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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Where is Q-Associates located?

We are conveniently located on the East Coast in the historic, seacoast town of Marblehead, MA, founded in 1629, just forty minutes north of Boston.

Do you work with only students from New England?

No. Our students come from across the globe. We are in contact with students by email, skype, zoom, by phone and in person.

What distinguishes Q-Associates from other educational consulting firms?

  • Q-Associates is a customized, personalized, one-on-one approach to the college admissions process.

  • Thirty years of experience in six universities in a variety of positions: admissions, financial aid, academic affairs and advising, residential life, institutional advancement, communications, career development, and second-language acquisition.

  • One-on-one guidance responsive to individual needs and concerns.

  • Q-Associates maintains a relationship with you during your freshman and sophomore years at the end of each semester as a means of checking in with you. We also are available during the summer between first and second year. Helping you to navigate college, once you are enrolled, is the real work where and in which you will have to learn how to self-advocate and understand the college landscape.

  • Extensive experience, knowledge, and record with well-over 500 universities and colleges in the US and abroad.

How accessible and available is Q-Associates?

We are here to serve students individually and are available throughout the admissions process.

I have an interest in overseas study, internships and independent study? Can you assist me?

Mr. Quigley has been involved in overseas programming for 30+ years. His experience includes the design and development of academic courses, creation of global internships in Beijing, London, Dresden, Los Angeles, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Quito, and Washington, DC.

He has also developed global independent study courses worldwide as part of an overseas semester program.


Do you offer assistance with the college essay?

Yes, but we do not write the essay for you.


You have a unique background, interests and personality. This is your chance to tell your story (or at least part of it). The best way to tell your story is to write a personal, thoughtful essay about something that has meaning for you. Being honest, genuine, and authentic will enable your unique qualities to truly shine through.


Admissions officers have to read an unbelievable number of college essays. Colleges are simply looking for thoughtful, motivated students who will add something to the next, incoming, first-year class.

I am a student-athlete. I am a musician. I am an artist. I am involved with theatre arts. I am active in community and volunteer services. Can you assist me?

Absolutely. We will explore your background and design a narrative to individually celebrate all of your talents and extracurricular activities.

Are you available to answer any questions which my parent may have?

Absolutely. Just as you are beginning to transition so too are they. We are here to assist in any way possible.

Didn’t see your question listed above?

Please contact us: or 401-473-8572.

Our program can begin as early as eighth grade and is available from eighth grade through senior year in high school.


We are also available for students who wish to transfer from one institution to another, re-start a college career, and use veterans' benefits.

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