In the field of college planning and admissions, Dr. Antonoff brings a calm voice and rational approach to a process often fraught with anxiety, indecision, and misinformation. As a popular speaker, workshop leader, keynoter, and trainer, he has reached thousands of students, parents, and educational professionals. He has appeared at high schools, conferences, libraries, and other community venues to present on such topics as teenagers, parents, college admission, and gap year issues.

Presentations for Students, Parents, and Counselors

Dr. Antonoff’s college presentations serve as an antidote to admission frenzy and a blueprint for a sane, proactive school search and stress-reduced application process. He encourages students and their parents to see beyond “name” schools and take a closer look at the many excellent college options available.

Feedback from Students and Parents:
  • Dr. Antonoff is a very knowledgeable presenter and is able to connect with his audience in a relaxed, approachable manner. His extensive experience allows him to provide information that is invaluable to families as they go through the planning process.

  • Incredible speaker

  • He relates as well to parents as he does to kids. That’s a skill!

  • I liked the positive reassuring approach—very practical advice.

  • I came away from this lively, interactive presentation with less stress and with more confidence that we’ll be able to handle the issues we’re dealing with in regard to both admission and finances.

  • I really liked his positive, ‘you can do it’ message!

  • Bring him back next year!

  • He had a good connection with the audience.  It’s obvious that he’s passionate about his work.

Sample Topics Include:
  • dealing with costs

  • building a college list

  • understanding the current state of college admissions

Sample Presentation Titles Include:
  • College Search and Rescue

  • Solving the College Admission Puzzle

  • The World Is Flat and Only Ivy League Colleges Are Good: Myth, Reality, and Wisdom in College Planning

  • College Shopping: Getting In and Fitting In

  • Turning Teen Problems Into Teen Opportunities

  • Ten Mistakes Students Make in Applying to College

  • Ten Mistakes Parents Make in the College Search Process

  • Living, Coping, and Enjoying Life With a Teenager

Presentations for Independent Educational Consultants and Counselors

In 1981, Dr. Antonoff founded Antonoff Associates to guide students and families in their educational choices. Before becoming a consultant, he spent 11 years in college administration, serving as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Executive Director of Admissions and Student Affairs, and Dean of Students. As a consultant, he is committed to using his experience and expertise not only to help students and families but also to train upcoming Independent Educational Consultants and college counselors in procedures, ethical conduct, and best practices.

Feedback from Independent Educational Consultants:
  • I remember watching you at the IECA Summer Training Institute and noticing your gentle wisdom, the way you embodied a sense of hospitality and generosity.

  • I’ve been consulting for 15 years, and yet I learn something from Steve every time he speaks.

Presentations Include:
  • College Knowledge 101: Understanding the Collegiate Landscape

  • Delivering Consulting Services

  • Essentials of College Consulting

  • Developing a Great Working Relationship With Parents

  • Telling One College From Another: Increasing Your College Knowledge

  • The Consultant as Lifelong Learner

  • Where is the Profession of Independent Educational Consulting Headed?

  • Being a Successful Independent Educational Consultant