College Preparatory Program

College is a vital investment in your child’s future. However, planning for it isn’t always easy. High school students and their families often face difficult challenges when preparing for higher education. The struggles can include selecting the right major, evaluating college choices, developing application strategies and preparing for entrance exams.

At HelloCollege, we help you navigate the college planning process so you don’t have to face the overwhelming challenges alone. Our College Fit Program consists of dedicated counselors who help each pupil find the best schools for the best price. Together, we’ll develop a solid plan that enables your student to take control of his or her academic future and feel confident about what lies ahead.

What Does Our College Prep Program Include?

The HelloCollege College Fit Program makes preparations for college, admissions and financial aid easy. Our comprehensive package includes the following:

  • A dedicated college counselor
  • An online ACT/SAT test prep course and practice exams
  • ACT/SAT strategy workshops
  • A major and career assessment and analysis
    Building a College List
  • Paying for college and scholarship workshops
  • A private college budget meeting
  • FAFSA/CSS profile guidance
  • Common Application guidance
  • Common Application essay brainstorming, editing and reviews
  • A private application strategy session and application planner

The Benefits of Comprehensive College Prep Services

College planning services are designed for students and parents who desire more personal assistance with college preparation, selection and admissions. The benefits of these services include:

  • Expertise: With many years of experience under our belts, the college planning experts at HelloCollege have a wealth of knowledge to share. They’ll help your student choose the school that is the right social, academic and financial fit, ensuring a smooth transition into higher education.
  • Stress relief: Our professional counselors provide valuable tools and resources to help pupils with every aspect of college planning, including evaluating schools, applying for financial aid, meeting critical application deadlines and more. College prep courses also help you navigate these responsibilities, which means you won’thave to stress about the future.
  • One-on-one guidance: A highly trained counselor from HelloCollege will evaluate your teen’s interests, hobbies, skills and goals, and then create a customized college admission plan that is tailored to his or her needs.

HelloCollege offers insider knowledge, essay assistance, strategy sessions, online college prep classes, workshops and more to give your student an advantage in the transition to college. We work with pupils to prepare them for college and beyond.

Postsecondary education may seem like a long way off when your child is in high school, but it’s imperative to start the college planning process as early as sophomore or junior year. This groundwork makes the adjustment to university less challenging. To learn more about our college prep programs for high school students, contact us today or schedule a free consultation.

Take Charge of Your Future With Help From Our College Admissions Consultants

Starting the college admissions planning process early — ideally in the student’s sophomore or junior year of high school — can better ensure sufficient time is available to plan effectively — thereby helping increase the chances of college acceptances at first-choice schools. To learn more about HelloCollege’s College Admissions Program — and to discover the difference that working with experienced college admissions consultants can make in a student’s future — schedule a free consultation today!

Hello Team

We’re passionate about your college success

We don’t treat you like a number. We know each student has their own important needs. We used that passion to create a personal approach that helps all students with their unique college admissions journey.
Founder and Managing Director

Kevin Krebs

President & COO - College Counselor

Dan Farnesi

Student Success Director, College Counselor

Terri C. Houston

Allison Dahleen
College Counselor

Allison Dahleen

Founder and Managing Director

Kevin Krebs

Kevin Krebs is a first-generation college student and lifelong entrepreneur; he has founded four companies and helped launch a student-athlete mentoring program at his alma mater Northwestern University. A two-sport athlete at Northwestern in football and baseball, Kevin supports higher education by empowering schools and parents with expert college admissions and guidance on paying for college while inspiring students to achieve their potential through goal-oriented mentoring programs.

President & COO - College Counselor

Dan Farnesi

Dan enjoys helping students make the most out of their lives, and he is able to follow this passion daily at HelloCollege. Dan began working as a consultant for HelloCollege’s parent company, Partners For Achievement, in 2013 and soon took on the role of Executive Vice President. He has helped lead the company in developing structure, efficiency, useful tools, and an ever-refined approach to college planning that has deeply impacted its families. In June 2019, Dan was named President and COO of PFA/HelloCollege.

After graduating from college and earning his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation, Dan spent the early part of his career working for a large corporation. He realized that sometimes the best way to improve your work environment is to start your own company. He built his own companies in the mortgage, home building, and restaurant/live music industries and then began a consulting practice that led him to PFA. Dan draws on life lessons from many important people who motivate him to never stop learning, never stop improving, and to continually stretch for new and more effective ways to help others. He is very excited about HelloCollege and the opportunity to serve more and more families throughout the country.

Dan’s favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife and family. He also loves music, golf, the outdoors, and being involved in his community.

Working with students and parents has proven to be the most rewarding job of his career. Dan is grateful to be on this journey with teammates who share his passion for helping students and their families.

Student Success Director, College Counselor

Terri C. Houston

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.

Terri shares HelloCollege’s goals of helping students and parents navigate the complicated college planning process. Terri’s unique and extensive experience working with college students and universities provides HelloCollege families with unparalleled insight into higher education. For more than 13 years, Terri served as senior director for recruitment and multicultural affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she partnered with admissions, financial aid and orientation departments overseeing pre-enrollment and retention programs for high school juniors, seniors, college freshmen and their parents.

Additionally, she managed diversity, equity and inclusion efforts for Portland Oregon’s largest behavioral healthcare organization and directed recruitment, student leadership and career development programs at Iowa State University, Ferris State University and Chicago’s Robert Morris University where she began her higher education career. And although a proud Chicago native, she traveled around the world through the internationally renowned Semester at Sea Program.

Terri holds a Bachelors from Loras College and a Masters from Central Michigan University. She is a certified Life Coach, Safe-zone® trainer and professionally accredited through the Central Association of College and University Business Officers. Terri’s commitment around making college accessible and achievable for students and parents is her number one goal.

Allison Dahleen

College Counselor

Allison Dahleen

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.

Allison was born and raised in Chicago’s southwest suburbs and attended Stagg High School in Palos Hills, IL. In her free time you can find Allison traveling or coaching basketball for the Southside Shooters basketball club.

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