My story

     Coleen Bryan earned a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego. She has taken several graduate courses in Education from the University of San Francisco and completed the College Counseling program at UCLA.

     Coleen worked in Outreach and Admissions for over five years as an Outreach Coordinator for the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of California, Berkeley. She has been responsible for providing admissions advice to parents, students, teachers, and organizations throughout northern and southern California for the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP). Additionally, she has taught test preparation academies, college application workshops, and college preparation seminars for schools in Ventura County and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her involvement in outreach allowed her to gain valuable knowledge and insight into the admissions requirements of the University of California and other competitive colleges.

     Coleen has had extensive training in editing college applications, analyzing college essays for admission, securing financial aid for students, conducting college preparation workshops (for the University of California and the Common Application, and providing individualized admissions consulting. Additionally, she maintains her college admissions expertise by attending college fairs, participating in professional development opportunities, and touring colleges. Her Pro Bono work includes being selected as a College Counselor for College Summit in the Orange County region. She has been in private practice for over 10 years.

     Coleen Bryan is a member of several national professional counseling organizations, including the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) and the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA). As a community member in Orange County she has served on the PTA and as a site-council representative in Ladera Ranch to increase her involvement in education.  Most recently she worked with the  California College Application and Success Campaign..

     Coleen Bryan values higher education and looks forward to sharing her years of expertise in admissions counseling with the clients of College Materials to help them attain their educational goals.

Feedback & Reviews

Feedback from satisfied students

Coleen Bryan’s help was absolutely instrumental in helping me apply to college. I had no idea what the undergrad application process entailed, and she was helpful and supportive for every step. From essay revisions to keeping me on track for application deadlines, Coleen was the difference between the caliber of schools I was admitted to. Specifically, her essay help was fantastic- my personal statements developed into essays miles ahead of the drafts I gave her. Not only did they help me get into my dream school, but they helped me get several scholarships. Getting her help was by far the best decision I made in the application process!

C. Norman

accepted to Chapman, UCLA and UC Berkeley

I GOT ACCEPTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO! I was also named a University Scholar and will receive a scholarship of $5000 a year! This is all a little surreal right now.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING ME THESE PAST FEW YEARS. I really wouldn’t have been able to do this without all your help. 



Ellen Liu

accepted to University of Chicago, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and USC

I was new to the college application process and needed a lot direction.  I was referred to Coleen Bryan of College Materials from a family friend. Coleen was instrumental in making sure all of our needs were met.    She provided a realistic perspective in terms of college choices and shepherded my daughter throughout the entire application process. I appreciated her honesty and truly having my daughter’s best interest at heart.  With much guidance and hard work, my daughter was admitted into her to number one school and after graduating is now employed by a top law firm in Manhattan.  Thank you, Coleen, for truly making a difference! 


Karen Riggione 

Daughters attended Villanova, Butler, and Fordham

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