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Mona Molarsky offers high school students and their parents one-on-one college counseling and personal attention. She believes there is no one-size-fits-all college admissions strategy because each student has unique needs, talents and abilities. It is only after getting to know the particular student that a counselor can offer insightful and relevant advice. For this reason, she always begins with a face-to-face “getting to know you” session and maintains close personal contact throughout the process. (Skype sessions are available for those who live outside the New York City area.)

Mona graduated cum laude from Columbia University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in literature and writing. She has been a professional writer for many years and has published in The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Art News and other publications. She has also written for 11th and 12th grade language arts textbooks that introduce students to essays, fiction, poetry and drama and help them develop advanced reading and writing skills.

When her daughter was a New York high school student, preparing for the college application process, Mona realized that college admissions is now far more complicated and competitive than it was in the past. By the same token, most high school counselors simply don’t have enough time to work closely with each student and offer in-depth advice. After doing extensive research into college admissions and how it works, Mona shepherded her daughter through the process. After her daughter was admitted to Harvard University, Mona began counseling other students.

For a free twenty-minute consultation, simply email or call Mona to make an appointment: Contact

Why hire an admissions counselor?

Some families wonder why they should hire a private admissions counselor when their student has a free counselor at school. The answer is to get more time and attention. Sadly, the average high school counselor is responsible for advising 272 students. A counselor typically spends just 38 minutes a year advising each student about college, according to a study by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Given the complexity of the admissions process today and the increased competition, most students require far more counseling than that.

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