Facing a New School Year With Less Stress During a Pandemic

September 18, 2020

Jill's recent Op-Ed about navigating the journey to college amid the pandemic was featured in Admitted, the official blog of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling.

Six Major Things COVID Changed About the SAT and ACT Exams

September 09, 2020

College Covered interviewed Jill about new updates to SAT and ACT testing.

Who Gets in and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions

August 03, 2020

Jill gave a testimonial for NYT bestselling author Jeff Selingo's new book, Who Gets In and Why (Book is available in bookstores September 2020.) 

“An important book that shines a clarifying light into the mystifying corners of the college admissions process. Jeff Selingo gives students and their families much-needed perspective on how things really work behind the scenes.”


—Jill Madenberg, author of Love the Journey to College: Guidance from an Admissions Consultant and Her Daughter


Beating the High Cost of College

July 05, 2020

Jill was featured in this Newsday article by Ken Schachter on the value of college and some top cost-saving strategies.

What Counselors Are Doing to Help Students at Home

May 15, 2020

​Jill, along with a few colleagues, offer insight and tips for students learning remotely during the COVID-19 situation, as well as navigating the college process at home.

Adjusting to a New Normal: Advice from NACAC Members

April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Related College Closures: Addressing the Impact on High School Seniors

NACAC Posted its Five Most Read Blogs From 2019

January 05, 2020

Jill's opinion for a better college admissions process was highlighted as a top blog post by NACAC!

"How Your Teen Can Nail Her College Essay" (New Jersey Family)

September 18, 2019

New Jersey Family interviewed Jill and colleagues about college essays.

"How Attending an Alternative School Impacts College Admissions" (US News & World Report)

August 09, 2019

US News & World Report's Josh Moody interviewed Jill about alternative schools. One type of high school does not fit all.

"Counselors Blast College Board's Plan to Assign Students a 'Disadvantage' Score"

May 21, 2019

OP-ED: "Colleges Can Reduce Student Stress" (NACAC Journal of College Admission)

April 16, 2019

Thanks to NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) for publishing Jill's opinion piece in their Spring 2019 Journal of College Admission on ways for colleges to reduce student stress.

OP-ED: "A Better College Admission Process Should Start in our High Schools" (NACAC Admitted Blog)

March 21, 2019

Read my new op-ed for NACAC's (National Association for College Admission Counseling) Blog. Let's take a look at our high schools and how to best support students.

"What Students Should Know About the GPA Scale" (US News & World Report)

November 30, 2018

US News & World Report's Josh Moody featured college advice from Jill about different GPA scales and how they are used in college admissions.

"Last Minute Advice for College Application Season" (Jeff Selingo on LinkedIn)

October 25, 2017

Thanks to Jeff Selingo - New York Times bestselling author, Washington Post columnist, higher education strategist, and LinkedIn Top 10 Influencer - for the LinkedIn interview and endorsement of "Love the Journey to College."

"What Vanderbilt, Northwestern and other elite colleges don’t say about acceptance rates" (Washington Post)

October 07, 2017

The Washington Post's Jeffrey J. Selingo features college advice from Jill as well as her new book with Amanda, "Love the Journey to College," in his recent article on the selectivity in college admissions.

"College-Search Quandary? There’s an App for That" (The Wall Street Journal)

September 19, 2017

The Wall Street Journal's Sue Shellenbarger interviewed Jill and Amanda Madenberg about the digital tools available to help students navigate their journey to college. 

"Exam Cheating on Long Island Hardly a Secret" (The New York Times)

December 01, 2011

The New York Times interviewed Jill about the exam cheating scandal on Long Island. 

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With more than 25 years of experience working with hundreds of high school students, Jill possesses a wealth of knowledge about the college admissions process, and believes the process should be exciting. Jill helps by working closely with each student on college selection, creating a vibrant and authentic resume, planning meaningful and appropriate summer activities, creating personalized testing strategies, brainstorming essay ideas and techniques, building interview skills, reviewing scholarship opportunities and more. Most importantly, Jill eases the stress and helps students feel confident about the college planning and selection process.


Schedule a time to ask Jill your questions or hire her to speak to a group in your community. Working with Jill will provide you a greater understanding of the college application process and, more importantly, a feeling of confidence rather than confusion.

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