College Success Consulting

Based in Rome, Italy but serving students across the globe, Hyll College Consulting offers bespoke counseling to college and university students with the aim of ensuring not only academic success but also a meaningful, enjoyable, and fulfilling college experience. Our consultants help students navigate the many challenges inherent to transitioning to and flourishing in the university environment.

IVY LEAGUE EXPERIENCE

Our founder and chief consultant has a PhD from Harvard University, where he also served in various advisory roles, most recently as academic and residential dean of one of Harvard’s largest undergraduate residential communities.

PROVEN SUCCESS

We have worked successfully with students from all different backgrounds and walks of life who were facing difficulties of every tone and tenor including mental health-related challenges, learning disabilities, and academic and social stressors.

PERSONALIZED APPROACH

We recognize that each student faces challenges unique to their school, life experiences, and situation. Our strategy is thus custom designed to meet the needs of the specific circumstances in which our students find themselves.

College Application Consulting

Identifying the right college or university, preparing your application, and applying can be difficult. We can help.

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KNOW THYSELF

Making yourself an attractive applicant involves knowing who you are and ensuring that your prospective college knows it too. To that end, we guide our students in asking themselves difficult questions and making choices in the years prior to application that will give them the best chance at a successful application.

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THE RIGHT MATCH

There are over 5000 institutions of higher education in the US alone and 25,000 worldwide. Few things are more important in determining success than finding the right fits. We assist students in identifying the schools where they are best positioned to thrive.

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THE APPLICATION

We offer full service application assistance including essay brainstorming and editing.

College Success Consulting

From academic and career coaching to tutoring in writing and other skills, our years of Ivy League experience allow us to offer comprehensive services to our students.

ACADEMIC COACHING

Attending college and choosing a major field of study inevitably raises questions about quintessential elements of our identities as people. Hyll helps students parse these fundamental questions in a way that is productive and painless, allowing you to choose the paths that most fulfill you.

HUMANITIES AND WRITING TUTORING

We are experts at helping students to master, explain, and write about the most challenging concepts in literary and film theory, philosophical and political discourse, and other humanistic disciplines at all levels from first-year through graduate school. 

CAREER COUNSELING

Decisions about what to do after college are momentous. We can help you apply for summer internships, Medical, Law, or Graduate School, prestigious fellowships, or jobs. We offer complete application review and editing as well as mock interviews.

DISCIPLINE AND HONOR

Navigating a university’s disciplinary or honor code review process can be intimidating. We have experience guiding students through even the most complex and emotionally trying circumstances, including making or facing allegations of Title IX violations.

Student Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our students say:

Amidst stormy seas, Adam was a critical ballast helping me sail upright through serious adversity. He is an exceptional listener and empathizer who really cares about making a positive impact on those he works with. Adam’s support made a lasting difference in my life and I feel incredibly fortunate to have benefited from his wisdom.

Canyon W.

Harvard University ’15

Adam knows academia at its highest levels—as a scholar, a professor, an administrator, and an advocate. He marries a big-picture view of the college ecosystem with a truly personal level of warmth, care, and focus. His perspective makes things make sense. When I was struggling with perfectionism and anxiety at Harvard, Adam’s sound advice and his tireless work on my behalf helped me learn to use my abilities to the fullest. He’s played a crucial role in the success I enjoy today.

Adriano I.

Harvard University ’19

Adam supported and counseled me through three of the most academically and personally challenging years of my life. With every conversation, Adam made me feel heard and understood. His quiet, calm demeanor always calmed me, and it was obvious that he never judged. Adam’s continuous guidance and advocacy helped me rise from a student on academic probation to graduating in good standing, and now, I am thriving in law school. Working with Adam, I gained confidence and, more importantly, a lifelong mentor and friend. While a Resident Dean at Harvard, Adam supported and counseled me through three of the most academically and personally challenging years of my life. With every conversation, Adam made me feel heard and understood. His quiet, calm demeanor always calmed me, and it was obvious that he never judged. Adam’s continuous guidance and advocacy helped me rise from a student on academic probation to graduating in good standing, and now, I am thriving in law school. Working with Adam, I gained confidence and, more importantly, a lifelong mentor and friend.

Kayla O.

Harvard University ’17

I first met Adam during a time in college when I was feeling pessimistic about pretty much everything and trying to manage the situation by self-medicating. I went to him with my defenses up, ready to disregard whatever he said as just another moment to endure. What caught me off guard was that Adam neither moralized nor bent over backwards to sympathize. Instead, he approached my situation with genuine concern and asked me a lot of good questions about my substance use and about my feelings about life overall. Although I was reluctant, Adam eventually convinced me to join a substance abuse group offered by the university’s health services. Thus began a journey which would lead me to complete 12-step programs in both AA and NA and to find a completely new way to live, throughout which Adam continued to meet with me and support me. What makes Adam such a great mentor is that he’s as empathetic a person as people come, but he also knows how to offer concrete, constructive guidance. I know I’m not the only person on whose life Adam has had a positive, transformative influence, and I can say with confidence that any young person struggling academically, vocationally, socially, personally, or otherwise would be lucky to have Adam as a mentor in their life.

Robert K.

Harvard University ’19

Our Team

Our team boasts years of experience at Harvard University and other top-rated academic institutions throughout the world.

Adam Muri-Rosenthal, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Chief Consultant

Adam Muri-Rosenthal is a former academic dean and scholar of Italian Studies with a special interest in documentary cinema and the history of Italian cinema. His most recent position was as Associate Dean of Students at Loyola University Chicago’s Center in Rome, Italy, prior to which he worked for five years as the academic dean of one of Harvard’s largest undergraduate residential communities. He has extensive experience in academic advising and guiding students towards the successful completion of their degrees, whether in assisting them in their writing, working with them to improve their performance, or guiding them through the process of addressing allegations of college policy or honor code violations. He holds a BA from Vassar College, an MA from Middlebury College Language Schools, and an AM and PhD from Harvard University. As a Teaching Assistant at Harvard he taught Italian language for five years. He also worked as a lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures where he taught courses in Italian cinema.

Celeste Moreno Palmero, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Market Strategist

Celeste Moreno Palmero is a former Preceptor of Spanish Language at Harvard University, where she taught Spanish for over 10 years. She is the recipient of 18 awards for teaching excellence from the Harvard University Derek Bok Center for Teaching & Learning. Celeste holds a PhD in Linguistics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She also holds a licenciatura in English philology and a Master’s Degree in English Linguistics and International Communication. She has done extensive research in the category of Second Language Acquisition, with a particular focus on the use of technology to enrich language and culture learning outside the classroom. Celeste focuses primarily on our Spanish-speaking clients.

Professional Memberships

Our Chief Consultant is an active member of the Higher Education Consultants Association.

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Contact us

Hyll College Consulting is located in the Balduina neighborhood of Rome, Italy, on Rome’s highest hill, Monte Mario, not far from St. Peter’s Basilica. For general inquiries or to set up a phone consultation, please contact us by using the form on this page.

Consultations are always free.