About Us

What makes the Kelly MacLean

Achievement Center different?

About Us

What makes the Kelly MacLean Achievement Center different?

Making the College Application Process easier since 2007!

College Recruiting Specialists was created on the premise of empowering students on their journey to discovery. Our roots were founded in helping high school students in the Greater Cleveland Area get recruited for athletics, but we soon grew into much more. As of November 2019, College Recruiting Specialists is now the Kelly MacLean Achievement Center. This change of name and refreshed branding reflects our desire to help all students achieve, not just athletes!

Founder Kelly MacLean knows that we all just want more for our children. With over 20 years of coaching, college recruiting, athletic recruiting, admissions counseling, and scholarship expertise, her impact reaches beyond the students' high school and college lives; the life skills and decision-making tools can transform their entire way of thinking! Kelly and the KMAC team become part of each family, coaching students on how to learn, how to study, how to achieve their academic potential while discovering their true goals. All of this is accomplished with a strengths–driven approach and comprehensive plan to help students demystify college selection and career planning. 

Kelly MacLean’s resourcefulness has been sought after for years since successfully guiding high school student-athletes to earn Division I and Division II athletic scholarships. She has collaborated with professional athletes to help inner city students understand recruiting, NCAA rules, etc. Schools such as Kent State University have engaged her presentations, and the Ohio Society for Certified Public Accountants recently tapped her to present ideas and insights on financial aid at their annual CPA convention. As a top contributor for STACK magazine, Kelly unveils information regarding NCAA rules, eligibility and scholarships. She is also a member of Ohio Association of College Admission Counselors, NCAA Compliance Forum, Women in Sports & Events, and Association of Sport Coaching Education.

The success of KMAC’s students can be contributed to the holistic, yet uniquely tailored and relentlessly thoughtful approach. It is not just about improving ACT/SAT scores, or gaining admission to the perfect college, or getting recruited to play sports; it is the total package. Kelly and the KMAC team of mentors are invested in piecing the journey together for students during high school & throughout the college transition, ultimately into adulthood and a career that are both satisfying and rewarding.


National Reach

KMAC has reached coast-to-coast! While the Northeast Ohio and Greater Cleveland Area are certainly our home, we always knew that we could help students across the country. In 2019 we began seeing our first out-of-state clients, and now see clients from Seattle, WA to Yonkers, NY! These students have benefitted from our expert ACT Prep, career exploration, and college application assistance to improve their college admissions chances.