WELCOME to HighSchool2CollegeAssist.org

Independent College Counseling Services

HELP 203-788-5971


Navigating the college process can be overwhelming, bewildering, confusing, time consuming and incredibly frustrating.  If you find your teen in tears, overly anxious, stressed out or exasperated with what to do, when to do it, where to go, and with whom to speak, I'm here to help.

Colleges, like much in life, are not one size fits all!  And as such, there is no one college or university that is universally better than another. Having a recognizable name, being an Ivy League school, and/or producing famous alumni does not make a particular school the best fit for every college applicant. I think it is this philosophy that sets me apart from other college counselors. I am not interested in getting your kid into Princeton, if Princeton isn't the best fit for your kid.


What I am interested in is YOU! I want to get to know you and your interests, achievements, aspirations and goals. I want to help you to identify, apply to, get accepted to, afford and attend the right school for you. The information, resources, links and references provided herein are by no means comprehensive or exhaustive. The purpose of this site is to give you a place from which to start your journey, to provide some direction, to answer some questions, and most of all, to establish a relationship with someone you can email with questions and work with one-on-one should you find that doing so would benefit you. 

What parents are saying about Independent College Counseling:

"I have attended Francesca's sessions on the college admissions process, financial aid and scholarships and they were incredibly informative and helpful. I give five stars to each and every one. My daughter attended the essay writing workshop which she highly recommends. Francesca's teaching style is amazing. My daughter instantly felt at ease and she gained the tools needed to begin writing an essay that has the potential to really stand out from the crowd. We also have had a one on one meeting with Francesca where we reviewed all the specifics about my daughter (gpa, rigor of classes, test scores, awards, content of resume, types of schools she was interested in, etc.). I can't say enough about how eye opening and valuable this was. We walked out with not only a realistic list of "dream", "reach", "likely" and "safety" schools but also a concrete plan of action of how to make it all happen. If you have a high school student who plans to attend college do yourself a favor and get in touch with Francesca. You and your child will be so glad you did. She is passionate about what she does and absolutely knows her stuff." - Dianne L.