College Admissions: How Riley Baker Makes It Real

Today’s college admissions climate is dynamic, competitive and stressful. At Riley Baker, our commitment is to reduce uncertainty by empowering our students to direct their own college application process and find schools that are a great fit academically, socially and personally, while guiding them on a path of self-discovery that leads to success in college and beyond.

Riley Baker offers a range of counseling services designed to meet each high school student where they are in the college process. We work hard to build meaningful relationships, ensuring there is a deep trust and a supportive, nurturing, non-judgmental environment.

Some students join our practice as early as eighth grade for guidance on course selection and level placement at area high schools. Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to explore their authentic core academic and extracurricular passions and interests, and are taught how to identify their individual learning
styles. Finally, juniors and seniors are guided in developing balanced and appropriate college lists while working through the essay writing and application submission process in an organized, manageable, stress-free way.

Our team works collaboratively for the benefit of every student, and flexible options with all-inclusive or hourly rates ensure that each family’s needs are met. By joining Riley Baker, your student will gain access to the knowledge base of six counselors who are constantly touring colleges, talking with admissions staff,
and sharing their findings. Our advice is as up-to-date as possible in the fast-changing field of college admissions and we provide our clients with real, actionable information.

In addition to college counseling services, our team has expertise in:

  • Athletic recruitment at Division I and Division III schools
  • Merit scholarship pursuit
  • Boarding schools for high school and post-graduate years
  • Therapeutic boarding schools and collegiate mental health services
  • Transfer applications after freshman or sophomore year of college
  • Personal statement development for graduate school applications

Give us a call to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our counselors. We offer in-person sessions at our Winnetka office as well as FaceTime or Skype sessions for remote clients.


We help you discover who you are. That’s how you get where you want to go.

16 Green Bay Road
Winnetka, IL 60093

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