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Robert Powers
College Consultant &  LGBTQ+ College Search Expert

Grab your compass and your pack. 
On the journey to college,
I'll guide you through the dark.

I'm a college expert who helps teens discover their best options and chart a smooth course to arrive at their favorite campuses.

My students are luminaries, and I guide them through every step, from the college search to college essays, right up to the final moment when it's time to press submit.

My Past Results

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of luminaries go to one of their top 3 schools.
says a smooth college process helped at-home dynamics.
The College Torch Promise

Every senior finishes applications before winter break so they can enjoy the holidays!

Are you a luminary?

Luminaries are college explorers.
The intrepid students I guide tend to share these traits:
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Luminaries love learning, even if they like learning in their own way.

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Luminaries are different, and they're allies to others who are different.

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Luminaries are searching for that amazing, just-right campus.

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Luminaries motivate themselves to take action.

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Luminaries care about the world, its people, and its problems.

College Torch isn't
just a safe space...

It’s a joyful space! Whoever you are, be yourself loudly here. And I’ll make sure your college list is full of schools where you can do that too.

Want a free resource to spot red flags for LGBTQ+ students on your college visits?

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Your Journey

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The College Application Program is a completely personalized one-one consulting program where you’ll discover your ideal college, craft your best-fit college list, and walk a clear-cut path through your college tasks. I provide start-to-finish guidance on every task and essay.


You can still become a luminary without being a College Hero. Other options include group programs, essay-only or college search packages, or hourly Power Planning Sessions.

Ready for the next step?

Apply to become a luminary
& discuss your best program.
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Get the College Admission
Timeline resource!

About Me


Robert by the Numbers

  • 300+ students personally guided

  • 50 college visits, conferences, and other events each year

  • 10+ years working with students

  • 4 professional memberships:
    IECA (Professional Tier), HECA, NACAC, WACAC

  •  4 educational non-profit board positions

  • 3 years (maximum terms) application reader for the national, highly selective Coca-Cola Scholarship

  • 2 publications, including the chapter on LGBTQ+ students in NACAC's national textbook for counselors (coming 2024)

  • 2 degrees from Johns Hopkins (B.A. + M.A.)

  • 1 National Pride Grant (2023)

  • 1 national advocacy organization for LGBTQ+ students founded (IECs for Human Rights)

  • 1 of a small handful of consultants nationally with special expertise guiding LGBTQ+ students to happy colleges

My Values

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Reach success by being yourself.

College Students

College fit:


Find the school where you'll thrive.

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Let's laugh and be real people.

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Let’s plan, track, and communicate to keep your stress down.




You're in the driver's seat, and I'm your guide.


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Luminaries can achieve anything!


Having Robert guide me through the college process turned a terrifying prospect into something completely manageable.


When my admissions result was released, surprisingly, I did not feel stress or apprehension unlike many of my friends who were counting down the days, as Robert had helped me create a list of colleges I was excited to attend no matter what.

Alex C, Dartmouth College

Don't forget...

Your free college admissions timeline resource!

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