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5/5
Our daughter was in the top of her class with a bright future academically. My husband and I, having no experience and very little knowledge in the college selection process, wanted to make sure she had the best guidance possible. We were extremely grateful for the expertise the HelloCollege team provided. Utilizing their services alleviated a lot of stressful conversations with our daughter about deadlines and keeping on task. The skill set she acquired during the process from interviewing skills to professional prep will be key in the years to come. Kevin Krebs was always available to answer everything from simple things to complicated personal financial questions. Their program was worth every penny spent!
Nora Sobol - Mother of Tess
University of Illinois
5/5
HelloCollege provided services to me throughout my college process that were essential to my success in searching for a college. They provided organization and guidance, which made the stressful and chaotic college process less daunting. HelloCollege went above and beyond and taught me the professionalism and skills that I will use after my college experience as well. I’m extremely happy with my choice and the path that I am on, and especially thankful for HelloCollege getting me here.
Tess Sobol
University of Illinois
5/5
The staff is highly skilled in their craft and will go above & beyond in order to make sure their students are successful. They will provide you the tools necessary to succeed while maneuvering the college admission process.
Marcus Towns
5/5
A heartfelt thank you! You really helped to give Bryce a complete picture of what one needs to do to actively facilitate and "own" one's personal success - and not just for college.
Alexa Horiwitz
Mother of Bryce
University of Kansas
5/5
HelloCollege was helpful for me as a student, especially when it came to writing college admissions essays! They had a portal where an experienced writer would read my essays and give me corrections to improve them. Along with that, there are several people at HelloCollege that each care about your success as a student. They helped with my resume, ACT preparation, and more.
Ameri Sana
University of Wisconsin
5/5
HelloCollege helped me clearly define my goals and create a plan of action. I was able to achieve successful results because their staff has a warm and personal approach to each student's unique needs.
Marc Cordero
Northwestern University
5/5
I would highly recommend HelloCollege. Our daughter went through the erstwhile HelloCollege program & we have very positive feedback about this program. HelloCollege was a helpful resource through all the vastitude of steps in the college process from college test prep to college selection/application to mock interviews. The program was of immense help in keeping her focussed & mindful of every deadline in the process. While Kevin has had an amazingly positive influence on her, the entire staff at HelloCollege was caring, supportive & understanding. I was blown away when one of the staff at Hello College called to clarify a point or two post their mock interview session earlier that day. Truly the service levels go above & beyond! Hindsight is 20/20, but we are so glad we enrolled into this program -- it eased the stress associated with the process & gave her positive support & encouragement. I have recommended HelloCollege to my friends & would continue to do so.
Anu Patolawala
Mother of Reeya
Attending University of Pennsylvania
5/5
Hello College really helped me get through the stressful college application season. They had an organized plan to keep me on track and guide through the application process ie. narrowing my college list, building a resume, learning strategies for the ACT/SAT, etc. Their counselors constantly helped me to step out of my comfort zone and go beyond my boundaries. I find myself following their strategies even in college.
Reeya Patolawala
Student
Attending University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School of Business
5/5
HelloCollege alleviated so much of the stress brought on by the College Application process. Expert guidance was available and accessible on all levels including mock-interviews, essay writing, navigating the Common App, FAFSA, etc.HelloCollege also provided a very clear picture regarding the financial side, especially by assisting with available scholarships. Their personalized programs helped me find the best fit for what I was looking for academically and socially. I would highly recommend them.
Matthew Hoffend
Attending Bentley University
5/5
HelloCollege was a lifesaver when it came to the college process. They helped me with everything from test prep for the SAT, to forming and narrowing down my college list, to providing workshops for finding and applying to scholarships. I received attention I needed during such a stressful application time, and it was so awesome to have someone to go to and have all of my questions answered. The college process went so much smoother with HelloCollege, and I got into my dream school thanks to them!
Sandy Kahn - Student
University of Wisconsin
5/5
The entire staff is uber-friendly and undeniably committed to the success of the prospective college student. The services, which I have limited to very few of the many, such as -SAT/ACT prep/tips -workshops for resume formulating -instilling the importance, while assisting in acquiring and maintaining a professional digital footprint -their user friendly college comparison tools (which prioritizes cost, location, population, etc.) along with the support I received from HelloCollege is unmatched! I 100% recommend!
Amariah Reeves
Augustana College
5/5
HelloCollege made the process of choosing the next step after high school much less stressful. They helped guide us through the ACT/SAT test process. Discover majors and career matches. Evaluate what colleges are the best fit and steps to get scholarships rewards. College is CRAZY expensive, invest early in the process and you could save $$.
Lynn Harker
Mother of Andrea
Concordia University Chicago
5/5
Working with the talented team at HelloCollege has really helped our family navigate this overwhelming process. They have helped us every step of the way and really kept my son on track
Rose Lane
Mother of Jack
Notre Dame
5/5
HelloCollege helped me a lot with my college search/decision experience. They were always willing to answer my questions and they gave me so many resources to help along the way. I appreciated how often they checked in with me and I knew they really cared. HelloCollege helped me with essay writing and editing, gave me research templates and advice to narrow down my schools by being incredibly knowledgeable about each institution, and pushed me to expand my horizons with Linkedin setup, YouScience aptitude tests, and other professional workshops they offered.
Maggie Micklo
Mt. Holyoke
5/5
HelloCollege helped my son think through the different factors that come into play when developing a target college list. As a parent, I'm so glad to have a knowledgeable, available college planning resource that is only a phone call away.
Sandra Teague
Mother of Alex
University of Wisconsin
5/5
We would like to personally thank the entire family at HelloCollege. There is nothing more stressful than worrying about your child's future, especially when it's your first time going through it. It's comforting to know that you have so many people there to assist with all your needs along the way.
Robert Lange
Father of Trevor
Indiana University
5/5
The college planning and application process can be (is) overwhelming. Working with HelloCollege to ensure that every step of the process was completed correctly and on time really lowered anxiety between my wife and I and our daughter. They are confident and knowledgeable counselors
Frank Evans
Father of Olivia
University of Wisconsin
5/5
Our high school did not prepare us for the college search process. The team at HelloCollege was phenomenal in mapping out the details and helping our son stay on track to meet key deadlines with everything from ACT prep, to applications and essays. They also provided us with a list of engineering schools that met our budget. Although our son received offers from 9 schools, HelloCollege's team helped him understand the cost of each school and he ultimately decided to start at a community college. Partnering with HelloCollege was a great decision!
Sue Nelson - Client Service Specialist
Sue Nelson
Mother of Cameron
College of DuPage
5/5
Thank you so much for all the help I received during the college application process. All the information and essay help that I received was invaluable. I’m so excited to start at Michigan this Fall!
Hannah Hibiger
University of Michigan
5/5
A year and a half ago when I heard Kevin recount this story at my son's high school, I investigated HelloCollege and signed up for the full package. My wife and I are glad we did as In the fall our son begins college in the honors program at a top business school which also offered us a generous merit scholarship package. The HelloCollege program breaks down the key elements of the process into specialties and they’ve hired skilled and experienced people to run them. For us, the greatest benefits were the professional oversight in refining his essays and by keeping us on track. HelloCollege more than paid for itself in the generous merit offers we were given from most of the schools to which he applied AND through the peace of mind we felt knowing we were ahead of the process throughout.
Bill Moller
Father of Marshall
Indiana University
5/5
We greatly appreciate the big-picture capability that HelloCollege brings to the college planning process. As this is our first child going to college, we felt overwhelmed by how to choose the best college for her, as well as all the paperwork and trying to keep straight when everything is due. Working with Kevin and his team has made this daunting task feel manageable.
Tricia Reinhard
Mother of Emily
Carthage
5/5
Every time I go to HelloCollege I feel like I'm going somewhere special. When I leave, I always feel like I have accomplished something and I'm getting a leg up on everybody else. Senior year of high school I knew I wanted to go to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but didn't know if I would be able to get in or afford it. HelloCollege helped me strategically apply to schools which allowed me to get into U of I and receive financial aid. I'm now a Junior at U of I and HelloCollege continues to help me grow professionally. I can't thank HelloCollege enough for how they have helped me over the years with anything that may have come up in my life!
Kiara Schuh
University of Illinois
5/5
We are excited to soon be starting our second child in the HelloCollege program after a successful experience with our first (who is attending her first-choice school this Fall). One of the key benefits for both the parents and the student is the structured approach to the entire process from selecting schools to preparing for the standardized tests to writing essays and everything in between. This approach was a HUGE help for our first (who is extremely organized and driven in her own right) as it took the pressure off to just know that there was a plan of attack. As parents, we were involved, but in a positive way -- not constantly pestering her about deadlines and details. HelloCollege had those details covered with her in charge of it all. The process helped build her confidence as well as she was ultimately making the decisions that will impact her life in the future.
Mary Ann C.
Mother of Elaine
Attending Notre Dame
5/5
HelloCollege was instrumental in my success in getting into my #1 and #2 schools, as well as my top two back-up schools. It was very helpful for me to have the various commitments on a schedule, such as the ACT/SAT test prep and essay writing. It kept me on track and relieved a lot of the stress of the process since I knew tasks were not falling through the cracks. The essay workshops and my essay coach were extremely helpful in shaping my ideas into compelling essays. Through HelloCollege, I also made invaluable connections that helped me to create a unique “stand out” submission that I feel made a huge positive impact on my application portfolio. Finally, I feel like the staff at HelloCollege really cares about my success and took extra time to make sure that I achieved my college admission goals. Thank you HelloCollege!
Elaine C.
Hinsdale Central Grad - Attending Notre Dame
5/5
The team at Hello College was very helpful with our son's common app essay, and also adapting it for his coalition essay for U of Illinois.
Chuck Baum
Father of Jack
University of Illinois
5/5
Thank you for your patience, expertise, and commitment! It is very encouraging to know that someone else cares about Court’s path to higher education as much as we do!
Ty Mayberry
Father of Courtney
Michigan State University
5/5
I just want to thank you for the amazing opportunity that you have given me and my family. I don’t think I would’ve even known where to start with the college process if it wasn’t for your help and generosity. I just finished my 1st week of college at UIC and could not be happier!
Shelly Carbrera - Student
University of Illinois - Chicago
5/5
We hired HelloCollege to work with our daughter Bridget. The staff was instrumental in guiding us through the rigorous college search process. Bridget had little free time in high school and the HelloCollege team structured her program to get as much done in the summer as possible. It was a huge relief for her to have that professional help and they streamlined so much for her and us. They mapped out a plan that had realistic milestones. As a parent the support HelloCollege provided likely saved the relationship we have with our daughter, so that we were not the ones hounding her - she had to be accountable to HelloCollege and she was good with that. My one regret is that we didn't start our relationship sooner! HelloCollege has an incredible staff and support team. Bridget applied to 10 schools and received numerous merit scholarships. She selected University of Wisconsin Madison and will be starting her second year there and LOVES IT!
Mary Coyle Sullivan
Mother of Bridget
University of Wisconsin
5/5
HelloCollege has helped simplify the entire college search process. They helped us navigate the financial planning, the college selection process and the negotiating of the costs with the colleges. We are looking forward to the great things that will come with networking for internships and ultimately career job placement.
Jeanne Taylor
Mother
Valparaiso University, UW-Whitewater
5/5
So grateful to have met everyone at Hello College. The team are absolute experts at what they do. I HIGHLY recommend Hello College to any family that is interested in taking the stress out of navigating through one of the most important topics of a teenager’s life. THANK YOU HC!!!!
Ron Vari
Father of Sienna
Lyons Township High School
5/5
I wanted to thank you for your patience and dedication for seeing the triplets (especially with the boys) through the college application finish line. Everything was submitted at the beginning of the week and each of them followed with the college representatives to make sure their i's were dotted and t's were crossed.
Lisa
Mother of Triplets
5/5
My older son started with HelloCollege in his sophomore year of high school. They helped him focus on which schools would be a good fit for him, choose high school classes to maximize his chances of acceptance (and scholarship money), worked with us on completing the FAFSA, and helped with his applications. The essay assistance was truly invaluable. So far, he has been accepted into (and received significant financial aid offers from) the Engineering program at 4 schools, and we're waiting to hear from 2 more. My younger son will definitely be signing up!
Joan Koenig, Mother of Peter & Drew
The Ohio State University
5/5
I just wanted to let you know that I was granted admission to Northwestern University's Dual Degree program through Weinberg and Bienen. Thank you and all the counselors at HelloCollege for working with me the past few years. All of the essay workshops and resume building, though maybe not always my favorite, were so helpful in allowing me to gain focus in my individual application process. I am really excited about this program and feel that it's best fit for my interests. Again, thank you so much for everything. I am so grateful for all your guidance. Hope to talk to you soon!
Ila Gupta. - Student
Neuqua Valley High School
Northwestern University
5/5
This program successfully guided our family through the competitive college application process and provided superb resources at every step to help our son get into Duke University.
Jimmy & Heide Reilly
Parents of James
Duke University
5/5
HelloCollege helped me manage the stress of the entire college application process from test prep to writing numerous supplemental essays. The guidance I received through the program helped make tough decisions throughout the process easier, which led me to a university program that is the perfect fit for me.
Lindsay Peters
University of Illinois
5/5
I would highly recommend hello college. I’ve had nothing but a positive experience with the entire staff from top to bottom. ‘Kevin is very helpful and definitely cares about his students.
Stephen Cummings
Parent of Ryan and Jillian
Lyons Township High School
Indiana University
5/5
The program helped organize his study habits and had some presentations and workshops that were helpful to us as first time college parents. The biggest benefit was the portion of the program dedicated to helping students write their college essays. I am happy to say our son is currently a thriving sophomore at a Big 10 college. We're very satisfied customers of HelloCollege and would recommend it to friends/family.
Jim Piszczek
Father of Riley
Glenbard West High School
Attending University of Minnesota
5/5
HelloCollege was a huge help for my son to prepare a winning essay for the Common Application. He participated in their Essay Bootcamp during the summer before Senior year. They helped him prepare prior, give him hands-on guidance and instruction during the bootcamp sessions, and then great support through the iterative review cycle to finalize and submit. Each step along the way, he strengthened the focus, content and quality of his essay.
CJ Baer
Father of Charlie
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