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Demystify the US  application process.

Since arriving in London in 2015, ESM Prep has helped hundreds of students from the UK and around the world achieve their goal of attending a US university.

We pride ourselves on our mentorship. We meet on a one-to-one basis — whether in our London office, at your dinner table, or on Zoom. We are here to help when it suits students' schedules, including school holidays, evenings, and weekends.

This is not UCAS.

The US application process is a marathon — not a sprint — and we will be here every step of the way.

Download our overview of the US Admissions Process

Our Services

Test Prep

We customize an SAT/ACT/GMAT
curriculum to match
your goals.

Sign up for a
practice test here.


Elite guidance for any subject, including IB and APs.


Our expert coaches support you throughout the entire application essay process—from brainstorming and outlining to final edits.

Admissions Consulting

Our college counsellors help you find your right-fit university, providing expert guidance on everything from crafting your college list to determining your early application strategy.

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Meet our UK
Leadership Team

Niall Molloy

UK Managing Director

Josh Davis

ESM UK Founder

Senior US College Counsellor

Andra Necula

Director of Operational Excellence

Daniel McElroy

Director of Communications

Sam Harris

US College Counsellor

Why ESM?

Trained Career Professionals

Simply put, our people are the best. Our staff comprises expert career mentors who are dedicated to fostering student excellence. With a cultivated commitment to ongoing professional development, our mentors are constantly learning, adding to ESM’s wealth of experience and expertise.

A team approach to student success

We pair each student with a specialised group of mentors and counselors who can best meet their individual needs and facilitate their ongoing success— from secondary school to college and beyond.

We care

At ESM, we embrace the word mentor. We build meaningful, lasting relationships with our students. We engage students beyond academic support, offering holistic guidance and care. We’re more than tutors: we’re coaches, mentors, and friends.

Flexible model

Available in person and online. Pay by the hour or on retainer.

How it all started

ESM Prep was founded in Sacramento, California by Billy Downing. An alum of both Jesuit High School and UC Berkeley, Billy saw a need among local students for mentorship-based academic assistance. He founded ESM in 2011 with the goals of helping students find the right-fit college and promoting their success both in and out of the classroom. With its unique mentorship model and student-focused mission, ESM soon expanded to the Bay Area and now operates across the globe with offices in five cities.