One College Avenue: Your First Stop On The Road To College

buy furosemide 40 mg We consider ourselves a boutique counseling office. We cap the amount of clients at a low number so we can provide individual and one-on-one, personalized service.

Our goal is to find the right college fit for each student where they will be successful and thrive educationally, socially and personally. Often students open up to an outside source when discussing their hopes, dreams, and aspirations. In a relaxed atmosphere, we honestly review the student’s strengths and weaknesses and pair those with educational goals and choices.

Time and expertise are the most significant commodities we offer. We have the time to research schools and put together an individualized plan that fits your student’s goals. We don’t have to worry about anything but focusing on your student, and we are available year-round.

The college application process can seem daunting and unmanageable. We break the process down into manageable “baby” steps, so the student does not feel overwhelmed. We are objective when looking for a right-fit college for a student, and lend an empathetic ear to a student’s comments and concerns.

Education is not only crucial for the college-bound student, but also for the independent counselor. We continuously attend professional conferences, visit a vast array of colleges and stay abreast of ever-changing current admissions practices.


An independent counselor can provide one-on-one personalized counseling with your student. During the crucial summer months before senior year, an independent counselor can spend valuable time with your student. College fit, one of the most overlooked vital aspects of creating a college list, is critical to the success of a student’s career, and we strive to find a fit that benefits both the student and the college – a perfect match to be made.

Before hiring an independent counselor, ask the following questions:

• Are you a member of any professional organizations?

• What are your fees and how is payment structured?

• Do you have certification or an academic degree in counseling?

• How often do you visit college campuses and meet with admissions officers?

• What kind of students have you worked with in the past?

• What services will be provided to the student and the family?

• What is your working style?

• What services are you offering that our child’s school counselor isn’t?

• How will you assess the student?

• How often will the student or family interact with you?

• Do you help students with financial aid or scholarships?

• How regularly do you attend workshops, seminars and professional conferences?

• Do you adhere to the ethical guidelines for counseling established by the NACAC Statement of Principles and Good Practice?

• Do you abide by the ethical behaviors for private counseling established by the Independent Educational Consultants Association?

Janis Allen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from University of California at Los Angeles and her Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. An independent educational consultant since 2011, Janis is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Western Association of College Admission Counseling (WACAC), the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA).

During the off-season, Janis visits 10 to 30 colleges per year. She also stays abreast of the ever-changing college admissions practices by attending national and local conferences, seminars and webinars. She follows the Statement of Principles of Good Practice of the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), and the ethical guidelines of the Independent Educational Consultants Association. Fees are paid only by the families to whom we provide services, and we do not receive funds from colleges, schools, or any other organizations.