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Donna Lehman - Columbia, S.C.
Submitted On: April 12, 2017, 7:32 pm

We could not be happier with our experience with College Consultants of SC. Dr. Overton guided my son through assessments, ACT and SAT prep, college selection and applications. He provided invaluable assistance at each step in the process and led our son to seek college programs that we would not have even considered before. Thanks to the expert counsel of Dr. Overton, my son has been accepted to his first choice for his college education and we are confident that he has made a wonderful decision. Dr. Overton made the entire process smoother and more stress-free than we thought possible!

Jeanne Pennington - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: February 5, 2017, 6:56 pm

Dr. Overton helped my daughter identify a good school for her at a good price. Now hes working with my son. My son attends private school with a very active college placement office, but Dr. Overton provides much more knowledge and insight. He has years of experience and knows the ins and outs of the entire process. I highly recommend him

Pavel Polunin, Class of 2016 - Brisbane, Australia
Submitted On: July 20, 2016, 6:48 pm

Entering 11th grade, I didnt know what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go for University. On top of that, I lived in Australia, where info on US universities is limited. However, with Dr. Overtons help, Ive succeeded in finding the University that truly resonates with me. He was instrumental in helping me find the type of University that suited me, as well as the major. He also helped me navigate the Common App, especially when writing the essays. I could not recommend this man more!

Dorothy Garone - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: May 11, 2016, 10:54 am

My son and I attended a talk that Dr. Overton gave at our local library. We found him to be very knowledgeable about the college entrance process, but also patient and understanding. I decided that hiring him to help guide us through this very complex process would be a positive life changer for my son and save many thousands of dollars. Dr. Overtonís help is priceless.

Oran Smith - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: May 11, 2016, 10:41 am

My wife and I have just attended out first meeting with Jim, but already we are feeling the anxiety come under control. It is clear that Dr. Overton can see beyond the borders of South Carolina for opportunities we would have surely missed on our own.

Barbara Skarbek - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: May 11, 2016, 10:56 am

Dr. Overtonís knowledge has been invaluable in helping my children navigate the 21st century college application process. Times have changed and Dr. Overton is a great guide through the current system.

Jack Halasz - Columbia, SC Class of 2016
Submitted On: October 12, 2015, 6:35 pm

Working with Dr. Overton is a great experience. With him, you get out what you put in, and he is always there to help with the process. Dr. Overton is quick with his responses and his experience with applications helped the process go about smoothly. I would definitely recommend working with him, and would do it again if I had the chance.

Kerry House Fulton - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: September 4, 2015, 9:53 am

Now that the dust has settled, I wanted to thank you for all of your help in guiding Gabrielle through her college selection process. There is no doubt that the process, college options, and final selection would not have been the same without your help. Even with the last minute anxiety and wrinkles thrown in, a decision was made a week early with no looking back. Gabrielle has been all in and has not wavered once since making that decision. She is thrilled to be going to Hendrix and says every day that she thinks it is perfect for her. What more could we ask for? Thank you for getting us to a place where there were solid options on the table so that she was able to make a choice. We could not be more proud of her and the effort she put into the process. She really spent a lot of time doing her research and I think there was a huge payoff in the end.

Elizabeth Hogue - AC Flora HS, Class of 2016
Submitted On: June 17, 2015, 11:19 am

Dr. Overton has helped push me to research schools and has helped me discover schools that I would have never known about. His insight into college applications has helped me write my essays with ease. I know he will be even more helpful the fall of my senior year as he helps me juggle my applications. Dr. Overton is very knowledgeable about the college applications process and I would recommend him to anyone even if they already know where they want to go.

Akhila Padi - University of SC Honors College
Submitted On: June 1, 2015, 1:01 pm

I wanted to thank you again for everything you did for me for my AmeriCorps Internship application. Unfortunately, I did not get the internship, but I was lucky enough to find a research internship with a professor at the School of Public Health at USC for the summer. I am working with a professor to create a prevention program for HIV/AIDS in South Carolina and I am thoroughly enjoying it! I definitely would not have been able to do it without your wonderful support over the past few years. Thank you so much!

Judy Powers - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: April 16, 2015, 11:34 am

The whole college process is so overwhelming - from the applications, the essays, the college visits (now, those were pretty fun!) and the idea of having to decide what you think you want to do with the rest of your life. You know, youve been there. The stress levels in our family life were increasing on a daily basis. And then....we found Dr. Overton! We met with him and he started working with our daughter....and our nightly meals got back to normal. We were actually talking about things other than COLLEGE! Dr. Overton helped our daughter through the whole process and helped determine the right fit for her. She has been accepted at the college of her choice and couldnt be happier. We are so proud of her and so grateful to Dr. Overton for all his help. He helped to make our daughters Senior year so much more enjoyable and will be there to see her through her first year as a Freshman in college.
Heather Pusey - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: March 12, 2015, 1:18 pm

Dr. Overton has been of wonderful assistance to my college planning process. He was able to help me determine the major that best fits my interests and pointed me to the best colleges to suit my needs. Along with this, he helped me develop and edit my application essays. He is very nice and is able to answer any question thoroughly in a timely manner. I would recommend him to anyone. He is truly dedicated and passionate.

Carter Dwight - Sumter, SC
Submitted On: February 20, 2015, 9:32 am

At the start of my senior year, I was completely swamped with the reality of college applications. Though my grades and SAT score were high, the thought of writing essays for college admission completely terrified me. You can ask either of my parents, there were many tears! The first thing that Dr. Overton said to me, when my mother took me to my first meeting with him, was to breathe. I immediately started working with him, and all of my stress dissolved. Instead of being nervous to send in those essays, I look back now and am so proud of what Dr. Overton helped me to develop. I had a one hundred percent acceptance rate, and I thank him completely for that. I learned life lessons from him along the way, and I went further than I ever thought possible. My only regret is not coming to him sooner! If you are reading this and questioning whether this is worth it or not, I say do it. You will not regret working with Dr. Overton. I cannot even imagine what would have happened if I did not have him through this important time in my life, and I can only hope that others can benefit from him in the same way that I did. Thank you so much, Dr. Overton!!!

Christine Hart - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: January 6, 2015, 9:57 pm

I recently completed my first semester at Clemson University as part of the Calhoun Honors College, and I could not be happier with my experience. I am so glad I chose to work with Dr. Jim Overton during my college search because I know he played a large role in finding the perfect college fit. When I was searching for potential colleges Dr. Overton provided me with background information on the colleges he thought would best fit my learning style and desired career path. By the end of the search I had a narrowed down list of schools to apply to--which saved me both time and money. Dr. Overton was especially helpful when it came to preparing for the SAT or ACT by providing a diagnostic test that allowed me to compare my performance between the two tests. Dr. Overtons assistance made the stressful processes of interviewing, writing essays, and finding scholarships much easier than I originally anticipated. I would recommend Dr. Overtons services to anyone in the midst of the transition from high school to college. Dr. Overtons help was a great asset during this transition and during my first semester at Clemson.

Bill Redmond - San Francisco, CA
Submitted On: September 3, 2014, 1:23 pm

Dr. Overton did a fantastic job working with my son who is now successfully beginning his freshman year at a wonderful college. Dr. O. worked diligently over a period of two years to help my son identify his interests and perferences and to match those interests with a selection of colleges. He also worked with him as he prepared his applications and essays to ensure that he considered the match between his interests and what the colleges had to offer. Finally, he worked with him in making a decision about the school that was right for him. In the end, all of it worked extremely well. My son was motivated to see Dr. O and appreciated and enjoyed his support. Ultimately, my son was accepted at 80% of the schools he applied to (all high quality) and found that they were all a good match when he visited the campuses. He simply would not have been able to do this with Dr. Os help and advice. Also the cost was well worth it. No question, I would do it again and recommend Dr. O to anyone in the same situation

Perry Cate, Class of 2015 - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: June 20, 2014, 10:35 pm

Ive been meeting with Dr. Overton for about a year, and I think that is one of the best things I couldve done. He helped me with my resume, and because of his connections and expertise, I now have a fantastic summer internship. His knowledge of colleges is incredible - not only his near-omniscient insight into different colleges characteristics, but also his guidance with what to look for in the first place and questions to ask. Dr. Overton, if youre reading this, thank you so much!

Akhila Padi, Class of 2014 - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: May 27, 2014, 6:45 pm

I cant thank Dr. Overton enough for all the help he has provided me through one of the most stressful times. He has always provided me with many options, introduced me to amazing schools that I didnt know about, helped me present myself as a good candidate for schools, and allowed me to make my own decisions. He always supported me and without him, my college applying experience would not have been as stress free as it had been.

Marti Y. - Irmo, SC
Submitted On: May 19, 2014, 10:35 am

I had almost no idea coming into the whole experience. I knew what I wanted to do, but had no idea where to study, with what has the requirements I want, etc. Dr. Overton has been very helpful with this search. I have seen colleges I would have never thought of, gotten insight into these colleges, among many other perspectives I never would have had without him. It is a very helpful, worth it time and experience.

Michelle Brotman - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: October 23, 2013, 3:14 pm

Thank you Jim! Sarah was notified yesterday that shes a 2013-2014 Questbridge National Finalist. You continue to be phenonminal in her quest for college acceptances!

Garwood Wells - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: October 1, 2013, 8:02 pm

I have worked with Dr. Overton. He really is very well informed and teaches you how to go through the process of the college application, including writing the essay(s). If you are not sure what you need to get in the college of your choice, he can help you. It is best to start early, 9th grade, to get the most out of your investment. When the tuition for 4 years of college is considered, the money you invest in your education with Dr. Overton is well worth the return.

Forrest Hemphill - Class of 2013
Submitted On: August 3, 2013, 11:02 pm

Dr. O is one of the most helpful, influential, and nicest part of my college application process. He helps you organize and prioritize due dates, essays, and scholarships. He knows the ins and outs of college admission boards including what they value. Using your high school career, he displays your maximum potential to colleges and makes the process stress free. The best part is he is ALWAYS available for you. This is a bargain and if you arent using these services you are missing out.

Dr. Suzanne Cormier - Charlotte, NC
Submitted On: September 21, 2013, 1:18 pm

Dr. Overton is not your average college consultant. He knows how to help students find the right-fit-college. But most importantly he establishes an amazing rapport with young people. Dr. Overton makes the student feel comfortable and confident in this sometimes overwhelming process. Our son has blossomed because of Dr. Overtons guidance and caring.

Hagood Hemphill, Class of 2013 - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: July 10, 2013, 1:25 pm

I want to thank you for working through everything with me and being so patient. We got er done like youve always said and I would say 5 out of 6 schools is a good ratio. You made the whole experience easier for not only me but also for my family.

Sara Garzia - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: July 30, 2013, 8:27 am

Dr. Overton was immensely helpful in many aspects of the college application process, but I would have to say that he was most helpful with the writing of essays. He never wrote the essay for me; all my writing was 100% my own. Dr. Overton would point me in the right direction or help me readjust if I got off course. He read over my many drafts and made suggestions and changes each time. I was never finished with an essay unless we were both satisfied. I would definitely recommend using his services.

Stefanie Feltwell, Class of 2013 - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: July 8, 2013, 6:16 pm

You turned me into a pro college essay and application writer. I know the skills I learned with you will help me in college and beyond.

Forrest Hemphill, Class of 2013 - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: July 8, 2013, 4:54 pm

You made things so stress free and helped us organize due dates and essays. You helped my writing skills tremendously! I cant thank you enough.

Burt Pardue - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: July 3, 2013, 1:19 pm

Jim worked tirelessly with our son to discern the best college for him. He began by doing personality inventories and career profiles then began recommending colleges for consideration. Jims help was invaluable to us - we could not have done it without him! We continue to recommend Jim to everyone who has a student beginning to consider college.

Rob Mendenall - The College Funding Center of SC, LLC
Submitted On: April 3, 2013, 12:38 pm

Dr. Overton is, in my opinion, the best in the State (if not the Southeast) at what he does. If you have a need or desire for your high school student to receive the one-on-one attention and guidance that high school counselors are not able to provide due to their workload, Dr. Overton should be your choice, particularly if you are interested in highly competitive colleges. His track record of success in helping students gain admittance to their top schools, and find / receive scholarships to help pay the bill is unmatched.
Lisa Feeley - Nobelsville, IN
Submitted On: March 9, 2013, 2:43 pm

Dr. Overton helped our daughter Maris prepare for her college admissions process. With his help, she secured admission to American University with scholarships. Dr Overton is very professional, really explained all the options to Maris and reviewed her essay, etc. It was a tremendous help. Now, we are working with Jim for our Junior, Kara who is starting her college admissions process. We cannot wait to get our second into the college of her choice!

Anne Creed - Columbia, SC
Submitted On: March 9, 2013, 2:37 pm

Thanks to Dr. O, my daughter won a Carolina Scholars scholarship, the highest offered by USC. My daughter did the work ,and she worked hard, but Dr. O made it count. He pointed her in the right direction and then kept the whole process on schedule to minimize stress. He is a kind and fatherly guide who helped us both in so many ways. He helped my daughter identify which colleges would be the best fit for her ambitions and her learning style. Then he worked with her, starting at the beginning of high school, to make sure she was taking the right courses so that she could get in the kinds of schools she wanted. He was unbelievably available. For example, he talked with my daughter by phone when she was on her campus visits, making sure she was asking the right questions to determine if each college would be a good fit. He helped smooth over difficult family situations. I could go on and on. He was a friend, a guide, an encourager and a believer who made all the difference in one the most important life decisions for my daughter. The results are so much greater than his fees are. But even if she had not won scholarships, his services were worth every penny. You cannot put a price on kindness, sanity, sound guidance and caring. I will be forever grateful.


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