Navigating high school and applying to college is much different than a generation ago. Selecting the right courses and activities, prepping for standardized tests, choosing the right college and major, writing compelling essays, completing applications and applying for scholarships and financial aid - the process has become competitive, confusing and stressful. HelloCollege is here to help. Our students gain admission to their top schools, earn more scholarships and graduate faster with a job in their major.
Designed to help your family identify key issues you should be considering as you begin the college admissions process.
You can feel at ease that you’ve got an expert right there to answer your pressing questions and help you determine your best path.
HelloCollege is a national College Planning company that helps families navigate college selection, admissions and career readiness. We are dedicated to helping students and parents successfully navigate the college admissions process, providing a personalized experience based on your unique needs and goals. Our team has assisted over 1300 students and has over 200 years of collective college planning experience.
Goodbye stress, HelloCollege!
HelloCollege helps you avoid college planning uncertainty and stress by creating a strategic plan matched to your teens goals and aspirations. Get your child the best guidance to improve their acceptance odds and achieve their college admissions potential.
Meet the Counselors.
President & Coo - College Counselor
Dan enjoys helping students make the most out of their lives, and he is able to follow this passion daily at HelloCollege. Dan has over 30 years of experience in the finance industry and 9 years in college planning. As COO and College Counselor he has helped lead the company in providing families structure, efficiency and an ever-refined approach to college planning that has deeply impacted its families.
Terri C. Houston
Student Success Director, College Counselor
Terri Houston is a trainer, partner and mentor of students, college administrators, and business professionals around the country. “Ms. H”, as affectionately known by students she has guided and mentored, most recently served as an independent consultant designing customized inclusive leadership training for colleges and universities.
Allyson has unique experiences working with students of all ages with varying abilities and talents. She has worked in all avenues of the school counseling field and has been on all sides of the desk. Allyson’s favorite parts of her job are connecting with families and being able to help students realize and achieve their full potential. She has worked with students pursuing a wide variety of colleges and universities and feels that finding the perfect fit is the most important aspect of all. Having been raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Allyson is very in tune with what parents and families are looking for in their student’s continuing education.
College Admissions Counselor, Starr Hayes has over 15 years in various capacities of education and counseling. Her work with Gifted and Talented students inspired her to pursue her Master of Science in Counseling degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Since then she has worked as a Certified Career Coach and a High School Counselor including a Virtual High School. She thrives on motivating students in their quest to choose the best majors, career and college fit.
Jonathan Dela Cruz
Senior Program Advisor, Counselor
Jonathan has 20 years of higher education experience, serving in numerous capacities, from admission counselor to assistant vice president. He’s held positions in enrollment management (recruitment, admissions, student loan officer, marketing) at the University of Chicago, Seton Hall University, Elmhurst College, Dominican University and Olivet Nazarene University. Additionally, Jonathan has extensive experience in the education finance industry during his days at Sallie Mae/Chase Education Finance and Access Group, Inc. and has in-depth knowledge of the rapidly changing landscape of higher education. Over the course of his career, he’s visited over 250 campuses throughout the country.
Allison is a self-proclaimed “people-person” and has a variety of experiences working with students within the higher education field. She has worked as a student advocate for graduate students while also founding new digital learning programs for renowned institutions such as the University of Kentucky. Allison has her BSBA in Comprehensive Marketing from the University of West Florida where she also completed her MSA in Administration Leadership. Allison brings a wealth of knowledge about college programming, expectations required of a student, and the ins and outs of university procedures and policies.