What is College Admissions Counseling?

Selecting the right fit for college is more than compiling a list of colleges. In today’s ever-changing post-secondary landscape, students benefit from professional guidance to help them establish clear college and post-secondary goals. In the absence of a defined purpose, students are less likely to graduate on time, suffer increased rates of anxiety, and are more likely to transfer or drop out of college. With the cost of a bachelor’s degree in the U.S. between $100,000 to $360,000 or more, failure to plan effectively can be a costly proposition.  Ensuring the college selection and admissions process for your student is highly personalized increases the probability of successful outcomes.   



At Effective Students, we believe the development of strong executive functioning coupled with selecting the right college fit is the key to long-term student success. Our partnership with Fine Educational Solutions is centered on empowering students through a holistic approach to learning and personal development. Dr. Fine’s passion for helping students find their “Great Fit” college is matched only by her team’s dedication to teaching critical skills, such as effective writing, time management, and goal setting. Dr. Fine’s comprehensive understanding of student development perfectly complements Effective Students mission to give students the tools they need to achieve the success they desire. Together, we are dedicated to empowering students to achieve their goals in school, college, and beyond.

Dr. Kathy Fine

At the heart of Fine Educational Solutions is Dr. Kathy Griswold Fine, a visionary in the realm of educational psychology and college admission counseling. With a Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Higher Education, concentration in Educational Psychology, Dr. Fine’s expertise transcends conventional approaches. Based in Charlotte, NC, her unique blend of academic knowledge and research-based strategy, combined with empathetic guidance, helps young minds navigate the demands of school, college admissions, and life. Dr. Fine is committed to equipping students for the challenges of higher education and beyond. At Fine Educational Solutions, Dr. Fine leads a process-oriented, knowledge-based approach, ensuring that every student receives personalized guidance and unwavering support.


Many first-time undergraduate students struggle to effectively transition to college, and, as a result of this and other factors, dropout rates are 24.1%. For students still developing executive function skills, ensuring continuity in strategy and process is critical. Effective Students has partnered with families since 2015 with the goal of equipping students with the skills they need to flourish at the next level. To best serve our clients, we have partnered with Fine Educational Solutions and their founder, Kathy Fine, Ph.D.

Dr. Fine has taught executive functioning skills since 2008. Effective Students is pleased to offer the logical next level of service to our students who would benefit from guidance and a holistic approach to the college admissions process. With the Fine Educational Solutions personalized approach, students and families have a:

  • An individualized approach designed to foster self-advocacy and accountability
  • Standardized test planning
  • A balanced college list of great fit schools, including a realistic assessment of the academic support services available
  • A research-based process for essay writing from brainstorming to final draft resulting in student essays that reflect passion and authenticity

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