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College Admissions Services

We guide families through college preparation, selection, admissions, applications, and essays in a personalized way to help your student find the perfect college fit

How Our College Admissions Services Work

Step 1.

Speak with an Advisor

Schedule a free consultation with our experts to understand your goals and determine if one of our college admissions programs is right for your child.

Step 2.

One-on-One Counselor Guidance

Meet your college counselor and begin to map out a custom plan to meet your student’s college goals. Engage in regular strategy sessions and check-ins with your counselor to keep your student on track as they progress through high school to graduation.

Step 3.

Strengthen Portfolio and Gain Insight

Attend engaging and interactive peer group workshops and utilize our digital tools to help your student target the right majors, colleges, enhance stand out factor, increase ACT/SAT scores, and check off critical milestones throughout the process.

Step 4.

Apply with Confidence

Work with our team of essay, application, and finance experts to complete all aspects of college applications with less stress and a higher probability of admission.

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College Admissions Assistance

Only one in four students graduates from college in four years. Four out of five switch majors, and more than 25% transfer.  Applying to college is complicated.  HelloCollege is a comprehensive, guided program to help you avoid costly mistakes. We’ve got you covered.

Personalized Student Attention & Guidance

A dedicated counselor guides you through each step of the process. Your family and college counselor work together to build a plan that is tailored to your specific situation. These personal sessions provide you with all the information and guidance you will need to make the smartest possible decisions, covering areas such as high school course selection, how to identify schools that are the best fit for you, and how to get accepted.

Structure & Organization

Staying on track and knowing what to do is one of the most impactful aspects of HelloCollege’s services.  Our counselors and complementary digital tools provide a clear path to keep students from veering off track and moving toward their goals.

Academics & Testing

Reaching your full potential in the classroom and on the ACT and SAT comes down to preparation. Through HelloCollege, students work closely with their counselor to ensure they are taking the right classes throughout high school to set them up for success and to have a smart test prep strategy in place.

Major and Career Exploration and Identification

Does your child have an academic path charted for success in a future career? Your student will receive a robust career assessment and then structured one-on-one career guidance from your personal college counselor. Once you’re done, you will have a narrowed list of majors and careers.

Build a College List & College Discovery

You will have an invaluable opportunity to develop and refine a list of colleges that reflect your needs and desires utilizing HelloCollege’s S.A.F.E.© College List Strategy. In addition to being provided with tools to help you research, manage, rank, and track your potential colleges, you will receive hands-on guidance and counseling from our experts.

Stand Out to Admissions

Given the large and competitive pool of college applicants, students must learn how to “stand out” to pique the interest of admissions offices. Among the qualities schools desire in potential students are leadership, initiative, creativity and empathy.

Paying for College

Paying for college is expensive, and the financial aid process can be quite complicated. We help your family build a plan to reduce college costs through scholarships, merit-based aid, budget planning and FAFSA guidance.


Writing a winning college essay is challenging. It also is a key part of gaining admission to your preferred schools. Our expert essay coaches, with a combined 200-plus years of writing and editing experience, will guide you to craft an essay that improves your odds of being accepted.

Applications & Admissions

Selecting the appropriate application strategy and avoiding common mistakes can be a game changer in boosting acceptance odds.  You will work with your HelloCollege counselor to develop a strategy that ensures you will get into your preferred schools.

Leadership Development & Career Preparation

HelloCollege students not only come out with admissions success, but they also grow and develop in our program as young leaders and professionals. They engage in resume building, professional preparation, and college interview skills.

Request a Free Consultation

Our consultations are designed to help you create a roadmap through college admissions. We break down the process into simple terms and help your family understand what’s involved. Plus, you’ve got an expert right there to answer your pressing questions.


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Meet the experts

College Counselors & Essay Coaches

Kevin Krebs - Founder of HelloCollege

Kevin Krebs

Founder and Managing Director

Inspired by his parents, Kevin’s journey from a first-gen, diverse, low-income background to Northwestern University shaped him. After experiencing challenges, including student loan debt, he founded HelloCollege and has spent the last 25 years helping students successfully navigate college admissions.

Allison Dahleen

Director of Counseling Services

As an MSA holder, Allison brings a wealth of experience supporting students in higher education. As a respected leader at HelloCollege, she expertly navigates admissions, and academic advising, empowering students to conquer their goals.

Jeannine Palhegyi

Senior Coordinator, Director of Culture

Jeannine draws from personal experience as both a team member and client. As a mother navigating the college planning process for her son, HelloCollege provided invaluable support. Now, with over 20 years of customer service expertise, she compassionately guides families on their own successful college journeys.

Hans Hanson

Senior Admissions Advisor

Hans brings boundless passion to empowering students and families on their transformative college journey. With his wealth of expertise, he guides them in making informed decisions, ensuring each student's path leads to success and fulfillment.

Sue Nelson

Financial Specialist

Sue has 25 years of experience in financial services and assists families with the financial aid process and cost saving practices.

Niloufar Azarnia

Customer Support

Niloufar has a BS in Marketing from Miami University, she loved her college experience and strives to help others find their SAFE school.

Amanda Yoder

Lead College Counselor and Trainer

Amanda is a Lead College Counselor and Trainer with over 10 years of high school counseling experience. She holds a Master's in Education with a counseling concentration and graduate certificates in Military & Family Education and Administration & Supervision (Educational Leadership).

Don Keller

College Counselor

Don is a highly skilled College Admissions Counselor, boasting a 20-year background in student service. Don's expertise includes evaluating applications for UC - Berkeley and the prestigious Questbridge Scholars program, making him well-equipped to guide students toward their educational aspirations.

Raymond Gonzales

College Counselor

Raymond has multiple degrees from Harvard, UPenn, and USC. He has helped students from various backgrounds navigate the path to college

Shariq Ali

College Counselor

Shariq has a B.A. in International & Global Studies (IGS) and Policy Studies from Elon University and an M.S.Ed. in Intercultural Communication from the University of Pennsylvania.

Miracle Husband

College Counselor

Miracle has worked in higher education for the last 13 years. She received her B.A. at UC Berkeley and M.Ed. at the University of Vermont.

Pamela Greene

College Counselor

Pamela utilizes best practices in student counseling, educational planning, and career preparedness to create matches between students and colleges that provide the best academic, cultural, and social fit.

John Gardezi

College Counselor

A native of Southern California, John Gardezi is a passionate educational consultant with extensive experience assisting students navigate the US college admission process. He is a 2009 graduate of Harvard College and a former interviewer for the Harvard College Office of Admissions.

Chris Bench

Director of Essay Services

Chris Bench, the Director of Essay, is a seasoned essay coach with a decade of experience. Holding an AB from Kenyon and an MA from UChicago, Chris's expertise shines through, particularly in the realm of commas, where his opinion is unwavering.

Will Wagner

Essay Coach

Will is an admissions essay expert, published author, and editor working on everything from national magazines to websites.

Alisha Braun

Essay Coach

Alisha has worked in higher ed for 13 yrs, teaching at MSU and USF. She has her Ph.D. in Educational Policy from Michigan State.

Sara Walsh

Essay & Career Coach

With eighteen years of experience in international schools, Sara holds a B.A. in English from Notre Dame and an M.A. from SUNY New Paltz.

Andi Taylor

Essay Coach

Andi has over three years of experience working in a college admissions office. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics.

Lara Ehrlich

Essay Coach

Lara Ehrlich is the author of Animal Wife (Red Hen Press, 2020), host of the conversation series Writer Mother Monster, and director of Thought Fox Writers Den.

Nicholas Pizzo

Essay Coach

Nick is a graduate of UVM and UChicago. He holds a BA in English and an MA in the Humanities, with a focus on creative writing. He loves watching basketball, despite his poor playing ability.

Sana Rahman

Essay Coach

Sana Rahman holds a Masters in English Literature from the University of Chicago. She’s always searching for the best way for people to share the stories they want to tell.

Sarah Bellardini

Essay Coach

Sarah Bellardini is a comedy and animation writer with nearly a decade of experience working in television. She graduated with a degree in Film & TV from Boston University.

Steven Flores

Essay Coach

Steven Flores is a writer and educator with 11 years of experience in higher education, including 4 years of one-on-one essay coaching. He is currently an AOP Fellow at UW-Milwaukee.

Teresa Brickey

Essay Coach

Teresa Brickey is a Chicago-based educator. She received her Bachelor's degree at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN, and her Master’s from the University of Chicago.

Mirav Bradshaw

Essay Coach

Mirav Bradshaw is a graduate of the University of Arizona and is currently seeking her Certificate in College Counseling through UCLA-Extension. She worked in veterinary pharmaceuticals and loves science and dogs.

Eleanor Russell

Essay Coach

Eleanor Russell is a writer living in Taos, NM. She earned her doctorate from the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama at Northwestern University. She spends her free time hiking, swimming, listening to music, and praying for a Reba reboot.

Gina Twardosz

Essay Coach

Gina Twardosz is a curious lifelong learner with a BFA in English Writing and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

Elena Van Lare

Essay Coach

Elena Van Lare is an Academic Dean and English Teacher with over 30 years of experience working with young adults from Grades 6 to college. She earned her M.Ed. from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.