College Admissions Counselors in Illinois

Find college admissions counselors in Illinois. Getting into a top ranked college requires more than straight A’s. You need expert help; we help you find quality college consultants near your city and state.

College Admissions Counselors in Illinois

According to our college consulting expert, David H. Nguyen, PhD, founder of Next Level Prep, Location is pertinent to finding the best educational consultant agencies because companies based in a region will understand the characteristics that admissions officers look for in students from high schools in that region. There is an edge that consultants gain from having worked with many students in the same region. That’s why our college consulting agencies are broken down state-by-state.

Most high school students have extremely limited access to direct guidance during the college admissions process. According to The New York Times, during the 2012–2016 school year, every public school counselor in the U.S. was assigned an average of 470 students! That doesn’t leave much time for one-on-one support as you figure out how to complete your FAFSA, decide which extracurriculars improve your chances of college admission, and what application strategies can help you stand out in a sea of other excellent students.

College admissions consultants, or college coaches, can help fill that gap, and give you a major advantage in finding the school of your choice.

Find College Admissions Counselors Close to You in Illinois

Agencies are listed alphabetically within their cities.

Mr. Yujun Ran

Location:  Buffalo Grove, IL

Services include:

  • college selection and admissions process
  • essay prep
  • application review
  • Accepted/Deferred/Waitlisted assistance

Affiliations and Accreditations

Contact information:

  • Website: http://No website
  • Address: 29 River Oaks Circle East, , Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
  • Phone number: (847) 910-7069
  • Email: Mr. Yujun Ran at yujun.ran@gmail.com

Ivy Bridge International Ivy Bridge International

Location:  Buffalo Grove, IL

Services include:

  • College application guidance

Affiliations and Accreditations

    Contact information:

    • Website: http://www.ivybridgeinc.com
    • Address: 29 River Oaks Circle East, , Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
    • Phone number: (847) 910-7069
    • Email: Yujun Ran at yujun.ran@gmail.com

    Alex Ellison Educational Consulting Alex Ellison Educational Consulting

    Location:  Chicago, IL

    Services include:

    • College list building
    • Essay development
    • College selection

    Affiliations and Accreditations

    Contact information:

    • Website: http://www.alexellison.com
    • Address: 4101 N Broadway, #126, Chicago, IL 60613
    • Phone number: (775) 386-2387
    • Email: Alexandra Ellison, at alexoduncecp.com

    Global College Search Global College Search

    Location:  Chicago, IL

    Services include:

    • College Search
    • Application assistance
    • Essay Prep
    • Financial aid assistance
    • Recommend extracurriculars
    • Graduate school advice
    • Interview Preparation
    • Guidance on final choices

    Affiliations and Accreditations

    Contact information:

    • Website: https://www.globalcollegesearch.org/
    • Address: 320 W. Oakdale Ave Unit 901, , Chicago, IL 60657
    • Phone number: (773) 331-1265
    • Email: Dr. Bruce Carlton Neimeyer at neimeyer.gcsa@gmail.com

    Global College Search Associates Global College Search Associates

    Location:  Chicago, IL

    Services include:

    • Essay assistance
    • Interest assessment
    • College admissions counseling
    • Career services

    Affiliations and Accreditations

    Contact information:

    • Website: http://www.globalcollegesearch.org
    • Address: 320 W. Oakdale Ave., Apt. 901, Chicago, IL 60657
    • Phone number: (773) 331-1265
    • Email: Bruce Neimeyer at neimeyer.gcsa@gmail.com

    Hanna Stotland, Admissions Consultant Hanna Stotland, Admissions Consultant

    Location:  Chicago, IL

    Services include:

    • College selection
    • Application guidance
    • Essay review
    • Test prep
    • Financial aid advising
    • Graduate school advising

    Affiliations and Accreditations

    Contact information:

    • Website: http://www.hannastotland.webs.com
    • Address: 1122 N Clark, #2103, Chicago, IL 60610
    • Phone number: (312) 404-2103
    • Email: Hanna Stotland at hanna@hannastotland.com

    Mary Hetlage College Counseling Mary Hetlage College Counseling

    Location:  Chicago, IL

    Services include:

    • Academic and extracurricular planning
    • College research and selection
    • Guidance on application
    • Essay brainstorming and feedback
    • SAT/ACT planning
    • Interview preparation

    Affiliations and Accreditations

    Contact information:

    On the Quad College Consulting, Inc. On the Quad College Consulting, Inc.

    Location:  Chicago, IL

    Services include:

    • College search and selection
    • Application assistance
    • Essay development
    • Financial aid review

    Affiliations and Accreditations

    Contact information:

    • Website: http://onthequadconsulting.com/
    • Address: 6112 N. Caldwell, , Chicago, IL 60646
    • Phone number: (773) 307-6309
    • Email: Sarah Langford at sarah@onthequadconsulting.com

    Union Hall Advising Union Hall Advising

    Location:  Chicago, IL

    Services include:

    • College Search
    • Application assistance
    • Essay Prep
    • Financial aid assistance
    • Recommend extracurriculars
    • Graduate school advice
    • Interview Preparation
    • Guidance on final choices

    Affiliations and Accreditations

    Contact information:

    • Website: https://www.unionhalladvising.com/
    • Address: 444 N. Michigan Avenue Suite 1200, , Chicago, IL 60611
    • Phone number: (312) 515-2129
    • Email: Mr. Tim Brennan at tim@unionhalladvising.com

    ASPIRE GROUP ASPIRE GROUP

    Location:  Deerfield, IL

    Services include:

    • College Search
    • Application assistance
    • Essay Prep
    • Financial aid assistance
    • Recommend extracurriculars
    • Graduate school advice
    • Interview Preparation
    • Guidance on final choices

    Affiliations and Accreditations

    Contact information:

    • Website: https://www.theaspiregroup.com/
    • Address: 1320 Carol Lane, , Deerfield, IL 60015
    • Phone number: (847) 945-0913
    • Email: Imy F. Wax at imy@theaspiregroup.com

    Chamberlain College Consulting Chamberlain College Consulting

    Location:  Deerfield, IL

    Services include:

    • College Search
    • Application assistance
    • Essay Prep
    • Financial aid assistance
    • Recommend extracurriculars
    • Graduate school advice
    • Interview Preparation
    • Guidance on final choices

    Affiliations and Accreditations

    Contact information:

    • Website: http://www.ccollegeconsulting.com/
    • Address: P.O. Box 7204, , Deerfield, IL 60015
    • Phone number: (847) 282-0078
    • Email: Cheryl Chamberlain at cheryl@ccollegeconsulting.com

    MBD College Consulting MBD College Consulting

    Location:  Deerfield, IL

    Services include:

    • College search and selection
    • Campus visit planning
    • Essay brainstorming
    • Resume development
    • Application assistance
    • Interview preparation
    • Financial aid and merit aid guidance
    • Graduate school advising

    Affiliations and Accreditations

    Contact information:

    The Aspire Group The Aspire Group

    Location:  Deerfield, IL

    Services include:

    • Glenview, IL 60654

    Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.theaspiregroup.com
      • Address: 1320 Carol Lane, , Deerfield, IL 60015
      • Phone number: (847) 945-0913
      • Email: Imy Wax at imy@theaspiregroup.com

      Tracey Kritt College Consulting Tracey Kritt College Consulting

      Location:  Deerfield, IL

      Services include:

      • High school course selection
      • College list building
      • Application assistance
      • Essay brainstorming and development
      • Interview preparation
      • College selection

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.tkcollegeconsulting.com
      • Address: 440 Standish Drive, , Deerfield, IL 60015
      • Phone number: (847) 828-3782
      • Email: Tracey Kritt at tracey@tkcollegeconsulting.com

      College Planners of America, Ltd. College Planners of America, Ltd.

      Location:  Downers Grove, IL

      Services include:

      • School/course selection
      • Test preparation
      • Career counseling
      • Completing admissions applications
      • Essay assistance
      • Interview preparation
      • Financial aid review

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.cofp.net
      • Address: 1401 Branding Ave, Ste. 290, Downers Grove, IL 60515
      • Phone number: (630) 971-2300
      • Email: Micheal McKinnon, M.Ed., CCPS at mike@cofp.net

      Kennedy College Consulting Kennedy College Consulting

      Location:  Downers Grove, IL

      Services include:

      • College search
      • Exploration of majors
      • Career assessments
      • Application support
      • College research and selection
      • Academic course selection
      • Essay development
      • Merit scholarship advising
      • Interview preparation
      • Test planning

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.KennedyCollegeConsulting.com
      • Address: 1001 Ogden Avenue, Suite 204, Downers Grove, IL 60515
      • Phone number: (630) 853-4195
      • Email: Stephanie Kennedy at stephanie@MyCollegeAdmissionCoach.com

      Shelly ONeill Educational Consultant Shelly ONeill Educational Consultant

      Location:  Elmhurst, IL

      Services include:

      • College selection
      • Application assistance
      • Essay development
      • Financial aid advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Address: 214 N. Addison Ave, , Elmhurst, IL 60126
      • Email: Shelly ONeill at

      Academic Counseling Group, LLC Academic Counseling Group, LLC

      Location:  Evanston, IL

      Services include:

      • Personal and academic assessment
      • School selection
      • Financial aid review

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.academiccounseling.org
      • Address: 1560 Sherman Ave, Suite 102, Evanston, IL 60201
      • Phone number: (847) 492-3434
      • Email: Matthew Gray at mgray@academiccounseling.org

      Launch College Counseling Launch College Counseling

      Location:  Evanston, IL

      Services include:

      • College list building and selection
      • Application assistance
      • College visit strategies
      • Essay brainstorming and editing
      • Testing advise and recommendations
      • Graduate school advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://Launchcc.com
      • Address: 2530 Crawford, Suite 216, Evanston, IL 60201
      • Phone number: (847) 975-6778
      • Email: Beth Levine at beth.launchcc@gmail.com
      • Email: Corinne Pinsof-Kaplan at corinne.launchcc@gmail.com

      The College Choice, Ltd. The College Choice, Ltd.

      Location:  Evanston, IL

      Services include:

      • College admission process review
      • Test preparation
      • College visit planning
      • Interview preparation
      • Resume development
      • Application assitance

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.thecollegechoice.com
      • Address: 1570 Elmwood Avenue, Unit #1001, Evanston, IL 60201
      • Phone number: (847) 869-5719
      • Email: Linda Turner at contact@thecollegechoice.com

      Ann Somers College Counseling Ann Somers College Counseling

      Location:  Fox River Grove, IL

      Services include:

      • College list building and selection
      • Application assistance
      • Essay development
      • Financial aid advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      LONGWORTH PREP LONGWORTH PREP

      Location:  Geneva, IL

      Services include:

      • college selection and admissions process
      • essay prep
      • application review
      • Accepted/Deferred/Waitlisted assistance

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://No website
      • Phone number: (331) 248-1048
      • Email: Sandy Longworth at sandy@longworthprep.com

      J. Tracy Mehr College Consulting, J. Tracy Mehr College Consulting,

      Location:  Glen Ellyn, IL

      Services include:

      • Evaluate High School Courses
      • Extra-Curricular Activities
      • Building Your College List
      • College Affordability
      • Essay Brainstorming and Editing
      • Award Letter Analysis
      • Standardized Testing Strategizing: ACT / SAT

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      Ritchie College Consulting LLC Ritchie College Consulting LLC

      Location:  Glencoe, IL

      Services include:

      • Starting as early as 8th grade with students
      • Application process assistance
      • Resume development
      • Essay development
      • College visit assistance
      • Interview preparation
      • College selection

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      Christy Weiss Educational Consulting Christy Weiss Educational Consulting

      Location:  Glenview, IL

      Services include:

      • College list
      • Campus visit planning
      • Interview preparation
      • Essay brainstorming, review and editing
      • Application review
      • Scholarship and financial aid interpretation

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.christyweiss.org
      • Address: 1743 Maplewood Lane, , Glenview, IL 60025
      • Phone number: (847) 287-1743
      • Email: Christy Weiss at christy@christyweiss.org

      Excellerate Learning Studio Excellerate Learning Studio

      Location:  Glenview, IL

      Services include:

      • College selection
      • Application assistance
      • Test preparation
      • Essay development
      • Financial aid and graduate school advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.excellerate.studio
      • Address: 2200 Lehigh Avenue, Suite 104, Glenview, IL 60026
      • Phone number: (312) 820-4578
      • Email: Boram Chris Kim at welcome@excellerate.studio

      Mary Ethington Educational Consulting Mary Ethington Educational Consulting

      Location:  Glenview, IL

      Services include:

      • College selection
      • Application guidance
      • Essay review

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Address: 740 Chatham Rd, , Glenview, IL 60025
      • Phone number: (847) 372-9172
      • Email: Mary Ethington at mary@ethingtonec.com

      Biemeret College Consulting Biemeret College Consulting

      Location:  Gurnee, IL

      Services include:

      • College selection
      • Application assistance
      • Essay development
      • Financial aid advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Address: 6943 Dada Drive, , Gurnee, IL 60031
      • Email: Susan Biemeret at counseloracademy1@gmail.com

      Cohen College Consulting, Ltd. Cohen College Consulting, Ltd.

      Location:  Highland Park, IL

      Services include:

      • College selection
      • Resume and application review
      • Interview preparation
      • Financial aid guidance

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      Global Educational Consultants Global Educational Consultants

      Location:  Highland Park, IL

      Services include:

      • Explore academic and extracurricular interests
      • Review school records and test scores
      • Provide standardized test recommendations
      • Test preparation
      • College lists
      • Essay brainstorming
      • Edit application essay and resume
      • College visit recommendations

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.GloEduCon.com
      • Address: 660 De Tamble Avenue, , Highland Park, IL 60035
      • Phone number: (847) 644-6673
      • Email: Lisa Temkin at Lisa@GloEduCon.com

      North Shore College Consulting North Shore College Consulting

      Location:  Highland Park, IL

      Services include:

      • College selection
      • Academic tutoring
      • Leadership development
      • Resume creation
      • Test preparation
      • Essay guidance
      • Financial aid review
      • Interview coaching
      • Aplication assistance

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.nscollegeconsulting.net
      • Address: 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Unit 3, Highland Park, IL 60035
      • Phone number: (847) 363-9201
      • Email: Amy Herzog at amy@nscollegeconsulting.net
      • Email: Debbie Kanter at debbie@nscollegeconsulting.net
      • Email: Melanie Levy at info@nscollegeconsulting.net

      Perfect Path Consulting Perfect Path Consulting

      Location:  Highland Park, IL

      Services include:

      • High school course selection
      • High school experience
      • Discovering college priorities
      • Test planning
      • Application advice and strategy
      • Essay guidance
      • Graduate school advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.jackimasia.com
      • Address: 226 Aspen Lane, , Highland Park, IL 60035
      • Phone number: (847) 525-2034
      • Email: Jacqueline Masia at jacki.masia@gmail.com

      Wendy Kahn College Consulting, LLC Wendy Kahn College Consulting, LLC

      Location:  Highland Park, IL

      Services include:

      • Test prep
      • Essay and resume guidance
      • Interview preparation
      • College selection
      • Financial aid advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.wendykahn.com
      • Address: 819 Sheridan Rd, , Highland Park, IL 60035
      • Phone number: (847) 266-5666
      • Email: Wendy Kahn at wendy@wendykahn.com

      College Bound Consulting LLC College Bound Consulting LLC

      Location:  Hinsdale, IL

      Services include:

      • College list building
      • Application strategy
      • Essay and Application assistance
      • Extracurricular guidance
      • Summer enrichment guidance
      • Curriculum planning
      • Interview preparation
      • Test preparation
      • Resume assistance
      • Financial aid and scholarship guidance
      • Learning styles and career aptitude analysis

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.collegeboundconsulting.com
      • Address: 13 E. First Street, Suite E, Hinsdale, IL 60521
      • Phone number: (609) 651-5196 (630) 887-6905
      • Email: Laila F. Alamuddin at lfa@collegeboundconsulting.com
      • Email: Loretta Summers at Isummers@collegeboundconsulting.com

      College Bound Consulting, LLC College Bound Consulting, LLC

      Location:  Hinsdale, IL

      Services include:

      • College selection
      • Application process
      • Self assessment and career exploration
      • Resume development
      • Summer internship and college activity planning
      • Campus career fair preparation

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      Spotlight College Advising Spotlight College Advising

      Location:  Hinsdale, IL

      Services include:

      • College selection
      • Application assistance
      • Test preparation
      • Essay development
      • Financial aid and graduate school advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      Geldermann College Consulting Geldermann College Consulting

      Location:  Lake Forest, IL

      Services include:

      • Self-assessment personality inventory
      • Testing advice and timeline development
      • High school course selection
      • Resume building
      • College selection
      • Application guidance
      • Essay brainstorming and editing
      • Learning disabilities program guidance
      • College visit prep
      • Interview coaching

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      Jeanette Spires & Associates Jeanette Spires & Associates

      Location:  Lake Forest, IL

      Services include:

      • College search and selection
      • Application assistance
      • Essay development
      • Graduate school advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.jeanettespires.com
      • Address: 1155 Kelmscott Way, unit 203, Lake Forest, IL 60045
      • Phone number: (847) 234-7211 (office) (847) 212-1474 (mobile)
      • Email: Jeanette Spires at jeanettespires1@gmail.com

      Jeanette Spires College Consulting Jeanette Spires College Consulting

      Location:  Lake Forest, IL

      Services include:

      • college selection and admissions process
      • essay prep
      • application review
      • Accepted/Deferred/Waitlisted assistance

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.jeanettespires.com/
      • Address: 1155 Kelmscott Way, #203, , Lake Forest, IL 60045-1431
      • Phone number: 847-234-7211
      • Email: Ms. Jeanette Spires at jeanettespires1@gmail.com

      JSS College Counseling JSS College Counseling

      Location:  Libertyville, IL

      Services include:

      • Self-assessment
      • Career counseling
      • Interview preparation
      • Campus visit planning
      • Essay development
      • Application assistance
      • College selection
      • Financial aid advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      Ravinia College Consulting Ravinia College Consulting

      Location:  Libertyville, IL

      Services include:

      • College selection
      • Application guidance
      • Essay assistance
      • Interview preparation
      • College visit planning
      • Financial aid advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.raviniacollegeconsulting.com
      • Address: 5551 Fairmont Road, , Libertyville, IL 60048
      • Phone number: (847) 363-5887
      • Email: Pat Cannon at patcannonrcc@gmail.com
      • Email: Sandra Gilbert at sgilbertrcc@gmail.com

      Collegian College Planning Collegian College Planning

      Location:  Lincolnshire, IL

      Services include:

      • College search and selection
      • Application assistance
      • Essay development
      • Test preparation
      • Financial aid and graduate school advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.collegiangroup.com
      • Address: 250 Parkway Drive, Suite 150, Lincolnshire, IL 60069
      • Phone number: (800) 446-6935
      • Email: Peter Herman at INFO@COLLEGIANGROUP.COM

      Laura George Consulting Laura George Consulting

      Location:  Lincolnshire, IL

      Services include:

      • Tutoring
      • Application and essay coaching
      • Test preparation
      • Graduate school advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.laurageorgeconsulting.com
      • Address: 300 Village Green, Suite 235, Lincolnshire, IL 60047
      • Phone number: (636) 484-0705
      • Email: Kate Pedigo at kate@laurageorgeconsulting.com
      • Email: Laura George at laura@laurageorgeconsulting.com
      • Email: Lavinia LoBue at lavinia@laurageorgeconsulting.com

      Laura George Consulting, LLC Laura George Consulting, LLC

      Location:  Lincolnshire, IL

      Services include:

      • Tutoring
      • Application and essay coaching
      • Test preparation
      • Graduate school advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.laurageorgeconsulting.com
      • Address: 300 Village Green, Suite 235, Lincolnshire, IL 60047
      • Phone number: (847) 363-6780
      • Email: Laura George at laura@laurageorgeconsulting.com

      Impact College Advising Impact College Advising

      Location:  Lombard, IL

      Services include:

      • College search and selection
      • Reume strategy
      • Application assistance
      • Interview preparation
      • Campus visit guidance
      • Essay assistance
      • Financial aid advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.impact-advising.com
      • Address: 1 S 358 Marys Ln., , Lombard, IL 60148
      • Phone number: (630) 935-7533
      • Email: Karen Daluga at kad@impact-advising.comq

      Ivy League Potential LLC Ivy League Potential LLC

      Location:  Naperville, IL

      Services include:

      • Application Evaluation
      • College Profiling
      • Demonstrated Interest
      • Essays
      • Interview Preparation
      • Recommendation Letters
      • Resume
      • Supplemental Material
      • Social Media Profiles
      • Evaluating Acceptance Letters

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      COGNITIVE COLLEGE ADVISING COGNITIVE COLLEGE ADVISING

      Location:  Northbrook, IL

      Services include:

      • College list building
      • Interview preparation
      • Essay brainstorming
      • Application assistance
      • Campus visit guidance
      • Financial aid overview

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://cognitivecollegeadvising.com
      • Address: 4044 Bordeaux Drive, , Northbrook, IL 60062
      • Phone number: (847) 208-4044
      • Email: Sheri Levin at sheri@cognitivecollegeadvising.com

      College Comprehensive Consulting LLC College Comprehensive Consulting LLC

      Location:  Northbrook, IL

      Services include:

      • Executive functioning skills
      • Academic coaching
      • Test prep
      • College planning and admissions

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.collegecomprehensive.com
      • Address: 2777 Greenwood Rd., , Northbrook, IL 60062
      • Phone number: (847) 624-1292
      • Email: Patti Schabinger, M.A. Ed. at pattischabinger@gmail.com

      JJB Educational Consulting, Inc. JJB Educational Consulting, Inc.

      Location:  Northbrook, IL

      Services include:

      • High school planning and support
      • College testing
      • College selection
      • Application and decision process
      • College Transition

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.JJB-edconsultants.com
      • Address: 1441 Hemlock Knoll Terrace, , Northbrook, IL 60062
      • Phone number: (847) 940-8090
      • Email: Jill Burstein at jill@jjb-edconsultants.com

      Great Lakes Educational Consulting, LLC Great Lakes Educational Consulting, LLC

      Location:  Northfield, IL

      Services include:

      • Boarding school counseling
      • Therapeutic program counseling

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: https://www.greatlakesconsult.com/
      • Address: 400 Central Ave, Suite 200, Northfield, IL 60093
      • Phone number: (847) 441-8911
      • Email: Gwynne Lockwood Hales at Gwynne@greatlakesconsult.com

      College Knowledge College Knowledge

      Location:  Peoria, IL

      Services include:

      • College search and selection
      • Application assistance
      • Essay development
      • Financial aid advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.ClayCollegeKnowledge.com
      • Address: 6800 N. Skyline Drive, , Peoria, IL 61614
      • Phone number: (309) 693-7600
      • Email: Debra Clay at deb@ClayCollegeKnowledge.com
      • Email: Debra E Clay at dclay2010@gmail.com

      College Bound Opportunities College Bound Opportunities

      Location:  Riverwoods, IL

      Services include:

      • College selection
      • Application assistance
      • Essay development
      • Financial aid advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Address: 2033 N. Milwaukee, Suite 246, Riverwoods, IL 60015
      • Phone number: (847) 409-0939
      • Email: Elissa Halpern at elissa@cbo4success.org

      Plan on College Plan on College

      Location:  Schaumburg, IL

      Services include:

      • Personalized student timeline
      • True fit and value college search
      • SAT/ACT prep course
      • Scholarship coaching session
      • Career coaching
      • SAT vs ACT diagnostic
      • Essay reviews
      • Student admission prep workshop

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.planoncollege.com
      • Address: 1901 N Roselle Rd, Suite 800, Schaumburg, IL 60195
      • Phone number: (847) 737-7533
      • Email: Jackie Postelnick at

      Academic Angle: College Admissions Counseling and Test Prep Academic Angle: College Admissions Counseling and Test Prep

      Location:  Skokie, IL

      Services include:

      • College Search
      • Application assistance
      • Essay Prep
      • Financial aid assistance
      • Recommend extracurriculars
      • Graduate school advice
      • Interview Preparation
      • Guidance on final choices

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: https://www.academicangle.com/
      • Address: 5250 Old Orchard Rd Suite 300, , Skokie, IL 60077
      • Phone number: (773) 704-0030
      • Email: Mr. Karl Lenss at karl@academicangle.com

      Deb Donley College Counseling Deb Donley College Counseling

      Location:  Skokie, IL

      Services include:

      • College search and selection
      • Application assistance
      • Essay development
      • Financial aid advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

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      MBS College Coaching MBS College Coaching

      Location:  Springfield, IL

      Services include:

      • Finding the right college
      • Developing the Essay
      • Completing the Application

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: https://www.mbscollegecoaching.com/
      • Address: 1711 Illini Road, , Springfield, IL 62704
      • Phone number: (217) 494-2613
      • Email: Mary Beth Stephens at marybeth@mbscollegecoaching.com

      Higher Ed U Higher Ed U

      Location:  St. Charles, IL

      Services include:

      • College selection
      • Application assistance
      • Essay development
      • Financial aid advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Address: 2611 Majestic Oaks Lane, , St. Charles, IL 60174
      • Email: Anna Seltz at Annaseltz71@gmail.com

      Road2College Road2College

      Location:  St. Charles, IL

      Services include:

      • College Search
      • Application assistance
      • Essay Prep
      • Financial aid assistance
      • Recommend extracurriculars
      • Graduate school advice
      • Interview Preparation
      • Guidance on final choices

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: https://www.road2college.com/
      • Address: 2611 Majestic Oaks Lane, , St. Charles, IL 60174
      • Phone number: 610-202-5461
      • Email: Ms Anna Pugliese Seltz at annaseltz71@gmail.com

      Spotlight College Advising Spotlight College Advising

      Location:  Wheaton, IL

      Services include:

      • College selection
      • Application assistance
      • Test preparation
      • Essay development
      • Financial aid and graduate school advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      Kazmier College Consulting Kazmier College Consulting

      Location:  Wilmette, IL

      Services include:

      • College selection
      • Application assistance
      • Essay development
      • Financial aid advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      Wiltshire College Consulting Wiltshire College Consulting

      Location:  Wilmette, IL

      Services include:

      • Career assessment
      • Resume development
      • College list
      • Testing strategy
      • College visit planning
      • Essay development
      • Interview advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      Boyer Coaching Boyer Coaching

      Location:  Winnetka, IL

      Services include:

      • Application assistance
      • Essay coaching
      • Graduate school and scholarship review

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      JH Consulting JH Consulting

      Location:  Winnetka, IL

      Services include:

      • College selection
      • Application assistance
      • Essay development
      • Financial aid advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Address: 642 Elder Lane, , Winnetka, IL 60093
      • Email: Jodi Hardy at jhccollege@gmail.com

      Lakeside College Advisors Lakeside College Advisors

      Location:  Winnetka, IL

      Services include:

      • College selection
      • Test prep
      • Campus visit insight
      • Application assistance
      • Essay building
      • Financial aid and scholarship guidance

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      LHE College Consulting LHE College Consulting

      Location:  Winnetka, IL

      Services include:

      • Application assistance
      • Essay development

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      LP Educational Consulting LLC LP Educational Consulting LLC

      Location:  Winnetka, IL

      Services include:

      • College search and selection
      • Application assistance
      • Essay development
      • Graduate school advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.LelainePaik.com
      • Address: 790 Heather Lane, , Winnetka, IL 60093
      • Phone number: (847) 894-8475
      • Email: Lelaine Paik at lp@lelainepaik.com

      Nancy Gore Marcus Educational Consultant Nancy Gore Marcus Educational Consultant

      Location:  Winnetka, IL

      Services include:

      • Academic planning
      • Test planning
      • Transcript evaluation
      • College selection
      • Camups visit advice
      • Application procedures
      • Interview techniques
      • Athletic recruitment procedures
      • Career planning

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.ngmadvise.com
      • Address: 333 Rosewood Avenue, , Winnetka, IL 60093
      • Phone number: (847) 204-4108 (847) 446-7557
      • Email: Nancy Gore Marcus at ngmadvise@gmail.com

      Riley Baker Educational Consulting Riley Baker Educational Consulting

      Location:  Winnetka, IL

      Services include:

      • College selection
      • Essay brainstorming
      • Resume development
      • Application strategy
      • Interview coaching
      • Campus visit guidance
      • Transfer/Grad school process
      • Boarding school process

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.rileybaker.com
      • Address: 16 Green Bay Rd., , Winnetka, IL 60093
      • Phone number: (847) 441-8687
      • Email: Matthew Baker at matt@rileybaker.com
      • Email: Stacey Riley Baker at rileybaker@rileybaker.com

      The Brass Ring College Consultants The Brass Ring College Consultants

      Location:  Winnetka, IL

      Services include:

      • College visits
      • Essay development
      • Test preparation
      • College selection
      • Financial aid advising

      Affiliations and Accreditations

      Contact information:

      • Website: http://www.thebrassringec.net
      • Address: 1272 Forest Glen Dr. S, , Winnetka, IL 60093
      • Phone number: (773) 895-1717
      • Email: Kristen Senior at thebrassringec@gmail.com

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      College Consulting FAQs

      What is an admissions consultant?

      An admissions consultant is a hired professional who can guide you through the complex landscape of college admissions. Admissions consultant companies vary greatly in size and service offerings, and operate either locally, or as part of a nationwide network.

      Learn more about how to select a college admissions counselor that is right for you in our conversation with NextLevelPrep college consultant and admissions expert David Nguyen, who explains how to choose a college admissions counselor.

      What does a college admissions consultant do?

      College admission consultants help guide families and students through the often complex college admissions process. Services typically include counseling on how to improve your chances of getting into your chosen schools, coaching on writing college essays and personal statements, SAT and ACT test preparation, and assistance in the scholarship process, among others.

      Why hire a college admissions consulting company?

      One of the primary benefits of hiring a college admissions consultant is their experience: an expert consultant will have up-to-date insight on what colleges are looking for in terms of grades, extracurricular activities, test scores, and personal statements. This knowledge can help you make a favorable impression on the schools of your choice.

      Plus, college admissions consultants who also provide test preparation can significantly improve your performance on SAT/ACT exams — improving your odds of both earning scholarships and getting into the higher-tiered schools on your list.

      When is the best time to start working with a college admissions consultant?

      This depends on your goals. If you simply need support during the test-prep and application process, you can begin your relationship with a consultant during your junior year of high school — just as the college search process really heats up. However, some college consultants begin working with families as early as 8th or 9th grade, guiding students in their academic focus, electdive course selection, extracurriculars, community service, and more.

      This type of full-service consultation is generally very costly, but the goal is to provide students and families with a complete road map leading directly to a top college.

      How much do college admissions consultants charge?

      The price for college admissions consultation can vary widely depending on the type of company and the nature of services you seek. From one-time seminars to weekly consultation, to hands-on guidance for the entirety of your high school education, you have a lot of options. The higher the level of service you seek, the more you’ll spend.

      For an overview of the pricing landscape, check out college consultant and admissions expert David Nguyen’s ranking of The Best College Admissions Consulting Agencies.

      Are college admissions consultants worth it?

      Yes! If you have access, this extra level of support can genuinely provide you with insight into the admissions process and enhance your odds of admission. More importantly: you won’t be alone during the arduous process of applying to colleges.

      While your high school guidance counselor can literally spend no more than a few minutes a semester on your admissions process, a professional college admissions consultant will be directly and professionally invested in your success. This can make a major difference in where you end up earning your undergraduate degree.

      Can I trust college admissions consultants?

      Yes, you can trust the recognized college admissions consulting groups. That’s why we list only companies that are recognized by agencies and associations such as Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), and National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC).

      These independent agencies provide oversight and certification, ensuring that members adhere to all appropriate legal, ethical, and commercial standards both on behalf of consumers and within the higher education infrastructure. Consulting companies listed in their directories may be considered trustworthy and legitimate.

      For more on how you can safely and effectively navigate the college admissions consulting landscape, check out college consultant and admissions expert David Nguyen’s Confessions of a College Prep Consultant.

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      Colleges and Universities in Illinois

      Illinois offers over 130 higher education institutes throughout the state. More than half of those schools are private, including the well-known DePaul University, Northwestern University, and Loyola University Chicago. While tuition at these three private schools can be costly, ranging from $44,000 to $55,000, graduation rates are high. Tuition at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Illinois State University, the state’s two largest public universities, however, is lower, falling in the range of $13,000 to $15,000.

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      While some of these universities have large student populations, Illinois is also home to many small schools, including Benedictine University and National Louis University. Students choosing to study at one at an Illinois college can pursue degrees in areas like criminal justice, social work, nursing, education, religious studies, communications, and medicine. Additionally, Illinois offers several loan forgiveness program for qualifying students pursuing careers as teachers, public defenders or prosecutors, or nurses.

      From the skyscrapers in Chicago to the vast prairie lands in the north, Illinois is a place where city meets country. Students can grab a Chicago-style hotdog on the way to a Cubs game, explore the ancient sandstone cliffs in the Shawnee National Forest, or admire an exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, all while attending one of The Prairie State’s universities or colleges.

      The higher education institutes in Illinois have also produced many prominent alumni, including Stephen Colbert, Hugh Hefner, and Kurt Vonnegut. Students hoping to walk the same streets as these well-known individuals can check out some of the state’s top programs and universities.


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