Our Approach

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While many teenagers may find applying to college overwhelming, it can actually be an exciting and fun part of their high school experience. Finding the right college counselor to guide your questions and choices and to partner with you is the best way for that to happen.

Our approach to counseling is highly personalized and tailored to the needs of each student and family. Getting to know the student well, building trust is fundamental to our working relationship.  We love what we do. We consider it a privilege to work with families through all steps of this process, to guide students to the colleges and universities that offer them the best academic, emotional, and social fit, to help them present themselves in the best possible light, and to prepare them for the next step in their education.

We pride ourselves on our ability to connect with our families, our availability throughout the application process, and our open-minded approach to counseling.


Zabotin College Counseling offers personalized, full-service guidance and support through the entire college search and application process.

Our comprehensive counseling package is delivered through unlimited meetings and emails, and includes guidance on:

  • In depth college research
  • Crafting a balanced college list
  • Essay brainstorming and editing
  • High school course selection
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Standardized testing strategy
  • Interview prep
  • US and international application review and submission
  • Applying for scholarships
  • Deferral and waitlist strategy
  • Choosing a college
  • Transition to campus life
  • And more

Zabotin College Counseling also offers a full-service package dedicated to students looking exclusively at international (non-US) universities.


Some colleges and universities to which students we’ve worked with have been admitted