Greetings Families!

Whether you’re in family with a high school senior (20) wondering about your choices and the seemingly daunting process of applying for financial aid, or just starting high school- understanding the process of applying for financial aid and scholarships can remove tons of stress from your process. ahead.

A few times a year I share information about how financial aid and scholarships are determined.  My message is clear– YES YOU CAN AFFORD COLLEGE, and once you’ve recognized and understand how financial aid is an integrated part of your college research/college choice process- you are many steps ahead of the game.

In several of my earlier resources I explained this connection.

If you’re short on time – my video outlines many things and I hope you’ll reach out to explore how aid is determined – and in particular the connection to determining your best fit universities.


Personalized attention and expert knowledge: academic advising and college application strategies to empower every student for success!

With over thirty years of experience, Professor Emeritus, Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D. provides each of her clients with comprehensive one-on-one educational counseling as well as expert guidance with their college applications at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  College Admissions Assistance – create your unique plan to realize your goals.



My educational philosophy is based on thirty years of experience guiding thousands of young adults, emphasizing guided discovery resulting in intrinsically motivated students. I aim to build a long-term partnership with each student often beginning as early as the end of middle school.

It is indeed never too early to begin taking steps to ensure you have a long-term strategic education and college admissions plan fostering a love of learning, solid time management skills and a directed path towards the undergraduate experience.

As an experienced college advisor, all potential clients begin with a Strategic Educational and College Admissions Planning Assessment. I look forward to spending quality time with your family to provide you with an overview of the College Planning process and a detailed personalized Educational and College Admissions Assessment. Let’s discuss the unique steps your student might consider to realize their educational, career and personal goals. Are you ready to begin?

The “fit” between a student and a university is based upon three pillars:


The university you attend should provide an outstanding academic experience in your intended major/minor fields of study, along with appropriate internship and career placement opportunities. This is paramount to selecting where to attend.

There’s a major field of study to match the unique strengths and interests of every young adult! With nearly 4,000 colleges offering an impressive number of traditional and cutting edge majors and minors, it can indeed be overwhelming to navigate the maze of available degree options.

Your evaluation of academics should move beyond published lists of college rankings. The most important steps include learning how to navigate through the “Academics” and the “Research” tabs to fully explore the curriculum maps, degree requirements and the research projects faculty are conducting. As a former university professor with 30+ years of experience on curriculum planning committees, I’m able to help your family assess “academic fit” and effectively explore your academic options to balance each student’s current and emerging interests and strengths.


The social fit is important as each student is looking to find a “home-away-from-home” for their next four years. Is the campus inviting, inclusive and are there opportunities for ongoing social and emotional growth?

This is exactly why students visit university campuses before enrolling. Your Educational and College Admissions Assessment will help you hone in on the criteria that are important to you.  Let me help you understand how to have an informative and meaningful campus visit.


Every family faces unique financial circumstances and we factor those into the choices of where to apply and enroll. Additional details are noted on our financial aid page. If you’re ineligible for financial aid, merit aid remains an important option to explore.

THERE ARE MANY CAMPUSES PROVIDING an EXCELLENT EDUCATION offering deep discounts on tuition given your “admissions profile”.


What inspires your student?    
It is indeed never too early to begin Educational and College Admissions Planning!
College Admissions Planning- Start Early- Increase Your Chances of College Acceptance
College Admissions Planning- Start Early- Increase Your Chances of College Acceptance
Whether you’re ready to write your college essays or just beginning to research colleges and majors, or perhaps you want to create a customized reading, learning and time management plan to explore or deepen an academic/personal interest, I invite you to contact me to schedule your Educational and College Planning Assessment available for current seniors and all middle and high school students.
Best wishes for an absolutely meaningful and enriching 2019-20.
Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D.
Educational & College Admissions Consultant