NEXT STEP
COLLEGE  ADMISSIONS  PLANNING 

OUR MISSION: ADMISSION.

Preparing 9th through 12th graders and international students for a promising future! Next Step's mission is to help each student determine their "best fit" post secondary education.

In person counseling or face to face video conferencing.

just arrow logo_edited.png
just arrow logo_edited.png

OUR STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED TO:

air-force-academy-png-7.png
Yale_logo.png
1280px-MIT_logo.svg.png
tcu-horned-frogs-logo.png
Clemson_University_Wordmark.svg.png
Duke_University_logo_2-510x200.png
CUBoulderLogo1.png
University-of-Miami-Logo.png
NotreDame.png
Cornell_University_logo.svg.png
1280px-University_of_Texas_at_Austin_log
logo3.png
University_of_Alabama_(logo).png
vt-logo.png
usd-logo-primary-thumb.png
LMU_Seal.png
e153fdcdb99dcdb3cad266c28c87a08214860562
uf-cjc-logo.png
florida-gators-logo.png
lmu-lions-1-logo-png-transparent.png
Adult Students

HOW WE CAN HELP

The college search and decision process can prove to be one of the most stressful events in your student’s life.   At Next Step we meet students in person or via Zoom video to guide them through every aspect of their college planning and admission. Our goal is to help you and your student minimize this stress and successfully find their best possible college fit.

Next Step utilizes a proven curriculum and timeline to guide your student from beginning to end of their college admission plan. Topics that are covered include:

  • Personality assessments

  • High school course planning

  • Determining "good fit" careers

  • Determining college criteria

  • Researching colleges

  • Developing a college list 

  • SAT/ACT test plan/study plan

  • Free SAT/ACT test diagnostics

  • Writing the college essay

  • Common Application

  • Interview preparation

  • Financial aid overview

  • Military Academies/ROTC

  • Scholarship options

  • NCAA/NAIA recruitment guide 

  • Financial aid package review

 

PACKAGES OFFERED

Explore our two different plans offered to determine which would suit the needs of your student and family the best. Contact us for more detailed information.

 
Student Writing

10 HOUR ADMISSIONS PLANNING PACKAGE

This option may be suitable for the student who has a good handle on their individual admissions process but may need a little help and guidance along the way.  The meetings are student driven and they decide what aspects of the process they would like help with.

 

Meet The Team

It is never too early to begin planning and organizing a path to success for your child's postsecondary education. This is where we come in.  We are here to guide you and your student through a customized search and planning process that will alleviate the anxiety and guesswork, and find the options that are most suited to your student's needs and future goals.

heca_logo_provisionalmembers.125.png
IECA_Assoc-Member-Horz-c-Low.jpg
th.jpeg
  • Facebook Social Icon
DSC_0045 2_pp.jpg

JOANIE TILL​

FOUNDER/CO-OWNER

Next Step College Admissions Planning, LLC

Professionally, Joanie spent many years in the business world in the field of acquisition and contract negotiations. Her passion for working with students and helping them to reach their college goals prompted her to shift careers. She has been successful in helping students gain admission to top colleges and universities as well as success with admission to the service academies. She is knowledgeable on the ROTC scholarship process and academic scholarship process. Educationally, she possesses an undergraduate degree in business as well as an MBA. In addition, she has earned her graduate level certificate in College Counseling from the University of California, San Diego.

Lori's Profile Pic.JPG

LORI VOGEL

CO-OWNER

Next Step CAP, LLC

Lori’s passion for helping young people discover the “right” college match has successfully led her to guiding students in ROTC Scholarships, NCAA recruitment, and admissions to elite colleges and Ivy Leagues. She often visits college campuses and admission officers to get a first-hand sense of their offerings. Her education is a BA in French Language and Literature from the University of Utah in addition to studying abroad.

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn Social Icon

TESTIMONIALS

"Joanie Till’s college advising services make the usually stressful college application process, easy and as stress free as possible. When applying to colleges, I had no idea what to expect as an only child with no one to help guide me. My school offered limited college application resources from over worked counselors, who had no time for individual consultation. I felt very overwhelmed and scared at the prospect of having to balance my already busy schedule and learn how to properly complete supplementals, SAT/ACT testing, and common application. This is when I found Joanie! She stepped in and made a clear timeline for me. She informed me of many different application faux pas I would have otherwise included. My supplementals weren’t just edited for me once, but multiple times with encouragement for me to show my personality through my writing, to the colleges in which I was applying. I actually feel like from my time working with her my writing became much stronger. Although much of the work can be done independently with online correspondence, it is also very easy to schedule face to face time with Joanie through her portal. I would go to her house where she has the perfect office work space to really get that one on one guidance. Because of Joanie I was accepted into 16 colleges, denied from none, and am attending my dream school in the fall!"

MALLORY / STUDENT / BISHOP GORMAN HS

"Joanie provided expert advice to our daughter to help her application stand out amongst the thousands of others colleges receive! She walked us through the whole application process, not only making it easier for our daughter, but also for us!"

LARRY & SUE / PARENTS / BISHOP GORMAN HS

"Joanie’s counseling on the college application process was invaluable and kept my son on track!  Her expertise was well worth the investment into my son’s future.  She helped navigate some tricky areas of ROTC and USAFA applications with which most other college counselors are unfamiliar.  She is a master at English and writing and helped my son keep his essays refined, polished, and on point!  My son was able to get accepted into his top choice school with over $130,000.00 in total scholarship money for his four years there!"

MELISSA / PARENT / PALO VERDE HS

ROB & LIZ / PARENTS / TERRE HAUTE HS, IN

"Lori Vogel at Next Step was indispensable in my son's application and acceptance to his preferred college engineering program.  Her extensive knowledge, professionalism, and personal connection and passion for my son's success was highly evident throughout her many sessions with him.  I would highly recommend Lori and Next Step to anyone wanting to successfully navigate the college application process.  Well done!". 

 
 

“College inspired me to think differently.

It's like no other time in your life.”

Larisa Oleynik

University Building