Tom O’Hare has been a major asset to our family as we help our daughter navigate the College Search, Admission and Financial Aid process.

Tom educated and guided us through this complex and often confusing world.  He took the time to ask questions and listen to our story, got to know our daughter, and then made relevant recommendations.  His insight into the nuances and unique strengths and weaknesses of different programs has been invaluable.

His calm and thoughtful manner reduced our anxiety and gave us confidence in our decisions.  We recommend Get College Going and Tom O’Hare to assist in this major life decision and significant investment.


Thank you Tom so much for all your help in navigating the college process.  Your insight in the various colleges and advice kept us all grounded and focused on what we needed to do to help our son get into the school he wanted. You made what could have been a very stressful time so much easier for all of us.


Let me start the New Year in letting you know how grateful I am in knowing you!  Your expertise in college preparation was a vital part of my daughter’s success and a peace of mind for me! As I reflect those moments when you first met with her I recall how she had no idea what she wanted to study or go. She had mentioned to you that she was not ready to go to college. She surely knew she wanted to continue to play soccer and wanted to find a way to repeat her senior year of high school to score more goals! I grew so nervous that the passion of soccer took over her, however you used it to your advantage in directing her to the right place!

Your guidance in choosing the right college for her was on target! She grew more confident as she visited the colleges on the list. She was excepted to most all colleges from the list you made and ended up selecting Worcester State University, the one I least expected. She enjoyed it so much and excelled in her academics and played four years of soccer with four Simi finalist and two championships! She just graduated 2017 with a bachelors in Public Health and minor in Physiology. Not to long from graduation, She is now working for the public school system with the special needs students and pursuing her pre- requirements classes for her masters in Occupational Therapy at Worcester State University.  With the lack of guidance in the high school she attended and being a first generation to go to college I really do not know what the outcome would of been without your guidance!

Thank you Tom!


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I decided to work with Tom O’Hare at Get College Going for several reasons…He came highly recommended and I knew of other families in the community who had utilized his services and were quite pleased with the results.  Unlike my first child who had gone the traditional academic route, Nathan had gone to a vocational high school and while very bright was not the enthusiastic student his sister was.  I was baffled on what programs or schools would best fit Nathan’s skills, personality, and interests.  To complicate matters further, Nathan’s mother and I are divorced and had very different views on what was appropriate for him.

 Tom met with the 3 of us to discuss our thoughts and make recommendations on at least 3 occasions.  He also met privately with Nathan to help him with essays, resume and to narrow down the schools/programs of interest.

 When it was time to apply we had programs I never would have considered at schools I never would have looked at.  Nathan applied, with Tom’s and parental assistance to the programs of interest, got accepted to several from which to choose, and ultimately made a decision which he is excited about starting in 2 weeks’ time!

 Tom guided us through the ENTIRE process from beginning to end.  Reaching out to Nathan directly to remind him of important deadlines and to check in with him about his progress.  He helped us find appropriate schools/programs, help Nathan and us with the paperwork, served as a coach to Nathan, and occasional referee to my Ex and me.

 I can’t recommend his services highly enough nor can I imagine why any parent not in Academia would try to go it alone and figure out the best way to do it without help.

Scott > Winthrop, MA 

Tom, thanks for all of your help through the process so far. I really appreciate that you helped Isak stay accountable to the application process through encouragement and great advice. You have helped his first-timer parents navigate the financial aid application process with confidence and clarity. Awesome!! Thanks again! Looking forward to continuing to work with you.

Wei – > Reading MA

“Tom is such an amazing resource for families at a very critical decision-making moment in a young person’s life – should I go to college? which one? How do we afford the best education for my child? Tom is wise, knowledgeable, and can be your expert guide. Give him a call – you won’t regret it!”

Electra > Woburn MA