Helping students make the best choices

With so many options and so much to do—navigating high school, choosing which classes to take, how to spend your summers and finding the right colleges—it is easy for students to become overwhelmed or discouraged. Your Headed For College consultant will work with you at every step to help take the stress out of your high school experience. We believe that every student is unique, and understand the importance of creating a plan tailored to your specific needs. Our consultants can help you evaluate all of your options, decide which classes to take, how to explore your interests, explain when and how to prepare for the SAT or ACT, develop a list of schools and walk you through the application options available to you.

Extracurricular Activities

High School Curriculum

Which classes are weighted at your high school? What are the requirements for graduation? Should you take AP classes? Do you need summer school? Headed For College will work with you to develop a comprehensive four-year academic plan. We can help you determine the best classes to take in school, and also help you explore interests through special programs or at colleges. The opportunities to learn in your high school years are unparalleled to any others, and our consultants will help you understand what options are best.

Exploring Interests

For students who aren’t sure what they are interested in, Headed For College counselor can suggest interesting and informative ways to learn more about different fields. One option is the Polygence Pathfinders Program, which offers students the opportunity to explore three careers or academic subjects and gain a clearer sense of their interests. Pathfinders is a 3-session, one-on-one mentorship program that lets students connect with experts who are devoting their careers to those disciplines. To learn more about the Pathfinders program, click here. Pathfinders are free for Headed For College students.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Your activities outside the classroom say a lot about you. You’re Headed For College consultant will help you explore your interests and find activities that you care about. We will provide suggestions on how to develop leadership skills and make a meaningful impact on your school or community. By senior year, we hope to have helped you construct a college résumé that outlines your initiative, interests, and achievements and distinguishes you from your peers.

Summer Options

While it can be easy to spend summers lazing at home there are a myriad of other exciting options awaiting. We can show you a wide array of programs and courses that will help you explore your interests, bolster your résumé, or add to your curriculum. Classes at universities, special programs, intensive language programs, camps, jobs, research, and community service are just some of the many ways to spend your leisure time. How you spend your summers reflects a great deal on you, and colleges like to see active, involved students, even when they aren’t in school.


Conducting research under the guidance of an expert mentor gives students hands-on instruction in a discipline they are passionate about. Through research and collaboration with their mentor, students develop critical problem-solving, communication, and analytical skills. Polygence is our partner in providing research opportunities to high school students. The Polygence core program consists of ten one-on-one sessions between the student and their mentor. Headed For College Students receive a 10% discount on tuition. Click here to learn more about opportunities with Polygence.

Standardized Testing

Should you take the SAT or ACT? Which colleges are test-optional? Do you really need to take that AP exam? Your Headed For College counselor will answer all of your questions and help you create an ideal schedule for standardized testing—when to take the tests, and when and how to study for them—based on your interests and schedule.


Writing compelling essays is an essential part of the admissions process and often the most stressful. Your essays provide opportunities to express yourself and help the admissions committee understand you. Your consultant will help you choose a topic that shows your ability to communicate and create a dynamic self-portrait. With our help, your essay will provide personal insight and be something you will be proud of.

Letters of Recommendation

Obtaining supportive recommendations from teachers, guidance counselors, coaches or other authority figures is an important aspect of the application. To receive the best letters possible, Headed For College will help you identify supportive adults who really know you and who can talk about you and your contributions to the school and community. We will also assist you in drafting a summary of your accomplishments for your recommenders.


Many colleges include interviews as part of admissions. But the interview isn’t just for the interviewer to learn about the student; it’s also an opportunity for the student to learn about the institution. We will help you prepare for interviews by conducting mock interviews, as well as teach you valuable interview techniques to reduce stress and improve confidence. We will also provide you with interview questions to review and will make sure that you are well prepared.


Student Athletes

Headed For College educational consultants are trained to work with male and female athletes in all sports. Your consultant will assist you to ensure that you have satisfied the NCAA Eligibility Center requirements for NCAA Division I and II schools, and are in the best position possible to be recruited at the NCAA Division I, II or III.

The words "thank you" feel utterly inadequate to convey our appreciation for all of the support, guidance, and wisdom you have shared so generously with our family over the past two years. As two college professors, it has been truly humbling to learn how complex, labor intensive, and emotionally charged the college application process has become. Beyond your incredible knowledge, we have been truly in awe of your ability to connect in a meaningful way with both our kids and to guide them not just in "getting in" to college but finding their voices and learning who they are. We are so grateful and will truly miss working with you.
Attending Cornell University
Lisa, I am happy to say that Sarah has found her home for the next four years and potentially beyond. She has committed to the University of Utah Honors College. She is so excited to be a Ute! Thank you for all of your efforts in helping her get to this wonderful place. We truly could not have done it without you!
Allison, daughter attending the University of Utah Honors College
Marissa, I can’t thank you enough for all of the help throughout this crazy process! I truly could not have done it without you. You are so kind and wise, and I have greatly enjoyed getting to know you….Once again, you are absolutely amazing.
Attending Dartmouth College
Thank you again Jennifer for all of the help with Thomas over the last 18 months. He is very excited about Pitzer!! We appreciate your patience and guidance through the whole process, starting in the summer before junior year and through all of those essays and applications. The essays, recommendations, and the strength of his application were really important. He was ready and able to execute all of that because you had him well prepared in advance, which was key to him being able to apply and get accepted during Early Decision. He could not have done it without you!
Chelsea’s experience and knowledge of colleges, her prompt advice at every step of the way, and the kind manner with which she was able to convey key messages to our son were more than we could have asked for.
Attending UCLA
Thank you so much for your guidance and mentorship Jennifer. Thank you for the last-minute one-on-one meetings, thank you for being understanding when I failed to meet early deadlines because of the stress that I was going through, thank you for everything that you put yourself through to make my application the best it could have possibly been! All of the success that I have experienced during this crazy application process would not have been possible had it not been for your expertise. Because of you, I can now pursue my passion in the best art school in the country!
Attending RISD
Jennifer, I just wanted to say thank you for your guidance, expertise, and confidence in Ben and for finding him the college that is right for him… You have been an amazing force in his life and we are forever grateful.
Attending Vanderbilt University
Kim - I just committed to UT!! Thank you so much for everything. The journey would not have been possible without you. I'm so thankful for your guidance.
Attending the University of Texas, Austin
Kim, I wanted to say thank you for all of the support and encouragement you've given me over the last 12 months. I know it definitely wasn't easy, but Michigan Ross is an amazing place and I'm really happy to be attending the Ross School of Business. Thank you so much! I don't think I could have done it without you!
Attending the Ross School of Business at Michigan
Words cannot express our gratitude, Jennifer. Your advice gave us direction, confidence, and comfort during the crazy college process. We are very grateful for your patience with us - you always had an answer to our questions and concerns. Thank you for helping facilitate our daughter's Cornell dream!
Donna, daughter attending Cornell University
Jennifer, You guided me from the first step to the last step, with all the frantic emails in between, and still were willing to help me past the last step when I needed it. I sincerely feel that without your help, I would never have heard of Wash U, which is definitely the perfect school for me and at which I know I will thrive ...
Attending Washington University in St. Louis
Hi Kim: I wanted to let you know that I've made my choice and am officially enrolled at the University of Notre Dame. After visiting, I know that Notre Dame really does fit all of my criteria. Thank you for all the help and guidance you've given me throughout the college process. I couldn't have done it without you. All those long nights toiling over essays definitely paid off. Once again thank you for everything Kim.
Attending Notre Dame
Thank you so much for all of your help with my myriad of college applications… for never letting me lose hope in Michigan, and for showing me some of the great things Michigan had to offer me on campus. I truly would not have been able to do it without you, Jennifer. Go Blue!
Attending the University of Michigan
Working with Chelsea was a wonderful experience! She was incredibly helpful throughout the whole application process, but beyond sound advice, she was really invested in my success and because of her help, I’m at the school that is actually perfect for me!
Attending Tulane University in the Honors Program
Kim, Thank you so much for all your help and assistance through this stressful college process… You helped me stay on track and organized while still remaining positive the whole time. Every time I left your office, I felt stress-free and like a burden was lifted off my shoulders ... seriously.
Attending Williams College
Marissa carefully assessed our individual situation and then provided streamlined, easy to use information. She was patient, positive and supportive, but also held our son accountable to weekly tasks and milestones. She was knowledgeable, up to date, and asked the right kinds of questions to help us find the schools that would be a genuine fit for our son. Marissa’s calm, smart, confident style truly eased the anxiety we were feeling about the college application process. She helped turn what could have been a daunting task into a manageable, exciting challenge that we were eager to master.
Attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
While working with Chelsea I was able to get a complete understanding of the college application process and amazing help along the way. I would not have been able to go through this process without her consistent guidance and reassurance.
Attending Northwestern University
Thank you for always being there for me, Kim. I would probably have broken apart without your help. True story!
Attending UCLA
Kimberly, As you remind us to thank our teachers and those who helped us in our journey, I was able to reflect on my own journey; I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed, been challenged, (sometimes) dreaded, but been as excited and confident throughout the process if it wasn’t for your compassionate help when I needed it most! I think today marks the end of Teacher Appreciation Week, and I certainly appreciate you. I’m happy to report I’ll be staying in Southern California pursuing a BFA at USC!!, something I know I wouldn’t be able to say if it wasn’t for your strong, supportive, and kind guidance.
Attending USC
I just wanted to express to you how thankful I am to have had you by my side during my college application process. It seems like just yesterday, I walked into your office for the first time as a nervous and confused freshman, unsure of what I wanted. Now, almost three years down the line, I know exactly what I want in my college experience, and I could not be more excited to be attending Northeastern in the fall.

None of this would have been possible without the immense help and unwavering support you gave me throughout the entire process. You always stuck by me and helped guide me through all the challenges I faced along the way. Through all the time I have known you, you have taught me so many valuable things that not only have helped me grow as a student, but as a person as well. From reading essays and resumes to helping me with interviews and making sure I avoid "um", all of it was a huge difference maker for me. Go Huskies!
Student attending Northeastern University
Thank you Jennifer for your invaluable insights into our son and for being so courageously forthright from the beginning. He needed that dose of reality. Your program, philosophy, and guidance are outstanding.
Helen, Son attending USC
Thank you, Kim, for all of your help and support with Adrianna through this process. I believe at the beginning she did not think she was going to be able to get into college. Through your patience and coaching, she was able to identify a number of colleges to apply to and successfully get into a majority of those colleges. You gave her the confidence she needed during this process we are extremely grateful for all that you did.
Mary, daughter attending St. Mary's College
Thank you, Kim, from the bottom of my heart. You are sincerely one of the most incredible people I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. Thank you for everything that you've done for us.
Twins attending UCLA
Lisa, I honestly wish I could thank you in person. I don't know where I would be right now had I not met you and had your guidance throughout this admissions process. As a first-generation Latina coming from a low-income immigrant background, higher education was something that felt unattainable for a long time. But with your guidance and support, I will be attending an institution I would have never imagined even applying to had it not been for you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. (Pro Bono Client)
Attending Dartmouth College
Lisa, thank you for all of your help and for the great advice. I have fallen in love with USC! It feels so right being here.
International student attending USC
Chelsea, Words cannot express my gratitude. Thank you for your time, patience, and for keeping me on track and focused, and organized. I have said it to my parents but I also want to be sure that I make it clear to you - The best gift they gave me was the time and help I received from you. I truly appreciate your coaching, advice, and availability at all hours of the day. I will think of you fondly as I walk onto the Emory campus in August! You're the best.
Attending Emory
While trying to juggle the pressures of work, being a full-time college student, and all the extracurriculars I was involved in, I felt reassurance that my transfer applications would excellent because of Chelsea. Chelsea was very thorough and pushed me to open up about the story I had to tell. She gave me tons of information that I would never have known without her help.
Transferred to UC Berkeley
Marissa, I just wanted to send you a note to thank you for helping Lily last year. She is so happy at Cal Poly and just thriving there. It really is the perfect place for her and I think she is enjoying Communications too! I believe your advice for taking college classes and the dual enrollment courses and keeping the rigor last year really did make a difference.

Thank you so much for helping guide Julie. I'm forever grateful!
Daughter attending Cal Poly SLO
Jennifer - Thank you so much for holding our hands and being the very best through this entire college process! We could not have done it without you. We are so proud of Sarah. She had incredible choices!! The school she got most excited over was Berkeley, so her choice is made. As happy as I am not to have to go through the crazy college process again, I am sad to not be able to work with you. It really has been an absolute pleasure. You are amazing!
Lisa, daughter at UC Berkeley
Marissa, We adore you and are so grateful for your kindness and generosity of time and spirit. You went way above and beyond and gave my daughter a feeling of buoyancy with your incredible personality, positivity and warmth. Thank you again for everything!!!
Daughter attending Princeton University
I don't know what I would have done without your expert advice, Jennifer. I am going to Penn partly due to your unwavering support, and for that, I can never thank you enough.
Attending the University of Pennsylvania