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.
“After living in the US for 6 years my son announced casually one day that he would like to study and play rugby at a US college! Panic set in! We had no idea how to navigate the US educational system. Karen took all the stress away from us as parents from Day 1 and guided my son through the exam selection process To the college selection, through to the application process. Karen’s knowledge and expertise were paramount in securing my son a place in his first choice university! We couldn’t have done it without you Karen!! Thank you from the bottom of our heard from our family.”Lynnette L.
“Lauren accepted at Chapman University!We are very excited.Thank you AGAIN for all your assistance in the process. You were so helpful and really helped charter her course.”Sara P.
“Being the oldest kid in my family, I walked into the process of applying for college blindly. I didn’t know necessarily where to even start and felt overwhelmed by all the different steps that needed to be completed. Karen was able to ease my anxiety about college applications and was an amazing resource. From taking the Act/Sat to writing college essays to finally accepting my admission, Karen was always available to help. I couldn’t have done it all without her! Thank you!”Sidney L.
“Thank you again for the great coaching you gave to Emilio. He is thrilled to go to Cal Berkeley!”Gaelle D.
Thank you for an excellent job of guidance through the U.S. Rugby oriented Universities; options & expectations.You are the outstanding Ambassador for a U.S. Rugby movement to young student-athletes. Setting up all the pins & guidance about the U.S. rules, it gives the student targets and why being motivated to get in is equal to their motivated play. Thank you for answering why U.S. rugby within a U.S university vs. staying in a Tier 1 nation is both exciting & real. The picture you painted on my son’s blank canvas was museum quality.Michael S.
We just wanted to say thank you for all your help this year to advise us on A’s college application process. We are thrilled that he got in ED to Cornell and think it’s the right choice for him. We appreciate your support during the summer and fall.Allyson
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 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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