Kathie Boozer

Executive Director

Seasoned travel professional with 10+ years in the college tour business. Specializing in creating educational and fun college tours that maximize the time students and parents spend on the road researching and visiting colleges. Assists students in laying the foundation for a well rounded High Scholl resume both academically and socially. Provides the in-side scoop on what colleges are REALLY looking for in students beyond high GPAs and SAT scores. A "must have" advisor for any students wanting to have multiple college options when applying to schools.

InCall® Rates

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30 minutes $80.00
60 minutes $150.00


Kathie Boozer is the founder of Explore Colleges, a nationwide college campus touring company that provides middle and high school students with valuable exposure and insight into the educational environments and cultures of colleges and universities. Working with school counselors and college admissions officers, Kathie designs the customized tours to inspire young and first generation students to aspire to attend college, as well as to help older students determine which schools are best for them.Founding Explore Colleges brought together Kathie’s passion for educating and inspiring children and her 20+ years of experience in the travel and tourism industry; managing hundreds of employees and multi-million dollar budgets. She received her B.A. from the University of Delaware and currently resides in Maryland with her three children – two of whom are in college and one who is still in high school.


Is a high school degree necessary when applying for college?

My daughter is considering an overseas study abroad program for her senior year but her high school does not recognize the credit granted by the organizing program. She has good grades and has taken AP classes and will take the SAT and ACT. It's a wonderful opportunity and a wonderful experience but she won't have a high school diploma at the end of the process. Therefore, we think she can take the GED. Will college admissions offices care much about her not having a high school diploma if she has the GED and other good credentials?  
12/6/2016 1:48:51 PM,
Kathie Boozer replied:
I am not entirely sure of this.  I have never been to a college where they said a HS degree was optional.  That being said, a Community College would be far more likely to consider a non-degreed student than a 4 year college.  But again, I am not sure of this answer.
12/6/2016 1:47:13 PM,
Kathie Boozer replied:
In the long run...yes.  There is always more money available earlier in the year than for later applicants.  Not to say there isn't money at the end...but there is less of it.
2/19/2016 11:21:56 AM,
Kathie Boozer replied:

HI John,

Becuase I don't know where you live, this is tough question.

There are no "must-see" colleges out there.  I consider "must-see" colleges to be TYPES of colleges..not specific colleges.  In order to determine what TYPE of college is a match for your student, it's important to visit various types of schools.  I catagorize colleges like this: 

Urban college campus - those colleges that are located in a city but DO NOT have a "campus feel"...ie..no dormitory quads, no sprawling lawns, etc.  The campus is mixed into a typical city environment. (examples - NYU, GW, College of Charleston)

College within a city - those colleges that are located in a city but have a definitive "college feel/college campus" (examples - Georgetown University, Columbia University, St. John's University, UPenn)

College in a town - Colleges that are located in a small city or town, where the college and campus are a large part of the town, but the town stands on it's own without the campus as well (examples - UVA/Charlottesville, Salisbury University/Salisbury, Wake Forest/Winston Salem,)

Colleges that make the town - Colleges that are located in a semi-remote area where the small town has embraced the college and becomes a college town. (examples - Washington College/Chestertown, University of Oklahoma/Norman, Virginia Tech/Blacksburg)

Colleges in the middle of no-where - Colleges that are un-to themselves.  They stand alone, they are a destination and they are independent of a town within walking distance (examples - Lincoln University/Lincoln, PA, Shepherd University/Shepherstown, WV,)

I feel it is important to visit the various types of colleges, so you and your student can determine which type you like and then you can narrow the search to match the profile of the college that "fits" your student.  If you student says they want to go to NYU as an example, find a local school that fits the same profile, tour that college.  If you student does not like the "city feel" of no campus, the hustle and bustle of traffic lights, cars, ambulances, etc....they won't like NYU, or another urban campus...and you've saved the time and money of going to a far away destination knowing that that TYPE of school is not what your student likes.  The same thing applies to size of the campus.  One walking tour of a 30,000+ student campus that takes a college student 20 minutes to walk to class...may seem overwhelming...and your student may opt for a smaller campus with less students.

Once you have narrowed down the TYPE of college, then you can narrow down the size and the particular major your child may be interested in.  I always feel that type and size are key to the decision.  If you student finds the right type of college, they'll be happy at any school they apply to as long as they are all the same type. (if you student is applying to NYU and Shepherd College...they don't know what they want and chances are they will be transferring! 59% of students who start at a 4 year university DO NOT finish AT THAT college...pretty interesting fact.) 

  I hope I have been of some help to you.  Best of luck in your search.  Let me know if I can be of any further help.

Safe travels,