Locations:

Main Office
1560 Sherman Ave. Suite 102
Evanston, Illinois 60201
847.492.3434

201 E. Ogden Ave Suite 18-1
Hinsdale, Illinois 60521
630.789.0180
Helping students
and families
since 1978!
About US


Academic Counseling Services was organized in 1978, by Harriet Gershman, to provide specialized services in the field of educational options. Clients come to ACS for a general evaluation of their opportunities for growth. Many clients seek guidance in the selection of a suitable secondary school, college, or alternative school. Clients are referred by public or private schools, upon recommendation of former clients, or by other professionals.
Harriet Gershman, a Certified Educational Planner, is the founder of Academic Counseling Services. For over 30 years, she and her staff have worked privately with individuals and families as consultants in finding the best educational opportunities for their clients. Traveling extensively, ACS staff members reach a wide range of schools and colleges, and meet personally with administrators and admissions directors.
Harriet Gershman holds a Master of Science degree in counseling and personnel services from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University. She has served on the National Board of Directors, the Membership and Ethics Committee, the Alternative Education Committee,the Schools Committee, and the Restructuring Ad Hoc Committee of the Independent Educational Consultants Association. Her broadly based exposure to educational programs and approaches allows her a distinctive proficiency for helping clients meet their educational and personal needs.
Matthew Gray joined Academic Counseling Services in 2013 as a partner and educational consultant. Matthew specializes in college and graduate school counseling. Prior to joining ACS, Matthew spent eight years as a commercial litigator at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Through the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, Matthew has counseled Cornell applicants on the admissions process and advised the University Admissions Office regarding candidates' qualifications and compatibility with University standards. Matthew graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in American Studies in 2001 and earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2004.
Associate Member: Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)