Medical School (MD & DO) Admissions Consulting


Judy Colwell, M.A.,
Counseling Psychology

Former Assistant Director of Admissions
Stanford University School of Medicine
Current Mock Interview Specialist/Pre-Med Advisor
Stanford University

For further information: (best)
or 650.888.9477)

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FEES - A DROP IN THE BUCKETPicture of a small bucket with a drop of water going into it.

The average cost of completing the medical school application process ranges from $3,500-$5,500 (and more!).

MCAT review course
MCAT fee
Secondary application fees
Interview travel (possibly across the U.S. multiple times)
Deposits to hold a place in the class

My consulting fees to help you present your credentials and accomplishments as strongly as possible to Admissions Committees are just a drop in that financial-cost bucket.

To put this into perspective, clients who have worked with me from the beginning of the application process work with me for an average of less than 5 hrs., slightly up from 4 hrs. as more applicants are applying, increasing the competitiveness for available places in the entering class. (In entering 2015, nationally only 44% of MD applicants matriculated into medical school and 44% of DO applicants.)

My fees are based on my extensive experience and knowledge gained during my 26 years in the admissions process, in addition to my ongoing experience in the pre-med process, and the importance of competent advice as you work through the often confusing maze of applying to medical school.

"Why don't you have a "package fee" as many other educational consultants have?"

In my experience, my clients don't need to spend $3,000+ for a consulting "package." In the past three years, only 4% of my clients have spent more than $2,000. We are efficient together and get our work accomplished for far less expense than using a "package." You shouldn't have to pay for time you don't need just to make my bookkeeping easier.

Fees and other nitty-gritty information:

- Initial brief telephone discussion to assess our ability to work together: Complimentary. (Not a working session.) The first chat is merely a short "Hi how are you, this is how I work with clients" conversation. If you feel comfortable working with me, then we schedule a working appointment.

- I have a TWO (2) hour minimum fee ($800). Our first conference is a one-hour conference. All work thereafter is charged on a time-spent (pro-rata) basis at the rate of $400/hr., billed at the end of the month. Time credit must be used by April 30, 2017. There are no refunds on used funds.

Distant clients: I spend approximately 15-20 minutes reviewing your Personal Inventory and primary application prior to a 45 min. phone conference (shorter phone conference if more material than Personal Inventory/transcript(s) is to be reviewed).

Local clients: Our initial one-hour conference includes my review of your Personal Inventory and primary application while we are together. Local clients may choose to meet in person, or by telephone conference.


- First mock interview is ONE (1) hour ($400); follow-up sessions are pro-rated at the same hourly rate

All clients:
- The time we schedule is for you exclusively, and therefore I require a 24 hr. cancellation notice.
- Longer emails between us usually constitute 5-10 min. of consulting time and are billed as such. (Most emails are short and therefore are complimentary.)
- Missed appointments are charged in full.

Cash/Check/PayPal — $400 per hour of of consulting (in person or by telephone). Payment due prior to our first conference for distance clients, or at our meeting for local clients. Additional work is billed on a pro-rata basis (time spent = time charged) of $400/hr. Statements are sent at the end of each month.


Instead of FedEx, Express mail, or snail mail

You may pay through PayPal. Click on the button here. (If you have quesions about how this works, we can discuss it during our initial brief "get acquainted" phone conversation.)


Once you have authorized payment, please email your Client Information Sheet and Personal Inventory (see following section) to me and we will arrange our first conversation.


You will have the opportunity to tell me about your interest in medicine, how it began, how it is part of your life now, and how you envision your future career. This will set the background for your secondary essays and mock interviewing. Naturally we will address your important issues that need immediate attention such as an evaluation/assessment of your current candidacy for medical school.

It is important that I have copies of your:
  1. The Client Information Sheet/Release Form/Personal Inventory. This form is found HERE.
  2. Resume (if you already have one).
  3. AMCAS/AACOMAS *verified*/processed application.
  4. MCAT results (if available).
  5. A small digital picture.


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Judith J. Colwell, MA
Medical School Admissions Consultant
Tel: 650-888-9477
Email: OR


Last updated: March 30, 2016
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