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Discover Your College
  • "Ideal College Profile" - working closely with your student, I thoroughly assess and identify their ideal college environment for size, academics, social life, admissions difficulty, location, and much more.

  • Cost and Financial Aid - I identify colleges that are likely to offer deep tuition discounts (merit aid)  based on your student’s qualifications.

  • College List - I build a carefully crafted list based on the "Ideal College Profile" and on my extensive knowledge of colleges across the country including my 200 campus visits.

I go through this extensive process because I believe every student deserves to attend a college where they can thrive - academically, socially, and emotionally.

Application Process

Customized calendar including essential deadlines, review of applications (Common Application, UC, CSU, etc) and much more.

Strategies on: 

  • ​​SAT, ACT, Subject Tests – which to take, when to take, if to take

  • Deciding whether to submit your scores - by college

  • Recommendations on narrowing down the final college list

  • Target, likely, and reach schools for a balanced list

  • Whether to apply Early Decision, Early Action, or Regular Decision

  • Letters of recommendation –  when to ask, choosing which teachers

I am always working in close collaboration with your student while keeping the parents informed every step of the way.

Essay Advising

Complete essay advising including brainstorming, strategies, proofreading, and timelines.

  • Common Application essay (personal statement)

  • Supplemental essays by college

  • UC Personal Insight Questions (PIQ)

  • Resume

I help your student write thoughtful, well-crafted essays that convey something personal which will help colleges know them better. With the expert knowledge of what colleges are looking for in each essay type, I guide them through the essay writing process.

Areas of Special Interest
  • Financial aid and scholarships - identifying the colleges likely to be generous to your student

  • Two-year colleges, liberal arts colleges, polytechnics, and universities both private and public

  • Out-of-state public universities, including WUE​ tuition discounts

  • Engineering, computer science, business, theatre, architecture and design

  • Honors Colleges

  • Transfer students

  • Summer programs for high schoolers

  • Colleges for students with ADHD, LD, EF, and ASD

I can guide your student to choose appropriate classes, extracurricular activities, summer jobs, and volunteer work.

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Career Counseling

Provide career counseling to help students identify possible occupations and college majors.  This highly personalized service includes: ​​

  • Extensive student interview

  • Assessments of skills, interests, and preferences

  • Meeting with the student to explore results and identify career possibilities

  • Review of findings with student and parents

  • Recommendations for next steps including ways get experience through internships and summer programs

Route Planning
College Trip Itineraries

Trip planning includes booking campus tours, information sessions, and other campus events.  Able to provide daily itineraries with travel time, hotel options, and arrival and departure times.


Recommendations on how to get the most out of your campus tours, including specific questions to ask, people to meet with while there, and tips on building fun into college trips.


I can do as much or as little college trip planning as you need.

Complimentary Initial Meeting

Katharine Johnson

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