HelloCollege is an Oak Brook, Illinois-based college admissions consulting company. It was founded in 2019 by Kevin Krebs, a former student-athlete at Northwestern University. He started HelloCollege to pave a path to college for many aspiring students while taking steps to minimize the growing cost of college tuition. The website states that it is the largest college planning company in the Midwest.
HelloCollege offers many different services to aspiring college students, including the College Essay Bootcamp, the High School Senior Program, and ACT/SAT test prep and tutoring. They offer 10-hour and 20-hour test tutoring packages, as well as customized hourly assistance by mutual agreement. They offer free workshops on different aspects of the admissions process to interested parties, such as minimizing costs, selecting colleges, writing essays, how to write letters of recommendation, and strategies to improve test scores. HelloCollege offers a free consultation to begin the process. It offers a large leadership team of five in tandem with a large team of tutors, counselors, office staff, and other employees.
Though it is unclear from the website, they appear to offer admissions consulting services to navigate all the different facets of the application process from school selection to essay completion with a particular geographic focus on the Midwest and Midwest Colleges, though they do also work virtually.
HelloCollege receives a 1 in reputation, with no known independent third-party reviews of services. It receives a 2 in results with no known data to corroborate its testimonials. It receives a 0 in the quality of its team with no former college admissions officers. It receives a strong score of 4 in the size of its team, employing nine college consultants. It receives a 2 in web presence (Google organic ranking of 71), 1 in combined institutional knowledge (0 years of collective former college admission officer experience), and a 1 as an educational influencer with a small social media following.
Overall, HelloCollege receives a score of 1.57 in the seven categories analyzed.