College Admission Consultant
Topher began working at Stanford University’s Career Planning & Placement Center in 1998. There assisted undergrads as they sought internships and full time job opportunities. Next, returning to Santa Clara University, he managed Bay Area, Los Angeles and Texas territories where he visited, recruited, evaluated and admitted athletes, freshman and transfer applicants. At Notre Dame de Namur University, he expanded and deepened his admission experience by writing coursework agreements, recruiting, admitting and enrolling transfer students. This prepared him to work as a part time counselor and instructor at Ohlone College in Fremont, helping students prepare to apply to the University of California, California State Universities and private universities.
He was later appointed Interim Director of Admission and Records managing all day-to-day operations and functions related to staff, course registration, grade reporting and students transcripts.
After leaving Ohlone College in 2011, Topher joined a Silicon Valley test prep/college consulting firm where he provided guidance for families needing help preparing their children for college. This involved personality assessment for college majors, ACT / SAT strategy, summer activity planning, developing college lists, and college essays. Topher has supported both high school and community students helping them navigate the process of applying to four-year universities.
In January of 2017, Topher launched Veritas College Advising, a private consulting practice to provide college guidance and coaching for young adults in need of expert advising during the college search and application process. He has experience in engineering, the sciences, business, humanities, the arts. However, he specializes in computer science, electrical engineering, pre-med as well as accelerated medical programs (BS / MD).
Independent Educational Consultant
Santa Clara University
BA Psychology, 1986
MA Counseling, 1999