Accepting applications for 9th and 10th graders. Limited availability for 11th graders.

About Us/Contact Us

Pearl and Andy Lockwood are college admissions and funding advisors in Long Island, New York and are the entrepreneurs - nay, GENIUSES! - behind Lockwood College Prep, which helps you achieve college success - for less!

Our office number is 516-882-5464 and email address is [email protected]

Our office address is 135 Glenwood Road, Glenwood Landing, New York 11547-0535

Our fax number is 516-908-4418

Some fun, braggy and other facts about Pearl and Whatsisface:

  • Pearl was recently promoted to CSO (Chief Snack Officer) after we opened our tutoring center
  • Pearl and Andy met on the first day of law school.  (Awwww!)
  • They have four kids and two dogs
  • You can catch them live, weekly, on Facebook, each Tuesday:
  • Andy is the author of three best-selling books, How to Pay "Wholesale" For College The Incomparable Applicant, and College Essay Insider Secrets - each makes great holiday gift ideas, incidentally)
  • Their consulting, products and philosophy are NOT right for everyone - for them, college is about the 40 years after college, not merely the four
  • If you're an uptight, mom or dad with pursed lips and a severe case of constipation because you take yourself too seriously, you will not like us, because Pearl and Andy view their job as REDUCING stress for kids and parents, not inflaming it
  • They believe that there is life beyond "Rear Window Sticker" colleges
  • Pearl is a huge Broadway fan, moved out to LA to sing in a band after college (Cornell) and currently goes to sleep at approximately 8:37pm, somewhere in the house
  • Andy "played" (slight artistic license) basketball at Wesleyan University 

Andy coaches a select group of college-bound teens through the process of choosing majors and careers, then backward planning, strategically, into a college list, THEN strategizing how to maximize chances of admission.  He also helps families improve their eligibility for financial and and scholarships, and negotiate with colleges for more money.

Pearl handles the entire process of filing the FAFSA, CSS Profile and other financial aid forms, responding to incessant, annoying requests from college financial aid offices and related matters.

More information is available by calling the office, 516.882.5464 or visiting


Tutoring and Small Group Classes


Marissa Uneberg, Esq. - Head Tutor, Lockwood Test Prep

Marissa has more than 20 years' experience tutoring and teaching classes for the SAT and ACT, as well as graduate school exams.  See for more information about her availability and programs.

College Advisors

Jeff Knapp - College Advisor

As a former college athlete and the father of a professional athlete, Jeff has direct experience understanding the challenges of high school student-athletes and college coaches and has consulted to student-athletes and their parents, helping them more effectively manage the college recruitment, application & selection process. Jeff has a BA in Psychology from Yale University and an MBA in Management from New York University. For more than 20 years, he interviewed high school student candidates for admission to Yale University.

Beth Pickett - College Advisor

Beth has been an independent college admissions consultant since 2007. From 2008 to 2010, Beth produced and hosted the Countdown to College Radio Show, a live interview-based program that aired on WNSH in the Boston area.

Beth’s clients and essay students have earned admission to Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Brown, Caltech, UCLA, and many other competitive colleges and universities across the U.S.

As a student at Stanford, Beth studied human and marine biology and graduated in the top 10% of her class.   She earned her Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA in 2007.

Tessa Palter - College Advisor/Essay Consultant

Tessa Palter worked as a writing tutor at the Yale University Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning for three years and helped Yale students apply to graduate school. She now works with college-bound students with essay editing, college applications, and test prep. At Yale, Tessa completed the creative writing concentration with a focus in nonfiction and personal essays. She graduated summa cum laude, holds a bachelor’s degree in English and scored a perfect 2400 on her SAT in high school.

Nick Marter - College Advisor/Essay Consultant

Nick currently serves as Associate Director of Admissions at a New York metro area college and has more than seven years experience in collegiate admissions.  He helps Lockwood College Prep students with essays and the overall college process as a "side hustle."  

Sarah Hae-In Idzik - Essay Consultant

Sarah served as an admissions officer at the University of Chicago for five years, where she reviewed approximately 5,000 applications.  She is currently a PhD candidate at the Northwestern University School of Public Communication and has worked with Lockwood College Prep's students since 2016.

Christopher Quintos - Essay Consultant

Chris served in admissions at the University of Chicago for more than four years and has helped Lockwood College Prep's students brainstorm and edit their college essays since 2017.

Tax Planning

Rick Darvis, CPA - High Income Business Owner Planning Specialist

Rick is the leading expert in the country in tax and college financial planning. Rick’s knowledge in taxes and college financial planning has earned him invitations to speak on college financial planning and income tax planning to his contemporaries at CPA and CFP® conferences in over 40 states.

He has provided education programs on tax and college planning for many financial service companies around the country, including Manulife, MFS, American Skandia, Franklin Templeton, Eastern Bank, US Bank, Linsco Private Ledger, Securities America, Genworth, Lincoln Financial, UBS, Wachovia, Smith Barney, John Hancock Financial Network, Legg Mason, Edward Jones, and Raymond James.

Rick has been quoted in Forbes, CNN-FN, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Money, Business Week, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, NY Times, Smart Money, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg’s Personal Finance, Nation’s Business, Financial Advisor, Dow Jones NewswireOn Investing, Knight Ridder News, Mutual Fund Market News, Research MagazinePractical Accountant, Offspring, LIMRA’s Market Facts, NAPFA Advisor, and AICPA’s Planner.


50% Complete

Two Step

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.