Mentoring Young Leaders

Unlock Your Full Potential with ThreeEQ: From Elite College Planning and Applications to Standout Leadership Excellence with Well-Being




  • Remarkable Outcomes of Our Students: Testimonials and Success Stories
  • ThreeEQ: The Premier Edge in College Admissions and Beyond
  • Powerful 1-on-1 Mentorship: Your Personalized Journey to Greater Success with Well-Being
  • Here’s The Next Step


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At ThreeEQ, we transform high school journeys into springboards for lifetime success. Specializing in elite college admissions, we sculpt personalized paths for students to stand out and shine. Our approach is a synergy of tailored mentoring for academic excellence, strategic college planning and applications, and life skills coaching—crafted to unlock each student’s highest potential while ensuring their well-being.

Embrace the ThreeEQ advantage to master the complexities of elite college admissions and cultivate a resilient, future-ready mindset and core skill sets. We champion a harmonious blend of achievement and personal fulfillment, positioning you to thrive in high school, college, and beyond. Let’s elevate your aspirations into greater achievements and happiness.



Watch ThreeEQ Chief Mentor Jason Ma’s talk on “Preparing Your Children for Middle/High School, College, Early Career, and Personal Success” at a private event organized and sponsored by the Harvard Business School (HBS) Association. Mr. Ma was the sole speaker, and the event was enthusiastically co-sponsored by alumni clubs from Harvard, Wharton, Stanford GSB, and Berkeley Haas. 



Remarkable Outcomes of Our Students: Testimonials and Success Stories


Watch short video testimonials from some of Chief Mentor Jason Ma’s former students.


ThreeEQ’s expertise is unparalleled in the industry. We measure our success by the satisfaction and remarkable outcomes of our Client families. We warmly invite you and your parents to explore and be inspired by the many Testimonials and Success Stories of our Students’ Successes.

We at ThreeEQ are inspired by our nearly 100% success rate with coachable, committed, and decisive Private Client families comprised of high-achieving students. The notable achievements of our students include:

  • Gaining admission to every Ivy League school, including Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn/Wharton, Princeton, and Yale.
  • Securing places in other top-tier research universities such as Stanford, MIT, Caltech, Duke, UChicago, UC Berkeley/Engineering, UCLA, NYU, Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, and more.
  • Achieving acceptance into premier liberal arts colleges like Williams, Swarthmore, Bowdoin, Pomona, among others.
  • Cultivating fulfilling high school and college experiences while effectively managing stress and anxiety.
  • Developing critical soft and leadership skills and cultivating mindsets that promote success with well-being in college and career paths.
  • Securing prestigious college internships and landing lucrative post-college jobs.
  • Strategically charting high-end career paths.
  • Leading happier, more fulfilling lives.


The Ma family (playfully called the “MAfia”) includes two happy, compassionate Gen Z young adults. Sabrina shines as a top-performing senior software engineer and young leader at Google. Lydia, a Penn Wharton summa cum laude alumna of 2022, has distinguished herself as both a top performer and an inspiring “culture add” at Salesforce Slack. Both siblings are on a trajectory to become influential leaders in the tech industry.



ThreeEQ: The Premier Edge in College Admissions and Beyond


ThreeEQ Chief Mentor Jason Ma, with his younger daughter Lydia, then a freshman at Wharton, and his wife, enjoying a day on the University of Pennsylvania campus

Discerning, affluent families with high aspirations trust ThreeEQ’s guidance for great outcomes in college admissions and lifelong success. Our trusted, third-party, expert guidance propels students from even top private schools to achieve new heights of success, ensuring well-being remains at the forefront.

In an era where Ivy League and top-tier college admissions are fiercely competitive, ThreeEQ transforms stress into strategic advantage. College is just one milestone in a continuum of impact and fulfillment we envision for our students. Our support extends beyond traditional prep, ensuring you not only stand out in your applications but also thrive in future endeavors.

The hype of elite college admissions often neglects vital skills like practical emotional, social, and leadership intelligence—key to navigating challenges like imposter syndrome and anxiety. (For more insights, read “Penn ranked highest out of the Ivy League for mental health—with a D+” and “The myth of the Ivy League“.) ThreeEQ’s holistic approach fosters a robust growth mindset, strategic thinking, and essential soft skills for enduring, greater success and personal growth.

Under the stewardship of award-winning Chief Mentor Jason Ma, ThreeEQ’s 1-on-1 mentorship is unrivaled in effectiveness, depth, and personalization. With Mr. Ma and Team ThreeEQ’s distinguished expertise and track record, ThreeEQ is considered an invaluable secret weapon by those who seek a decisive competitive edge throughout high school, college, and the years that follow.



ThreeEQ Chief Mentor Jason Ma and his younger daughter Lydia Ma, who was the President of the Wharton Undergraduate Finance and Technology Group at the time, enjoying time with Penn students from Wharton, Engineering, and the College in San Francisco.



Powerful 1-on-1 Mentorship: Your Personalized Journey to Greater Success with Well-Being

At ThreeEQ, we’ve mastered the art and the secrets of mentoring and coaching 1-on-1 motivated high school and college students, guiding them towards remarkable success and well-being. Our philosophy centers on:

  • Crafting a compelling narrative, developing authentic storytelling, and creating persuasive elite college applications. This not only enhances your chances of admission to your dream colleges but also alleviates stress, confusion, and anxiety.
  • Cultivating a mindset focused on growth and contribution, strategies, soft skills, and execution, which leads to substantial, short- to long-term impact and benefits, even among your ambitious peers.
  • Harnessing your full potential, facilitating your journey to become the best possible version of yourself.




The ThreeEQ “4S and 3EQ” Mentorship Framework

Harness our uniquely powerful, robust, structured, and personalized 1-on-1 mentorship and coaching methodology that covers and hones four essential, interconnected domains (collectively, the “4S”):

  • Visionary Story (narrative), including empowering Character (the sum of all habits and choices),
  • Emotional and Mental States that support peak performance,
  • Comprehensive Strategies that are interconnected for maximum effectiveness (academics, activities, test prep, college planning and applications process, career paths, etc.),
  • Powerful Soft skills that, together with hard skills, help you produce and rise higher and faster than even your driven peers, and
  • Ability to execute.

Along the way, we meticulously cultivate your pragmatic Emotional, Social, and Leadership Intelligence (“3EQ”). This approach establishes a stronger foundation and pathway for sustained, greater success and well-being. Executive function is integrated in 4S and 3EQ.

Imagine achieving greater life-cycle impact, stronger relationships, and better happiness and peace of mind with parents, in high school, in college, within communities, and at companies and non-profits. It prepares you to navigate and mitigate risks of opportunity losses in our turbulent, ever-changing real world.

In our experience, personalized 1-on-1 coaching significantly surpasses group coaching and “mass-market” webinar or product training in its impact and depth. For high net worth families, our work also enhances legacy and succession planning—rooted in solid family values and free from the usual stress, anxiety, and sleep deprivation.


Jason Ma’s inspiring guest lecture at Stanford University, titled “Honing the ‘OS and Apps’ of Your Entrepreneurial Mind and Soul,” provided valuable insights on developing the skills and mindset for success in entrepreneurship. Though the lecture was not recorded, Mr. Ma’s mentees and students interested in entrepreneurship can benefit from his guidance in making a positive impact in the world. As a top expert in both elite college consulting, and leadership and entrepreneurship, Mr. Ma’s insights are particularly valuable.



ThreeEQ’s Elite College Planning, Applications, and Admissions 1-on-1 Guidance Process

Embark on a strategic, pragmatic, and deeply personalized journey with ThreeEQ, meticulously structured into three pivotal stages:

  1. Preparation — Laying the groundwork for excellence, we help you develop a compelling personal narrative, bolster your academic and extracurricular profile, and build a solid foundation for outstanding applications.
  2. College Applications — Navigate the complexities of elite college applications with our expert mentorship. Guide you to craft standout essays, secure outstanding recommendation letters, fine-tune your other application materials, and master interview techniques to effectively convey your unique story and potential.
  3. Post-Application — Beyond the submission of your applications, we continue to foster your “4S and 3EQ” strengths, ensuring you are primed for success in college and future life endeavors. Our support is designed not just for acceptance letters but for cultivating resilience, adaptability, and leadership that will set you apart in your academic and professional life.

More specifically, our process entails:


PREPARATION (Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Years)

  • Cultivate and enhance your “4S” and “3EQ” as described above. Starting early in high school or even middle school is advantageous, but it’s never too late to begin.
  • Formulate a comprehensive strategy for college search, planning, applications, and admissions.
  • Excel in your academic curriculum term by term, year by year, while honing your study skills. Your transcript is a vital component of your college application.
  • Strategize optimal preparation for college admission standardized tests like SAT or ACT. For international students at high schools where English isn’t the primary language of instruction, the TOEFL may be required. We guide you in selecting the most effective test prep and academic tutoring specialists tailored to your needs.
  • Excel in activities at school, within the community, and at home that truly resonate with your story, talent, and character.
  • Pursue summer activities that strengthen your narrative and showcase your talent.
  • Develop, improve, and maintain key relationships.
  • Create a compelling résumé (CV).
  • Research colleges strategically and undertake both virtual and in-person college visits.


ThreeEQ Chief Mentor Jason Ma has been featured in Forbes multiple times, providing expert insights into higher education; elite college prep, applications, and admissions; entrepreneurship; and next-gen leadership. These are two of Mr. Ma’s popular Forbes articles.


COLLEGE APPLICATIONS (End of Junior Year, Summer, and Senior Year)

  • Identify a manageable list of reach, probable, and solid schools, often more than ten.
  • Choose whether to apply Early Decision or (Restricted) Early Action.
  • Compose sincere, cogent personal essays, including personal statements, “why this school” essays, “why this major/field of study” essays, and other types of essays. These writings must reflect the best of you to each of your target schools. We assist in brainstorming themes and strategies for your array of long and short college app essays, and providing edits and comments on each draft until they truly embody your authentic best! 
  • Secure influential recommendation letters from your teachers, school counselor, and, where applicable, influential third parties.
  • Complete comprehensive, detailed college application forms. 
  • Prepare engaging visual or performing arts supplements, if applicable.
  • Prepare for alumni and campus interviews.
  • Ensure each application to your target schools is superb, maximizing your chances of admission!
  • Apply for merit-based scholarships, if relevant.
  • Continue refining aspects of your “4S” and “3EQ” (defined above) as needed.


Additional popular Forbes articles by ThreeEQ Chief Mentor Jason Ma


POST-APPLICATION (Senior Year and Transitioning into College)

  • Provide compelling, timely updates.
  • Plan your summer post high school graduation. 
  • Respond effectively to any application waitlists.
  • Choose the optimal school for enrollment (matriculation)!
  • Continue refining elements of your “4S” and “3EQ” (defined above) as required, through college and into your future career!



We at ThreeEQ love seeing our students win, grow, and celebrate!



Here’s The Next Step


Are you prepared to excel in college admissions, tap into your full potential, embrace happiness, and secure a bright future? If that resonates with you, we at ThreeEQ would be delighted to arrange a complimentary initial strategy meeting (30 to 45 minutes) with you, your parents, and ThreeEQ’s Chief Mentor, Jason Ma.

During this meeting, we’ll examine your past, present, and future aspirations, answer any questions, and explore how Mr. Ma and Team ThreeEQ can help turn your dreams into reality. We will ascertain whether our services align with our shared values, your aspirations, and your family’s investment mindset, including our fees. Kindly note that ThreeEQ maintains a highly selective process when considering new Private Client Families.

Remember, thorough preparation is essential for success in any coveted and competitive pursuit, and we aim to make the most of our time together. Before our meeting, please do read a few of Mr. Ma’s articles and watch 1-2 relevant videos. It is vital that all decision-makers are present during our session.

To schedule a meeting, please visit ThreeEQ.com/apply to select a time that suits both you and your parents. Following that, please complete the follow-on form at ThreeEQ.com/application, allowing us to gain a preliminary understanding before our discussion. We look forward to our upcoming conversation!


Meet the inspiring young leaders featured in ThreeEQ CEO Jason Ma’s groundbreaking book, Young Leaders 3.0. These 23 exemplary 17-to-24-year-olds share their unique stories, insights, and tips for success; over half of who were Mr. Ma’s former mentees and students. Join us in celebrating their remarkable accomplishments!




NOTE: ThreeEQ was a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) for years. However, we have since found that our own standards consistently exceed those of NACAC, and thus our membership is no longer necessary.