Empowering First Gen Students to Thrive in Higher Education



Dr. Nicole gets results! She is a highly experienced college dean, college success consultant, speaker, and trainer. Her mission is to inspire, inform, & empower first-gen students to reach new heights of college success!

With 25+ years in higher education, she uses her insider knowledge as a college dean and former college admissions reader and created the researched based SmartStart College Success and the From Application to Acceptance in 3-Easy Steps programs.

These programs teach first-generation college students the secrets to mastering the college application, getting admitted, successfully enrolling in college and ultimately graduating. Dr. Nicole is committed to first generation college students’ success #FromApplicationToGraduation.


From Application To Acceptance in 3-Easy Steps!

including how I honestly & legally got my daughter into Yale and how she earned over $100K in scholarships and graduated debt free!

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Hosted By: Dr. C. Nicole Henderson

Creator of SmartStart College Coaching & From Application To Acceptance in 3 Easy Steps.

Special FREE Live Class


  • TURN YOUR PASSION INTO A COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE: Learn how college acceptance is just telling your story!

  • SELECT THE RIGHT COLLEGE FOR YOUR UNIQUE SITUATION: Even if you have no idea about which college to attend, you will be confident after this class!

  • COMPLETE YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS IN RECORD TIME; Learn how to complete your college applications in one week!

  • EXTRA BONUS: FIND FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE; Learn how to find at least 30 scholarships your qualify for in 30 minutes!

BONUS: Once you register, you’ll get the link to a bonus e-book “Five Proven Strategies on How to Go To College FREE.”

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SmartStart College Success 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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