Empowering Students to Thrive in Higher Education




Dr. C. Nicole Henderson gets results! She is a highly experienced college readiness & retention consultant, speaker, and trainer. She is dedicated to using her unique insider knowledge and expertise as a College Dean of Student Affairs and former college admissions officer, to empower and coach first generation students on navigating the college admissions process, successfully enrolling in college and ultimately graduating. Coaching #FromApplicationToGraduation.

She is also a keynote speaker and provides workshops and training on college readiness, retention, and proven college success strategies for first generation and African American students. She knows what it takes and will help students gain a competitive edge with a SmartStart.

Grab your spot in our

SMART Scholarship Strategies Coaching Program™ 

 Learn how to find FREE $Money$ for College & graduate debt FREE!

Coaching Begins March 30.

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College Readiness Coaching

Are you ready to start college? Our SmartStart program is designed for both high school students and entering college freshmen. We will prepare you for college placement tests and college success. 


College Planning & Consulting

Our cutting edge college consulting, for students as early as 8th grade, provides individualized guidance to assist students with the increasing complex and competitive college admissions process. 


Consulting & Training for Organizations

First-hand knowledge and 25+ years of experience you can count on for custom training focused on college readiness, retention and success, especially for students at risk of not completing.


SmartStart College Readiness Coaching

Start your college career with a SmartStart! SmartStart® is a research based college success coaching program, created by Dr. C. Nicole Henderson, which prepares & motivates first generation students for college success.  Through our unique approach and insider knowledge, we help you become an expert on navigating the college maze and becoming a stellar student!

Students who participated in SmartStart® overwhelmingly tested college-ready (on college placement tests) with more confidence and felt more prepared for college. SmartStart saves time and money and empowers students to succeed!


What Students Are Saying

Becoming the first person in my family to graduate from college was always my goal. Reaching that goal when I walked across the stage and officially became a Spelman College graduate, would not have been possible without the hard work, investment, and effort that Dr. Henderson bestowed upon my college acceptance journey.
— Lashay S. Spelman College '15

I had the pleasure of working with and learning incredible things from Dr. Henderson throughout high school that prepared me for college. Those lessons stick with me today and helped me get into, succeed and graduate college with multiple degrees and certifications as well as scholarships! Forever grateful for having her!
— Jasmine T, Penn State '16

I knew that I wanted to go to college, but I didn’t really have any clue about applying to college or how to succeed as a college student. Dr. Henderson’s program taught me about the college application process, financial aid and how to apply for scholarships, and good study habits. I absolutely give credit to Dr. Henderson.
— Julian J., University of Delaware '17 - Dean's List '17

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Competitive Edge College Planning

Gain a competitive edge with Dr. Nicole’s insider knowledge and unique approach to college admissions consulting for first generation and minority students. Dr. C. Nicole Henderson uses her expertise gained from serving as a College Dean and former college admissions officer , and utilizes her 25+ years of higher education experience to help students design and follow through on their individualized college success plan. 

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Consulting and Training for Organizations

Dr. C. Nicole Henderson has extensive higher education experience and is a college readiness, retention and success expert, especially for students at risk of not completing. She is the Dean of Student Affairs and created the highly successful, research based, SmartStart college readiness, retention, and success coaching program. She has extensive experience creating college pathways which support student access, retention and completion. In her 25+ year career, she has:

  • Served on the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation evaluation team
  • Developed college-wide student success and retention strategic plans
  • Implemented Student Affairs operational plans
  • Coached hundreds of students from high school to medical school
  • Provided numerous workshops, seminars and professional training for faculty, staff, students, and community organizations.

SMART Scholarship Strategies Coaching Program™

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College doesn't have to mean debt!

Let us teach you how to find FREE scholarship money and reduce college debt with our SMART Scholarship Strategies Coaching Program™.


Dr. C. Nicole used her insider knowledge from her 25+ years in higher education as a College Dean and College Admissions Officer and created the unique SMART Scholarship program to coach students on how to locate hidden money & reduce their college debt.

The SMART Scholarship Strategies Coaching Program™ provides step-by-step coaching that is:

  • Simple: We provide a detailed road-map and framework that is easy to follow for locating college funding that you are eligible for.

  • Manageable: We will help you turn as little as 4-hours per week into free money for college.

  • Achievable: We will show you how to avoid scholarship scams and position your application to get read and get results!

  • Realistic: We help you successfully locate scholarships you qualify for and reduce or eliminate loan debt.

  • Timely: Whether you are a high school freshman or a recent graduate, we help you save time & money.

What does SMART Scholarship Strategies Coaching Program™ include?

SMART is a simple 6-step coaching program that will help you learn how to maximize free money and minimize loans.

You get:

  • 6-hours of live coaching with Dr. C. Nicole.

  • Over 20+ scholarship strategies that get results.

  • Worksheets, cheat sheets & templates that make everything easy!

  • Individual strategies & scholarship search timeline based on how quickly a student needs scholarships.

  • Exclusive Private Members Only FB group with Dr. C. Nicole and other college coaches to provide guidance, tips, answer questions, and provide scholarship information.