Allison Molenaar is a certified Independent Educational Consultant with a passion for making a difference in kids’ lives.  She founded Molenaar College Consulting to help students and their families acquire the knowledge they need to make an informed, thoughtful college decision.

Credentialed and  Experienced

Her credentials include completion of the highly regarded Certificate Program for Independent Education Consultants at University of California Irvine; and she has expanded her skills in key areas with advanced studies in College Financial Aid, College Affordability, and Application Essay Writing.  Allison was appointed to the Undergraduate External Application Readers at UC Santa Barbara, reviewing more than 1000 applications for the 2015-16 application season alone.

Dedicated to Service 

In addition to being a lifelong learner Allison is a passionate volunteer, who loves to help teens see the benefits of volunteering.  She has been a key contributor and architect of the College Bound program for the non-profit, YALLA, helping refugee and immigrant youth rebuild their lives and achieve their dream of going to college.

She has also commandeered squads of young people south of the border to construct houses for Build a Miracle and abroad for an international soccer exchange.

Professional and Connected

Allison uses her membership in these professional organizations to stay connected and informed on all aspects of the college application process:

  • Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA)
  • Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
  • National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC)
  • Western Association of College Admissions Counseling (WACAC)


Allison Molenaar

“Allison Molenaar is, without a doubt, an enormous part of the success of our program.”

Kathryn Caputo, Program Director for YALLA College Bound


“With Allison’s guidance, our student took ownership of the application process; this was a terrific gift to our family”

Jenn, Parent.