Hanna Stotland, Admissions Consultant

Private consultant to help you achieve your educational dreams

College Applicants in Special Circumstances

Hanna Stotland specializes in counseling students who face unique challenges in the college application process. She has helped students apply successfully despite a range of problems that required explanation:

  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Title IX problems
  • Substance abuse and treatment
  • Death in the family
  • Medical crisis
  • Criminal charges or arrests
  • Academic dishonesty
  • Suspension/expulsion
  • Multiple moves during high school
  • One unexplained semester or year of lower grades

Parents and students often give up hope and assume that a selective college, or any college at all, is out of the question for students with one or more problems on their records. But you might be surprised to learn how open-minded colleges can be about these issues when the student has changed and explains the transformation effectively. Hanna herself made it to Harvard despite straight F's in her last three semesters of high school. There is a strategy for every student who wants to return to an academic path. Sometimes community college or a planned transfer is a component of the plan; sometimes it is just a matter of finding a school that will be more forgiving. Whatever the problem, Hanna can help you create a unique solution that works for your family.

Hanna is a nationally recognized expert on counseling students with application irregularities. She instructed fellow professionals on this topic at the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) 2013 national conference in San Diego, CA and at the Higher Educational Consultants Association (HECA) national conferences in Portland, OR in 2014 and Philadelphia, PA in 2016. She will be presenting again in 2017 at IECA in Denver, Colorado, at HECA in Long Beach, CA, and at the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling in Boise, ID. Her most popular program, "Explain Fully on a Separate Sheet: The Special Circumstances Essay," offers guidance to other counselors on how to shape the supplemental essay explaining a problem on the student's record.

Upcoming and Recent Events

Explain Fully on a Separate Sheet: the Special Circumstances Essay

November 4, 2017

Families Advocating for Campus Equality

Dallas, TX

The College Essay: How to Keep an Admissions Officer Awake

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Glencoe Public Library

Explain Fully on a Separate Sheet: The Special Circumstances Essay

June 20-21, 2017

Higher Education Consultants Association

Annual Conference

Long Beach, CA

Introduction to Law School Admissions

June 20-21, 2017

Higher Education Consultants Association

Annual Conference

Long Beach, CA

Explain Fully on a Separate Sheet: The Special Circumstances Essay

May 18, 2017
Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling Annual Conference

Boise State University, Boise, ID

Explain Fully on a Separate Sheet: The Special Circumstances Essay

Explain Fully on a Separate Sheet: The Special Circumstances Essay

May 10, 2017
Independent Educational Consultants Association

Annual Conference
Denver, CO

Title IX and Due Process

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:30 AM

Harvard Law School Spring Reunion

Cambridge, MA

Navigating College Finances

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Glencoe Public Library

Free and open to the public

Sexual Assault on Campus: Title IX and Due Process

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Harvard Club of Chicago

Understanding Title IX and Sexual Assault on Campus: Perspectives from the Law

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Higher Education Consultants Association webinar

College Admissions in the 21st Century

October 27, 2016

Glencoe Public Library

The College Essay: How to Keep an Admissions Officer Awake

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Glencoe Public Library

Understanding Title IX and Sexual Assault on Campus

April 23, 2016

Higher Education Consultants Association annual conference, Philadelphia, PA

How to Succeed in College

May 14, 2015

Glencoe Public Library

Navigating College Finances

May 20, 2015

Indian Trails Public Library, Wheeling, IL

Navigating College Finances

January 27, 2015

Glencoe Public Library

Straight Talk on College Admissions

November 20, 2014 

 Chicago Math and Science Academy

The College Essay: How to Keep an Admissions Officer Awake

October 6, 2014

Indian Trails Public Library, Wheeling IL

Straight Talk on College Admission

September 17, 2014

Offices of Barack Ferrazzano, 200 W. Madison, Chicago IL

College Admissions in the 21st Century

September 8, 2014

Deerfield Public Library

Mawi Learning Power of Adults Conference

July 31, 2014

http://mawispeaks.com/ml2014conference.html 

The College Essay: How to Keep an Admissions Officer Awake

July 29, 2014

Glencoe Public Library

Explain Fully on a Separate Sheet: The Special Circumstances Essay

June 17, 2014

Higher Education Consultants Association Annual Conference, Portland, OR