Your College Prep Partner

Helping Teens Achieve Their Dreams Since 2004

Specializing in serving Catholic families,

homeschoolers, Scouts, & students interested in engineering, the sciences, & the liberal arts.

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From 8th grade on, there are many, many steps to take to get ready. In addition to the student prep and financial steps, our timeline includes the special steps Catholics need to take. 

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Since 2004, our Founder, Katherine O'Brien, MA CCPS, has guided students through the ever-changing world of college prep with patient dedication, proven expertise, and joy. Each year, Katherine has seen her students be accepted by top universities, receive thousands and thousands of dollars ($237,000+ on average) in scholarship offers, and confidently launch their college careers.

Katherine's College Success Program rests on three pillars: Premier Student Preparation, Savvy College Selection, and Abundant Funding. She also created a comprehensive college guide to support college bound Catholic families. More information on those is below and on the College Prep Program page.


We have what it takes to help teens put their best foot forward




Certified College Planning Specialist Since 2009

Member National College Advocacy Group, Higher Education Consultants Association, Western & Iowa Associations for College Admissions Counseling

BS Industrial Engineering, Northwestern University

MA Theology & Christian Ministry, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Premier Student Preparation

From  college and career goal identification and setting to leadership skill development to effective study skill development to holistic campus (and life) readiness skill acquisition, we prepare students for college and life success.

Savvy College Selection

Choosing the right college is essential. It is the key to student success, to having the right combination of academic, social, emotional, and spiritual growth opportunities for your teen at the best net cost possible for the family.

Abundant College Funding

We work with each of our families to evaluate and maximize their need based aid and couple it with the most effective funding strategies, as well as identifying the most appropriate scholarship opportunities for your teen.

Private Consulting Services for Your College Success

Receive the maximum level of professional guidance with our One on One College Success College Consulting Program customized to meet your teen’s needs.

As a private client your teen will receive personal guidance through monthly personal meetings with Katherine O'Brien. All private clients also receive access to our entire system of tools and resources. Katherine works with 8th - 12th grade students from every educational setting.

See our College Prep Program page for detailed information on the College Success Program.

Interested families, please schedule a consultation. During your one hour zoom meeting, the parents, college bound teen, and Ms. O'Brien will discuss every aspect of college preparations and answer your questions. Sign up for your consult today!

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Anxiety Gone in Michigan!


When we reached out to Katherine at Celtic College Consultants to help us navigate the college application and admissions process we were not sure what to expect. We were not all at familiar with college planning consultants and were not sure how this would work out. Now that we're through the process, we can say we are extremely happy we engaged Katherine.


     We didn’t get crazy promises for admission; instead, we received frank advice (reality) and direction. Much of the application process anxiety was removed by working with Katherine and for this we are extremely grateful.

-Mike & Vanessa Smiley, Michigan

Son Got Clarity,

Dad Got Happy!

I highly recommend Katherine O’Brien and her college consulting services.  My son benefited greatly from Katherine’s dedication and insight to the college application process.   My son thought he was going to go one route, but after researching and discussing with Katherine, he realized his interests and passions were going to take him to a different path.  I know this is going to benefit him greatly when he attends school this fall.

Katherine’s intimate knowledge of the college application process was extremely valuable since my wife and I have been out of school over twenty years.  Little did I know how much things have changed, and she was able to guide my son through the complicated process.  With Katherine’s help, he is going to the school that most fits his personality and has chosen a field of study he is excited to pursue.

John Atilano, Tulare, CA

Catholic Families:

Find Schools with Faith on Campus!

Catholic students need communities to grow in their faith while they study. Finding these colleges was difficult, until now. The guide includes many great options, from boutique liberal arts colleges, Ivy league schools, art, and engineering  schools. Scattered across the country, these colleges offer excellent options for every type of student coupled with the presence of a strong Catholic community on campus.

Every Catholic's Guide to College includes admissions, cost, aid, major, school, as well as campus ministry information for each college or university with a strong Catholic community on campus. Most of the schools included are public universities. A list of international schools teaching in English is also included, along with an index of the schools by major, an invaluable tool when searching for possible colleges!

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Featuring's effective online PSAT, ACT, & SAT prep courses and  a suite of á la carte college prep services including career exploration, college list building, college funding strategy sessions, parent coaching, and admissions as well as scholarship and admissions application essay coaching services.
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