Richard E. Webster is Founding Director of College Counseling Plus. With a career in education spanning four decades, and a concentration in college admission counseling, Dick’s broad understanding of the college admission process has opened doors for countless students.

Having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University, where he also captained the Blue Jays lacrosse team, Dick worked his way up the proverbial ladder as teacher, coach, department chair, college counselor, headmaster and board president, serving several outstanding academic institutions including Severn School (Severna Park, MD), Sewickley Academy (Sewickley, PA), Wroxeter School (Arnold, MD), Landon School (Bethesda, MD), La Lumiere School (La Porte, IN), Montclair Kimberley Academy (Montclair, NJ), The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland (Baltimore, MD), where he spent 12 years as Director of College Counseling, and Jemicy School (Owings Mills, MD).

Dick was the Founding Director of The Excellence Quest Foundation, whose mission, to encourage young men and women to adopt excellence as a standard and to reject mediocrity as an option, he continues to practice today. Currently a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling, and the Independent Educational Consultants Association, Dick has previously served on the Dickinson College Parents Council, the Kenwood High School Business Advisory Committee, and the Ways and Means Council of the Manresa-On-The-Severn Retreat House. As a volunteer, Dick has served with such organizations as the House of Ruth, the American Heart Association and American Cancer Association.

Among the hundreds of colleges and universities that he has counseled students to consider, he has personally visited the following campuses:

Albright College
Alfred University
American University
Amherst College
Barry University
Bates College
Beloit College
Birmingham-Southern College
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Bridgewater College
Brigham Young University
Brown University
Bryant University
Bucknell University
Butler University
California Institute of Technology
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Catawba College
Catholic University of America
Cedar Crest College
Chester College
Claremont McKenna College
Clark University
Clemson University
Colby College
Colby-Sawyer College
Colgate University
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
College of Wooster
Colorado College
Colorado State University
Cornell University
Daniel Webster College
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Denison University
DePaul University
DePauw University
DeSales University
Dickinson College
Dominican University
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke University
Duquesne University
Earlham College
Eckerd College
Elizabethtown College
Elmira College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory and Henry College
Emory University
Fairfield University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Florida Atlantic University
Franklin and Marshall College
Franklin Pierce University
Frostburg State University
Furman University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gettysburg College
Goucher College
Guilford College
Gustavus Adolphus College
Hamilton College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampshire College
Harvard University
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College
High Point University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Indiana University
Ithaca College
James Madison University
John Carroll University
Johns Hopkins University
Johnson and Wales University
Juniata College
Kalamazoo College
Kent State University
Kenyon College
Keene State College
Keuka College
Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
Lawrence University
Lebanon Valley College
Lehigh University
Lenoir-Rhyne College
Lewis and Clark College
Limestone College
Loyola College (MD)
Loyola University (Chicago)
Loyola University (New Orleans)
Loyola Marymount University
Lycoming College
Lynchburg College
Lynn University
Macalester College   
Manhattan College
Marietta College
Marquette University
Maryland Institute College of Art
Marymount University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McDaniel College
Messiah College
Miami University of Ohio
Middlebury College
Minnesota College of Art and Design
Montclair State University
Moravian College
Mount Saint Mary’s College
Muhlenberg College
Nazareth College
New College of Florida
New England College
New England Tech
North Carolina State University
Northwestern University

Oberlin College
Occidental College
Ohio Univerisity
Ohio State University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Otterbein University
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Plymouth State University
Pfeiffer University
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Princeton University
Providence College
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University
Randolph-Macon College
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island College
Rhode Island School of Design
Ripon College
Rivier College
Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rollins College
Roger Williams University
Rutgers University
Salisbury University
Salve Regina University
Scripps College
Seton Hall University
Shepherd University
Siena College
Skidmore College
Sonoma State University
St. Anselm College
St. John’s College (Annapolis)
St. Joseph’s University
Saint Leo University
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Saint Michael’s College
St. Olaf College
Southern New Hampshire University
Stanford University
State University of New York - Geneseo
Stetson University
Susquehanna University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
Towson University
Trinity College
Trinity University
Tufts University
Tulane University
United States Air Force Academy
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
Union College
University of Alabama
University of California - Berkeley
University of California - Los Angeles
University of California - Santa Barbara
University of Chicago
University of Colorado - Boulder
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Maryland - Baltimore Co.
University of Maryland - College Park
University of Mary Washington
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina - Asheville
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of Northern Colorado
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Scranton
University of Tampa
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
University of Texas - Austin
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Ursinus College
Vanderbilt University
Valparaiso University
Villa Julie College
Villanova University
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Tech
Virginia Wesleyan College
Wake Forest University
Washington & Jefferson College
Washington & Lee University
Washington College
Wesley College
Wesleyan University
Wheaton College (MA)
Whitman College
Whittier College
Widener University
Willamette University
Williams College
Wittenberg University
Wofford College

York College of Pennsylvania


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"All achievements require a solid foundation."


"As a parent, educator, coach, leader, consultant and motivational speaker, my mission is to energize the human spirit—to help people effectively use more of their abilities, talents and resources in pursuit of worthwhile goals and ideals. Through my college counseling and personal coaching, I look forward to helping you achieve your
 educational goals and personal aspirations.”
Richard Webster

Your path to a diploma from the best schools...


"I can't thank you enough for your time, effort, patience, willingness, support, and the list goes on. You're the greatest! Most people would have given up on me, but you stuck by me every step of the way. I truly appreciate everything, and I'll miss you dearly when I graduate." - Maggie White, student, Jemicy School

“In a profession of many fine and talented men and women, you have always stood above the crowd, always focused on the best interests of your students, always doing the right thing for the right reason.”  Kevin Coveney, Vice President for Admission, Washington College

“In the 20 years that I’ve been recruiting at schools around the country, I know of no one who has handled their position as a counselor and advisor with more professionalism, integrity and insight than you. We, like so many others I know, have always valued your judgment and trusted your counsel.”
Kevin Corrigan, Head Lacrosse Coach, University of Notre Dame

“I can’t think of another counselor who greeted me with such enthusiasm and grace as you did over the many years that I visited high schools throughout the country in my 20 plus years of working in admission. Your advocacy and knowledge of the students you represented was in my estimation unparalleled. I recall the young man that wanted W&L so badly – I know I had reservations, but you assured me he would be fine – he is a senior now and just called me for a recommendation as he is applying for a position in our admission office. A good example of the right match! I know you have made a difference in so many lives.
Julia Kozak, Associate Dean of Admissions (Ret.), Washington and Lee University

”You directly changed my life for the better, as you have many of my friends, and for that let me say thank you. The small things, such as placing emphasis on the details (in regards to the application process) and embodying the ‘Gung Ho’ mentality, have remained in my psyche…In my life, you have made a huge difference. Thank you for everything.” Ian Fontaine, Student, Bates College

“Motivational and inspirational! Hands down the greatest ‘teacher’ I had in my formative years. When Dick Webster speaks, people listen, and, more importantly, they learn. This is a person who goes the extra mile, and extraordinarily, compels students to do the same. Anya Barrett, Student, Gettysburg College

"Horror stories about the 'college search' abound, so most people are surprised when we say that for Bobby [Cornell University] it was a was a wonderfully positive experience. This we attribute to your skilled and wise guidance in dealing with teens, not to mention your welcoming personality. Guiding kids isn't an easy task; knowing when to inspire, when to push, when to counsel, and when to back off are instincts that not everyone has, so we are forever grateful that Bobby was able to benefit from your real concern, interest and expertise." Janet and Dixon Harvey, Parents

“Mr. Webster is upbeat, energetic, and motivational. He provides a many-faceted experience which includes philosophical grounding, nurturing of dreams and aspirations, a reckoning of one’s self, a delineation of the ideas of responsibility and excellence, and a clear spelling out of the necessary logistics. He encourages the boys to take ownership of the process, but will sweat every detail with them when necessary. Mr. Webster is the sine qua non of college advisors.” Christina and John Bonn, Parents

"That was what Mr. Webster was all about - passion. I sincerely hope that he never stops inspiring people the way he inspired me."
Ian Dankner, Student, Muhlenberg College

Over the past 25 years I have observed Dick Webster encouraging and motivating people of all ages to perform beyond their own expectations and to levels they never thought possible.” Clifford Nichols, Jr., Headmaster Emeritus, Sewickley Academy


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