truly wonderful. After just a few months, she is more confident and organized, and feels that she has a close mentor as she starts high school. Cortex is the best investment I’ve ever made for my daughter, and she is very lucky to have you.”

- Parent of 8th grader, Hopkins Jr. High

“With patience and kindness, you’ve helped our son achieve more than he thought was possible, while also learning to enjoy what he is accomplishing. His grades are rising and so is his confidence. Our son has grown so much in the year that we have worked with Cortex, and our family is extremely grateful.”

- Parent of 11th grader, BASIS Independent

“Working with you to reflect on my accomplishments and shape them into memorable and unique application essays has been one of the most impactful experiences of my life.”

- 12th grader, Mission San Jose High School

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Let's Begin


Moving towards college admissions success, one step at a time

Let's Begin


Moving towards college admissions success, one step at a time