Teamwork makes the dream work for the last 12 years…
“…and our amazing team will make your college and academic dreams come true”
About College Shortcuts
In the last twelve years, College Shortcuts has single handedly changed the face of the college consulting process.
Too many students these days are stressed, overwhelmed, and just plain panicked about the idea of getting into college. Too many times, these kinds of feelings can negatively impact a child’s learning experience or hinder their ability to achieve a goal – and at College Shortcuts, we are proud to reverse the stressful college application curse.
This is precisely why CEO and Founder Neha Gupta developed the College Shortcuts brand, over twelve years ago.
So, what is exactly IS College Shortcuts?
College Shortcuts is a leader in helping your child learn the shortcuts to getting accepted into the college of their dreams. We know that parents, too, become confused about the college process, which is why we work with students and their families to achieve their desired outcomes.
We’ve seen so many parents rely heavily on their child’s high school college admissions counselor, and while their help can sometimes prove valuable, students are not receiving the individualized attention and great amount of time they need to truly knock the college admissions process out of the park.
We have become the ultimate destination for parents to have the help of a professional and committed college consultant, with no time limits, and without the lofty consultant fee.
With the right guidance and support, with the College Shortcuts touch, getting into college becomes a simple, manageable, and easy to understand process – with beautiful results at the end of it all.
Enroll in any one of our digital programs and immediately find yourself at ease. The weight has been lifted. The stress has been minimized. You’ve now felt the College Shortcuts touch.
About our Team
College Shortcuts has put together a team of highly skilled and educated consultants, tutors, and instructors to make your college and academic dreams come true. We pride ourselves on offering support that is individualized, easy to access, and effective.
College Shortcuts was developed as a means to simplify the college application process. We know that the growing list of college demands coupled with the application process can be overwhelming and confusing. We know that there are some subjects in school that you just can’t seem to master, no matter how hard you try.
We know that a little help and a bit of strategy can go a long way – and take the pressure off of parents and students everywhere!
Connect with us today and learn more about how we can help with your kid’s future.
Meet Our Team
The greatest team in the whole world
Founder & CEO
Neha Gupta is a two time best-selling author, top 100 teen expert, speaker, and minority female business owner. Over the last 12 years she has built both Elite Private Tutors and College Shortcuts, both with a mission to serve families and make parents’ lives easier every day.
She has been featured on ABC as an expert for teenagers, NBC, the Washington Post, Parents Magazine, and even coined “the female that helps students get six figures in scholarships” according to Student Loan Hero. She has been featured as well in India West and Voice of Asia and over 100 publications, podcasts, and interviews.
Gupta’s businesses serve families globally with an audience of over 1.1 million parents worldwide listening and reading her work. She has spoken on corporate and school stages such as UCLA, KPMG, Rice University, and has impacted over 77,000 students in the last 12 years through her passion to inspire the youth.
Gupta is passionate about social entrepreneurship, and has partnered with World Teacher Aid to build a school in Nairobi, Kenya her late father’s name for students to follow their dreams. In addition, she has contributed to Vitamin Angels to serve underserved communities in India to give vitamins to children. She believes as a female business owner, that giving back is crucial to any organization and it empowers children to become global citizens of the world. Her dream is to take 1,000 students and build 100 schools across the world to inspire children to be true contributors of society.
A life long learner, Gupta graduated from Rice University, a top 15 school in the country according to US News World and Report, as well as attended classes at Harvard University. She has also graduated from the Robbins Research Foundation and has personally met Tony Robbins, who has impacted millions of lives. In addition, she has been invited as a teen expert at Global Youth Leadership Summit both in San Diego, CA and Mumbai, India. She has been interviewed by Oprah’s parenting expert Dr. Shefali Tsabary. Gupta is highly passionate about women’s empowerment, making mothers’ lives easier, and childhood education.
Gupta personally hand picks every single person on her team and oversees every client that goes through her programs and is passionate about every child’s life she touches.
Head of Client Happiness
Amanda is our client specialist that helps to enroll and onboard our newest clients. She manages all of the scheduling to ensure any customer service issues are handled immediately. She also makes sure to answer any questions regarding billing and is here to make sure our clients are extremely happy with our services.
Vice President of Sales
Ivy League Consultant and Tutor
Noah comes from Johns Hopkins and is originally from New York City. He graduated in the top 5% of his class and has helped numerous students get into top Ivy League schools. Just a bit about Noah’s passions, he was Captain of the Debate Team, where he was the top scoring competitor in the State Debate League, President of Model UN Club, Secretary and co-Founder of Quiz Bowl, and a National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. Noah knows exactly what it takes to get into a top university and loves mentoring students. He also helps students achieve incredible scores academically, on the SAT and ACT, and inevitably get into the best colleges.
Ivy League Consultant and Tutor
Joe comes from Cornell University and has studied Computer Science. He is extremely well versed in all things math and science as well as in SAT and ACT prep. He has helped numerous students get into Ivy League schools and absolutely loves helping kids achieve their dreams. He has tutored for over 6 years, and enjoys helping children find their passion for learning in problem solving and is focused on changing the next generation of youth.
Ivy League Consultant and Tutor
Dominic comes from Cornell University and has extensive work experience at other college admissions agencies. In addition, he has worked for Senator Cory Booker and high-profile campaigns such as the 5th Congressional District races in 2014 and 2016. He has interned at Parano and Associates, a political consulting firm, as the Deputy Millennial Outreach and Intern Program Director. Dominic combines his political experiences with an out of the box approach to work with college applicants on presenting themselves in the best light. He knows what it takes to get into Ivy League level institutions and achieve the best grades in a myriad of subjects, SAT and ACT scores, and shine in the application process.
Chief Technology Officer
Cecile is the CTO of College Shortcuts and Elite Private Tutors. A ninja at anything development related, she has helped to develop our website, online courses, and any page that you see on this very site. She brings over 10 years of experience to our team, and serves as a front end and back end developer for sites that helps to ensure College Shortcuts and Elite Private Tutors is effectively serving our audience. She creates elegant and original designs, writes code, and offers the highest quality in customer support.
Head of Online Marketing
Brice has worked over the last ten years in helping to create brand awareness and engagement. Brice specializes in helping College Shortcuts reach over 1 million parents online every year. After creating his own successful online business, he discovered the power of online advertising and marketing.
Natalie is a Literature and Writing graduate with further work towards her Master’s in Education. Natalie has taught all ages of students, but prefers to work with high schoolers. She finds her true passions to lie in the art of working with the written word. Natalie is a native Californian, but has studied abroad in Oxford, England and Hawaii. Natalie has edited over 1,000 essays and is extremely detailed in her work. She has helped numerous students get into over 200 colleges over the last few years. She believes that all students can get in with the right editor by their side.
The most world-renowned writers have editors, so why would you send off your college essays without one? Susanne, a former middle, high school and college teacher in a New York City and south Florida, earned a master’s degree from New York University in education and creative writing. Believing that the importance of a well-written essay, a student’s one and only chance to come off the page as more than test scores and resumes, often brews unnecessary pressure; Susanne relishes the chance to bring peace to the world by alleviating some of the college application stresses.
Public Relations and Media Specialist
Natasha is our public relations specialist who keeps in contact with media, speaking engagements, and the press. She has written globally for top newspapers, Forbes, and much more. She has gotten us featured in major publications, podcasts, and helps to build our brand awareness globally from America, Europe, Central America, and Asia. People and their stories have always been her biggest passion. She loves to facilitate meaningful connections and enjoys the look of confidence and excitement in people eyes when their story is heard by the right people.
Head of Social Media
April manages the College Shortcuts and Elite Private Tutors website and social media pages, ensuring that fresh and highly informative content is curated properly to reach our huge community. She ensures the we keep proper interaction with our online followers and sees to it that updates are made regularly. April is greatly passionate about the team’s advocacy to guide and help parents and children in acquiring the best education possible as she herself values it very much. If you see comments on our social media pages – it is her focusing on helping parents and students in achieving their dreams.
Palvasha recently graduated from Rice University with a degree in Economics and will be attending medical school in the fall. Originally from Midland, Texas, she was actively involved in Speech and Debate, played the violin and piano, and volunteered at a children’s grief center and local hospital. While at Rice, Palvasha had been actively involved in education improvement, having served as a teaching assistant for General Chemistry and Neuroscience courses and as a representative on the Committee for Undergraduate Curriculum. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Houston restaurant scene, connecting with friends, painting, and traveling. She looks forward to serving others as both a tutor and future physician!
Dr. Loretta is an experienced science educator and enjoys teaching a vast number of science courses. While at Texas Southern University she was an Instructor and worked in the Department of Biology and Chemistry as an Independent Teaching assistant. She taught Human Anatomy and Physiology to students of Pre-med/Pre- Pharm, as well as Pre-nursing and other health tracks, and also taught general chemistry. Currently she is an Adjunct Faculty in the Dept. of Biology at Lone Star College teaching Environmental Science and a Faculty Tutor at Houston Community College tutoring all biology related subjects. She has been educating for almost 5 years now and believes that everyone has some greatness within and just needs some guidance.
Al is passionate about math and science and attended both Yates and Debakey High School for Health Professions. Loving majored in Biology, he is obsessed with teaching math and science to students. In high school, he played basketball, football, baseball and ran track as well and before sports, Al played the violin in middle school. In high school, he received numerous academic awards from the city of Houston including student of the year at DeBakey HSHP. He also earned athletic awards in high school. In college, he received the president’s/ dean’s list certificates and awards within the honors college.
Azra received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Houston and is currently enrolled in a dental hygiene program. She aspires to ultimately become a cosmetic dentist. As a graduate of DeBakey High School for Health Professions, she has a strong foundation in both math and science. Her family has always encouraged her towards a future in medicine, causing her to truly value the minds built by education. Her background in tutoring is rooted in teaching her younger sister–younger by 11 years– throughout her grade school career and continues to tutor her during her current semester at University of Houston. Azra is working towards a future of creating smiles and hopes she can create a few now by helping students achieve their fullest potentials.
Coach Cierra attended a magnet high school which taught her to always strive for academic excellence. She received two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma in 2012, one in Art History and the other in Spanish. In May 2017, Cierra graduated from the University of Houston with a Master’s degree in Art History. During her graduate tenure, Ciera ran a writing mentoring program for the School of Art. She worked with hundreds of students on their term papers, largely focusing on strength of argument (thesis) and related support, research and citations, as well as general stylistic and grammar points. Cierra loves helping students develop an idea into a successful research paper.
Alley is a graduate of Rice University, London School of Economics, and Columbia University. She absolutely loves education is very passionate about helping kids achieve their dreams. If there is anyone that is a cool, hip, nerd, it is Alley. Alley loves to work with kids and mentor them. Her favorite subjects include Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and English. She loves to mentor students and also help them in their college admissions process. She has two sisters and a cute dog named Brooklyn.
Daniel comes from Rice University and specializes in Education. Daniel is passionate about teaching Math and English, hoping to become a professional educator after graduating college. Originally from Dallas, Texas, he spent high school as a national Academic Decathlon champion and an amateur boxer. He has also excelled in co-curricular academics, earning perfect scores on the SAT and SAT II tests. At Rice, Daniel serves as a student coordinator for Camp Kesem, a non-profit that serves children whose families are affected by cancer, and teaches a course on the history of hip hop.
Sarah is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a double major in BS Biology and Psychology with a GPA of 3.85. She has been very active in various extracurricular activities from being a writer and copy editor to working as a volunteers for different causes while helping organize events for culture groups. She has been a highly effective researches and is a notable recipient of the Indian-American scholarship.
These are samples of some of the credentials of who we hire, as we do have more consultants. Neha goes through 1000 resumes to select one coach.
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