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Feedback From Families

Highly Recommend
“We were extremely pleased with Barbara’s advice, guidance and support throughout the college planning, application, and decision-making process. I appreciated her ready availability and her reality-tested advice and kind manner in which she delivered this information. She held my daughter’s and my hands through it all, even offering  support as needed when my daughter was feeling overwhelmed with decisions and deadlines. We highly recommend Barbara’s services!” – Melissa, VA, parent

Happy at First Choice College
“As a homeschooling parent, I was used to being the teacher and administrator. But as we looked toward college admissions, I had to become the guidance counselor as well. Barbara trained me in this new role, and gave me invaluable information and support! From her, I learned to create a transcript and course descriptions for my child who had a wonderfully eclectic high school experience, and to write a school profile and letter of recommendation which effectively described my child and his homeschooling life. 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!” – Susan, Parent in Connecticut

Awesome!
We are extremely satisfied with this service and we think it was well worth our expense. Robert got very helpful feedback on his essays and common app activities list. With a wealth of information, Barbara helped us to refine the college list. As a principal of our home school, I got great feedback on my counselor letter. All help and suggestions were timely and valuable. Robert just added that Ms. Hettle is “awesome”! – Lara, Parent in Texas

Excellent Results
“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. I don’t know how homeschool parents pound their by-definition square pegs into the round holes of the Common App without this advice.   We appreciate that you advised our daughter already had enough testing and validation. We had no idea that was true but we trusted you and forgoing all that extra testing made a huge difference for her late childhood not having to add things she finds stressful and antithetical to learning.  She had excellent admissions results with acceptances with generous aid and scholarships including at more prestigious reach schools. Knowing she had those choices helped her be confident in her final decision. Thanks again – your help was invaluable.”   Victoria – Parent in Wisconsin

Experienced, Kind-hearted, Discerning
“Barbara Hettle is an experienced, kind-hearted, and discerning college consultant for homeschoolers. She helped in every stage of the process from selecting courses to listing potential colleges to editing those all-important essays. We trusted her implicitly and are happy to have a student in an amazing college as a result of her help.”  ACC – Parent in California

Amazing Support and Guidance
Barbara,
We are at the end of the college admissions process and wanted to reach out to you and 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.

You really helped us ensure our daughter’s high school education was rigorous enough to make her a competitive candidate at the colleges she was interested in. You took time to get to know us and offered us suggestions for other colleges and scholarship opportunities she might be interested in.

The assistance with the Common App was a lifesaver. I was really nervous about the documents I needed to compile. Your examples and your review of my documents were so helpful. One admissions counselor told us she wished all schools created such clear, concise documentation!

Lastly, our daughter was very nervous about essays and interviews. You spent time with her over Skype getting to know her and doing some mock interview questions. This practice really helped her put her thoughts together and gave her the confidence she needed for the essays and interviews.

We are proud to let you know that Erica has been accepted at all three of the schools she applied to and received very competitive grant and scholarship packages at all three. She is now in the amazing position of being able to choose where she wants to go.

Thank you for making such a difference in our high school homeschooling journey!
Kim – Parent in Iowa

Never Disappointed
“Barbara came highly recommended and we were never disappointed. She helped us plan homeschooling for both of our teens guiding us through course planning, testing, and homeschool records.  She connected with our introverted daughter and convinced her to get involved in volunteering. When we hit a rough patch with dual enrollment, Barbara had constructive advice to fix the situation. She knows her stuff and explains everything in a straight forward way.   If you are at all intimidated by homeschooling high school working with Barbara is a must!”    Tracy and Pete, parents in New York

Personalized Advice, Colleges that Fit
Barbara,
I can’t thank you enough for your help this past year.  Last summer I was in a panic about college applications, dreading the process and worrying that we hadn’t done enough to prepare in my daughter’s high school years.  You guided the process through transcripts, course descriptions and the Common App but more than that you developed a relationship with her.  You helped her to develop a college list that fit her, that worked with both her strengths and her needs.  Your ability to guide her to discover new colleges, to look beyond the glossy pages of the brochures was important and powerful. You saw her, making this process about her discovering strengths that she could bring to a college.  With your help she was accepted to 9 out of her 10 schools with excellent merit aid at most of them.   And then when the final pick came, you were there with the exact right words to help her decide where she would be happiest.  Your advice was never generic, always looking towards what was best and possible for her. 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.
Thank you!”  Kristin, parent in Washington

Student Delighted, Parents Relieved
“Thanks so much Barbara for your help as we negotiated our daughter’s very strange path to college. It was difficult enough to try to figure out how to aim her–since she wanted both a quirky, small school and a solid astrophysics program. Figuring out who would take her, given the hodge-podge nature of our “home school”– spread out across 6 schools in 4 countries–was even harder, especially since so much depending on funding. To have it all come together, over the summer and a year early, was something we could have never done without you.  She’s delighted with her choice, academically and socially, and we’re relieved to have essentially side-stepped the stress of the application process.”  Biz, parent in North Carolina.

Pertinent and Helpful Guidance
Barbara was such a lifesaver through the nerve wracking college application process! She gave us pertinent and helpful guidance (which I didn’t find anywhere else), useful essay edits and suggestions, even technical advice for our problems with the Common App. Her responses were always fast, usually within an hour or two. If you shop around, you’ll see that her fees are very reasonable. I felt so supported by Barbara, who understands what a homeschool parent goes through when they help launch their child into the world. Our son’s applications were the best they could be, thanks to her. I can’t recommend her highly enough! -Sue, parent in California

Simplified High School Planning
“Thank you for helping us plan for dual enrollment and testing. It was so much easier to get this done with your help and I feel better knowing we have a good plan for high school.” -Karen, parent in Oregon

Improved Student Writing
“Thank you Barbara! Your encouragement and support got me through my college search. As a future engineer I dreaded essays but you helped me brainstorm and find my voice. Working with you on essays helped me become a better writer. Thanks again!”    Adam, student in Ohio

Helpful, Prompt, Respectful, Accurate
“We knew our son wasn’t going to be a typical college applicant–he had been private schooled, homeschooled, private tutored, umbrella schooled, had skipped grades, and he was younger than the average high school grad. I’d read books on getting into selective colleges and I knew that with today’s competitive admissions, we needed to get this right!

I felt plagued by questions, and Barbara came to my aid. First, she helped my son gain dual-enrollment at a university that had previously turned him down. Second, she guided us in creating a balanced and impressive transcript presenting our son as a solid high school grad, but with just the right flair to make him stand out. Third, Barbara assisted us in nearly every aspect of the college application process.

Barbara has a great understanding of college admissions and what colleges expect. No question is too ‘dumb’, and she gets back to you promptly, respectfully, and accurately.”- Michelle, parent in Florida

Started Discouraged – Ended with Success
“Dear Barbara,
We are grateful for all of your kind assistance as our family went through the college admissions process. With low motivation, our daughter doesn’t fit the “perfect student” profile and she’s not a strong tester. We were feeling discouraged about how colleges would view her application. You guided us to focus on the big picture and help our daughter build on her areas of strength, including her active involvement in community service.  She ended up thrilled with the results of her college search. She was admitted, with a big scholarship, to her first choice college. She’s very excited about her future and we are too!”– Susan, parent in Pennsylvania