College Goals’ Presentations in London and Paris in March 2018

What do families need to know for their student to be successful and satisfied by the university search and application process? Given the unique demands of the American university application process, students are well advised to begin preparing earlier in their high school career than most international students do – in Seconde or early in Première. How do you make all your preparations come together in a strong US university application? Why are American standardized tests so important in the application process and where do you find professional support? College Goals’ counselor, Andrea van Niekerk, will address the complexities of the American university application system, with special attention to the process and mechanics. She will also take questions about applications to the US, UK, and Canada.


Andrea van Niekerk served as Associate Director of Admission, with a focus on international applicants, and as Freshman Academic Adviser at Brown University for over a decade. She was born in South Africa, and was educated there and in the United States. Since moving to the West Coast, Andrea has lived in Silicon Valley where she has continued to work with both American and international families, now as part of College Goals. She also spent a few years, together with her husband who is a professor at Stanford, living as a Residential Fellow in a Stanford student dorm. Andrea has had 18 years of experience in college admissions and academic advising. She is a member of NACAC, HECA and WACAC.

College Goals is a highly qualified university admission consulting practice specializing in counseling families interested in higher education opportunities in the US and the UK. The team of four counselors collectively offers many decades of professional experience in higher education as university administrators, admission officers, educators and academic advisors. We provide expert counsel and support throughout the college search and application process, including choice of appropriate institutions, test requirements, recommendations and interviews, essay writing, and the preparation of distinguished applications.