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College Application Guidance

Applying to college involves many important decisions—where should you apply?  What should you write about?  How should you present your accomplishments and unique personality throughout your application?  These are tough questions, and we’re here to help you answer them.  We share valuable insights with our clients.  You can find some of them in news sources like CNN, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and Reader’s Digest.  Applying to college doesn’t need to be stressful.  Let’s talk about how we can help your family.

School Selection

Identify and select schools that fit your personality and interests.

Track All Deadlines​

Outline a strategic long-term action plan to make sure you're on track. 

Application Strategy

Navigate the application process with grace.

Letters of Recommendations​

Strategies for obtaining stellar letters of recommendations from teachers and guidance counselors.

College Essays

From brainstorming to crafting an outstanding personal essay.

Interview Prep

Prepare for college interviews and other public speaking opportunities.

Post-Acceptance Guidance

Take on any post-application issues, such as the waitlist purgatory.


“H&C’s commitment and diligence to making sure that their students get accepted into their dream schools is exceptional. I credit my Master counselor's approach to building the most compelling and concise personal narrative and Pierre’s focus on creating the most persuasive resume with my acceptance to my dream school. I was able to become the first student from my school to get into an Ivy League school since 1992. Pierre and his team's combined efforts offer a unique perspective into the admissions process that ensures their students have the best chance of getting accepted.” 

- Harvard student, class of 2024.


How We Work on Applications

Our team of experts and former admissions officers assists with all aspects of the college admissions process, from school selection, to essay writing, to the activities list, and to interview prep.  We help seniors present themselves in their very best light on every part of the application.  We assist them in creating a college list that best fits their academic and extracurricular interests, guide them through brainstorming, planning, and drafting their essays, and navigate other important aspects of the application process.

College Essay Guidance

The college essay is the hardest part of applying to college.  It can also be the most stimulating and rewarding task you have before you.


Joyce Carol Oats, who knew a thing or two about great writing, once praised the personal essay genre for its “directness and intimacy,” and for “its first-person authority.”  At H&C, our job is to help you find your own voice—to tell your story with both intimacy and authority.

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Racquel Bernard

College Admissions Counselor

Former Assistant Director of Admission, Dartmouth College

Racquel Bernard is pursuing a Ph.D. in Musicology at UCLA. After graduating with a bachelor’s in African and African American Studies, she served as an assistant director of admissions at Dartmouth for two years before completing a Master’s in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. 


She has worked with students to successfully apply to Princeton, the University of Chicago, UCLA, NYU, Northeastern, Boston University, and more. Racquel has traveled internationally giving admissions presentations, meeting with clients, and discussing important factors in the application process. She uses her experience reading applications as an admissions officer to help students craft applications that stand out from the crowd.

Meet Our Specialists


Angela Dunnham

Master Admissions Counselor

Former Assistant Director of Admission, Dartmouth College

Angela Dunnham is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she majored in English Language and Literature. She is earning her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy at Beijing Normal University in China. As an Assistant Director of Admissions at Dartmouth College, she traveled to schools around the country and read over 1000 applications.


Angela has considerable experience advising students and families throughout all stages of the admissions process. She has worked with students living in the United States and China. She has hosted workshops for US high school guidance counselors and youth development organizations to deepen their understanding of the admissions process.


Angela is passionate about using her skills to bring out the best in her students. She has helped students gain admission to Top 30 colleges and universities, including Yale University, Brown University, John Hopkins University, University of Michigan, and more. Angela is also specially prepared to help less competitive applicants improve their admissions chances.


Angela helps students develop their narrative, fine-tune their leadership skills, and define their extracurricular profiles. In addition to a thorough understanding of the holistic review process used to evaluate students at highly-selective colleges and universities, Angela’s track record as a leader, community organizer, and educator allows her to connect and prepare students to be competitive in the application process.

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Lukas Corey

College Admissions Counselor

Lukas is a Yale University junior pursuing a double major in Biology and Computer Science. After working in management, hiring, and applications consulting at CollegeVine for two years helping more than one thousand students with their essays, Lukas transitioned to a College Admissions Counselor position at H&C. In college, he has been a Yale Admissions Ambassador, Computer Science TA, Editor of the Yale Scientific Magazine, Writer for The Yale Globalist, Volunteer at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, and Member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for Science and Quantitative Reasoning. He also co-founded, the Yale Undergraduate Research Journal, and Yale CS Tutorials.

Lukas’s experience in business, internships, and research is also vast. In high school, he helped start the nonprofit Model United Nations Northwest, which runs Washington State’s largest conferences. A published researcher, he has worked in labs at the University of Washington, the National Institutes of Health, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Yale, and Novartis. He has received tens of thousands in grants and scholarship funding from the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking, NASA, the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design, and more.

Let's Talk

Schedule a free consultation to speak with one of our consultants to determine how we can best help your family on college applications.


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