The College Consortium
Curated College Counseling
When The College Consortium was established in 2007, the goal was to create a well-informed, well-connected, ethical consortium of experts and professionals in the current college admissions community. Through daily exchanges with multiple professional organizations, we share questions, concerns and offer solutions. Sources include university admission officers, independent consultants and high school counselors through NACAC, IECA, HECA, The Character Collaborative and the UCLA Counseling list serve. Using an independent educational consultant is an invaluable benefit to students and families, offering knowledge and experience to support them through the college application process.
Every year the professional intention of The College Consortium is to guide students and families through the college research and decision-making process calmly and with a sense of purpose. The goal is to help students find an "academic home", where their knowledge and perspectives will expand, where they will develop skills and tools for a global economy and where they will make lifelong friends.
After meeting with each student, we determine specific goals and set up a personalized program for the greatest success. Programs include crafting a tailored college list, creating the strongest profile possible for the admissions application and creative writing exercises for successful, dynamic college essays. Most importantly, we help students stay focused and organized throughout the process.
Marilyn O'Toole is an Independent Educational Consultant (IEC) and member of the most ethical and prestigious organizations in college counseling:
NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counselors)
IECA, Professional Member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association)
WACAC (Western Association of College Admissions Counselors)
HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association)
Marilyn has completed the UCLA College & Career Counseling Certificate with Distinction as well as the American College Consulting for the International Student course at University of California, Irvine.
Marilyn has been a Site Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University, Center for Talented Youth since 2005 and has been the keynote speaker at the JHU CTY "Pathways to College" programs at University of San Diego and University of San Francisco. The College Consortium has provided presentations and guidance to students at highly rigorous high schools in Southern California and Northern California as well as community based organizations. She has conducted workshops for College Essay and Presenting Your Strongest Application for JHU, CTY students at UC Berkeley, UCLA, Pomona College, University of San Francisco, and University of San Diego.
As Ex Officio and past Chair of the IECA College Committee, our team works with the IECA national office and with colleagues across the US, focusing on providing invaluable institutional information and tour opportunities to IECA members. As HECA & IECA Community Representative, we organize regional events with admission's officers from colleges throughout the United States.
As a member of the Tuft's Parents Leadership Council, Bowdoin 1794 Society and the SMU Parent Leadership Council as well as Co-Chair of the Harvard-Westlake Parents of Alumni Committee, Marilyn has been actively involved with secondary and higher education. In addition to living in Los Angeles, having lived in Tokyo, Japan and Paris, France has provided a global perspective to the college and career search. Lastly, Marilyn has confidently guided her 3 children through the college process.