Josh Stephens

Journalist, college counselor, and specialist in college application essays.

A longtime teacher, college counselor, and journalist, Josh Stephens counsels students on college applications and consults with education companies on international outreach. Josh is the former Director of International development for ArborBridge, a Los Angeles-based tutoring firm that prepares students around the world for the SAT and ACT. Specializing in the teaching of nonfiction writing and personal essays, Josh previously served as Lead Editor for Application Boot Camp and, before that, taught at the Archer School in Los Angeles. Josh’s students have gained admission to the most selective colleges in the United States, including Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale, and they have gone to countless other fantastic college that don't always grab headlines. Josh writes on cities and urban planning, primarily as contributing editor to the California Planning & Development Report. Josh studied urban planning at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University. Josh can be reached at