Hi, I'm Robert. 


As the college counselor and founder of College Torch, I've built my career around helping students discover their next steps.

I'm an expert in college options and the college admissions process, and I stay knowledgeable about all the changes in the admissions landscape so I can help my students navigate the path to college. 

Helping teenagers find their best-fit colleges requires an understanding of students and an ability to connect with them. Before I guided students as a college counselor, I began my career as a classroom teacher. Now, my counseling recommendations take into account educational philosophy, research, and my own experience working with students in schools. 

When my students press submit, they feel confident knowing they've chosen the right colleges and done everything they could to present their best selves on the applications.

Some areas of special expertise include California admissions (UC and Cal State), need-based and merit financial aid, and LGBTQ+ students.

Learn about my counseling programs here.

Robert Powers, College Counselor

B.A./M.A. Johns Hopkins University

Memberships: HECA, NACAC, WACAC