About Us

Strategic College Consulting is an educational company founded by Dr. Jeffrey Haig, who is dedicated to helping families navigate the college and financial planning process. With admissions more competitive than ever, we will help students develop a game plan that will maximize college admissions success!

Dr. Jeffrey Haig

Dr. Jeffrey Haig

Dr. Jeffrey Haig, founder of Strategic College Consulting, completed his BA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and MBA and Doctorate in Education (on scholarship) from the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Haig has served on the UCLA Scholarship Admissions Committee for 10+ years as an application reader, District Chair, and he now oversees the Orange County regional area. Additionally, Dr. Haig educates families, schools, and organizations at workshops, seminars, schools and corporate events on the extensive and competitive college planning and admissions process.

Dr. Haig is a national education expert and has been featured in many of the top publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Herald, McGraw Hill, Huffington Post, and many others. He has been a featured education expert for the Orange County Register, writing on diverse topics of college planning. Additionally, he is a contributor to media outlets throughout the country on current college planning and admissions news topics.

Dr. Haig also hosts a show on Apple iTunes called, “The Ultimate College Planning Podcast,” with his twin brother, Dr. Brian Haig. The show covers a diverse range of college planning topics and also features many of the top education experts from around the country.

His educational book, “Unlock Your Educational Potential,” has been greatly received in the United States and internationally, and has helped students to succeed in school to their fullest potential. The book won 20 international awards, winning in many of the most prestigious book awards competitions in the country including Disney’s iParenting Media, Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, the National Parenting Center of Approval, Family Review, USA Book News and many others. The book has been endorsed by school principals, college professors, superintendents, Olympic gold medalists, parents, students, mayors, and teachers.

A former lead instructor at Kaplan Education (SAT/ACT, Subject & AP tests), Dr. Haig is passionate about education and making a positive difference in students’ lives. He has researched, developed and implemented curriculums to help students maximize their educational success as well as taught numerous classes on topics including education, career and personal development. Jeff has taught students at both the domestic and international levels.

Dr. Haig is also a college professor where he teaches both business and student success courses on topics including learning strategies, career development, communication, writing, resume development, marketing, and interviewing.

He received his college counseling education from the Harvard Institute on College Admissions at Harvard University, the UCLA College Counseling program, and the Summer Institute from the Independent Educational Consultants Association.

An active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Higher Education Consultant Association, and the Western Association for College Admission Counseling, Dr. Haig has also sat on the education committee for the Irvine, California Chamber of Commerce.

Aside from helping families in the college planning and admissions process, he produced and directed an educational documentary that was featured both nationally and internationally. His film ultimately won 12 international awards, playing in some of the most prestigious film festivals. It was acquired by the Documentary channel.

Dr. Haig is currently an education consultant, national education columnist, college professor, and 20-time international award-winning author.

Dr. Brian Haig

Dr. Brian Haig

Dr. Brian Haig is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and graduated at the top of his class. He then completed his doctorate studies at the world-renowned UCLA.

Dr. Haig is passionate about helping students achieve educational success. He has founded organizations that have significantly helped students reach their full potential, along with developed programs and seminars that have positively impacted the way students view their role in their education. He also co-wrote the 20-time international award-winning book, “Unlock Your Educational Potential,” which has greatly helped students to succeed in school.

Dr. Haig has taught students in the community on a variety of subjects that have helped them excel in school and prepare for college admissions. His unique interest is to create products that inspire, motivate, and empower students for educational success. He maintains a private practice in Orange County, California.

Maya Kelley, MS

Maya Kelley, MS

Maya Kelley, MS has been working in college counseling for nearly 20 years. In her roles as a consultant for Strategic College Consulting and in working with students at both the high school and college levels, Maya has assisted countless students with their educational planning goals, successfully helping them navigate the college admission process. She has specialized in supporting students in making a successful transition from high school to college.

Maya graduated with a B.S. from UCLA. She worked for several years doing academic advising and working with students with learning disabilities before pursuing her Masters in Counseling, with a specialization in Student Development in Higher Education.

Maya also has 15 years of experience teaching student success and career exploration courses at the college level. She has extensive experience in guiding students through the resume, job search, and scholarship process.

Additionally, Maya has been trained in many personal and professional exploration assessments including the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, the Strong Interest Inventory, and Strengths Quest and uses these assessments to assist students in selecting the college path best suited to them.

Maya knows the college admission process can be both exciting and confusing and is passionate about helping students find the best educational path in order to achieve their career and life goals.

Our Commitment

We’re dedicated to helping families navigate the college and financial planning process and developing a game plan that will maximize college admissions success. We're excited to learn more about your goals, your current situation, and answer any questions you may have.

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