Charlotte M. Klaar, Ph.D.

Charlotte M. Klaar, Ph.D.

Charlotte M. Klaar, Ph.D., is the founder and Director of Klaar College Consulting LLC (KCC), based in Brunswick, Maryland. Dr. Klaar is a Certified Educational Planner who serves clients in the Greater Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia areas through office locations in Maryland (Rockville and Brunswick) and Northern Virginia (Reston, Fairfax, and Vienna). Through Skype, Charlotte works with students and parents nationwide. 

Charlotte is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC). She has served as an instructor in IECA’s Summer Training Institute for the past 12 years and has taught for both the College Counseling program at UCLA Extension and the Certificate in Independent Counseling at UC-Irvine. She is trained to administer and interpret the Holland Self-Directed Search (SDS), the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and the Strong Interest Inventory.

Charlotte’s approach to the college selection and application process is to recognize that the process belongs to the student and it is her role in it to facilitate that process by guiding the student to self-discovery so that the best college match can be determined and the application process can proceed smoothly. She has worked successfully with students and their families for 17 years and loves her work.


What can parents do if they disagree with their child's college choice(s)?

Unless it is a financial consideration, the decision is the student's. It is the student who has to live at the college, not the more

How can parents cope with a child who doesn't want to go to college?

Tell the student that she can take one year to work at something productive and to begin to pay her own bills, including her rent to you, car insurance, dry cleaning, more

How can I get letters of recommendation for my transfer application after a short period of time?

This may sound odd, but why are you transferring after a short time? You should remain in one college for at least a year before considering more

What role can/should the parents play in their child's college search?

Parents should be the student's cheerleaders. They should also remember that this is the student's process to drive and that it is the student who is going to college. read more

At what point should parents instigate a nonexistent college search?

The college search should begin in earnest in the second half of junior year. This can be preceded by a year or so of unofficial college visits so that the student can see various types of colleges (city, rural, large, small, etc.). read more

How do I choose between three or more truly different majors?

I would not be concerned about choosing a major before you enter college. Most colleges require that you take general education or core requirements that will expose you to a variety of disciplines. read more

How do you double-major in college?

Double majors are available at most colleges, and sometimes you can do them within four years. read more

How do potential employers look at applicants' study abroad experience?

No matter where you study, it is the grades you earn in your courses that mean the most to prospective more

What steps should I take to become a doctor?

While you are in high school, try to get work in a hospital, doctor's office, or laboratory. Perhaps you can get an internship, some of which are paid, in one of these settings. read more

If you retake the SAT, how do colleges look at your scores?

Most colleges will Superscore the SAT, which means they will take the highest of all the scores you submit. read more