• Full assessment of academic record, goals and objectives.
• The appropriate timetable:
A complete calendar of timeframes and deadlines.
• Thorough and comprehensive college search and selection.
• Advisement on the application process….step by step.
• Admissions tests information:
What tests to take and when.
• Building a college resume.
• Assistance with essay writing and review of completed
• Consultation on Financial Aid guidelines.
Marna Atkin is a consummate professional.
Her knowledge and connections were invaluable in getting our
son into Cornell, our daughter into NYU Tisch School of Fine
Arts (early decision), and our second daughter into the
University of New Hampshire Hotel and Restaurant Management
Program. Her many years of counseling opened doors to
admissions personnel with whom she had developed a
relationship over the years. This created possibilities for
our children to achieve what they wanted in higher
(Cornell University, New York University and University of
New Hampshire parent, Delmar, New York)
Marna took all the stress of
the college application process off my hands. She made sure my son was on
top of everything. She kept track of his progress and held him to his deadlines.
It was a pleasure working with her and I loved not having to nag my son to get
things done. THAT was priceless. He is now finishing up his freshman year
at FSU. He has had a great first year and is very happy with his choice.
(Florida State University parent, Loudonville, New York)
As the parents of twin boys, the college process
was a formidable task for us to tackle alone. You helped us get organized and
gave our sons incredible personal attention. With the vast array of colleges to
choose from, you simplified the choices by constructing a detailed list of the
schools that met our criteria. Your prior educational experience, patience
and incredible organizational skills made the so called "dreaded" admission
process thoroughly enjoyable and stress free. We are truly grateful for your
invaluable guidance, advice and support. Our sons couldn't be happier with their
choice of University!
(George Washington University parent, Voorheesville, New York)
organization and diligence helped us navigate a very daunting task. She has a
wealth of information regarding individual schools. She kept our son on task
with the application process. He ended up getting in to 8 out of 10 colleges
that he applied to! Marna made the process painless.
(Rochester Institute of Technology parent, Saratoga Springs, New York)
Marna takes great care in explaining each step of the
college application process, making it understandable to
both parents and students. Her insight and recommendations
are based on years of experience in the field. Both of our
children followed different paths and Marna was able to
provide us with valuable insight and expertise.
(Boston University Accelerated Medical program and SUNY
Albany parent, Guilderland, New York)
My son has had the best four years of his life, thanks to
Marna. Her advice and counsel were invaluable in finding the
school that met our son's academic needs. Without her
knowledge of the college arena and attention to details, our
son would never have found the right fit for him.
(SUNY Buffalo parent, Delmar, New York)
When our daughter's guidance counselor failed to provide her
with the help that she needed, Marna stepped in and gave her
excellent help with the entire college application process.
She was there from start to finish--answering any questions
that came to mind and sharing in all of the excitement of
the acceptance process, as well. I must also add that we
live in Massachusetts and would use Marna over again!
(Dartmouth College parent, Milford, Massachusetts)
Marna really gets to know your child well, and she has the
ability to match your child with the right school. She knows
the ins and outs of college admissions, having guided
students into great colleges for 30 years. Marna is
definitely your “go to” college advisor. She develops the
right rapport with your child, as well as with the college
(Union College parent, Loudonville, New York)
Marna Atkin, in addition to being a great
adviser, is compassionately earnest; she intimately knows every detail of the
college admissions process, and has many insights as to how to sort out the
When I was applying to some specialty B.A./M.D. programs, I had no idea what to
expect; Marna helped me not only to organize the application process, but to
prepare for interviews and frame my skills in the best possible light.
There were things, such as sending letters to the right people at the right
time, that I would not have known to do otherwise.
The most valuable thing that Marna helped me to do was to form a plan. This
helped to assuage my fears not only about whether I would be accepted or not,
but about going to college in general.
Overall, her enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge really helped me to get into the
program that was best suited to my personality and accomplishments.
(Boston University student, accelerated BA/MD program)
The college application/ selection process is far more involved than we ever
remembered. It is a constant journey through endless details, surprising
emotions, and countless self reflections. Marna is outstanding as a support
person for each of those aspects of the application process. Her ability to
guide you through while always keeping the proper perspective was invaluable to
us as parents. Compassion and focus….that is Marna Atkin!
(Emerson College parent, Loudonville, New York)
I can’t say enough about Marna Atkin and her college consulting services. She
really exceeded my expectations. She handled everything from soup to nuts for my
daughter which took all of the stress out of the college admissions process for
us. She has an abundance of knowledge about the college admissions area and
collaborated very closely with our daughter keeping her on task regarding
deadlines etc and providing us with pertinent information. We will be using
Marna’s services again this fall for our son. I can’t recommend Marna enough!
(George Mason University parent, Guilderland, New York)
Atkin College Counseling is a superior service for your student. You feel as
though your child is thoroughly understood and their strengths and weaknesses
are considered for every choice along the way. This is a soup to nuts program,
very thorough, and personal.
(Wesleyan University parent, Ballston Spa, New York)
I shudder to think of having to complete the college search process for our
triplets without Marna. Her knowledge and experience were absolutely invaluable.
She kept everyone on task and was able to provide insightful answers for our
endless barrage of questions. We couldn’t be happier with the results and would
highly recommend Marna to anyone beginning this process.
(Tufts University, College of the Holy Cross and Marist parent, Slingerlands,
My daughter will be attending a Master’s in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis
in marriage and family counseling in the fall. Bard was a great experience for
her – a perfect fit. She loved it and didn’t want to leave. Without Marna, this
never would have happened, so I am eternally grateful.
(Bard College parent, Albany New York)
Marna without a doubt made the challenging task of finding the right college and
maneuvering through the process from start to finish much easier and more
enjoyable for all involved. The kind gentle encouraging way she has with high
school students is wonderfully refreshing. Marna was in touch with us
constantly, sending interesting articles, reminder emails to our students to
keep them on tract, and responded immediately whenever we had a question. It was
a pleasure working with Marna, her vast knowledge and systematic approach to
making sure everything was done in a timely non stressful manner was the perfect
fit for our family.
(New York University and University of Michigan (2) parent), Slingerlands, New
Marna’s knowledge and expertise in the college admissions process, guided our
children through this sometimes daunting procedure in a productive and organized
manner. She managed the entire process with a personal touch, patience,
perseverance and sometimes a bit of humor to motivate and encourage our son and
daughter. Marna made it a priority to communicate with us regularly. She emailed
interesting articles, kept us informed of deadlines and expectations and was
always available to answer our questions. Marna’s track record for college
admissions with our children was outstanding. We are truly grateful for her
honesty, respect and superior service!
(University of Connecticut and University of Massachusetts parent), Guilderland
We are so incredibly pleased with our son's college planning experience with
Marna Atkin. With Marna's guidance, knowledge, and experience, our son took full
ownership for every part of this process including the college search, decision
making, visits, scheduling interviews, and completing his applications. This
wouldn't have happened without Marna. Marna was always available for
consultation about anything college related. I loved how she sent e-mail
reminders and interesting college-related articles and tidbits from the
internet. The best part was our son got into the college of his choice, early
decision! Thank you Marna!"
George Washington University parent, Saratoga NY