Katherine O'Brien, MA

Certified College Planning Specialist

Serving College Bound Students Everywhere

All families welcome!

We specialize in Serving Catholic families, homeschoolers, Scouts, students interested in engineering, the sciences, and the liberal arts.

100% College Acceptances

by our College Success Program clients at their Reach and/or Target schools

Top Tier Acceptances

including Northwestern, Cornell, NYU, USC, Case Western, Reed, UT Austin, Notre Dame, Ave Maria, U Dallas, & more!

$237,000+ Avg. Scholarship Offers

Average for our 2015-2021 College Success Program Graduates

One to One Advising:

The BEST Way to Achieve Your Teen's College & Life Goals

Professional guidance through your teen's personalized college prep roadmap using our proven College Success Program. Your UNIQUE college expectations and life goals guide the process as we develop your personalized path to college success based on the three pillars of our program: Premier Student Preparation, Savvy College Selection, & Abundant Funding.

Our College Success Program is Based on


Private One on One Coaching is the BEST way to ensure your teen has everything s/he needs for success. Follow our proven process which helps remove fear, hesitation, blind spots, and maximizes confidence, leadership development, and personal success.

This is a major life decision. Partner with a proven expert who will help your teen achieve his or her dreams. As a devout Catholic, Katherine values the gifts and talents of each person and works diligently to support growth in virtue and as a human being created in the image and likeness of God.

Meet Some of Our Happy Grads & Parents!

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One to Four Year

Customized College Success Program

The College Success Program will be customized to your family's particular college prep needs. Katherine works with students as early as 8th grade (essential for those hoping to attend highly selective or non-American universities). If there is room in her cohort, she accepts students as late as 11th grade.

Take the First Step:

Schedule A Consultation For Your Family

Meet privately with Katherine to discuss your family's situation and your teen's preparations so far. Get your questions answered and create an action plan for your teen's college success.

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Our Comprehensive College Success Program, with its three pillars, Premier Student Preparation, Savvy College Selection, & Abundant Funding has served students all over the country for years and years.

Our Class of 2015 - 2021 College Success Program students were offered over $237,000 each, on average, in merit scholarships!


The Comprehensive COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAM Includes:

Teen, Learn to Know Thyself

Identify, build, become confident in, and articulate your strengths

Clarify and prioritize your interests

Grow in confidence

Career Exploration Program

Identify the possibilities

Explore and evaluate potential careers

Ensure realistic goals for the unique individual you are

Major & Program Selection

Discover the possibilities

Identify desired and preferred opportunities

Gain clarity around your major(s) and concentration(s)

Leadership Development

Develop various leadership skills

Coordinate with career search

Personalized for each teen; there are many different kinds of leaders

Campus Visits

Initial visits help clarify what sort of campus environment is ideal for your teen

Focused visits enable teens and parents to evaluate offerings related to their career and major/program goals, learning style, etc.

College List Creation

Use personalized criteria to identify possible schools

Create a balanced list

Find the right fit for your teen

College Funding Strategies

What does college really cost?

Funding strategies integrated into college list creation

Scholarship strategies

Scholarship Search Coaching

Strategic Planning: Private v. Institutional Scholarships: keeping an eye on your bottom line

Application organization, essay creation, and completion coaching

Financial Aid Maximization

Maximize need based aid eligibility, whenever possible

Incorporate all resources into funding planning

FAFSA & PROFILE form preparation

Organize the Application Process

Track deadlines and all parts of the applications

Coordinate essay writing

Coordinate between Katherine, parents, and student

Perfect the College List

Savvy college selection is critical in many regards

Use criteria specific to your teen and your family

Maximize the ideal opportunities for your teen

Craft Incredible & Effective Essays

Mentoring from pre-writing to final versions

Craft powerful, memorable main and supplemental essays

Enable your teen to convey his/her traits and personality effectively

Application Bits & Pieces


Teacher, Counselor, and Other Recommenders

Strong, Effective, Impactful

The Final College Decision

There's more to it than net price

Guiding students to give vital input

Guidance for the final choice

Prepare for Success On Campus

Land on your feet!

Be ready to succeed from day one!

Make the most of your opportunities!

Explore the College Success Program for Your Teen

Schedule your private consultation with Katherine O'Brien TODAY!

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