Press Release

New Self-Help Guide for Public-University-Bound Students
“…stunningly comprehensive manual designed to help public university students maximize their GPAs and their college experiences.” - Kirkus Reviews

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Johanna Ramos-Boyer
JRB Communications, LLC

Boulder, Colorado — With the ratio of students to academic advisors at public universities averaging around 300 to one, new college students can’t expect much help on campus with academic planning. It’s critical for them to arrive for their first semester with the know-how they need to navigate college successfully on their own. But they usually don’t.

Numerous resources exist to help students gain admission to college, but managing the transition from high school to college is a different story. Until now, it’s been largely up to students to figure out the rules of college academics through trial and error after college begins. As a result, many students make serious mistakes in their academic decisions that hurt their GPAs, prevent them from graduating on time, increase college costs, and limit their opportunities during and after college.

In his soon-to-be-released book, Acing the Public University, EWA member and corporate lawyer Jeff Gimpel confronts the crisis of inadequate academic advising for public university students. “Since high-quality, personalized academic advising isn’t available to most new public university students, shouldn’t we, at the very least, be showing them how to advise themselves?” asks Gimpel. “I wrote this book not just to help public-university-bound students prepare themselves for the challenges of college today—including the lack of personalized guidance—but to help them thrive.”

Acing the Public University is the first book of its kind. It shows public-university-bound students in a do-it-yourself, paint-by-numbers manner how to be their own academic advisors. First, students get the background knowledge they need to navigate college academics successfully by themselves. They learn the ins and outs of college-level grading, how degree plans are structured, the different ways to fulfill degree requirements, how to discover their own preferred learning style, how to “professor shop,” and much more. The book then sets out a step-by-step, easy-to-follow strategy that students can use on their own to develop a custom-tailored college completion game plan.

In the course of Acing the Public University’s250+ pages, public-university-bound students get the tools they need to make smart academic planning decisions on their own. After acting on what they learn in the book, students can start college with a game plan and on track to:

  • Maximize their GPAs
  • Graduate on time
  • Complete college more cost-effectively
  • Use college as the springboard to the future they want

GPAMaxx, the Boulder-based education startup founded by Gimpel that will launch this summer, is introducing a new type of achievement-oriented academic advising service for public-university-bound students. It’s publishing Acing the Public University next month in advance of the 2015–16 school year. In addition to the physical book, GPAMaxx is offering the entire book as a free downloadable PDF at


Jeff Gimpel is the founder of GPAMaxx. Prior to founding GPAMaxx, Gimpel practiced corporate law for more than a decade in New York and Hong Kong with the international law firm Clifford Chance.

After years of watching some of his relatives struggle to navigate college without highly personalized guidance, Gimpel realized that certain key principles of attorney-client advising could be applied in academic advising to help students make better decisions. He incorporated these concepts in developing the GPAMaxx self-help model, which teaches students how to be their own academic advisors.

A Phi Beta Kappa and high honors graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Gimpel earned his undergraduate degree in just three years. He also holds a law degree with honors from the University of Texas School of Law and a master’s degree in German law from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar.

To request a free advance copy of the book or to schedule a time to speak with Jeff Gimpel, please contact:

Johanna Ramos-Boyer
JRB Communications

Publication Date: June 16, 2015

Price: $14.95 paperback

ISBN: 978-0-9915357-0-5

Pages: 275

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