Straightforward and Thoughtful Feedback
“As a homeschooling family with somewhat contrarian ideas about education, we were a little skeptical about engaging a college counselor. We are so glad we contacted Barbara. She is exceptional at what she does. She met with us on very short notice, and she quickly understood our concerns and objectives. Barbara was both professional and friendly, giving us straightforward and thoughtful feedback. In less than a week’s time, she unexpectedly helped us identify and apply to a school that is an amazing fit for our daughter, albeit farther away than we had expected. We cannot recommend her highly enough. She has the knowledge, experience, and people skills to add tremendous value for any family seeking to better understand the process and find an excellent fit.” – Amy, parent in Connecticut
“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
“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
“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
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
Wise Financial Investment
Barbara Hettle helped demystify a stressful process and helped my child find an excellent college fit. The essay feedback with gentle suggestions for rewriting were well-received and led to more effective essays. She is full of calm and wise advice that minimizes anxiety and improves outcomes, including unexpected merit scholarships that made this a wise financial investment. I highly recommend her and would never want to go through this process without her! Elise, parent in North Carolina
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
“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
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
“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
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