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.
With diverse experience working with students in college prep and higher education, Allison Dahleen is a true “people-person.” Throughout her career, she has held various positions, including roles in student activities, admissions, student enrollment and retention, and academic advising. Allison’s ability to establish rapport with students and families from all walks of life is truly remarkable, and she finds immense joy in helping students achieve their educational goals.
In college, Allison earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Comprehensive Marketing from the University of West Florida in Pensacola. She also showcased her athletic prowess as a basketball player, representing her school for two memorable years. Building on this foundation, Allison pursued her Master of Science in Administration Leadership at the same institution, where she served as a Graduate Assistant for her school’s Student Union. Upon returning to the Chicagoland area, Allison dedicated herself to advocating for online learners while also spearheading the onboarding process for prestigious programs like the University of Kentucky’s Master of Social Work online program.
Although born and raised in Chicago’s southwest suburbs, Allison has an insatiable wanderlust. She finds great pleasure in traveling to new destinations and immersing herself in different cultures, from Puerto Rico to her lake house in Minnesota. When she’s not exploring the world, you can often find her relishing a breakfast taco during a delightful brunch in the city, indulging in Netflix binges of true crime documentaries, or sharing her passion for basketball by coaching the Southside Shooters basketball club.
Allison Dahleen is an exceptional individual who effortlessly connects with students, drawing from her wealth of experiences in higher education and beyond. With her expertise, genuine care, and love for travel and sports, Allison brings a dynamic perspective and a wealth of knowledge to her role. Students and families can count on her unwavering support as they embark on their educational journeys.
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Our experience with Hello College was great! Alison Dahleen worked with us through the years (we started conversations Freshman year). She was so great at keeping us on schedule and helping us through the many, many questions and concerns we had. Sue Nelson was also great to work with, she helped navigate us through FAFSA and all things involved in paying for college. We highly recommend Hello College.
We signed up with Hello College the beginning of our son's junior year. We were assigned Allison as his counselor and could not be happier. She has a great personality and connected with our son instantly and is very encouraging and supportive! She was on top of everything our son needed to do to apply to a competitive major. He received help and guidance throughout SAT/ACT testing, essay writing, and finally the Common App. We are so glad we hired Hello College and have Allison to guide us through the college application process!
I have been involved in HelloCollege for about 2 years now and the way each and every member has helped me with my college plans is phenomenal! My counselor was Ms. Allison and along with being one of the nicest and funniest people I know, she exponentially increased my confidence as well as knowledge of what was required of me for my college plans. Each workshop I attended was beneficial and each individual I worked with was extremely kind and helpful. I truly don’t know where I would be without HelloCollege!