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Since 2004, for each of my clients,

  • I develop a personalized overall strategy & guide the student and family through it, step by step
  • I help develop student’s study and life skills.
  • I guide each student to develop personal college goals.
  • I help determine and clarify each family’s college fit priorities.
  • I determine each family’s need based financial aid eligibility & recommend ways to maximize it, when applicable.
  • I provide guidance regarding college funding strategies.
  • I direct a customized college search process.
  • I create testing, personal prep, and application strategies for each student, then guide them through it, step by step.
  • I guide students, ensuring each creates effective college applications.
  • I guide students to craft powerful, evocative application essays.
  • I prepare all required financial aid paperwork.
  • I prepare students for interviews.
  • I walk students through post submission honors college, scholarship, etc. application processes.
  • I provide guidance to each family as they prepare make the final choice of college.
  • I work with each student to prepare for success on campus.

I have been doing this life changing work since 2004 and look forward to the opportunity to assist your family on your journey to college as well.

Schedule A Meeting with Katherine

During your one hour College Readiness Consultation, Katherine will speak with your college bound student about his or her plans and preparations so far. Then she will discuss your financial preparations and the options. There will be time for your questions as well as time to explore our various services. This is a professional consultation. There is a consultation fee which can be paid by check or credit card. Sign up Today!

What People Are Saying


“Katherine O’Brien’s assistance has been invaluable – that is…impossible to put a price tag – as she has opened up a world of possibilities for my son, Christopher, a high school senior looking to enter college in 2015. Ms. O’Brien was able to do more for Christopher in three months than I was ever able to do in years working with his three older siblings researching the best colleges for just the right fit. There is absolutely no way for even the most involved parent to do anywhere near what Ms. O’Brien has done in narrowing down the colleges which best fit my son after considering all factors: academics, athletics, financial aid, majors of interest, post-graduate ambitions, career ambitions. I cannot say enough about the value which Ms. Katherine O’Brien brings to this extremely complicated process and pressure-filled task of college (and scholarship) searching. She has removed a huge load from my shoulders. She is worth her weight in gold!”

Mike Chavarria

Mike Chavarria

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Some of the Schools We've Helped Our Clients Get Into

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