Welcome to College Advising and Planning Services
(formerly Competitive College Coaching)


With over 3,500 post-secondary institutions in the United States (not to mention a myriad of international schools), how can you find a really great school?  The answer is:  There are lots of great schools, however, just because a school is "great," doesn't mean it's the right school for you.  

Every year, thousands of students discover this the hard way.  In fact, 

more than half of incoming college freshman eventually drop out of school or transfer to another university

As the director of College Advising and Planning Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Glenda Durano helps students worldwide find the right school the first time and avoid that waste of time, money, and effort.  With a certificate in Independent Education Consulting, a commitment to ongoing professional affiliation and education, and a desire to work with high school counselors, Glenda stays on top of the ever-changing world of college admissions, working one-on-one with students in order to guide them through a successful college admissions process. Glenda works with students in order to help them find potential career fields and provides a customized list of schools based on the student's specific academic, social, and financial needs. In order to determine those needs, we

 help you

Discover your passion.

Develop your potential.

Determine your path.

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The college search process is about more than just getting a degree.  It's about gaining direction and finding your fit.  


high school, we work with families on a one-on-one basis regarding the best way to discover and develop the student’s passions, talents, and abilities through acade

mics, activities, and accomplishments.  Depending on the student's needs, this includes, but is not limited 

to, preparing for standardized tests, participating in meaningful activities, applying for scholarships, providing and prioritizing a customized list of schools, and developing an accurate and effectual transcript, résumé, essay and college application.  

College Advising and Planning Services was founded in 2008 by educator and author Glenda Durano. A Certified Educational Planner, professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and a member of the Higher Education Consultants of America, Glenda’s professional background is in marketing, management, education, and communication.  Both of Glenda's daughters graduated Summa Cum Laude from TCU.  Her older daughter completed her master's thesis in Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University and works in Beijing, China, and her younger daughter will complete her MSN/MPH dual degree from Johns Hopkins University later this year.

Monthly E-Newsletter

  • June 2013 E-Newsletter Do Majors Matter? It’s a seemingly simple question that strikes fear into the heart of every high school student: “What are you going to study in college?”  Some students ...
    Posted May 19, 2013, 3:53 PM by Glenda Durano
  • September 2012-E-Newsletter College Research: Up Close and Personal          In today’s world of Google-mania, most high school students are able to successfully navigate those notoriously circuitous university websites.  The problem with ...
    Posted Sep 17, 2012, 1:07 AM by Glenda Durano
  • August 2012 E-Newsletter GOT MERIT AID?             Almost every student (and certainly every parent) that I speak to is interested in obtaining some sort of financial aid in order to help cut the out ...
    Posted Aug 9, 2012, 9:39 PM by Glenda Durano
  • Special Summer Edition LEAVING THE NEST Every fall, millions of students “leave the nest,” embarking on the transition to adulthood by attending college.  The path to university life involves much more than packing ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2012, 6:59 PM by Glenda Durano
  • July 2012 E-Newsletter WHAT MAKES "U" SPECIAL?             After you’ve visited five or six universities, your mind starts to turn to mush.  (Can you imagine how I feel visiting twenty to forty schools ...
    Posted Jul 2, 2012, 9:34 AM by Glenda Durano
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  • The College Advisor: Summer Suggestions Below is a helpful article by Peter Van Buskirk.  Summer Do's and Don'ts for College Applicants By PETER VAN BUSKIRK In the coming weeks, thousands of young people ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2011, 12:27 PM by Glenda Durano
  • The College Helper: 38 Minutes Below is a copy of a press release that I sent out this week.  I thought you might find it interesting.HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RECEIVE 38 MINUTES OF COLLEGE ADVICE ...
    Posted Apr 1, 2011, 11:10 AM by Glenda Durano
  • The College Helper: Where the Money Is There are hundreds of scholarship searches available on the web, my personal favorite being Fastweb. While outside scholarships can definitely be productive, even the most ambitious, talented students usually top ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2011, 12:44 PM by Glenda Durano
  • The College Helper: Home for the Holidays After one semester, Mom and Dad can't wait for their child to come home for Christmas break.  But parents, know this:  things have changed!  You student has now officially ...
    Posted Dec 17, 2010, 3:29 PM by Glenda Durano
  • The College Helper: First Hand Help Want to know what college is really like?  During Christmas break, when all your friends' kids are home from college, invite them over for cocoa and cookies (college students LOVE ...
    Posted Dec 11, 2010, 6:00 AM by Glenda Durano
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