College Admissions Services LLC

Preparing you for every step of the process


College Admissions Services is a comprehensive coaching service where your student will meet with our team of college coaches and receive guidance and expertise throughout the college applications and admissions process.

Our coaches will guide students through:

After consulting with the parent and student, our college coach will identify goals and expectations for the student. When a plan has been agreed upon, the student and coach will meet regularly to achieve these set goals. Our goal at College Admissions Services is to help your student achieve their goals and reach the highest level of achievement possible for your student.

About Us

College Admissions Services, LLC was created in the spring of 2010 by Darla Neal. Darla’s corporate experience was a natural transition to comprehending the college admissions process. She quickly built a client base and has placed over 500 students to major universities. CAS expanded in 2017 and added Kim Raybuck as a business partner and asset. Our mission is to work with students and parents within St. Johns and Duval counties to identify schools that match the student's academic and social interests and then guide both students and parents through the entire application process: resume, essay, application and scholarships. Both Darla and Kim are members of Southern Association for College Admission Counseling and Independent Educational Consultants Association, nationally recognized organizations for college counseling.

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Darla Neal

Darla Neal attended the University of Texas and is a graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing. She has worked for Merck & Co. and Johnson & Johnson in sales, training, physician education and management. She was also a director with The American Heart Association. Darla has been actively involved in her community as a board member or chairperson of the Ponte Vedra Women’s Civic Alliance, IB Booster Club, Nease College Fair, and as an advocate of the students in transition with the A.S.S.I.S.T. program. She has been coaching students for ten years. Darla has successfully placed over 300 undergraduate, graduate and transfer students. Her specialty is connecting with the student and their parents to ensure exceptional guidance throughout the process and optimizing their college admittance.

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Kim Raybuck

Kim Raybuck has a B.S. in Education and over 20 years of experience in corporate training, account management, business analysis, and systems testing. She has worked at the University of Texas, Fidelity Investments, State Street Bank & Trust Corp, and New England Financial. Kim has been active in school, church and community groups for all of her adult life. Her involvement in St. Johns County includes being a board member and participant on International Baccalaureate Booster Club Board and Wrestling Booster Club Board and the PTSO. As a member of the IB Booster Club board, Kim developed a set of tips for parents to assist them as they navigate the college application and admissions process. Kim is ready to help your student identify and highlight their achievements and strengths, maximize opportunities and find their best options throughout the college application process.

Coaching Services

We offer the following services when meeting with students:

  • Student advising and resume prep beginning as early as 8th grade through in person meetings or FaceTime and Zoom remote meetings for non-local students
  • Selecting and setting up college visits
  • Determine appropriate stretch, target, and safety schools
  • Guidance while completing CommonApp, Coalition Application, and individual university applications
  • Register and send scores for SAT/ACT
  • Assisting in the creation and editing of ZeeMee accounts
  • FAFSA application assistance and review
  • Bright Futures application assistance
  • Honors applications and essays review
  • Scholarship applications and essays review
  • Interview prep
  • College selection guidance - finding the right fit for your student
  • Assisting students with Naviance
  • Assisting and advising students in transition to college
  • Preparing for orientation and completing housing applications

Customer Testimonials

"My husband and I are college and law school graduates---Darla is the reassurance that we need as we navigate through the college application process with our children. Starting in 8th grade with course selection, Darla has guided our children with professional insight and tailor-made plans for individual success."

-Holly Weiss

"We asked Kim to help with the college essay. Kim went above and beyond to help her bring it all together. Our daughter felt so comfortable with Kim that she asked her to look over all her applications. As a parent, I thought we didn’t need any help but each child is different and she felt more comfortable working through this process with Kim. I wish we had started with Kim earlier."

-Ruth Murta

"Working with Darla was one of the best decisions we could have made! Starting in 10th grade, Darla educated my daughters on ways to organize their resumes and select activities that were meaningful. With periodic meetings, she guided my girls through ACT/SAT testing timelines and suggested ways to improve scores. Darla was a wealth of knowledge about universities that we may not have considered. She was a mentor and a cheerleader and took so much anxiety out of an otherwise stressful process. And under her direction, both of my daughters were accepted into their 1st choice universities!"

-Linnea Jackson

"Kim is certainly one of the bright points in an otherwise stressful college admission process, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and a cheerfulness that is very welcome. Our son wanted to do all his applications on his own. Kim was amazingly perceptive of this and very artfully guided him, helping him refine his resume and unearth valuable information crucial to the application process. What is endearing about Kim is that she treated him like he was her own, working tirelessly to help him achieve his goals, while respecting his independence. His success in the admission process is testament to her skill. We would highly recommend Kim to any high school parent in a heartbeat."

-Amrita Bhargava

"I highly recommend Darla’s services. She took the stress off of me to monitor applications and deadlines and worked very well with my teen. She gave some great insight into the schools we were looking at. My daughter got in her school of choice and received scholarships from each school she was accepted at."

-Vickie and John Andrews


Darla Neal
College Admissions Coach

Kim Raybuck
College Admissions Coach

Suzanne Raybuck
IT Support/Webmaster