Carolyn Kilgus, left, holds a BA in Social Work and Sociology from Hood College. She received her MSW (with specializations in Family Therapy and Group Work) from Washington University in St. Louis.

Carolyn has earned post graduate certifications in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and in College Admissions Counseling from the University of California at Riverside.

She is a member of several professional organizations including NACAC, NYSACAC, and HECA.

She was an early proponent in establishing the Institute on Character and Admission, working to revolutionize the college admissions process for today’s students.

Ms. Kilgus has worked with adolescents and families in community based organizations, schools, and clinical settings for thirty years. She is also the proud mother of two daughters who are happy, debt-free collegiate music performance, STEM majors and athletes. She currently resides and practices in Putnam County, New York.


“Thank you for all of your time, effort, and everything you do! I have become a better writer because of you. I really appreciate your help. Stay cool."  —Ashley O., student

“You are phenomenal! Thank you for touching (my student’s) life. Your small gestures made huge impacts.”  Ms.S., High School teacher

“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. In a very short amount of time you developed an immense amount of concern for my child.”  Ms. M., High School guidance counselor

“You have built my confidence so much and made me feel better about my hard work.”  —Ayanna A., student

“Thank you for giving me more confidence when applying for colleges.”  Aliyah C., student

“Thank you for your guidance. I feel secure about my college future.”  Emily C., student

“I’m so glad I met you. I’m thankful that you listened to me and helped me.”  Quaelle L., student

"Carolyn really saved the day. She was able to focus my son on the important aspects of the college process and tune out the noise and distraction that often accompanies this journey. Having a neutral party with her talents involved, helped decrease the parent/child stress that can often be present at this time. She made the process enjoyable. I only wish I knew about her services when I was going through it with my first child! Valerie T., parent