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The Admissions Wayfinder

Your personal guide through the college admissions process

Welcome! The Admissions Wayfinder provides all the tools, guidance, and support that students need to get accepted into their top choice college.  Our professional experience will help students and families navigate college exploration, create a first-class application, and understand the financial aid process.  Explore our services, background, and free recouces.

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Parents & Guardians

  • Give your student a competitive edge

  • Alleviate stress from working with family members

  • Guidance through the financial aid and scholarship process

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Middle & High School Students

  • College exploration guidance

  • Class schedule  counseling

  • Major and career exploration 

  • College application coaching

  •  Resume and interview coaching

  • COVID-19 inquires

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Transfer Students  & 
College Graduates

  • Career exploration

  • Resume and interview coaching

  • Guidance in the transfer process

  • Assistance in the graduate school application

  • COVID-19 academic alternative options


The Admissions Wayfinder works with clients of all ages and their families to guide them through the college admissions process.   Students ranging from middle school to adults looking for their next academic adventure are welcome here.

Free 30 min Consultation

Not sure if this is the right place for you? Schedule a free consultation to discuss your questions and goals.   It's never too early to start planning for college!

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Summer College Application Workshop

Finish your college application in one week  before school starts!  These  small group workshops focus on the Personal Statement/Essay and the Common Application.   


In-Person or Online College Admissions Consulting

After your initial session you may choose to book individual sessions, as needed. Unlike large corporations, we don't require clients to buy bulk packages.   Each student is unique, and we cater to their needs.

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Resume and Interview Coaching

Learn how to show the world the best version of you! Professional resume guidance and interview coaching can help you stand out to future employers, scholarship committees, and to admissions officers.

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Experience in Higher Education

Choosing a college and completing the application process can be a challenge for students and their families. The founder of The Admissions Wayfinder spent nearly a decade working in high schools and colleges.  She uses this knowledge to help students reach their academic goals with a holistic approach that helps reduce the stress this process can create.    

Anna Zirkel earned her B.S. in Secondary Education from Indiana University and her Master's degree in School Counseling from Hunter College in New York City.   Her broad experience ranges from working as a high school counselor at Williamsburg Prep in Brooklyn, NY to roles in academic advising at New York University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She spent the last two years working in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at UNC for the College of Arts and Science.

She’s worked on both sides of the scholarship process, helping students apply and serving on merit-based scholarship and grant committees.   While at  NYU she was a founding contributor to the Social Impact Grant that gives students an opportunity to make the world a better place.   Today, she serves as a contributing editor for College Consensus and coaches students through the college application, financial aid, and decision-making process as The Admissions Wayfinder.  

If you are looking for someone who can guide you through the many decisions in the college application process with an honest, ethical, and kind demeanor then you have come to the right place. 


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