Even though roughly 2.5 million students enroll in college each year, only a relatively small handful attend the Top 20 schools. There are literally thousands of colleges to choose from. Exploration is half the fun! Click on the "See More Photos" box below to see a sample of schools A+ has toured. The banner picture above was taken at University of Chicago. The pictures below highlight the faculty authors of three different colleges.


University of Chicago
Chicago IL

George Fox University
Newberg, OR

Massachusetts Institute of Tech
Boston, MA


Why Hire A+

Perhaps you really are busy, or your high school counselor has a heavy caseload and can't provide personal attention, or you just need a different (calming) perspective, some privacy or a sounding board.  You can never go back in time--let A+ help you anticipate.and organize the application process.  

A+ Services

A+ offers customized plans for any stage of a student's academic career including advice on high school coursework, standardized tests, college search, college applications and college essays. While A+ can't pay for your tuition, we can help you find a reasonable path where your student's academic aspirations intersect with the family's other financial obligations.

Who is A+

My name is Allison Henderson and I am an independent college counselor. I received my Bachelor's and Master's degrees from UC Davis and a Certificate in College Counseling from UC San Diego. Whether you are Athletic or Academic, fascinated by STEM or STEAM, interested in SLACs or State U, I can help you every step of the way.

How It Works

I can travel to you or work with you online. I've counseled clients from 30+ high schools here in San Diego. Using Google Hangouts or Skype, or even just a landline, I've worked with clients from Arizona to Zimbabwe (seriously!). You can hire A+ for one session or purchase a package (usually purchased in 11th grade). Call for details.

A+ Tips

There is an abundance of misinformation regarding the college experience. Those people exist who would lead you astray, don't believe their hype! A+ is dedicated to being as objective and accurate as possible. Read the A+ Blog for guidance and advice on the fast-paced, multi-faceted, college admissions experience. Jumpstart your search with our Top Tips page


What if you are unsure about your path after high school? There are still many options to consider: community college, specialty/vocational education, GAP year, online/MOOCs. Call A+ if you could use some help on how to best "hack your education" in this perplexing 21st century.

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A+ Blog


Useful News


Watch our recently updated video about “How to Choose a College” featuring five popular colleges in San Diego. This six minute video highlights just how different a college experience can be. 

That moment students and their families have worked towards for more than 4 years!


Student-Artists: National Portfolio Day in San Diego is November 9th, Westin Downtown, 12-4 pm.

UC application submission period: November 1st - 30th

SAT Subject Tests: Important: Nov 2nd is the only date available to take a language test with listening

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