College Planning Expertise

PEOPLE

Engaging, friendly, knowledgeable, experience to help you through the entire college application process.

PROCESS

Tailored process, rooted in a proven student-centered approach focuses on finding the perfect-fit college.

PRODUCT

Bell College Consulting students feel less stressed, get admitted, and pay tuition that meets their family’s goals.

ABOUT BELL COLLEGE CONSULTING

When you work with Bell College Consulting, you work with Chris Bell. Chris is Chief Advisor, and he is the primary contact for every student.

Chris works with experts from colleges and universities across the country. One key local advisor is Dr. Michele Moses, a higher education researcher who advises Bell College Consulting on all aspects of the admissions and higher education landscape. Also on the team are experienced essay editors, former admissions officers, student affairs professionals, and career counselors.

Philosophy and Experience

Chris formed Bell College Consulting after seeing so many high school students in the Boulder County area struggle with the college selection process. Students are stressed to a near-breaking point as they strive to even assemble the long list of tasks related to college admissions, let alone try to accomplish them. Students often feel the burden of making what seems like a life-defining choice, all while trying to put their best self forward in their college applications, where someone else will determine if they get in. It feels overwhelming. It feels vulnerable.

Chris has a long history of helping students. He knows the college and university landscape and has a graduate degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education where he learned student counseling. He has served in college and university settings for more than 25 years and has had positions at the University of Colorado, Colorado College, Regis University, Colorado State University, and North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. His varied career includes high school and college teaching, college advising and counseling, software and courseware development, student activities, academic technology, and student support. He is now full time in his dream job at Bell College Consulting where he helps high schoolers with college planning.

Chris is committed to ethical standards in his work with students, ascribing to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Statement of Principles of Good Practice, the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Principles of Good Practice, and the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) Code of Conduct for Individual Consultants.

Chris has received the Certified Educational Planner (CEP) credential. This is the highest level of professional recognition and certification in the field of college planning and exemplifies Chris’s attention to excellence and professionalism.

Chris engages actively in professional development and belongs to the following professional groups:

National Organizations:
HECA – Higher Education Consultants Association – Member, Conferee, Volunteer
IECA – International Educational Consultants Association – Professional Member, Webinar Co-Host
NCAG – National College Advocacy GroupCertified College Advocate, National Forum Host, Presenter
NACAC – National Association for College Admissions Counseling – Independent Consultant Member
ASCA – American School Counselor Association – College Admissions Specialist Certificate
Gap Year Association – Independent Consultant Member

Regional Organizations:
CCC – College Consultants of Colorado President and Board Member
RMACAC – Rocky Mountain Association for College Admissions Counseling – Member, Conference Volunteer, College Advising Volunteer
CSCA – Colorado School Counselor Association – Affiliate Member

Chris loves working with students and their families. And students and their families report that they love working with him too.

Minimum number of colleges Chris visits each year
Percent of clients who have been admitted to 1 or more of their top 3 Schools
Percent of Repeat Clients: Families who hire Bell College Consulting for younger siblings.

Services

Comprehensive College Planning and College Advising for your Student

The Bell College Consulting approach consists of three phases. The YOU phase involves assessments, inventories, and an interview to can get to know the student’s personality, aptitudes, and interests, and ideally, having the students get to know themselves better as well! The FIT phase involves building the list of colleges for the student. This moves from a not real list where the student conducts research using our web-based tools, through iterations and discussions, to ultimately arrive at the perfect-fit college list. Finally the APP phase, also known as the Application phase, is all about putting the student in the best light, using their own words and writing through a skilled essay brainstorming, analysis, and revision process.

Throughout these three main phases, we cover different aspects of the college planning process including:

Inventories and Assessments

Inventories and Assessments

We provide students multiple strenghts-based assessments that help in college selection as well as career planning. The only thing more important than the results is the conversation we have about the results.

College Characteristics

College Characteristics

Students work through one of several methods for identifying their key college characteristics. We look beyond just "large" and "small," and spend time discussing Research 1 vs. Liberal Arts, and everything in between.

The Perfect-Fit College List

The Perfect-Fit College List

We lead the student through a low-pressure, iterative process that involves targeted suggestions that meet or (challenge) the student's key college criteria. Students conduct research using vetted sources and then share their conclusions in conversation with their advisor.

Essays and Applications

Essays and Applications

Whether using the Common App, Coalition App, or any of the others, college applications involve essays. Students will often write 8 or more essays as part of a well-formed application strategy. Through in-house and external reviews, we work with students from brainstorm through polished final draft.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Whether targeting need-based aid or merit scholarships, we provide as much assistance in this space as the family wishes. Families can create their own financial estimates without sharing financial information, and then provide key figures for us to estimate bottom-line college expenses.

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