Nirmal Agarwal

BA, Stanford University, USA (Economics)
MBA, Certificates in HR and Marketing (University of Cambridge International Examinations)
Certificate in College Counselling (University of California)


Brought up in Kolkata, Nirmal navigated his college application process in the late 80’s, securing admissions with full scholarships into four Ivy League Universities and Stanford. During his undergraduate years at Stanford, Nirmal discovered a love for mentoring and counselling when he was selected for various roles as a teaching assistant and residence coordinator.

After returning to India, Nirmal furthered his passion for mentoring by advising numerous students on their college applications – providing them the support he felt he had lacked during his applications. He also successfully incubated several education ventures, and is recognised as an expert in school education, career counselling, and college admissions. Nirmal is part of various international associations for counsellors and has also served on the Professional Development Committee of IACAC (International Association for College Admission Counselling). He loves to share his expertise and over the past few years, has delivered workshops and sessions on College Counselling to more than 10,000 aspiring career counsellors.

Nirmal’s strives to help students find a balance between their academic and personal development, as he believes that accomplishments in both areas are crucial for students to stand out amongst an increasingly competitive pool of applicants. He loves helping his students to reflect on their values, aspirations, accomplishments, and create an impactful personal narrative that best showcases the person they are.

He believes that no matter who the students are, there is a right match college for each individual. He is constantly striving for the best fit college for each student (quite successfully) and for that elusive hole-in-one in his other passion of Golf (not so successfully yet)!