Kirk Golba (970) 210-0727

Welcome to
College Education

Helping high school students in Grand Junction and the Western Slope area navigate the college search and application process

Professional Membership

How I can help you

Best-Fit College

Helping you find the college you WANT to go to, not have to.

Take the stress out

Let me help you avoid costly mistakes, streamline the process and keep you on track toward your educational goals.

Local. Experienced. Honest.

Trust that I work for your best interest and individual needs.  I'll get you through the process!

Some shocking statistics

Did you know that....

  • Many top Ivy League colleges have acceptance rates as low as 6%
  • The national average 4-year graduation rate for Public college is 33%; Private college is 53%; these figure can vary widely by institution
  • Most colleges advertise 6-year 
  • graduation rates, not 4-year, in brochures and on websites.
  • Almost 1/3 of students never return for their second year at the college they chose
  • The national average cost for a public college $25,000; private college is almost $50,000 a year
  • Many highly selective, elite colleges offer NO merit scholarships

Navigating the path to college

Personal Attention

Receive personalized one-on-one college admissions counseling, as well as unlimited text and email correspondence. Help in finding "Best-Fit" college options for your student.

Financial Aid Counseling

Get up-to-date financial information and strategies for your individual circumstance.  I'll show you ways to cut college costs and save you money.

Attention to Detail

I help you to stay on track to meet important deadlines; guidance in career planning, selecting a major and essay writing; provide strategic scholarship search options, and much more!

Tailored Services

Specific guidance for IB and AP students, Athletes, Visual and Performing Arts students, Low Income and First Generation students, Grad students, "B" students, and student with special learning needs.

Preparing and Planning

  • SAT and ACT test prep
  • Career planning and selecting a major
  • High School curriculum planning
  • Individual calendar and To-Do list

Proven Results

  • I have 25 years of educational experience
  • MA in Counseling, MA in Education, BA in Teaching, UCLA College Counseling Cert
  • I constantly attend conferences, workshops and college tours sharing vital information with you, the client.


S. Mercier - financial advisor

"I have known Kirk for nearly 2 decades. During that time he has always  been an advocate for the next generation of Americans. Whether it is  patiently teaching a 13 year old how to mountain bike or a 17 year old  how to paint or getting young men and women ready for college he digs in  and tries to make a positive difference. He gives them ownership of  their decisions and lets to let them make their own mistakes and  successes - but also gives them guidance on how to make smart choices."

Mikaela Stelmach - Palisade HS IB student

"These services helped me get organized and provided a much smoother  transition from high school to college than would have been possible on  my own. Thanks so much for all your help the past year!"

David & Marie Lacey - parents, IB student

"We needed help and information on colleges, FAFSA and various  financial options.  Our son was wanting a private university and  scholarships were available.  Kirk met with us several times and  numerous times with Zephyr and he laid out plans, strategies, and  eventually a breakdown of 10 schools, their costs, advantages, and the  best offerings.  He was also available for phone calls, questions, and  we are happy to report our university choice has turned out to be a good  one.  Thanks Kirk"

J.S. - local parent of student

"Kirk  not only provided the support “we all" needed in sorting through an  overwhelming amount of information and requirements, but also shared new  perspective and advise regarding personal interests and financial  choices."

Local Family

"Kirk  genuinely cares about students, values their opinions, and brings  necessary support to families like ours.  His vast knowledge of the  college preparation process and specific institutional opportunities are  certainly worth the investment!"

Austin Stelmach - Palisade HS IB student

"Mr. Golba was a great help to me in the college process! Engaging, personable, and full of knowledge, Golba was exactly what I needed for a smooth college transition."

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College Education Consulting

678 Tranquil Trl, Grand Junction, Colorado 81507, United States

(970) 210-0727

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