College admissions is more complex and competitive than ever before with one in four applicants using a college consultant like me to maximize their child’s college applications. I understand how challenging it can be for families to navigate this journey on your own. I strive to build long lasting relationships with my families, working alongside them as an “expert friend” to create a collaborative admissions process that leads to success.
My supportive approach, expertise and up-to-date knowledge will enable you to have more time, less stress and anxiety, maximize your potential for scholarship funds, maintain a peaceful parent/child connection and have fun as you make this exciting journey together.learn more about Karen
College admissions counseling is an investment in your higher education that can help you craft stronger application packages, increasing your chances of acceptance at the schools of your choice and making you more competitive for financial aid. It can also be invaluable in reducing stress and providing peace of mind through an often challenging and anxiety-filled process.
Because every student has unique planning needs, I offer both full-service packages or you can work with me on an “as-needed” basis which enables you to build a package that works best for your family. Contact us for pricing.
Not sure where to begin? This two hour session is ideal for students in grades 8-10 who are in the early stages of college exploration. Focus is on providing current information about college landscape and how to best optimize your child’s chances for acceptance to his or her choice colleges. We will discuss your child’s future goals as it relates to potential college majors and career possibilities, standardized test planning, extracurricular activities planning, high school curriculum planning to meet college goals and, if needed, suggestions on time management and overall organization. Also included is a recommendation list of possible colleges and summary email with easy to follow, step-by-step recommended action items.
College on the horizon? This 2 hour session is ideal for students in grades 11 who are in the most critical time of college planning. This service will focus on assessing the overall academic profile, standardized test planning, strategic extracurricular and summer activities planning and high school coursework recommendations to meet college goals. Also includes a more targeted recommendation list of colleges that fit your child’s needs and goals along with a summary email with easy to follow, step-by-step recommended action items.
Our most popular service for those who want the ultimate in start-to-finish guidance through the various steps of the college application process. This annual all-inclusive service includes continuous advisement and coaching throughout the entire college search, planning and application process. Topics include, but not limited to, development of college list, designing a testing/application planning timeline, interview planning and coaching, college visit planning, plus application and essay support targeted to the admissions requirements of chosen colleges. Regular meetings are scheduled to ensure all necessary steps are taken and nothing is left to chance. Packages are tailored to meet the individual needs of each client. Space is limited in each CBK Complete College Guidance class.
Discover how to tell your stories and compose compelling personal statements that will help you stand out from the competition. Personalized support through all phases of developing exceptional admissions essays and supplement essays for the UC, Common Application, and other college applications.
After a brainstorming session in which I determine your unique student profile, I develop a personalized list of safety, target and dreams schools for you to consider.
If you are offered or request an interview with a college, it’s important to be prepared. Work with me to learn how to get ready for your interview, what types of questions will be asked, and what you should bring to the conversation. Includes mock interviewing and video-taping on request.
Services may include college tour planning, wait-list strategies, rejection appeals, support in compiling application portfolios, etc.
I just wanted to thank you again for all your help and all the advice and help you gave me through this process. I am truly so grateful. I never thought I would have been able to get into my dream school.
Thank you so much, we so appreciate all your help and support. Proud of Philip for making this choice, he seems to be happy and a bit more relaxed now after having done so. Thanks again for talking with him and for the advice!Kari D.
We recently used Karen to help us find a school in Colorado for our daughter. Our daughter had some academic issues due to a medical problem she suffered her sophomore and junior year.Karen was able to assist us in getting her into the school that was her first choice (UCCS). She does and great job and spends her time wisely. I would recommend her to anyone I need of assistance with navigating the college admissions process.Tom D.
I was very fortunate to have many options of where I wanted to attend! I’m extremely happy with my decision to attend Cal Poly SLO and major in construction management. Thank you so much for helping me get here and for all that you have done!Molly B.
I committed to Dartmouth! Thank you so much for all your help and support!Melanie P.
Thank you so much for all the support you have given me through my college application process. I am pleased to inform you that I will be attending UC Berkeley! You helped me so much with my applications and I am so happy that I had the honor to work with you. You are very much part of the reason I was successful in applying to the UC system. You are so awesome and I am beyond grateful for you!Loren L.
Thank you for all of your help and guidance through this college selection process. You listened so well to what he was interested in and in spite of an ever-changing teenage mind you lent us your brilliant ideas and calm outlook. Can’t thank you enough for keeping me sane and helping Mike end up at his top choice. Thanks always.Jane G.
Thank you for everything, Karen. You have made this process so easy and wonderful for our family.Merri A.
Committed! Thank you for all of your help during the process; I really appreciated all of it. With gratitude.Jake S.
Thank you Karen for all your support throughout the college application process. For parents who grew up outside the U.S. we found the whole college application process very complex and confusing, especially with so many colleges across the U.S. to consider. You helped [our son] simplify everything from preparing his resume to short listing colleges and completing the college applications. Our son enjoyed working with you, especially as you were so knowledgeable, patient and responsive.Charlie L.
Thank goodness we came in contact with Karen… Not only is Karen’s expertise, insight and connections incomparable; I was equally impressed with her awareness and wisdom with the varying academic programs offered by colleges across the country. Karen does her homework! Ultimately, one of Karen’s suggested colleges for us to explore (that was not on our radar) turned out to be the perfect fit. Her patience, calmness and sense of humor with us during the whole application process was a saving grace too! She would be a great resource for any student. We can’t thank you enough Karen!Kathy B.
Natalie and I appreciate all the help, encouragement, direction and support you gave our son and as a result he has made what we believe to be the best college selection for him…It also worked out well for us too, which is an unexpected bonus. We’ll always be a reference for your and will be a repeat client again…Chris H.
We had a wonderful experience working with Karen. Karen recognizes the student’s journey towards choosing a college is a process. She has been available to answer questions and direct us through that process, which is extremely helpful and reassuring. Her knowledge base and advice was invaluable. She responded to our specific questions and needs immediately! Thank you, Karen.Susie B.
Thank you so much, we so appreciate all your help and support. Proud of Philip for making this choice, he seems to be happy and a bit more relaxed now after having done so. Thanks again for talking with him and for the advice!Stephanie Smith
Thanks again for helping Julia get into her dream school!Claire O
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