About Us

Your College Advisor Is Here To Help

Time and again, students and parents walk in the door telling us the same thing: "We don't know what we don't know!"

That's okay. That's exactly what we're here for.

At March Consulting, we make it our daily mission to know all the intricacies of the ever-changing college admissions process so you don't have to. 

It's not just our job. It's our passion.

With more than 25 years of collective college consulting, teaching, and tutoring experience, March Consulting is your one-stop college advisor shop for all things college admissions, paying for college, and career planning.

Why Work With A College Advisor

If you're feeling more and more drained as you add items to your college admissions to-do list and are wondering if it's even worth the effort, it's time to work with a great college advisor.

You should hire a college advisor if you're feeling overwhelmed as you attempt to navigate: 

  • how to choose between the myriad academic programs and activities offered at over 2,500 four-year institutions in the US,
  • how to fill-out the FAFSA, CSS Profile and all of the other stressful paperwork required to qualify for financial aid,
  • which recent shifts in the college admissions landscape actually affect you, since - due to the pandemic - there are many new changes, 
  • how to craft the most honest and eye-catching college admissions essay, 
  • whether to take the ACT or SAT and whether or not to send in your scores when you do, as well as
  • how to keep track of all the deadlines, college admissions requirements, and other hurdles that you have to be aware of every step of the way.

A great college advisor can help you determine your ideal path to college, giving guidance as to which items on your to-do list are must-do's and which are wheel-spinning busy work that you can let go of.

This guidance frees you to pour your time and effort into the activities that are most impactful to your success and ensures that you are building momentum that consistently drives you towards your ideal future.

A great college advisor can inspire you to dream big and also help you come up with a game plan to fund your future.

To date, March Consulting clients have received over 2,200 acceptance letters and been awarded over $26,000,000 in scholarships.

We make the college admissions process easier and more fruitful. We also make college less expensive. And our clients have a 100% success rate, with each student receiving at least one letter of acceptance (and most receiving many).

It's a win-win-win.

You don't have to go through the college admissions process alone.

We can work with you to build a manageable admissions timeline and give you reminders along the way so you don't miss important deadlines and opportunities.

Kat Clowes and her team are amazing. They break down the college admissions and application process into a structured and manageable timeline, with tasks that are achievable even while these kids manage school, work, and extracurriculars. March Consulting positioned my daughter well to submit compelling applications, not only to a college admissions office, but also for scholarships. We are so happy to have worked with her, and have signed up my son as he begins his college search.

Lori Blodorn

Happy TwO-Time Client

We can assist you with both choosing a major and building a livelihood, and we can advise you on the best ways to thrive, both in college and in a future career that suits you perfectly.

I was overwhelmed by all the universities our son was considering. She has helped him focus on his career path along with the options of schools that would be the “right fit” for him. Kat has the experience and knowledge that gives a student an advantage when it comes to the whole process.

Benita Lesaca

Overwhelmed To Overjoyed Mom

Click below to learn more about how you can gain access to our team's 25 years of collective college admissions expertise and begin marching towards your inspiring future today.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Working With A Private College Counselor

Do you help with financial aid?

Absolutely. In fact, we consider it to be such a crucial part of the college admissions process that it is where we start all of our clients: A College Comparison Data Dive

After that first meeting, your personal, private college advisor will continue to guide you through filling out financial aid forms and answering any questions you have.

Finances go hand in hand with just about every element of the college application process and we are prepared to help you navigate all of it so you can make use of every opportunity offered and not make any costly mistakes.

Where do March Consulting clients end up going to school?

Our students are:

  • conquering space at NASA,
  • creating solutions to real-world engineering challenges at the University of Pennsylvania,
  • advancing food science and chemistry at Cornell, 
  • changing the world at Duke,
  • investigating applied math at Stanford,
  • engineering at Cal-Poly SLO,
  • performing rocket science at Harvey Mudd, and
  • working in the pre-med laboratories at St. Louis University… 

Check back to see what else has been added to the list next year! Maybe you’ll end up being another one of our shining examples.

What’s the best way to deal with a student not having enough motivation or a parent nagging too much?

Students, this is your journey

You have to realize that from day one and let your own dreams carry you through the hard moments to the finish line. It's not any parent's job to nag their kids into success, nor is your private college advisor's job to do the work for you.

Is it going to be easy? No. But none of the really worthwhile things in life ever are and with March Consulting by your side, you’re going to have a formidable team of experts ready to give you every advantage imaginable. 

If we do it together, it's going to be MUCH EASIER than if you do it all by yourself.

But you still have to show up and do the work. Because no one- not us, not your parents, not your teachers or friends- can force you to be motivated. You've got to want this for yourself.

After all, Olympic coaches don’t get to go out on the floor and execute the routine. It’s the same story here. Our college admissions advisors know their stuff, but each student has to be the driving force behind where we’re going and how quickly we get there.

Each family is going to have to be the vehicle and the gas, fueling the student and letting them know they are supported. Then the student drives the car with March Consulting providing the map, the notes, the advice through the headsets, and the extremely loud cheering from the stands.

My student doesn’t know yet where they want to go to college. Do they need to know first before they can work with you?

Nope- we’re happy to help you right from the start.

In fact, two-thirds of our students attend schools that they’d initially never heard of before we met, and they are now over the moon about their schools and programs.

Wherever you are in the process, we can help.

Why is it important to work with a member of a professional college counseling organization like IECA, HECA, or NACAC?

Hiring a college advisor is an investment.

You want to be sure the person you’re hiring knows their stuff and is connected with legitimate organizations of independent college advisors (ie, the Higher Education Consultants Association  (HECA), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), or the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)). 

No one person can know the several thousand schools in America. However, don’t you want to work with someone who is working toward that goal? Someone that has made it their life’s mission to understand as much as possible about what most schools are looking for and actively builds relationships with the reps from those schools?

That’s what you’re getting when you engage the services of our team members. We put the time and effort into learning all there is to know about helping you achieve your goals.

Meet Our People

Kat Clowes, Private College Counselor and Career Planning Expert

Kat Clowes

CEO & Founder of March Consulting,

INDEPENDENT Educational Consultant (IEC), college and career advisor

Why I love what I do

"Opening up all of the possibilities out there and seeing students fulfill their potential is truly what I love. Since I have student loans, due to not knowing that I could get scholarships, I also love sharing all the ways students can get college costs down as much as possible without sacrificing the quality of their education."

Education

  • BA in Communications, Santa Clara University
  • MBA, Mt. St. Mary’s University 
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Consulting, University of California, Irvine
  • Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association
  • Member of the Higher Educational Consultants Association (HECA)
  • Member of the Western Association for College Admissions Counselors (WACAC) 

Publications

Put College to Work: How to Use College to the Fullest to Discover Your Strengths and Find a Job You Love Before You Graduate

Managing Generation Z: How to Recruit, Onboard, Develop, and Retain the Newest Generation in the Workplace

Hobbies

Sewing, history, visiting colleges, singing, spending time with my family, cat, and great dane.

Top College Admissions Tip

There isn’t one dream school for each student, there are dozens and dozens of perfect, dream schools for each student. As you start your journey, open your mind to the possibilities and how each one can help you achieve your goals.

Allison Craun, March Consulting Online Marketing and Content Manager

Allison Craun 

ONLINE MARKETING & CONTENT MANAGER

Why I Love What I Do

"I love what I do because EVERYONE deserves access to an affordable, but still excellent, college experience." 

Education

  • B.A. in Media, Communications, and Journalism - Public Relations, Fresno State University
  • A.A. in Communications, Bakersfield College

Hobbies

Although I'm no expert --  I love to cook. My mother used to work in a bakery, and my grandma taught me the importance of a home-cooked meal. You can always find something good to eat at my house. 

Top College Admissions Tip

Never give up on your goals. Life doesn't always go as planned, and sometimes we get flipped around in all of the craziness. But if it's your goal to go to college and get a degree, then you got to make it work! Remember, everyone is on a different timeline, don't compare yourself to others.  Focus on YOU, and you WILL be amazed at what you can accomplish. 

Christina Varner, College Counselor and Test Prep Expert

Christina Varner

Independent Educational Consultant (IEC),

STEM Specialist, Mindset Specialist, ACT & SAT Tutor

Why I Love What I Do

"I love that our unique process not only helps students find the right schools but teaches them skills that will help them be successful in college and beyond."

Education

  • BS in Economics, California State University, Bakersfield
  • BS in Mathematics, California State University, Bakersfield
  • Single Subject Teaching Credential, California State University, Bakersfield
  • Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association

Hobbies

Sing/Perform, Swing Dance, Exercise

Top College Admissions Tip

Being aware of all the opportunities on campus is the first step in taking advantage of them.

Soren Filipski, College Counselor and College Essay Expert

Soren Filipski 

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ESSAY CONSULTANT, ACT & SAT TUTOR 

Why I Love What I Do

I get to hear young people tell me about their hopes and dreams. Then I get to help make them real.

Education

  • BA, Thomas Aquinas College
  • MA, Franciscan University of Steubenvlle
  • PhD, Ave Maria University

Publications

Translation of Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Young Poet (2014)

The Necessary Question of the Play: The Contribution of Shakespeare's Hamlet to Balthasar's Dramatic Categories (2018)

Translation of Boethius's The Consolation of Philosophy (2021)

Hobbies

French cooking, classic movies, Minecraft

Top College Admissions Tip

 Visit as many campuses as you can before applying.

Dakota Nash, March Consulting Business and Customer Service Management Specialist

Dakota Nash

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER & CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP SPECIALIST

Why I Love What I Do

"Human connection is of the utmost importance to me. I love being able to get to know our students and their families." 

Education

  • B.A in Theatre, California State University, Bakersfield
  • B.A in Communications, California State University, Bakersfield

Hobbies

Any sort of performance (Acting, singing, dancing, etc.) Playing with my dog Paris, and eating. I love to eat.

Top College Admissions Tip

Don't be like others. Be completely YOU! Let your voice shine on your college applications. Live in your truth.


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