About Elite Student Coach

How it All Started

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Growing up in Boston, Massachusetts, Dan was introduced to the art of magic at the age of 12, receiving his first deck of bicycle cards from a mentor who would shape his future not just in magic, but in life. This early experience of mentorship ignited Dan’s passion for teaching and set him on a path that would eventually lead to the founding of Elite Student Coach.

Dan’s commitment to education and mentorship was evident throughout his life. From volunteering with learning-challenged children in middle school to serving as a big brother in high school, Dan always sought ways to educate and inspire. His academic journey took him to the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in creative writing, further honing his ability to craft stories that resonate and inspire.

International Adventures

The journey did not stop there. Dan’s adventures took him from teaching in Japan to working in multinational corporations and even to Hollywood, where he learned from the best in the film industry. Each step of his journey was a lesson in adaptability, perseverance, and the importance of seizing opportunities.

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The True Calling

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After years of diverse experiences, Dan realized that his true calling was in working with youth, guiding them through the complexities of academic and personal growth. 

Elite Student Coach was born from a vision to combine Dan’s passion for mentorship with the increasingly competitive landscape of college admissions. Recognizing that success in this arena goes beyond grades and test scores, Dan focused on storytelling and the power of unconditional positive regard to help students reveal their true potential.

Today, Elite Student Coach stands as a testament to the belief that every student deserves a mentor who sees their potential and supports them in achieving their dreams. We are more than a college admissions consultancy; we are a community of mentors dedicated to helping top-tier college-bound teenagers succeed in school, work, and life.


At Elite Student Coach, we pride ourselves on being a well-kept secret in the realm of educational mentorship, akin to a speakeasy in the bustling city of academic preparation. Our founder, Dan Ulin, has cultivated a unique process that emphasizes personal connection, tailored support, and a deep understanding of each student’s individual journey.

Advantages of Elite Student Coach




Our journey together begins the moment you reach out. We understand that finding the right mentor for your child is a crucial decision. That’s why we start with a straightforward application process, followed by a personal conversation via phone or Zoom. This initial interaction allows us to meet with parents and students to ensure that we’re a perfect fit. Dan believes in the importance of this match, recommending other mentors if the fit isn’t right, underscoring his commitment to your child’s success over anything else.




Upon joining the Elite Student Coach family, we dive deep into understanding your child’s academic background, interests, and aspirations. Dan requests writing samples, grades from the past three years, current class lists, and any other materials that can provide insight into your child’s world. This comprehensive view allows Dan to craft a mentorship plan that resonates with your child’s unique needs and goals.





The core of our work lies in building a strong rapport with our students. Whether through weekly meetings, text messages, or the occasional phone call, Dan strives to create a supportive environment that encourages growth and learning. It’s about more than just academic success; it’s about teaching life skills, like communication and resilience, that students will carry with them beyond school.


The Workshop Model

In the world of education, where academic success often takes the forefront, Elite Student Coach stands out by emphasizing a holistic approach to teen development. Dan Ulin, the visionary behind Elite Student Coach, has crafted a unique workshop model that goes beyond traditional learning paradigms. This model not only nurtures academic excellence but also instills an entrepreneurial mindset in college-bound teens.

Empowering Through Mentorship

At the core of Elite Student Coach’s methodology is mentorship. Dan Ulin passionately advocates for a system where teens learn by teaching, thereby mastering not just academic subjects but life skills as well. Whether it’s through becoming a big brother or sister in knowledge or leading a workshop on a subject they’re passionate about, mentees are placed in the driver’s seat of their educational journey.

The Workshop Model: A Catalyst for Growth

Imagine a platform where teens can explore their interests deeply, whether that’s painting, music, or building social skills, and then share that knowledge with their peers. This is what the workshop model is all about. But it doesn’t stop at teaching a skill; it’s about mastering the art of marketing, communication, and mentorship. Dan Ulin illustrates this beautifully, highlighting how mentees not only earn by conducting workshops but also empower their students to envision themselves in their mentor’s shoes, potentially leading their workshops in the future.

Real-World Experience, Real Impact

The benefits of this model are twofold: teens gain confidence and practical experience in a supportive environment, and parents see tangible growth in their children’s capabilities and self-esteem. The result? A waiting list of eager learners and a sense of accomplishment for the mentors, who often save a substantial amount of money for college in the process.

A Future Bright with Possibilities

Elite Student Coach’s workshop model isn’t just about preparing teens for college; it’s about setting the stage for lifelong success. By breaking through barriers of doubt and discomfort, mentees learn the most valuable lesson: that the path to mastery and success is through trying, failing, and trying again.

This innovative approach to learning and mentorship is a beacon for wealthy parents seeking comprehensive development opportunities for their college-bound teens. Elite Student Coach’s model demonstrates that with the right guidance, teens can achieve their academic dreams while also becoming confident, capable leaders of tomorrow.