Jill has a knack for taking the intimidating college process and transforming it into a well-organized, stress-free working relationship. Her enthusiasm and passion for helping my son was above and beyond my expectations. We found she is experienced in all facets of the college application process and then some. Love her!

– Lisa H. (parent)



Jill Athenour is dedicated to taking the stress out of the college search process, and making it interesting and fun.

Finding Your Fit

From information gathered from the student and parents, combined with first-hand knowledge of colleges across the country, Jill will provide a tailored list of colleges that would be a good fit academically, socially and financially.

Preparing for College

Are you prepared for college level courses? How will you become involved and experience all that a college campus has to offer? Jill will guide you on high school course curriculum and activities that will help you recognize your abilities and unique talents.

Managing the Process

Jill customizes her program to each student and will steer you through the college search step-by-step from start to finish; easing the stress and confusion that often goes along with the process.

Telling Your Story

Together you will create a compelling application packet that highlights your strengths and accomplishments, expresses who you are in a confident and authentic way, and sets you apart from other applicants.


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Jill’s academic and professional background is uniquely suited to college admissions counseling. She has over 25 years experience in the education field with 10+ years in college admissions — at St. Mary’s College of California, then as Director of Marketing and Admissions at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

Jill is part of an exclusive group of consultants and school counselors who have earned the distinction of Certified Educational Planner (CEP). Certification is granted to those who have achieved the profession’s most rigorous educational standards and adhere to a strict code of ethics.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara; a Master’s in Counseling from St. Mary’s College of California; and a Certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California, Irvine. She is trained in Co-Active coaching and is certified in a number of assessment instruments. Jill is also the mother of two college students.

Jill visits over a dozen campuses each year, attends national conferences, and participates in professional activities and organizations to keep up with college admissions trends. She frequently speaks to high schools and organizations on various college planning topics around the Denver metro area.