“A person of uncommon integrity and great insight, John Happs is a college access professional to whom I would refer my own children without hesitation. A true champion of student-centered college planning, he listens carefully, thinks broadly and never wavers in pursuing the student’s best interests.”
~ Pete Van Buskirk Author, National Speaker, Founder of The Admissions Game and Former Dean of Admissions at Franklin and Marshall
"John Happs has extensive experience as a high school counselor. He has provided insight to students and families ensuring that students successfully engage in post-high school planning. John offers the expertise that teachers, counselors and administrators seek to assist students in post-secondary work. He has guided students in the pursuit of college entrance and college scholarships—gaining access for students where others would not have. Most importantly, John has excellent interpersonal skills. John Happs is an expert in his field and he truly cares about students and their families. He will work to get to know each student's needs so he can best assist them."
~ Deirdre Pilch, Ed.D. Superintendent, Weld County School District 6
"Dear John, He made it (!) and thanks to you, he was accepted at all the universities that he applied to. After taking ground school for the Civil Air Patrol earlier this year, he decided to attend Embry Riddle in Prescot, AZ for aviation sciences. Phew, what a process it has been. Thank you for all your help and guidance through this process! I am pretty certain we would not have managed it as well without you. For all you have done to help Colin, and us, thank you! We look forward to giving you a call when our daughter will be a junior."
~ Many thanks, John! Lisa and Martin Kelly
"John, We just wanted to take a moment to tell you our exciting news! Jordan was accepted to all the schools she applied to (with the exception of Whitman, who she hasn't heard from...) Her first choice has remained Loyola Marymount, and her financial award letter just arrived yesterday. They gave her approximately 50% in merit-based aid, which we believe will enable us to accept their offer. She is so excited and has been telling people all day she is moving to LA!
We would not have known about this school if it weren't for you. We are very grateful for all the assistance you provided to us and to Jordan, and we look forward to her becoming a Lion!"
~ Best, Pam and Bob Boaz
"I can wholeheartedly recommend Counseling 4 College. As a parent who had never sent a child off to college, I found the process completely overwhelming. So much had changed since my husband and I attended college! Thankfully, a friend recommended John during our daughter’s junior year. John has that rare combination of professional acumen and personal rapport that combine to inspire confidence in both the student and their family. His student-centered process has worked for so many others’ and has been validated by Peter Van Buskirk and other highly regarded professionals in the field.
John holds the student accountable to create and implement their own “go-to-college” plan while his agile facilitation and motivational skills make the student want to do the work. My daughter looked forward to their meetings and came away with multiple college options and an organized approach to complete everything that was required for admission. His mentorship enabled her to discover her selection criteria, to determine what she intends to get out of the next four years and ultimately to build confidence in her decisions about the future. It taught her a lot about herself and helped us as parents learn more about “letting go.” It gave us enormous peace of mind to know that we could entrust our daughter’s academic future to someone so knowledgeable, trustworthy and kind. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!"
~ Jan Cheney, Parent of college-bound senior attending Connecticut College
"A crucial part of finding the “right” college for our son was making sure that we had an accurate financial picture that we could rely on. We appreciated Vic's ability to accurately answer all our questions about the financial portion of the college planning process. He helped ensure that we prepared our CSS accurately and then was able to provide insight on what the colleges would be really looking at when evaluating our financial needs. His depth of knowledge gave us of a sense of confidence that we were on the right path.”
~ Cheryl Rowan, Parent of college-bound senior attending Johns Hopkins
"We are extremely thankful to Vic for everything he has done for our daughter. We could not have done this without his assistance. Because our daughter had unique ideas about her college path, Vic's dedication, professional experience and kindness really helped our daughter make an informed choice. He presented her with so many alternatives which allowed her to view the larger picture instead of just focusing on one option. This allowed her to make an informed decision and choose the right fit for her. We are so pleased with the assistance Vic provided that we will continue to use his experience for our next daughter."
~ Diane Goncalves, Parent of a daughter admitted to universities in Canada and the United Kingdom and is attending North Central College in Chicago