Feedback From Families

Both in at top choice schools
“Both of my kids, one interested in the computer science track and one interested in the literature, science and arts track were admitted into schools that were their no. 1 choice. I truly believe it might not have happened without Barbara.

She really got to know our kids and shaped her suggestions around who they were and what they wanted. Basically, she was my lifeline and completely reduced my anxiety. My kids liked working with her. There was not one time she could not answer my unending questions and did not have concrete suggestions. She was the huge difference maker for us. Could not recommend her any more highly. Simply the best. Forever grateful.”   Angela, parent in Michigan

Responsive and helpful
“Heading into admissions, I felt it was daunting and unsure how I was going to get all the materials together as I’m not very organized. You took the mystery out. Your sample documents were a lifesaver. Your upbeat and positive, and calming demeanor calmed me completely. You are so helpful. So responsive. Barbara is always willing to give more advice and excellent critiques that enhance every document and is such a lovely person”   Meredith, parent, UK

Choices and stress-free process
“The college admission processes for my elder children were stressful for me, so I’m glad we got help this time. As an immigrant, helping my son make a list of colleges for his interest is almost impossible. Working with you was a real great help for both my son and me. You offered us choices and a stress free process. You shared information we would not have found otherwise such exposing him to beautiful, caring, small liberal arts colleges. Your help reviewing his essays was also priceless.”   Dana, parent, California

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, parent in Virginia

Best Fit
“I am thankful to Barbara for providing good, practical advice on crafting applications and making decisions. I appreciated her comments on my college essays as well as her insights into the decision-making process.  Her insights into finding a best fit are really helpful, especially for students who have long been bombarded with commentary about the rankings and reputation of various institutions.”  Miranda, student in New York

Great Advice
“Barbara was amazing to work with! She is very knowledgeable and helped our son focus on his strengths in his essays, gave great advice throughout the admissions process, and helped me fine tune his transcript. We are truly blessed to have found her.”    Brenna, parent in Virginia

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”‘

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

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