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Francine Wilson, College Connect Consulting, LLC
A personalized approach to finding the best fit college for every student.

Why Private college counseling?

The college admissions process is becoming increasingly unpredictable and complex. Due to high student workload, high school counselors are not able to provide the individualized attention that students may need. A private counselor can provide a one on one personalized approach to ensure student’s success throughout the process.

About Me

Francine Wilson of College Connect Consulting, LLC is an independent college counselor working in the Chicago area. Francine is passionate about advising students of all academic levels navigate the overwhelming college admissions process. With her many years of experience, she has successfully helped a wide range of students find a college that meets their academic, social, and emotional needs while minimizing family stress and conflict.


My Services

Pre-college Planning

  • High school course review to ensure appropriateness curriculum rigor 

  • Extracurricular review

  • Community service recommendations

  • Advice on summer internships and opportunities

  • Plan for standardized testing

Application Strategy

  • Creation of application timeline

  • Advice regarding early decision, early action, and regular decision deadlines

  • Assistance with Common Application and school specific applications, if necessary

  • Essay brainstorming sessions to discover uncommon, highly individual topics for personal essay

  • Coach students through essay editing with emphasis on personal insight and reflection

  • Admissions interview prep

College List Building

  • Comprehensive review of student’s college needs and wants 

  • College recommendations based on visits to dozens of colleges

  • In depth understanding of colleges’ location, culture, and academics

  • College touring guidelines

  • Skilled matching process of student with potential universities based on academic and social fit

  • Delivery of well-balanced list including likely, target, and reach schools

Decision Making

  • Review of admissions offers and assistance with decision process

  • Guidance regarding financial aid packages

  • Scholarship essay topic selection (optional)

  • Waitlist and deferral letters of continued interest

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