Individualized College Admissions Counseling

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Individualized College Admissions Counseling



Posted on January 11, 2012 at 6:49 AM
I invite students and parents who I have worked with to comment on their college admissions counseling experience. I've enjoyed working with each family. 
Good luck to all of you!

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Reply Lisa L. - West Caldwell, NJ
6:05 PM on January 11, 2012 
I would highly recommend Maryanne to anyone! Her years of college counseling and expertise in the field are considerable, and she uses her knowledge to get the best for a student.

Maryanne's demeanor is calm, something I found particularly comforting, since both my daughter and I were stressed during this process.

In our particular case, my daughter's college essay was her serious stumbling block. Maryanne worked with my daughter on that essay, paying attention to every detail, recommending changes, praising my daughter for her work, and pushing her to find that perfect word to compliment a sentence throughout her essay.

I know you and your child will enjoy working with Maryanne just as much as we did! Knowlegeable, serious, calming, hard-working, are all things I looked for when searching for a college counselor! We found it in Maryanne Melnyk!
Reply Sharon-Montville, NJ
12:21 AM on January 17, 2012 
When it comes to the college admissions process Maryanne is one of the most knowledgeable people you can find. Her insights, recommendations and strategies helped my son immeasurable. Her calm intelligence was a welcome respite from the stress of the process. Maryanne not only knows everything you need to know, she imparts her wisdom with kindness and patience. She responded instantly whenever my son emailed her with a question. I highly recommend Maryanne Melnyk. I only wish I had known her when my daughter was applying to colleges!
Reply George - Montville NJ
4:45 AM on January 17, 2012 
I really can't say enough good things about Maryanne. We have multiple college age children and we have used three different college planners and Maryanne Melnyk is by far the best that we have worked with. Her experience and knowledge in the field is second to none! I realize now that the others were a waste of time AND money! She is well versed in every facet of the college process and we wholeheartedly recommend her to any family with high school age children. She has been such a blessing to us! Thanks again Maryanne!!!!
Reply Carol - Montville, NJ
9:35 PM on February 8, 2012 
This was my first experience with the college planning process and I found it to be quite overwhelming. Maryanne came highly recommended and from our first meeting, I felt confident that we had made the right decision. Maryanne was very thorough when it came to speaking with my daughter as to her possible career interests, preferences regarding school size, location, cost, and comparisons to other students who had applied to schools in the past. We opted to have Maryanne assist in all aspects of the application process, such as activity sheets, essays, separate school supplements and actually sitting with my daughter and filing the applications. She offered invaluable advice and experience, and was always able to answer our questions. If she didn't have the answer, she would find the answer. She is also there after the application process, still offering advice and follow up information. Maryanne made the process so much easier for me as a parent and was able to reassure my daughter that no detail would be missed when filing her applications. If at anytime I had questions, I would either call Maryanne or e-mail her and should would promptly get back to me. Maryanne had a great rapport with my daughter, and in between our scheduled meetings, would e-mail advice or recommendations to my daughter. Even now, after all of my daughter's applications have been filed, Maryanne is still available to answer any questions we might have. I would definitely recommend Maryanne's services to anyone looking for advice and assistance in the college planning process. I will definitely call her again when my son is ready to begin the college planning process.
Reply Carole S.
6:14 PM on June 8, 2012 
Maryanne Melnyk has been absolutely instrumental in guiding us to a most successful college "campaign". This is one of the most important events in a child's life. She worked with us every step of the way, to navigate through the entire process and has a tremendous knowledge of, and command of the nuances of the varied colleges and universities.

Maryanne's counsel, guidance and invaluable experience resulted in our daughter's acceptance into every school that she applied to. Without Maryanne I believe this would not have been attained. If you are looking for the very best in college planning you need look no further. Congratulations on finding Maryanne Melnyk!

We recommend her whole-heartedly and know your experience will be as successful and rewarding as ours.
Reply SC-Wayne
2:17 PM on September 10, 2012 
It was great working with Maryanne! She was knowledgeable, thorough and timely in responding to all our questions regarding the application and interview process. She definitely helped to alleviate the stress involved with the college application process. Many thanks Maryanne!
Reply Carol W
1:11 PM on November 10, 2012 
Gratitude. That is what I feel as my son has wrapped up his college applications. Maryanne was a solid, comforting, well-informed guide through the entire process. She was instrumental in the college selection process, helping with the essays, specifying what was needed for each college, making a timeline and helping with the applications. She was always available via email or by phone. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Maryanne Melnyk!
Reply carolyn t
10:48 PM on November 19, 2012 
Thank you is not enough. Maryanne worked very well with my son and kept him on point with essays, deadlines and all the application process. Maryanne was always there for every phone call or email. Like I told her....she took away a very big headache from me. I look forward to her working with my middle son next year.
Reply A from Mountain Lakes
11:57 PM on December 10, 2012 
Maryanne went above and beyond helping my child during the peak of Hurricane Sandy. She found ways to communicate even when we all were without power and deadlines were due! Though we did not utilize her services for the entire college process, I can only say I wish we had known about her company sooner and certainly will seek her out when our next child is ready for the application process. Maryanne is more than professional, very knowledgeable and extremely helpful.
Reply G
1:28 AM on December 30, 2012 
Maryanne was very helpful with the college process and understanding the common app. Her organizational skills helped to keep everything together and make sure the process went as smoothly as possible. We appreciate all of her help. I would recommend her to anyone.
Reply Ellie W. from West Caldwell
12:05 AM on January 3, 2013 
I cannot speak highly enough about Maryanne. With her years of experience working with high school age young adults, she understands how to communicate with them. As parents, we all know, that is something they don't always do willingly with us. Maryanne worked with my youngest going through this process. My first two were 10 & 12 years ago, and it was very different even then. The college application process has become that much more competitive. She knows what colleges want to see and more importantly individualizes it to match the applicant to that college. She not only clarifies the process for the applicant but for the parents as well. Thank you so much Maryanne.
Reply James-Montville NJ
10:58 PM on January 8, 2013 
Before organizing meetings with Mrs. Melnyk, the college application process seemed daunting. She significantly simplified the process by helping me to organize my thoughts, prioritize every step, and benchmark my progress. Her diligence, experience and expertise were especially evident throughout my time with her, and I would not hesitate to recommend her services to anyone seeking assistance with such an intimidating process.
Reply Rani
12:59 AM on January 30, 2013 
Maryanne's guidance during the college application process demonstrated her expertise and professionalism. My daughter loved working her because Maryanne was so personable, patient, and understanding yet very thorough with her research, creating the activity sheet, and assistance in completing each application. We couldn't have done it so well without her!
Reply IC
5:17 PM on February 20, 2013 
Maryanne was a terrific guiding hand for my daughter and I during the college application process. As this was my first child applying to college, I was unfamiliar with all of the new procedures for the online applications. Maryanne knew how to navigate through all of the online forms as well as assist my daughter with her college essays, which is always a most daunting effort. She knows what the schools are looking for and when they want it. She also kept my daughter on track through her email reminders and phone calls in between her visits to us. Applying to college is not the same as it was when I was 18; it is much more involved. Along with her years of professional experience, Maryanne has also experienced the process firsthand with her own kids and so she knows what families are going through during this exciting but hectic time period. I would highly recommend Maryanne; she is a great college coach.
Reply Diane D. from West Caldwell
4:19 PM on March 12, 2013 
Maryanne came to the rescue to help my son navigate the college application labyrinth. Her calm demeanor helped alleviate the anxiety my son was experiencing during this time. She was able to help him get focused and organized, not only in meeting the various deadlines, but also in writing his essays. She provided invaluable guidance, feedback and reassurance, empowering my son to take ownership of the process for himself. Without reservation, I would recommend Maryanne’s services to anyone who is looking for assistance with such an intimidating process.
Reply Gina
2:19 PM on November 11, 2013 
I had a prior experience with Maryanne Melnyk as she was my daughter's high school guidance counselor. She was very helpful with the college application process at the time. After she retired, I was very happy to hear that she was still available to assist my son, who is now a high school senior, with this process. What I really like about Mrs. Melnyk is that she will customize her assistance based on your needs. She spent a good amount of time with my son helping him with his college essays. She took the time to get to know him, talk about his accomplishments and strengths which helped him formulate and put together his essays. She was very easy to work with and made him feel very comfortable. This process can be very stressful so the help and support of someone with Mrs. Melnyk's knowledge and experience really made a difference. We greatly appreciate her assistance.
Reply Kathleen
7:42 PM on November 17, 2013 
Maryanne and my daughter worked together remotely for most of the college process. It was very successful because they would communicate through email or phone calls. Maryanne had a very quick response time for each and every question that was asked. Her optimistic and calm demeanor along with her excellent organizational skills made the college process much less stressful for both of us!
Reply Meredith
8:52 PM on December 14, 2013 
Maryanne was a huge help and I would recommend her to anyone in the middle of the college process. It can all be overwhelming on your own, and Maryanne helps guide and narrow your search. I came to her and explained that I was interested in film schools. She came back with a list of about 12 film schools that would be perfect for me. Obviously the portfolio part was on me, but Maryanne was great with help on the college essays. Even though she works remotely, she was able to guide me and edit my essays. We kept in touch and if she hadn't heard from me in a while, she would email me to make sure I was on top of everything. I'm so glad I had her helping me every step of the way. I will be attending NYU in the fall!
Reply Kimberly
3:20 PM on November 14, 2014 
As the first child in my family to go through the college process at this point in time, Maryanne was a great help and I would recommend her to anyone. After sending her my essays through email to her, I noticed that she kept my essays and changed them slightly, making the essay content still having my own voice and without it seeming that my essays were changed and written for me. My parents not only love that she was able to help me with my essays, but also love that she has reasonable prices for reviewing various essays, as opposed to other places who want thousands of dollars for a 2-hour session. All in all, the whole family greatly appreciates her assistance with this very intimidating and stressful process.
Reply Gigi
7:39 PM on November 25, 2014 
Maryanne is a "must have" for anyone who has a child thinking about college. Her input, guidance, and suggestions are extremely valuable. My son worked with Maryanne through emails and phone calls and the process was flawless. Her fees are extremely reasonable and her knowledge and expertise are unsurpassed. I cannot thank her enough for all that she accomplished with my son.