our Informational Workshops & Seminars:

I highly recommend the services at Access Success. We have taken three classes so far and I am so amazed by the wealth of information that Francesca has to share. There are classes available to guide you through every step of the college search and application process. Our son just completed the college boot camp course and I am beyond pleased with the results. - Gabrielle B. (Summer 2019)

Francesca is a wealth of knowledge regarding anything related to college admissions. I have attended several of her workshops and have always come away having learned valuable information. She has gone through the process with her own children, and keeps up with changes in order to be able to provide up to date and accurate information. She is always willing to answer questions and quickly responds to emails. I wholeheartedly recommend her services. - Nicole S. (Fall 2018)

​We went to Francesca Morrissey's college workshop today. Not knowing what to expect, we found it to be informative, fun and very educational. Francesca is very knowledgeable about the college admissions process and is willing to share and help families with the daunting process. Thank you Francesca! - Kathy F. (Winter 2017)

​​our SAT Prep Programs & Tutoring:

​My son improved his Language score on the SAT by 40 points!  So he will qualify for the scholarship.  We’re still waiting to hear back on his admission, but he was thrilled with his test results.  We can’t thank you enough! - Angela C. (Winter 2018)

​Francesca has worked with my daughter for preparing SAT essay writing. Francesca is very knowledgeable, experienced and friendly. She is very responsive to my questions. She explained to me in detail how she would help my daughter to understand the prompt, and write a well-crafted essay. My daughter really enjoyed every lesson. For the last lesson, Francesca also worked with her on some sample writing section questions, which was very helpful. Francesca also pointed out my daughter’s weaknesses and made recommendations to mitigate them. We will definitely ask for her advice when it is time to write essays for college applications. - Siqi L. (Winter 2017)

My daughter worked with Francesca at her first session reviewing the SAT sections having to do with grammar, usage and punctuation. Francesca helped her identify areas of strength and of weakness to make the best use of their time together in the future. My daughter was truly excited to prepare for the test and really connected with Francesca...she loved her positive energy, sense of humor and competence in teaching! - Gina W. (Winter 2017)

What parents & students say about ...

using ALL of our services:

Well, I am pleased to say that our son successfully submitted his college applications yesterday. We are so excited to have that behind us and now the excitement begins to see where he will be accepted and ultimately choose to go. Thank you so much for your support along the way. Your knowledge was invaluable.  It is a good feeling knowing he had your guidance through the process. Our initial meeting, SAT prep and Boot Camp were all so very helpful. - Stephanie C. (Fall 2020)

A must do for any high school family planning for college! Francesca’s insights and expertise are invaluable. During our initial consultation, she explained the “college process” from the perspective of both the student and parent. While college planning can seem overwhelming at times, Francesca guided us along the way in an engaging, responsive, and comprehensive manner. Plus, the diversity of parent and student workshops were invaluable. We would recommend Access Success to any family looking for an advantage when it comes to college planning and prep. - Chip & Brenda W. (Spring 2020)

Francesca really knows this business! During our first conversation, Francesca offered excellent ideas on how to focus on which colleges our son should consider as well as personalized pointers on getting in. We attended seminars explaining the application, admittance, and financing processes, each of which served us well. We were happy to have Francesca's help and have just made an appointment for a strategy session for our second son. Great! - Michael C. (Summer 2019)

Thank you again for all of your help! You’ve made this process so much easier than it would have been on our own. - Amy S. (Winter 2018)

Our family cannot say enough great things about Francesca and Access Success. Not only did the classes provide valuable information, but individual sessions have been incredibly helpful. She has been an amazing resource for all things college-related and has been beyond supportive and responsive. Our two very different kids both appreciate how she has found that balance with being able to relate to them while still being straightforward and not "sugar-coating" things. We highly recommend using her services for any and all stages of the college admissions process! - Dawna L. (Winter 2019)

​Francesca has helped navigate the admissions process from school lists to application completion. Once she learned more about my son she was able to refine and supplement his list to create an optimal balance of schools. Luckily, Francesca was available to guide us through this stressful time with professionalism, encouragement, and enthusiasm. - Mark L., New Jersey (Fall 2018)

Such a great resource for high school students! Francesca has helped us navigate the college admissions process with our two boys. From individualized advice to essay help, she makes the complicated and overwhelming process manageable. - Karen M. (Summer 2018)

​​I have attended Francesca's sessions on the college admissions process, financial aid and scholarships and they were incredibly informative and helpful. I give five stars to each and every one. My daughter attended the essay writing workshop which she highly recommends. Francesca's teaching style is amazing. My daughter instantly felt at ease and she gained the tools needed to begin writing an essay that has the potential to really stand out from the crowd. We also have had a one on one meeting with Francesca where we reviewed all the specifics about my daughter (gpa, rigor of classes, test scores, awards, content of resume, types of schools she was interested in, etc.). I can't say enough about how eye opening and valuable this was. We walked out with not only a realistic list of "dream", "reach", "likely" and "safety" schools but also a concrete plan of action of how to make it all happen. If you have a high school student who plans to attend college do yourself a favor and get in touch with Francesca. You and your child will be so glad you did. She is passionate about what she does and absolutely knows her stuff. - Dianne L. (Winter 2017) 

​I cannot begin to say how thankful we are to Francesca for her help with our son’s college application process. We attended classes about scholarships and the financial aid process which were very informative. My son also attended a seminar on college essay writing which he found extremely helpful. 
We then chose some one on one time for some additional help to fine tune his essay. Our applications are now out and he has already heard back from several schools...and has been accepted to every one so far!
We truly feel we could not have done this without Francesca’s help. - Pam A. (Winter 2017)

​​I cannot say enough about Francesca Morrissey and how she has helped to guide us through the college admissions process. She is incredibly knowledgeable, spending many weekends visiting colleges and chatting with admissions officers. I credit her with much of Shea's success getting into her #2 choice with a full ride. Campbell is now well on her way and Tucker is up next. SAT prep, college essay assistance, college application work ... Francesca is there every step of the way and her prices are very affordable, particularly when you consider how much a good counselor saves you in tuition! - Lockey C. (Winter 2017)

​​Summer College Admissions Boot Camp:

I have to tell you that my son absolutely loved your boot camp.  I
have been struggling a bit with him getting interested and proactive with anything college related .... He said [he] feels so much better now and his interest and commitment has really turned a corner. 
I am so grateful to you. We had senior portraits today and I was raving about it to some other moms and will be sharing your website address with them. - Nancy V. (Summer 2020)

Thank you so much....  We are so happy that our son was able to participate in this boot camp program. He has made his plans to send you the information that is still needing to be reviewed.... Thank you again for providing such a helpful workshop and we are beyond thrilled with the results! - Gabrielle B. (Summer 2019)

First and foremost I would like to thank you for your time and expertise in working with teenagers in this very daunting college application process. My son absolutely loves you and was so excited when he came home on Monday that he told me he was looking forward to going back Tuesday. I was completely blown away with this response considering that Monday morning he was hemming and hawing about going. So again, thank you so very much. He read me everything he worked on and it was all awesome.​ Thank you again for all that my son got accomplished during this boot camp session. It was truly one of the best things I  ever spent money on. And just to see him so excited about it was so worth it. It has been a bit of a challenge to get him to do any work at all with the college process so this is just so amazing. - Diane C. (Summer 2019)

our Initial College Consultations:

Thank you very much for all the information you gave us to think about yesterday. We feel like we have a plan of action on what to do next now which is super helpful. - Lynette R. (Summer 2019)

I wanted to reach out and thank you so much for the time you spent with us yesterday. It was jam-packed with such helpful information. I know my husband and I walked out of your office at ease. It was also extremely helpful for our daughter also. I felt you gave her the guidance to keep doing what she’s doing and she will hopefully be able to reach her goals. - Adele S. (Winter 2019)

​​​​Francesca is very knowledgeable and thorough! She’s given us lots of valuable information on the college process, timing, high school course selection, standardized testing, financial aid, applications, tours...the list goes on! Invest in your student with a meeting with Francesca! - Gina L. (Winter 2017)

​​​Francesca will help calm all your college application fears! Don’t wait till junior year for advice. She offers a wealth of knowledge and experience. - Elizabeth P. (Winter 2017)

The whole college process is fraught with people waiting to prey on your fears/insecurities and sell you information that benefits -- not you as a student/family, but their bottom line. And so, we looked at counseling services with hesitation. Yet, having heard so many positive things regarding Francesca from so many friends...we gave it a shot, and are SO glad we did. She clearly loves young people, and giving them their best shot. She doesn't pretend to have a magic formula, or gimmick, just lots (and lots and lots) of good, solid, tips and advice. No replacement for "doing your homework" -- just the direction needed to ensure that -- if your kiddo puts in the work (and mom and dad, too) -- it will be worth it. We went in very well-informed and still had TONS to learn. We'll be back! - Christi K. (Winter 2017)

Francesca is an invaluable resource for parents and students. She is straightforward, honest and organized in her critiques and encouragements. Don’t hesitate to seek out her advice! - Cindy M.(Winter 2017)

​My daughter and I met with Francesca to go over the college application process. As a homeschool parent and first time college applicant, she thoroughly went over every step, reviewed her transcript and advised accordingly. She was a great help and I highly recommend her services. - Kristen W. (Fall 2017)


​​our help with Writing Application Essays & Supplements:

I am writing to you to thank you for the incredibly helpful advice and thoughtful revisions you have offered me through my college essay and Common App processes. Without this assistance, I doubt that either my Common App or my essay would be in the shape they are today. Because of your careful review, I am confident in my chance of being admitted to the schools I have applied to. Again, many thanks.... Natalie L. (Fall 2020) 

Thank you for being such a big help to our son on completing his common application. You truly are a gifted teacher/motivator! I am especially appreciative that you made so much effort to accommodate us at the last minute.  - Marie C. (Fall 2020)

I was pleasantly surprised by the essay that resulted from today's session. Not at all what I expected, but well done. Thank you! - Cait F. (Fall 2018)

​Francesca helped me with my English essay that I was working on as part of my college application. She is very patient, knowledgeable and detail oriented. I would highly recommend her as an English tutor. - Hesam S., Florida​ (Winter 2017)

​Francesca edited and revised my son's college essays. Her work was quick and it greatly improved his writing. She also offered suggestions on how to focus his topic when my son had difficulty. I would highly recommended Francesca. - Victoria B., Texas​ (Winter 2017)

​Francesca reviewed my college essays and provided the most valuable input within a short period of time. Impressive work! I would highly recommend her services. - Ruslan M. (Winter 2017)

​I hired Francesca to help my daughter polish her college application essay. In 30 minutes she gave my daughter excellent guidance on choosing a prompt and helped her refine her ideas. Francesca was excellent at following up and reviewed and returned the essay within 2 hours (on a weekend!) We are very grateful for her help. - Robin D., Colorado (Winter 2017)

​​Francesca is a powerful wordsmith and guided my son into making his writing more concise and descriptive. She's fabulous at being able to make an essay fit within the allowable words. He found her support very helpful. - Candace C., Colorado (Fall 2017)

the How to Negotiate Financial Aid Seminar:

Just a quick update.... I believe that [my daughter] told you that she is going to Trinity.  She ended up applying Early Decision.  She ended up with a $100,000 merit scholarship ($25,000 each year).  After numerous appeals, she received $7,000 in grants which are renewable each year.  I may give it one more try for some additional money.  [My other daughter] got into Marist and received a $40,000 merit scholarship ($10,000 each year).  After our first appeal to Marist, they awarded $10,000  in grants which are also renewable each year.  As we get closer to May 1st, I plan to try to get more aid from them.... Your seminar on negotiating financial aid was a big help, and I think that we were successful in getting what we received based on what I learned in your class. I've recommended you to a few co-workers.  - Len L. (Winter 2021)

Just wanted to give you an update. We were very successful [in our financial aid negotiation]!  We emailed the same letter to both Brown and Duke. Brown got back to us in four days with an increase of $2,200.... Duke asked for documentation of our outstanding bills and expenses [related to the care we provide to our extended family]. We emailed those to them and within hours they got back to us and they gave our son another $8,420 in grant money....  Needless to say, we are very happy! Thank you so much for all of your help! - Karen K. (Winter 2019)

our homeschool high school classes & tutoring services:

Francesca teaches with incredible energy and humor.  I couldn’t ask for a better teacher! - Lily S. (Winter 2019)

As a homeschool parent of a high school aged daughter, having Francesca in my corner has been nothing short of a blessing. Francesca’s combination of creativity and high skill level in teaching, along with her compassion and flexibility for her students is a rarity found in today’s world. - Laurie S. (Winter 2019)

Taking a class with Francesca really made me have much more confidence in myself and my writing. She makes you reach out of your comfort zone and do things you would have never thought possible. Francesca made me believe in myself even if I didn't. It is a privilege to take a class with her. Being in her classes over the years has really made me grow into a different person. She is caring and always makes sure to look after each and every student. She is a wonderful teacher, as well as mentor. I am honored to have been taught by her. - Maddy S. (Winter 2019)

​Francesca has been an invaluable resource, both as a teacher and an advisor. My kids have loved her classes. Although we are still in the beginning stages of the college admissions process, her knowledge and experience have been very helpful. - Kim E. (Fall 2018)

​Thank you so much ... for your work this year.  Scarlett enjoyed your class so much and I am delighted for her that it was an environment that allowed her to feel so much more confident in her abilities.  She really needed a success and I thank you for a supportive but rigorous opportunity through which to discover - and believe in! - her strengths. - Amy C. (Spring 2018)

​Francesca is an absolute expert in her field. She has an amazing ability to quickly access her students needs and learning style. She provides guidance with thoughtful candor, patience and professionalism. Her dedication to her students is second to none! She has an amazing ability to connect with the student personally, build trust and makes herself available to fit the students busy schedule and tight deadlines. - Diane O., Illinois (Fall 2017)


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