About Barbara

Barbara Hettle,
Founder Homeschool Success

What is your experience as a college counselor? 
I have nine years of full-time professional experience as an educational consultant working with students from all over the United States. I have been fortunate to be able to work with a diverse body of students from different educational backgrounds and geographic regions. This has helped me develop sensitivity to the challenges and concerns families face in the college admissions process. Every student and every family is unique and it is through training and experience that consultants are best equipped to provide quality guidance. In addition to working with homeschoolers, I work with a limited number of public and private school students and can be reached through Hettle College Consulting.

  • Graduate Certificate in College Admissions Counseling from UCLA
  • Homeschooling parent, K-12
  • Member of professional organizations including Higher Education Consultants Association
  • Wide-ranging education experience including writing teacher, curriculum developer, college instructor

What is your training?
Effectively guiding teens with diverse needs and abilities through the college admissions process requires in-depth training and experience. I hold a Graduate Certificate in College Counseling earned with highest distinction from UCLA, the top college admissions program in the nation. This certification reflects completion of a practicum as well as intensive study in all aspects of the college admissions process, including college search, testing, research, applications, scholarships and financial aid, and working with special needs students.

How did you become involved in homeschooling?
We chose to homeschool because we wanted the flexibility of a customized education. It worked out so well for us that we homeschooled all the way from kindergarten through college admissions. I appreciate the diversity of the homeschooling community. It is my belief that homeschooling is at its best when children receive an education that fits with their unique needs and the goals of their family.

How do you keep up on the latest trends?
The field of college admissions is one that is rapidly changing and consultants must keep up to date with the latest information and resources in order to be effective. I am passionate about admissions and love to learn.  I am a member of professional organizations including the Higher Education Consultants Association.  and the Kentucky Association of College Admissions Counseling. I volunteer as a scholarship judge for organizations advancing education for teens including homeschoolers, gifted, and first-generation college students. I operate within the strict ethical guidelines of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling Statement of Principles of Good Practice and the Higher Education Association Ethics Statement.

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“Barbara was such a lifesaver through the nerve wracking college application process”

“Thank you for all of your guidance, on a zillion little issues (and some big ones), especially around how to package a homeschooler into an application process meant for public-schoolers.”

“Thank you for the amazing support and guidance over the last few years. I feel like I had an inside source that made this process so much easier.”

“Barbara’s guidance was so helpful at this high stress time. I don’t know how I could have made it through without her wisdom! My son is now happily attending his first choice college!”

“Thank you Barbara! Your encouragement and support got me through my college search.”

“Barbara came highly recommended and we were never disappointed.”

“We are thrilled with scholarship results. By far the best investment we’ve made.”

“You took what could have been a tough year and made it a journey that she emerged from stronger and more confident in her path forward.”