A Message From Dr. Antonoff

Educational planning is not a matter of absolutes and easy answers. It requires good judgment and the thoughtful weighing of alternatives. I don’t make decisions for my students. I do share insights and perspective gained from my experience and familiarity with the process so that students and their families can move beyond misperceptions and make choices based on fact, logic, and reason.

Years ago, I served as dean of admission and dean of students at the University of Denver. I enjoyed my work tremendously, but the higher I rose as a college administrator, the less time I spent with students. I left the university to become an Independent Educational Consultant (IEC) and have a direct impact on the lives of young people. As an IEC, I can share knowledge that I have accumulated over years of visiting schools and meeting with administrators, faculty, and students. I am able to connect what I know about institutions and the admission process with the needs of my clients and their families.

I believe there are fine colleges for everyone. I like providing clients with options that they may have overlooked or never considered. I enjoy solving the puzzle of what will best fit an individual student’s abilities, talents, and interests. Where can she be admitted? Where can he shine? What can I say that will give the student the confidence to move forward with enthusiasm?

The process of planning for college and applying for admission can sometimes seem arduous and even stressful for students and their families. But as I know from experience, it’s worth every effort when young people find themselves at a “good-fit” school—enthusiastic about learning, excited about relating to new peers, professors, and environments, and reaching their true potential intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

The importance of fit. Dr. Antonoff’s goal is to help students and parents select colleges that are educationally, socially, and emotionally appropriate—in short, schools that “fit” the student and will allow the individual to learn, grow, and succeed.

The single most important factor in making a sound educational choice is knowledge. Dr. Antonoff offers students and their families comprehensive knowledge gleaned from his wide-ranging professional experience and research.

Success in college is still the means by which dreams can become reality, but a good education doesn’t just happen.

To succeed, students must devote the time and effort to assess themselves, their situation, and their goals—and then identify the schools that best meet their needs. But with more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States, the choices available can be overwhelming. And given the cost of higher education today, spending a semester or year at a school that’s a poor fit with the student may represent an expensive misstep.

Two types of one-on-one educational consulting for choosing a college are available.