First-Year Students

What is a First-year student?

First-year students are applicants that are coming from high school and have not received college credit after graduating from high school.

Some colleges refer to freshmen as “first-year students”.

The application Process

We guide students at each step, whether it’s brainstorming their essay or applying to scholarships.

Career Advising

We help students find the best-fit path for them.

Road Trips

We take students to colleges all over the country!

Rachel Winston with a student


College counseling at Lizard is hands-on. We sit down and guide students through the application process, step by step. Students and parents do not need to carry the stress that comes with juggling the numerous applications.

  • Common Application
  • Coalition Application
  • UC Application
  • CSU Mentor
  • ApplyTexas
  • Universal Application
  • UCAS (for U.K. schools)
  • SlideRoom


At Lizard, we listen to our student’s stories and work with you to consider possible topics. We help you devise a plan to write the essay, provide samples to review, and guide you through the entire process.

Rachel Winston with her student.

Interview Prep & Resumes

We prepare students throughout the year for college interviews, summer programs, internships, and jobs. We assist with research, questions, body language, and thoughtful responses.

We also craft one-page resumes that are modern and impactful.

Rachel Winston with a parent and a student

Financial Aid/Scholarships

One of the most well-known stressors in college admissions is navigating financial aid and scholarship opportunities. At Lizard, we help students submit a FAFSA/CSS profile if they choose to do so. Additionally, we compile charts specific to your college list containing scholarship information, deadlines, and requirements.

Rachel Winston with her students on a college visit

Career Advising

Many students are stumped when it comes to choosing a major. Additionally, many students graduate college with a degree that they don’t know how to apply to a specific field.

At Lizard, we advise students on career paths and inform our students of the career prospects for specific occupational choices. We also have helped many students transfer from community college to a four-year institution.

Rachel Winston and Michelle Tahan at Loyola University Chicago

Road Trips

Our team has visited over 300 colleges in the United States, including 100 in California and a few in other countries. We offer a unique, personalized perspective into the college experience.

Students may choose to join us on our college road trips. For details on pricing and what that entails, click below.


We are familiar with the appeal process and have experience working with students to obtain relevant paperwork and prepare to present their case.

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