About nxtU Academic Coaching and Consulting Services


nxtU helps transitioning military officers and other young professionals identify, apply to, and thrive in law, medical, business, and other graduate school programs. Whether you are looking for a top-tier B-school, a highly selective law school, or a medical program that meets your specific needs, we help you prepare for what’s next.

We coach you throughout the entire process – from preparing for standardized tests and researching potential programs to applying, interviewing, and gaining admission to the program that is not only perfect for you but also affords the opportunity to excel both inside and outside the classroom.

Transitioning officers and young professionals have a lot to offer elite-level graduate programs. Directors of Graduate Studies appreciate the breadth of personal and professional experience, intelligence, discipline, and maturity these professionals bring to their program cohorts and the campus community as a whole.

Nevertheless, returning to the classroom after a break of five or ten years can be difficult. Finding the graduate program that meets all of your needs – academically, financially, socially, and geographically – is essential. The stakes are high as admissions requirements change every year, acceptance rates fall, and the marketplace grows increasingly competitive and complex.

Don’t navigate this transition alone. Prepare for what’s next.

Academy Connection

A graduate of the United States Military Academy (’92) with an M.A. from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech, Sean Cleveland draws upon 28 years of leadership as a military police officer in the US Army, multiple combat deployments, and 16 years in diverse roles in higher education. He has served as a success coach in a PAC-12 athletics department, an instructor and advisor in an alternative admissions program at a Big-12 university, and as both a junior and senior rotating faculty member at West Point, where he worked extensively with NCAA athletes.

After retiring from active duty, Sean served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Fine Arts, and Communication and as the Assistant Director of the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning and Distance Education at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina – where he and his family now live. Working with young adults and transitioning young professionals and military officers, he focuses on deliberate planning, establishing and achieving specific outcomes and objectives, and developing the “whole person” for sustained intellectual, personal, and professional success.

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