Exploration. Application. Success.


Personalized College Consulting for Every Student


The College Consortium, an Independent Educational Consultant LLC, provides parents and students the invaluable benefit of personalized support throughout the application process.

Our goal is to guide students and families from the college search to college acceptances calmly and with a sense of purpose. We assist in organizing the process so that students can find an “academic home”, where they will expand their knowledge and perspective, develop skills for a global economy and make lifelong friends.

The College Consortium was established in 2007, with the goal of creating a well-informed, well-connected, ethical consortium of experts and professionals in the current college admissions community. The College Consortium follows the NACAC Code of Ethics and Professional Practices and is a member of NACAC, IECA, HECA, WACAC and the Character Collaborative, which include in their memberships university admission deans and officers, independent consultants and high school counselors.

Marilyn O’Toole, CEP, Founder

Working with students from exploration to application and success!

Marilyn O’Toole, CEP, is a Certified Educational Planner, an Independent Educational Consultant and member of the most ethical professional organizations in college counseling, which include:

AICEP (American Institute of Certified Educational Planners) – the highest level of distinction among educational counselors
NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counselors)
IECA Professional Member (Independent Educational Consultants Association)
HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association)
WACAC (Western Association of College Admissions Counselors)
The Character Collaborative – Educators with a common interest in elevating ethical attributes

Marilyn has been a Site Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University, Center for Talented Youth since 2005 and has been the keynote speaker at Johns Hopkins University CTY “Pathways to College” programs at UC Berkeley, UCLA, Pomona College, University of San Francisco, and University of San Diego.

Marilyn is credentialed as a Certified Educational Planner (CEP), which is received after meeting substantial educational and experiential requirements and passing a rigorous board-certifying assessment.

Marilyn quarterly attends and participates in national and regional conferences for NACAC, IECA, HECA and WACAC to be well informed of the current admissions’ climate and to discuss students’ best interests and concerns with college admissions.

Marilyn has completed the UCLA College & Career Counseling Certificate with Distinction as well as the American College Consulting for the International Student course at University of California, Irvine.

Marilyn has been actively involved in secondary and higher educations as a member of the Tuft’s Parents Leadership Council, Bowdoin 1794 Society and the SMU Parent Leadership Council as well as Co-Chair of the Harvard-Westlake Parents of Alumni Committee. In addition, Marilyn has confidently guided her 3 children through the college process.

Our Process… Working with Students

Working with high school freshmen through seniors, my goal is to create a detailed, personalized program for each student’s success.

Our Process… Working with Admissions

Working with admissions officers helps understand what specific institutions expect of applicants.

Our Process… Working with Colleagues

Working collaboratively with IEC colleagues allows better advising to students and families.