Alumnus Group logo



Julia Zhou (Principal) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. She has also studied graduate Economics at Columbia University and at the University College of London. Prior to founding Alumnus Group, Julia was a Senior Associate Marketing Consultant with Publicis Groupe in New York, where she consulted for Fortune 100 companies in the U.S., Hong Kong, Canada, and Mexico. Earlier, she worked as Research Associate at Columbia Business School, conducting economic research on housing markets, healthcare, and education policy. In addition to her full-time work, Julia brings over eight years of experience as a freelance tutor and coach. She has worked with students at schools such as Wharton, Columbia, New York University, MIT Sloan, and the University of California at Berkeley. In her free time, Julia serves on the Associate Board of APEX NY, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mentoring and inspiring Asian-American youth in NYC.

Weiying Yu (Principal) received her B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Stanford University. As a student, she studied abroad at Oxford University, held leadership roles with the Forum for Chinese American Exchange at Stanford (FACES), received the Carol Ruth Lerner Award for Creativity in the Liberal Arts, and won an award at the Stanford Innovation Challenge. A native of Shanghai, China, Weiying has long been passionate about international education. After graduation, she held a positions at Stanford in student administration and marketing, including with the Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects. In 2008, she founded her own business in private academic consulting and has subsequently worked with families in the United States, China, and the Dominican Republic.

Featured Consultants

John (Featured Consultant) is from Xian, China, and moved to the U.S. as a child, living in Montana, North Carolina, and Maryland. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned 3 degrees in 4 years (B.S. in Computer Science and Management, M.S. in Computer Science). Currently a portfolio manager at a hedge fund in New York City, he pursues his interests in skydiving, poker, and travel in his spare time. John is an excellent mentor for students who are interested in technology and/or finance.

Ping (Featured Consultant) received her A.B. from Harvard in Applied Math (Biology). She taught at an international school in Shanghai before returning to Boston to pursue her Ph.D. in Health Sciences and Technology through a dual-degree program between Harvard and MIT. Ping has a wide range of interests, from science to music to DIY crafts, and she is a great mentor for any student with strong academic passions and/or an interest in the sciences.

Pen-Pen (Featured Consultant) graduated Cum Laude from Bryn Mawr College with a double major in East Asian Studies and Linguistics. Pen-Pen then pursued graduate studies at The Hopkins-Nanjing Center with the support of the CV Starr Fellowship.  She received her M.S from Columbia University, Teachers College in Speech Language Pathology (Bilingual/Bicultural Track) with full scholarship support.  Built on over a decade of experience in education and leadership development, Pen-Pen founded Penguistics Solutions, through which she’s worked with British Royalty, government officials, Hollywood movie producers; Fortune 500 CEOs and executives, Olympic athletes, and technology start-ups.  Pen-Pen’s passion for teaching is epitomized in her Mandarin classes throughout Manhattan, most recently at Columbia University, Teachers College, The New York Times, and China Institute.  Working with clients and students alike, her passion is to make a dramatic difference in people’s lives and to help them succeed in achieving their goals.  In her free time, she spends her time helping to build homes through Habitat for Humanity, serving as a Reader at Learning Ally, formerly known as Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic, working out, practicing Chinese calligraphy, and training her dog to become a therapy dog.


"Without Alumnus Group, my son would not have gotten into the college of his dreams. Now he's a very happy freshman at his first-choice school."

- H. Lin, mother