• Staying On Top of Trends

    Carolyn divides her time between working with students, building relationships with colleges and universities, and keeping a finger on the pulse of college admissions.

    • She Regularly attends college conferences with admissions professionals
    • She Visits numerous college campuses throughout the year
    • She Researches colleges and meets with admissions professionals regularly to keep abreast of admission trends and developments
    • She Attends professional development seminars
    • She Maintains connections to other professionals in the field through her memberships in IECA, NACAC, NYSACAC and HECA.
  • Free First Consultation

    Our personal approach to college counseling is based upon a foundation of comfort and trust. We offer a COMPLIMENTARY initial consultation with students and parents so we can all get a sense for how we might work together and discuss the best approach for you.

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About Pathways for College Pathways for College


Carolyn is an independent educational consultant and the founder of the Westchester, New York based Pathways for College. She is committed to helping students identify colleges that are the right fit. Her goal is to empower students and reduce their stress levels by providing them with information and expert guidance throughout the selection and application process. Carolyn regularly conducts workshops and writes about college admissions, essay writing and financial aid topics. She travels extensively to college campuses across the country to stay abreast of admissions trends and developments. 

Carolyn holds a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA and completed the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) intensive Summer Training Institute. She is an active professional member of IECA, a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC) and the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA).Carolyn received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.

Carolyn Cohen founded Pathways for College after a 22-year legal career that included positions as Vice President and Senior Associate Counsel at a major Fortune 500 company and General Counsel to a real estate development firm. As an attorney and certified mediator, Carolyn mentored young professionals, provided counseling and mediation services, and coached team members on developing analytical and effective writing skills, and delivering oral presentations. She has also worked with college students serving as a crisis intervention counselor. Today, she draws upon her expertise to help students identify and achieve their college objectives.


Pathways for College partners with students to offer them the optimum balance of support, encouragement and responsibility to achieve their goals. We first concentrate on getting to know each individual through in-depth assessments and interviews, and then identifying the educational institutions that are the right fit for him or her. We guide the student through the entire selection and application process in a way that supports self-reflection and exploration. We are there to cheer them on and celebrate their successes and empathize with their frustration. We help students develop applications that speak to their essence and highlight the unique strengths and achievements that set them apart in the applicant pool. Our goal is acceptance to the school that provides the academic, cultural and social environment best suited to his or her learning style and personal goals, offering the best promise for a rewarding college experience.