College Smart Advising

Personalized Support for the College Application Process

"I just wanted to say again that you have changed our lives in the best possible way. [My daughter] has just finished her first year at [college] where she has made terrific friends, been inspired by incredible, warm, bright and innovative teachers, and begun making a true difference in the broader world."

Sally W., Parent



"Catherine helped give the sometimes overwhelming and intimidating process of applying to colleges a focused and thoughtful approach. Without a doubt, one of the best choices I made when applying to colleges was utilizing Catherine. I would proudly recommend College Smart Advising to anyone who wants to get the most out of college applications."

Canton W., Student



"Catherine was a tremendous resource for my daughter as she went through the college application process. She was able to help my daughter focus on colleges suited to her personality and desired college experience by asking questions and being knowledgeable about the various schools in various states. I found this to be unusual as many counselors, while well versed on California and surrounding states’ schools, know much less about midwestern or east coast schools. Catherine has a depth of knowledge about a wide variety of schools in various locations. In addition, she was invaluable in assisting my daughter to assess what she really wanted to communicate in her essays and how to streamline her thought processes into a more coherent and easy to understand form. I found her vocabulary and understanding of writing structure to be superior. We would absolutely use Catherine again and highly recommend her services."

Donna H., Parent



"Catherine guided my son through the college admissions process – she helped him narrow down his list of schools, reviewed his essays and offered meaningful suggestions, worked with him to create a resume, and generally provided excellent advice about everything we needed to know throughout the process. Having all of that come from someone other than his parents made this so much less stressful for all of us!"

Melissa W., Parent



"We are forever grateful to you, Catherine, for your services for both our boys. You helped make the college application process much more bearable. Your honesty, guidance, thoroughness and organizational skills were exactly what we needed. And almost as important as your services were for our boys, your insight into letting a child go off into the next chapter of their life was invaluable to me as a mother. Your care, kindness, compassion and words of wisdom are appreciated beyond words. Thank you, Catherine! How fortunate we were to work with you."

Colleen B., Parent



"Using College Smart Advising completely changed my college searches. Not only were my essays stronger because of Catherine's help, I was able to learn about different strategies and writing help for the future. I learned about new colleges that I would not have known about before and she kept me on track with applications."

Emily S., Student