You don’t have to navigate this journey alone!

My name is Carolyn Williams, and I founded Direct to College. I am a passionate educator and experienced college counselor. I have successfully guided hundreds of students through the college admission process over the past twenty years. 

There is unlimited information out there about the college process, but it is challenging to make sense of it all. On top of that, families have little time to figure it all out on their own, and students are busier than ever. 

It doesn’t need to be so complicated. It doesn’t need to be so stressful. It does not need to take so much time.

D2C aims to cut through the noise and simplify the college process


What parents and students are saying about their experience:


"I just wanted to sincerely thank you for how much you helped me throughout my entire college process. I truly wouldn't haven't been able to do it without you. I am so grateful for all the hard work, time, and effort you put into to me. It means a lot. Thank you for motivating me when I needed it and helping me find my dream college. I visited University of Tampa yesterday and absolutely fell in love. I couldn't be happier with this school. I'm overjoyed by the fact that I get to attend this school in the fall. I committed yesterday and it was one of the happiest moments of my life. I owe all of this to you so thank you very much." - Student, Aspen, CO


"I am super excited with my options. Thanks again for all of your help. I could not have done it without you!" - Student, Taft School


Thank you so much for everything, I never would have been able to get everything done without your help and endless support!!! I will definitely keep in touch while I'm at school and hopefully I'll see you over holiday breaks.Thank vou so much for all that you've done and helped me to accomplish!" - Student, Carbondale, CO


"Thank you for your guidance through this process. Can't imagine what it would've been like without you." - Parent, Eagle, CO

Carolyn launched her college advising private practice in 2007

 to give students the individualized attention they need to make the most of the college admission process. Each year she visits dozens of colleges in an effort to help students find their fit. Carolyn has worked in education for over twenty years. An award-winning educator, she has established programs and designed curricula at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Basalt High School, and George School (PA). 


Prior to developing her private practice, Carolyn spent several years directing the college counseling program at Colorado Rocky Mountain School. Recently, she worked with the Aspen Community Foundation to launch college and career programming in Basalt High School. Earlier in her career, she directed the international student programs at both George School in Pennsylvania and at CRMS. Carolyn also recruited students abroad as an admission officer for CRMS. Carolyn’s interest in working with international students originated from her experience teaching at Surin Teacher’s College in Thailand. Carolyn is a certified English and history teacher, and completed her student teaching at F.A. Day Middle School in Newton, MA outside of Boston.

Carolyn’s passion for the outdoors brought her to Carbondale, CO, where she now lives with her husband, Greg, and children, Sage and Luke. She enjoys mountain living and is an avid road biker, trail runner, Nordic and alpine skier, yogi, climber, and cross fitter.

Carolyn graduated from Dartmouth College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in history, before earning a Master of Education from Harvard University. Carolyn is a professional member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), and an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

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