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Comprehensive College Counseling
  • Gain an overview of the admissions landscape to understand the importance of strategic, thoughtful planning before you apply.

  • Build a solid college list rooted in realistic admission chances that will ensure you’re happy and enroll at your best fit.

  • Personalized counseling that starts with self-reflection and creates a unique plan based on data and your personal ambitions.

  • Dedicated support for editing and crafting your college essays, so that your authentic voice is shared.

Our Commitment to Value and Excellence

Working with our dedicated counselors offers plentiful benefits to your family, including:

  • More personalized counseling throughout the entire college search journey

  • A trusted guide to issue reminders for deadlines and document submission

  • Impartial advice from a seasoned college admission officer

  • Early financial aid support to avoid sticker shock later on in the process

As we launch these new services, we’re proud to offer three age-based service packages: one for First Year and Sophomores, one for Juniors, and one for Seniors. Depending on the package chosen, you’ll receive a block of hours to be used for one-on-one meetings, essay revisions, application reviews, and college list recommendations. Additionally, email support is available until service hours are exhausted.

Ready To Start?

To get started, please inquire for one of the packages below. After you sign up, you'll receive an email to book a thirty minute Free Consultation along with a New Student and Parent Intake Form for you to complete in advance. Please plan to spend about thirty minutes filling out your intake forms and submit them two days before your appointment.

Jumpstart Package

Class of 2024 and Younger
First Years and Sophomores enrolled in the Jumpstart Package receive:
  • Extracurricular Planning

  • Summer program selection

  • Forward-focused high school curriculum development

  • Financial Planning Consultation

  • Early Start Journal mentoring sessions

  • Capstone Report with recommendations for the future and final Parent Meeting

  • One-on-One sessions with a College Counselor with Parent Progress Reports delivered after each session

Launchpad Package

Class of 2023
Juniors enrolled in the Launchpad Package receive:
  • Course Review and Tutoring Suggestions

  • Test Planning and Recommendations

  • Activity Review and Summer Planning

  • Affordability Planning and Financial Aid Overview

  • College Research and List Development

  • Financial Planning Consultation

  • One-on One-sessions with a College Admissions Counselor

Liftoff Package

Class of 2022
Seniors enrolled in the Liftoff Package receive:
  • College List Review and Development

  • Application Review and Submission Support for Six Colleges

  • Essay Coaching

  • Financial Planning Consultation

  • Financial aid support and affordability planning

  • Financial Aid Appeal Development

  • One-on-One sessions with a College Admissions Counselor

* Services will likely be satisfactorily completed in less time based on students working efficiently and diligently with their counselor. Refunds are not provided for unused hours.

Our College Counselors

David DeBor​

Director of College Counseling

Dave DeBor is an independent educational consultant specializing in college and university admission counseling. Since 2013, David was a former senior admission officer for Carnegie Mellon University and Washington & Jefferson College, where he holistically reviewed applicants to select top-tier candidates from both domestic and international applicant pools. Using these first-hand insights, he leads Pittsburgh Prep’s college counseling team to help you build your college list, prepare captivating applications, and find the best financial fit for you and your family.

DeBor is a Pittsburgh native who spent his own best fit college experience at Gettysburg College, where he majored in Political Science and Public Policy and pursued policy-related internships in the Washington, DC area. While at Gettysburg, DeBor had an unofficial start to his college admissions career by working as a campus tour guide, telling the Gettysburg story to prospective students and families. DeBor also holds a Master of Public Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. When not working with Pittsburgh Prep families, DeBor can usually be found trying new restaurants in the city or watching movies with his partner (at home these days!).

DeBor also serves as the Government Relation Committee Chair for the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC), where he leads programming designed to allow college admissions and school counseling professionals to advocate for students at all levels of elected government.

Sunghoon Kim

College Counselor + Instructor

Hoon, Pittsburgh Prep’s founder, has been teaching since 1997. Having transferred from NYC, Hoon wanted to provide a highly effective place of learning for students of all backgrounds in our fair city of Pittsburgh. He has devoted himself and Pittsburgh Prep to instilling within every student powerful lifelong learning skills applicable to college-ready success and beyond.

In the past, Hoon worked as an options trader on Wall Street, a volunteer with UNICEF and AmeriCorps, a restauranteur, and an edu-preneur. Throughout his life, however, reform-minded education has been his passion. Armed with a B.A. from NYU and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Hoon co-teaches in just about every class, and oversees the entire operation at Pittsburgh Prep with a singular focus – to develop superior instruction, continually improve the staff’s core knowledge base, and improve outcomes for all students at Pittsburgh Prep.

In his free time, Hoon can be seen raising his two children, enjoying sushi, being choked out in Brazilian Jujitsu, hosting his podcast Multiple Disruptions, and devoting his time to Pittsburgh Prep’s partnerships with local community organizations. Most recently, in 2020, as a testament to his lifelong learning commitment, Hoon received his Certificate for Independent College Admissions Counselling from University of California Riverside.

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