At Greenwich Education Group, we pride ourselves on matching families with the colleges and universities that fit their unique needs and goals.


Greenwich Education Group’s College Consulting has a strong record of developing personalized admissions strategies that reduce confusion and stress and lead to a successful mastery of the college admissions process.



Our college consulting services for first-year and transfer applicants to undergraduate colleges and universities include:

•    Admissions Process Management & Timeline
•    Application Presentation Techniques & Advice
•    High School Planning (Academic & Extracurricular)
•    Personalized & Balanced College List
•    Standardized Testing Strategies and Recommendations for Test Prep
•    College Application Essay Assistance
•    Letters of Recommendation Strategy
•    Admissions Interview Preparation
•    Waitlist & Deferral Strategy
•    Specialists in Transfer Guidance
•    Graduate School Application Guidance & Support 

We also offer additional services addressing the specialized needs for:

•    International students
•    Student-athletes
•    Creative arts students
•    Students with learning disabilities


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+ ANNE-MARIE HESSER, MS ED —College Admissions Consultant

Anne-Marie is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and has a Certificate in College Consulting from UCLA. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also began her career in educational and documentary television. Anne-Marie’s interest in Art History eventually led her to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she worked as a docent before joining Greenwich Education Group. Anne-Marie lives in Greenwich with her husband, Van, and their three children who attend Brunswick School, Greenwich Academy, Laurel Springs Online High School, and The School of American Ballet in NYC. Anne-Marie brings personal knowledge of the college application process from private, public, and homeschool settings and has a particular interest in working with students with learning disabilities. Anne-Marie’s role at Greenwich Education Group allows her to support students and their families as they navigate their educational choices and goals.


+ MARIE DOLAN —College Admissions Consultant

Marie Dolan has experience helping students and families successfully navigate the college admissions process to find the school best suited to the student’s individual needs and goals. Marie helps students present the best possible application. She stays current on educational trends and campuses by visiting more than forty schools a year. Marie is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and attended IECA’s Summer Training Institute. Marie has a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA

Marie is a graduate of Lafayette College, with a dual degree in English and Government. Earlier in her career, she was a private banker at JP Morgan Chase and also worked at Institutional Investor Magazine. Marie is on the board of Girls Write Now, and was previously a board member of Child Advocates of Connecticut. She served on the Greenwich RTM, and was a volunteer at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has two daughters and has survived the college process.

Marie is also on the Board of Trustees for the New Canaan Library.

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+ FRED COFONE —Essay Specialist

Old Greenwich native and Syracuse University grad Fred Cofone knows that your college-bound student has a story to tell.

Thousands of students across the country can boast the same GPA or standardized test scores as your child. But only your child can claim his or her unique set of life experiences and style of expression.

The personal statement and supplemental writing pieces provide students with a chance to engage admission officers in a way that numbers on a page cannot. It's not an opportunity that should be taken lightly, and even the best writers need an editor.

As a member of Greenwich Education Group's College Counseling team, Fred is dedicated to helping students write effectively about where they've been, so they can get where they want to go.

+ James Donovan, College Counselor Athletic Recruitment Specialist

James Donovan is dedicated to ensuring students feel confident at each step of the adventure of finding their dream college. The college process is not only about strong grades, standardized test scores, and well crafted college essays, but getting young minds excited about the possibilities that college will unlock for them as they continue their life journey. James loves to tap into what students are passionate about and use that passion to drive the exploration and commitment necessary to discovering the perfect fit school.

After graduating Princeton with a bachelors in sociology and four National Titles in the sport of rowing, James went on to balance his time between coaching junior crew and tutoring young minds. With over a decade of tutoring and college consulting experience, as well as many successes guiding students to their dream colleges, James has become an expert at navigating the path to college. James lives with his wife and dog Rufio in Stamford, CT. He also works as a life coach and personal trainer, helping young professionals realize their full potential and confront the challenges of life. When not working, James finds time to rock climb, read, and follow the growing world of Esports.


+ Janice Merrill, College Counselor Essay Specialist

Janice encourages and supports students through every part of the essay writing process, from brainstorming and editing to polishing final drafts that will make students’ college applications stand out. Working to highlight individual backgrounds, goals, and unique qualities, Janice guides writers away from predictable essays and toward engaging, interesting, personal writing. Janice has worked with hundreds of students, including her two daughters, on crafting compelling undergraduate and graduate applications. Janice has a graduate degree in French Literature from Middlebury College and is a long time Greenwich resident.

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+ JOAN BOWEN, College Counselor - Graduate School Consultant

Joan Bowen helps graduate school applicants find their most effective path to admissions success. Joan works with candidates to navigate the admissions process and is involved each step of the way for applications, interviews and critical decisions. Joan has 25 years of marketing experience at Mastercard, Pepsi, GECapital and Citibank. She uses her marketing and strategy expertise to help applicants develop their communications and application focus.

Joan Bowen has an MBA in Marketing from The Wharton School, and an undergraduate degree in English from Lafayette College. Joan has worked on both the east and west coasts in the United States, as well as in several countries in Asia. Joan lives in Westchester, where she has been a Library Trustee, and is on the Board of the League of Women Voters and the Adult School.