Helping Students Find the Right College Fit

I’m Mary Hager of Hager College Consulting, and I've spent the last seven years working with high-performing high school students ( BASIS Scottsdale, Great Hearts Academies and others), helping them find the right college fit.


I hold a Master’s in Social Work and have worked as a counselor in schools and hospitals for over fifteen years, giving me the necessary skills to successfully guide students and their parents through the changing landscape of college admissions. 


Also, I belong to the National Admission of College Admission Counselors, The Rocky Mountain Association of College Admissions Counselor and the Higher Education Consultants Association.

My memberships ensure that I not only adhere to the highest ethical standards the industry requires but also demonstrates my commitment to continuous professional development through college visits and participation at professional conferences.


The thought of applying to college may evoke feelings of anxiety, confusion and pressure, especially to highly selective colleges. 

I believe that working with students 1:1 to fully understand each student’s unique qualities and individual goals is critical in exploring colleges that are the student’s best academic, social and financial fit.


This process doesn’t have to be anxiety-producing or unnecessarily complicated. With my help, students and families take a methodical approach to the college admissions process and in the end, not only will the student have college choices, but also have a much better understanding of who they are and what special qualities they bring to their chosen college campus.


These are the services included in the Comprehensive Plan

With the exception of the College List Development, all are available to purchase separately in four-hour blocks.


Recommend high school courses, extra-curricular activities, summer programs and research opportunities. Advise and edit summer program applications. Assist in resume format and content. Assist students in maximizing teacher and counselor letters of recommendations.

College List

Prepare a customized list of colleges and prepare student for meaningful communication with college admissions, including preparation for college interviews.

Essay Brainstorm

Brainstorm and edit all essays, including Common Application, Supplemental Essays and Honors application essays. Advise deferments and waitlists.

Indigo Assessment

Conduct Indigo Assessment, a multi-dimensional, comprehensive tool which gives students and parents customized information into the student’s skills, motivators and behaviors. This information will be used in high school course selection, extra-curricular activity planning and potential major and career options.

Test Advising

Advise a customized schedule of standardized test planning, including PSAT, SAT and ACT, as well as Subject Tests.

College Application

Provide college application assistance, including whether or not student should apply REA, ED, EA or RD. Optimize application timeline for scholarship consideration, as well as financial aid applications.

Advise final college choice

Counsel student on best fit college, according to student's stated values and goals. 

Best Academic, Social and Financial Fit College!

Students who have worked with me have been admitted to the following colleges:

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“Mary is experienced and very knowledgeable in the college application process. She helped our son navigate the application process professionally and effectively.  She is very skilled in working with adolescents too. Her expert guidance allowed our son to explore several college and military academy options with independence and confidence.  Mary facilitated essay writing brainstorming sessions, prepping for interviews, advising standardized testing schedule, and managing critical application deadlines. We are incredibly grateful to Mary and highly recommend her services.”

Linda Gallie
Parent of a 2021 Basis Scottsdale graduate

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