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Ted Murguia


University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School

B.S. Industrial Engineering



College Counseling

"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t."

Anatole France

Ted Murguia is a college counselor with over five years of experience guiding students into the most selective schools, top film programs, and, most importantly, into colleges that are a great fit for them. After spending much of his career as a Silicon Valley executive, Ted rediscovered his joy and passion for mentorship in 2013 while volunteering with two nonprofits dedicated to helping disadvantaged individuals acquire and develop life skills necessary to overcome their obstacles. Finally, in 2017, it became a full-time passion, and he has been helping students and their families navigate the path to college ever since.

Ted develops relationships with his students with the approach that we are all unique mixes of many ingredients which can be changed, enhanced, left out, or featured not only in the college journey, but in our journeys in life. He views the partnership with each of his students as a joint process to understand those ingredients and turn them into a fulfilling college experience and empowerment for the future. Ted now lives in San Clemente, CA, and has two daughters successfully launched into real life. He graduated from Stanford as an Industrial Engineer (but never worked a day as an IE), with an emphasis in computer science and eventually ended up at Wharton where he got his MBA and spent his career in High Tech.

When he’s not working, you’ll see Ted running on the beach in San Clemente on most days, and occasionally in an organized race. He still volunteers and mentors for nonprofits, and spends much of his free time caring for recovering sea lions and elephant seals at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. 


"I wanted to tell you that I will forever be thankful for your support through the whole transfer application process and I believe that your help is a major reason why I wrote such strong essays. I was accepted to nine schools, including my dream school, UC Berkeley! I don't think I can emphasize enough how much your help meant to me." - Transfer student

"I just wanted to thank you for your support during my college application process. I greatly value the advice you gave me with my essays. Most importantly, I appreciate the time and effort you have invested in me. Your willingness to provide thoughtful feedback has made a significant impact on my life. I was accepted to UC Davis and UC Irvine as a result of your work and effort. Thank you again for your time, wisdom, and support." - College counseling student

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Stanford University

B.S. Mathematical and Computational Science

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M.S. Financial Economics

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University of Pacific

BSc. Bioengineering

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