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Every aspiring college student and their supportive family wants to hear the coveted words, “You’re accepted.” The thick envelope heralds a bright future.

Make sure you are positioned to open your mailbox and find the admissions decision you deserve. It’s never too early to prepare your best impression.

Visit the links on our Core Services page to find out more about my suggested Timeline, the Fee Structure and What to Expect during the college admission process.

What to Expect

Straightforward and Simple

Navigating the college admission process can be frustrating and stressful for both you and your student. Anchor Collegiate can help simplify the process by helping your student stay organized and focused. We do this by:

  • Keeping track of deadlines for applications, scholarships and awards.
  • Meeting regularly to discuss college selection, admissions chances and the process itself.
  • Providing professional resources and information to demystify the application process.
  • Helping the student plan his academic coursework according to his college aspirations.

Get to Know Kerri

A native of Branford, Connecticut, Kerri has been married to her Army Hero for 27 years. She has successfully transitioned their 2 daughters through 18 Army moves and 16 schools, to include boarding school admissions and freshman and transfer college admissions. A graduate of Mary Baldwin College, she has attended University of Oxford and UCLA, earning her certification in College Counseling.

Kerri has served on the board of 7 non-profit agencies, has volunteered over 10,000 hours on a number of army posts and civilian communities, and has served on 4 school site councils. A Former educator, Kerri worked for The Military Child Education Coalition for 6 years developing their nationally recognized Parent to Parent Program workshop curriculum and College readiness and Admissions program and resources. She is the author of “The Military Child Education Coalition’s College Admissions Workbook.”

Currently living in Pennsylvania,  Mrs. Beckert is now the owner and principal in Anchor Collegiate, a private admissions consulting firm.  Anchor Collegiate is dedicated to helping students and their families understand and succeed in the competitive college admissions and application process.  Kerri Beckert firmly believes that there are great campuses all over the world looking for students like yours- who are global in thought and perspective, engaged, adaptable, positive, and resilient.

“If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.” Admiral McCraven, University of Texas, 2014 Commencement Address

  • Global Services

    Offers consultations in person, by telephone, and via Skype to clients all over the world.

  • Campus Visits Around the World

    Visited over 140 colleges, universities and preparatory schools in the last decade.

  • International Students

    Knowledgeable about requirements for non-US students from a variety of countries.

  • Education Advocate

    Passionate about improving education opportunities one student at a time.

Recommended Timeline

When to Start Thinking About College

It’s never really too early…

Many parents of High Schoolers ask me, “When is the right time to start thinking about college applications?” My answer, invariably, is now. With over 4000 colleges and universities in the United States, finding a manageable list of schools to which to apply can be daunting. Once that list is found, managing the application process can be even more so! 

As an Independent College Counselor, I have visited many campuses. I can help you and your student find the campuses that not only fit your child’s educational goals, but also a place at which they will be happy and engaged. Here are a few tips for parents of high school students:

Freshman Year

Take the most rigorous course of study that you can handle, consider honors or accelerated courses or AP if your school allows. Engage in your classrooms. Join a sports team or club in which you have a talent or interest. Look into summer jobs or internships which can help give you some insight into the field of study you may wish to follow in college. 

Sophomore Year

Consider an AP or IB course, continue to challenge yourself academically and engage in your classrooms. Consider a leadership position in your student government or club. Volunteer in your community, religious organization or school. Take the PSAT in the spring if they are offered in your school. Spend some time this summer exploring additional fields of study. Study for the SAT.

Junior Year

Continue to take the most rigorous course of study you can. Take additional AP or IB courses if offered in your school. Take your first SAT and ACT in the winter of your Junior year. Continue to seek leadership positions in your sport or activities. Visit college campuses over Thanksgiving, Christmas or spring break. Retake the SAT or ACT in the spring if your scores need improvement. Spend the summer writing your college essays and gathering scholarship information. Schedule interviews and campus visits for the fall. Ask teachers for recommendations in the spring for next year’s applications!

Senior Year

Retake the SAT or ACT again, if you did not do as well as you would have liked. Start a Common Application account for those schools to which you would like to apply. Download the applications for those schools which do not use the common application. Remind the teachers about recommendations. Chart out deadlines for applications, recommendations and scholarships! Continue to seek out opportunities to make a difference in your community.

Colleges Visited


To download a complete list of all worldwide higher education and preparatory locations that I have visited in the last decade, email me.  I am always visiting new campuses and seeking out the best university and college matches for your student.

Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Harrisburg, PA

Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA

Penn StateHaverford College, Haverford, PA

Haverford College, Haverford, PA

Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

US Coast Guard Academy, Groton, CT

Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Tubingen, Germany

American University, Washington, DC

Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Furman University, Columbia, SC

Davidson College, Davidson, NC

Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA

University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL