Our Mission - help create the map for your future

We believe in guidance centered around our clients’ vision.

Higher education and a career should align with your values. A particular college or job is a path towards your ultimate goal.

We give our clients an edge by creating an individualized plan that leads to achieving their destiny.

Our clients walk with us along the path to thrive in college and beyond.

Overarching Mapping Strategy

Our North Star is our clients’ unique talents, experiences, and dreams. We have 1-2 hour conversations with prospective clients and draft unique plans to map their future. Take control of your academic and professional path by locating your current position,
relative to your goals.  
Our strategy is to understand our client’s core values and create an adaptable map that provides them with many clear options.

Life is like a hike, visualize where you want to go and we provide a personalized map.

Education is the

kindling of a fire,​

not the filling of a vessel.

Who We Are

As lifelong learners and having done their undergraduate degrees in philosophy, our founders believe that education is the best way to make the world a better place. As fathers, Robert and Charles share the feeling that all other parents have: wanting the best for their children. Our admissions consultants are here to analyze your path and help chart a way to the future.

Robert Park

Founder, Admissions Consultant

Robert has worked with students from Title I public schools to professionals accepted to top-5 MBA programs to Ph.Ds writing grants or on a job hunt and noticed a common problem. Students are often lost in the labyrinth of massive educational institutions. Robert created College Cartography to help students find their way.

Robert founded College Cartography to help students get the best education possible. He worked in admissions consulting for college and MBA admission for 15 years, after graduating with a M.A. in journalism with a focus on education reporting. Robert also spent several years in many different public schools witnessing and advocating for better education.

Matthew Klinestiver

Education Development Specialist

Matthew Klinestiver is a college admissions advising and educational development specialist. For the last decade, he has helped countless students gain top SAT/ACT scores and receive admission at their target colleges. Moreover, Matthew has designed SAT and ACT curricula, practice tests, and video series. He has experience working in the United States, Taiwan, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia.

Matthew is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Charles Schaeffer

Director of Business

Charles understands how hard it is to successfully navigate our complex educational system on your own. He dropped out of high school at 16 years old to work in fast food, earning his own money for college.  He was eventually awarded a full scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley; and to study abroad at Georg-August-Universität in Germany. He graduated with a B.A. in philosophy, from one of the top international philosophy departments. Charles stays on the cutting edge, pushing his education even further by currently studying data science.

As the Director of Business, with over a quarter century of customer service experience  he promises to ensure your satisfaction. No question, comment nor concern will be overlooked.

What makes us different?

We have a better understanding of K-12 and higher education institutions from an up-close and high-level view through years of experience and research.

Colleges want students that will thrive and be successful in their career. A school’s counselor has on average 450 students. A 250/1 student counselor ratio would still not provide quality guidance. [1]

Time is the most valuable resource.
We study current trends in the education and job markets. We understand the needs and constraints of these institutions.

Your path is unique, your trail yet unblazed. Wish there was a map to success?

No such thing… One must create the cartography. We know the terrain.

Life is a journey, we are your signpost.

We don’t simply guide people to college.
We teach them to map out their worldview and build confidence
to lead them into the future.

To do this, we only work with a small handful of clients.
We see and listen to our clients so they can articulate their
personal, intellectual, knowledge, skill and career map.


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