Design Your Future

Welcome to Portfolio College Counseling. If you’re a visual thinker, willing to push the boundaries of your own work and curious about your options for college, we want to hear from you!

Portfolio College Counseling is a personalized educational consulting service. We advise U.S. and international students seeking to advance their education in creative fields. Our expert academic, art, and design college counseling can help you discover the best undergraduate or graduate programs. We will also guide you in developing and executing a college application plan, while teaching you to showcase your accomplishments and abilities. We provide skilled guidance throughout the college planning and application process.

PARENT | Graphic Design major, Boston University

Lorraine worked with my daughter to help prepare the best possible portfolio for admission to BU. From helping her select the pieces to present to coaching her on how to present the material when she interviewed with the art department, she put my daughter's mind at ease and made her feel more confident about her application. In the interview with the College of Fine Arts, she was told that her portfolio was excellent not only because it showed her potential to learn but also because her work was varied and showed a willingness to take artistic risks. We are grateful to Lorraine for the role she played in our daughter's application process. She will be attending BU in the fall and couldn't be happier.

Genevieve | Illustration major, Parsons New School of Design

This email is long overdue, but I thought I would drop you line to tell you how much you helped me, and am continually grateful for your support which earned me acceptance at Parsons. Studying graphic design is literally the best thing I have ever done in my life - I am having a blast!

Michael | Sculpture major, UCLA

Lorraine, you were an extremely important part of our team. You pushed M. to give his best and his applications were significantly better because of it. Thank you for your calming, helpful demeanor and constant support. I have told everyone I speak to how important I feel it is to have you involved in the process. Please save a space for my daughter, who will apply next year.


Hilary Key | Founder & CEO, Art Steps, Inc.

I am profoundly grateful for Lorraine’s mentorship and expertise. My art school serves over 700 students each week, who need a more sophisticated, advanced level of guidance than we normally provide as they seek to apply to art school. Lorraine openly shared her expertise on a range of topics. It is clear that she deeply desires to see creative youth pursue their individualized paths toward success. She shares a deep understanding of creative career possibilities in a changing world, encyclopedic knowledge of individual colleges with their various application requirements, and understanding of the teenage mind. She approaches every discussion with extraordinary thoughtfulness, subtlety, clarity, and professionalism. Her guidance and mentorship has resulted in accurate, useful information for teens and parents, as well as a stronger, more efficient goal-oriented fine art program… I cannot recommend Lorraine and Portfolio College Counseling highly enough.

Olivia | Illustration major, Fashion Institute of Technology

I LOVE IT here! I have a great dorm life. I am taking fashion drawing classes my first semester for illustration… I have a general illustration class where I’m producing some great pieces of work each week, so that’s probably my best class! I just love the atmosphere. And I really enjoyed your help — you really did guide me.

S.M. | High School Art Teacher

Lorraine’s visit to my art classes really helped to inspire and motivate my students. It was a real benefit for them to hear about career options and see the examples she provided. It helped to validate all that I try to teach. Her tips and advice regarding portfolio preparation were insightful and will prove to be valuable, I am convinced. I would welcome her back.

Parent | Photography major, Barry University

THANK YOU for all your help. I was able to let O. spread her wings and feel that she was doing her own applications, without Mom’s help. It was important to me that she had guidance along the way. You gave her confidence and gave me a sense of security that she was meeting all the criteria necessary while still making the deadlines.

Anna M. | Studio Art major, NYU Steinhardt

When I started the university application process, I was overwhelmed and confused with all of the different application systems and requirements. Having regular meetings with Lorraine and receiving numerous helpful guide documents allowed me to have a clear idea of which universities I was going to apply to and my plan of action for the upcoming months. I found the feedback I received for my essays and artwork descriptions very concise and useful.

Lauren F, Parent | Fashion Design Student

Portfolio College Counseling provided practical and invaluable advice throughout the college process keeping all of us calm and on track. Just knowing Lorraine was there to ask a question or guide me or my daughter made this unnerving exercise so much smoother. We’re so glad we didn’t go it alone!

Let's Connect

Finding the right college counselor is the key step in a successful college planning process. To help decide whether our services are the best path forward for students, we offer a 30-minute, complimentary phone meeting to introduce ourselves, get to know you and explain our process. Afterward, we’ll prepare a written proposal to outline our plan for working with you, that includes a suggested timeline and associated fees. Each plan for counseling is customized, based on the student’s abilities, skills and educational objectives.