About Barbara



Barbara Hettle
Founder of Homeschool Success


  • Experienced professional consultant
  • 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, and Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator

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.

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 for 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.