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“The college search and decision can be overwhelming for everyone involved, but it doesn’t have to be.”

At Arise Advising, Barbara Rifkind helps you find your best path through the college search, application, and admission processes while supporting both the student and the parent.

Your family will feel understood and valued, your student will gain self-knowledge and self-mastery, and together we will drive toward your student’s success.

Barbara Rifkind

Our Services

College Orientation Planning

For families with students in Grades 9 and 10 who want to understand the options and support their students’ dreams, Barbara will provide you with the advance insights and coaching you need to have a clear view of your best strategies, focus early on what matters, and have the confidence to enjoy your student’s high school years.

College Search and Admissions Planning

For families with students in Grade 11 through Grade 12, the Arise Milestones provide a full and robust solution. Your student follows a customized path through the sequence depending on their individual needs and goals. Our purpose is to increase your family’s choice power, improve your student’s engagement and satisfaction with the college journey, and decrease the wear and tear of the college search and application process on your family.

Our Individual Services

Our individual services are for those students and parents who would like a helping hand with specific aspects of the college admissions process.

How Has the Admissions Landscape Changed? And How Should Our Family Plan? My Best Answers to Your Good Questions

Test optional. Access, diversity, and outreach. Virtual college tours and online engagement. Highly selective colleges. Building or rebuilding healthy campus communities.

Some of the concerns and challenges in today’s admissions landscape.

We’ll stay on top of the changes and help you and your student anticipate, adapt, and optimize for this new world.

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