College Planning

Student-centered guidance in a complex and competitive college landscape

Expert, Caring College Guidance & Admissions

With decades of experience in the field, our college counselors harness student self-discovery to optimize the college process.

As educators dedicated to student-centered results, we shepherd you and your child away from the many societal distractions and the disinformation that contribute to raising your family’s stress level, while closely guiding you through the logistical challenges that come with an increasingly complicated college search and application process.

In addition to traditional college planning, we also specialize in:

Our Unique Expertise & Relationships

These days, there are few things more stressful for parents and students than the college choice and application process.

Its many logistical and technical features that have made the process increasingly tricky to navigate can make even the most experienced families in the college process feel overwhelmed. Thankfully, our signature W.I.S.E. Method of Educational Planning allows you to experience the entire college search process with less stress, more sense of purpose, and greater confidence as you benefit from our decades of collective experience in education and in working alongside and with the growing adolescent.

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Our College Planning Specialties

International University Planning

American students looking to do undergraduate degrees overseas or international students looking to study in the U.S. or stay closer to home, our international counselors have the expertise to wisely guide you to the right college for you in the U.S., Canada, EU, or UK.

Learning Differences

Students with moderate to more significant learning challenges, neurodivergent students, and those who have suffered from TBI or concussions experience the benefits of working with experts in these areas while engaging in our personalized college search process.

Athletic Recruiting

As experienced college counselors who are also former collegiate student-athletes, high school and college coaches, McMillan Education offers you this dual expertise in specialized athletic recruiting and college counseling.

College Transfer

Whether you are someone whose first college hasn’t suited your academic or social goals and you are looking to better your situation, or you’re a student for whom your first college experience hasn’t gone as planned, our experienced transfer counselors can help you navigate the unique requirements of the transfer search process to find a college you where you can thrive.

Developmental or Academic Crisis

For students who have had an education disruption as a result of therapeutic treatment or disciplinary incidents, our trained experts offer the reassurance of knowing how to present their histories in an effective and empowering college search process.

The Arts

We help students who embrace a more traditional college experience with a heavy focus on the arts and students committed to an undergraduate degree anc future career dedicated to the arts find the college where they can pursue their passion.

Matriculation List

We’re so proud that our students attend a wide variety of colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom, embodying our commitment to our developmental and student-centered process:

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Our College Planning Experts

Don and Sarah McMillan have assembled a team of educators-admissions experts whose collective experience is unparalleled in the field of educational counseling.

Don McMillan, M.A., M.F.A.


Amy Christie, M.A.

Educational Counselor

Kim Chorosiewski, Ed.D., CSCS, CMAA

Chair, Innovation & Athletic Recruiting

Peter Olrich, MBA

Chair, College Planning Practice

Bill Southwick, C.A.G.S.

Educational Counselor

Jacquie Magiera, MSW, LCSW

Educational Counselor

Jamie Paul

Educational Counselor

Kelly McAdams, MSW, LICSW

Educational Counselor

Krista Despotovic-Jacobson, M.A.

Educational Counselor

Nanny Noyes, M.Ed.

Educational Counselor

Rachel Leja, M.S.

Educational Counselor

Samantha McMillan New, OTR/L MOT

Educational Counselor

Susanna Beckwith, MALS

Educational Counselor

Tony Lambert, M.A.

Educational Counselor

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