Testimonials from students and parents

I can’t thank you enough for all your help,  you kept all the options open for her at home and in North America which has given her a lot of choice in deciding what her next step will be. Your help was absolutely invaluable.  Thank you once again.

/ parent of a student admitted to universities in the USA, Canada and the UK /


From our initial meeting, through to receiving my offer from the University of San Francisco, the service received from David Hawkins was absolutely first class.

/ Student, class of 2019 /


David Hawkins deftly developed my writing style over 3 months to help me create admission essays of a standard that I had no idea I could produce.

When we first met, my essays were unfocused and often unengaging. His productive feedback and detailed knowledge of the inner workings of the admissions process helped tailor my writing to create essays that helped me gain admission into Stanford University.

The work that he did, not only helped me create application essays that got me into Stanford, but also strengthened my writing skills in ways that have been invaluable at university.  

/  Class of 2018, attending stanford UNIVERSITY  /


We would like to say a huge thank you for all you have done to help W with his application and acceptance at IE University. We are all over the moon with the outcome. We realise you were very instrumental in this whole process. It is fantastic that W has been accepted and we also hope this helps to pave the way for more BTEC students going forward. It was quite a journey and we cannot thank you enough for all the help and support you gave to W.

/ Student, class of 2019, attending IE UNIVERSITY, SPAIN /


We were recommended by our school to approach David for detailed advice and support as we evaluated European alternatives to traditional UK university options.

He has made the process so easy and provided the reassurance to give my daughter and I the confidence to move forward with an option in Holland.

David surveyed the options for us in several countries to study law in English. We narrowed the search down and he then provided more detailed considerations about the applications and the process for individual institutions. As we made individual applications he provided invaluable guidance as to how to reshape elements of the application to fit the local model.

We ended up applying to 3 law schools in Holland, have accepted one, and had offers from the other two. There are some really exciting and cost-effective courses outside the UK that need a bit of extra work to understand, but with David’s help that was easy.  

University is a big step and it has to be worth the investment of looking at all the options. Thank you David, we are delighted with the outcome and appreciative of your flexibility of being available in evenings and weekends.

/  parent of a student, class of 2019  /


If you’re reading this, it’s probably because applying to college is particularly daunting and/or you’re looking for help. 

My personal situation was that my school offered limited help for applying to the US for college and therefore I was in a really difficult situation whereby I wanted to go but didn’t know how.

Not only this but the offering for UK unis wasn’t perfect either. However, only until I found the contact of David. We had a conversation on the phone that was meant to be short but ended up being very extensive and I suddenly came to learn his fountain of expertise was enormous.

The thing that struck me most was that he was very clearly not out to just sell a product, but gave me a very sharp reality check about the realities of applying and was sure to check with me that it was the right thing for ME.

All in all, I would recommend David if you want help or simply to ease your process of getting into your dream college through his great help.

/  student, class of 2019  /


Thank you so much for your tireless help on my essays and the advice about universities in general - it has been invaluable.

/  class of 2018, attending the university of southern california  /


I applied to some US universities in my final year of Sixth Form, but unfortunately wasn’t offered any places. In my second application attempt on my gap year, I had the help of David Hawkins and his team. They helped me to discover which universities would be best suited for me, which elements of my new application to focus on, and how best to put together my art portfolio. By reading through my essays and giving clear and helpful written feedback, David Hawkins made the essay writing process a lot easier and more enjoyable. It was extremely helpful to have someone who knew which of my ideas would reflect well in my application, and which I should leave out. The feedback David provided also improved my essay writing ability in general, which has given me a lot more confidence in the essays I’m now writing in college. David and his team made all the difference in my applications, and are the reason I’m able to attend Yale today.

/ Student, class of 2018, attending yale /


Working with you made the whole process of applying to American and Canadian universities a much smoother one. Without your help my application process wouldn’t have be as efficient and successful as it was.

/ Student, class of 2018, attending the university of guelph /


As it looks like mission is accomplished, I would like to thank you very much for your help and support during this process. N is very grateful.

/ Student, class of 2019, attending IE University, spain /


As of yesterday I’ve been accepted to all five UK universities! Thank you so much for all of your help in this!

/ Student, class of 2019, From California, admitted to study architecture in the UK /


I just wanted to say a massive thank you as we got an offer from Bocconi today. We could not have done it without you and all your determination and knowledge and perseverance and extra hours, so a big heartfelt thank you from all of us. You were instrumental in the whole process, it would not have happened without you.

/ Parent, class of 2019, student admitted to universita bocconi, milan /


Thank you so much, you really guided me well to find which path suited me best and I’m very grateful.

/ student, class of 2019, admitted to waseda university, tokyo /


I have two scholarships into SCAD and I am very pleased to say that I have a place at Parsons with a merit scholarship. Thank you so much for helping me put together my applications, I could not have wished for a better outcome. NYC here I come!

/ student, class of 2019, pursuing fashion design in the usa /


Thank you for helping me with all of my applications and most importantly for being so supportive.

/ Student, class of 2019, admitted to her three top-choice universities in the USA /


I can’t thank you enough. At the start of this process I did not have any definite direction, all I knew was that I wanted to further my education. Thankfully with all your guidance and expertise I have been fortunate to receive a number of university offers. I have to attribute this to your approach in finding the university which was the “right-fit”. I have accepted my offer from University of Toronto and if all goes to plan I will attend this autumn. I am so excited! Thank you once again.

/ Student, class of 2019, admitted to universities in the UK, USA and Canada /


I wanted to thank you on behalf of our whole family for the excellent advice that you have professionally, patiently and calmly given him over the last few months. Thank you again David for a job very well done.

/ parent of a student admitted to universities in canada, the uk and ireland /


I wish to thank you for the work you have put in for my application as well as the process of applying and even talking to the universities. I am especially grateful for arranging the appointments during my tour in April, which were decisive in helping me make my final choice. I am well aware that, without your contribution, it would have been much more challenging if at all possible.

/ student attending the university of warwick, uk /


2019 University Acceptances and Destinations can be viewed here

Richard Judd

Head of Careers

Taunton School

David is our ‘go to’ person for advice beyond our expertise. Being not only incredibly knowledgeable regarding international admissions but also very personable means that he offers a premier service for our students. We particularly appreciate his honesty and integrity with students and parents over which choices will be the most fruitful for them. His network of contacts with universities is very impressive and his attention to detail means applications run smoothly.

Nick Nelson

Director of Internationalism

Cheltenham College

Very swift responses to any queries: candid / frank manner without pretence or judgement, always willing to help and perennially available. Good manner and outlook which chimes well with parents, students and staff - adaptability, availability, excellent knowledge and experience and suitably very connected and genned up on germane matters. Good breadth of knowledge and thus not merely US-centric, for example, willing to travel, good one-on-one support for students, not in any way pushy or grabby re. finances and securing clients.

Jim Reddy

Head of Global University Applications

Uppingham School

We recommend David Hawkins to our families pursuing international university applications for the following reasons: depth of knowledge of the market (not just US), speed of response, integrity at every level, ability to connect on a personal level with young adults and his ability to provide bespoke advice and find the correct match.

Matt Brimson

Head of Sixth Form

West Buckland School

David provides that unique combination of attributes which can be difficult to find: honesty, impartiality and highly knowledgeable advice, guidance and information. The students respond positively to him and I learn something new every time he visits. It is a pleasure to involve David in the possible futures of our students.

Laura Holloway

David is the best that I have come across so far in this industry in terms of knowledge, connections, integrity and honesty and responsiveness and in particular he adds huge value in terms of university choice, which as I am sure you are aware is a vast and daunting area.

Director of Overseas University Admissions

Headington School

James Hazledine

Head of Higher Education and Careers


I often email David with tricky questions about international applications which no one else has been able to answer. The response is always swift and informative which is so vital as we navigate through this increasingly complex process. The students benefit enormously from his wisdom.

Anna Scott

Horizons Department

Bradfield College

We happily recommend David to our pupils due to his incredible knowledge of hundreds of universities throughout the world. This extensive knowledge enables him to identify specific universities that ‘best’ match an individual pupil. David, who is generous with his advice, has a great network of contacts and an excellent understanding of what the individual universities are looking for.

Kim Dunning

Manager of HE and Careers

Sherborne School

The advice David has given to us, and our students, has been always been informative, up-to-date, impartial, relevant and timely.  His enthusiasm is infectious, and his product knowledge, customer service and attention to detail is always first-class.

Penelope Utting

Head of Careers

Sherborne Girls School

David has always been a terrific support as I navigate the various international university application forms.  He has a huge depth of knowledge and if he doesn’t know, he will always know someone who does.  He is excellent at imparting clear, impartial and sensible advice to the girls about applying abroad and is generous with his time.

Rebecca Callard

Head of Sixth Form

Mount Kelly College

David has inspired our pupils to broaden their horizons and consider worldwide opportunities for their education after Sixth Form. He is enthusiastic, informative and honest in his approach and never fails to motivate our pupils. He is a fountain of knowledge and we particularly value his focus on finding the right place for each individual.