College Major Exploration

If you are not sure how to decide on a college major, you are not alone. It can be extremely difficult for high school students to choose a course of study and narrow their career path options. After all, most high school students have a limited work history and have not had the opportunity to explore their options effectively through high school career assessments. Some students end up choosing a major simply because it is a field with which they have some familiarity, only to later decide they are not interested in that career path after all.

Structured Help with Choosing a Major

Career placement tests for high school students—sometimes offered and administered by guidance counselors—can be a good start in helping students with college major exploration. Unfortunately, in most schools, counselors lack the resources and time to help each college-bound student dive into the results of his or her high school career assessments and take the critical next steps.

HelloCollege’s process does not tell students what major to choose. Instead, it is designed to equip college-bound young adults with information, showing them how to decide on a college major for themselves. Individuals begin with a comprehensive career aptitude test for high school students. From there, a certified career coach works closely with the student to help him or her understand and evaluate the results, discussing potential college majors and career choices that are aligned with the student’s aptitude and interests. The result is a tailored list of options students can use to find the right fit.

College Exploration Services Help Students Make the Most of College

Nationally, 80% of college students change their major at least once before graduation, and just 21% graduate within four years with a job in their major field of study. At HelloCollege, we believe that taking a proactive approach to choosing a college major, beginning with our career aptitude test for high school students, can change those statistics. In fact, of the more than 1,200 students with whom we have worked, just 14% changed their majors and 82% graduated within four years with a job in their major fields!

We are committed to helping college-bound students with every aspect of the process, including college major exploration. To learn more, contact us today!

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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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