Helping Parents & Students Stress-Free College Planning


The educational and career goals of each student, and each family, are unique. And in a world where the nuances of higher learning and academic financing are ever changing, having an experienced ally — one who can inform where best to allocate time and resources — is paramount.

At Holmes Smith Consulting Services, we develop personalized roadmaps that serve as a guide for one of the most important investments a family will ever make. By focusing on a student’s individual strengths, and on the financial capabilities of each family, our customized, step-by-step packages remove the stress and uncertainty from school selection, admissions, career guidance, financial aid, and test preparation. The end result: selecting the right “college fit” in which a student can thrive and succeed.


Our consultants and counselors help each student take their first steps toward academic fulfillment by creating detailed plans that are as unique as they are. At Holmes Smith Consulting Services, we’re fluent in each element of the college admissions process, and assist our clients by:



  • Guiding and supporting parents
  • Encouraging parents and students to collaborate
  • Pinpointing financial resources
  • Communicating the status of the college planning process
  • Establishing time-wise goals and expectations


  • Choosing colleges and universities
  • Strengthening college applications and essays
  • Identifying local, state, and national scholarships
  • Planning, organizing, and meeting deadline dates
  • Assessing majors and career interests




One of my biggest fears was always being in debt. I considered not going to college at all if I couldn’t find a way to pay for it.  If it weren’t for Dr. Pat I don’t think I would have even gone to college, maybe I would have gone to trade school or something. Now I have everything paid for and have opportunities like studying abroad. Dr. Pat has also given me the chance to intern at Holmes Smith consulting services so that I can build my resume and get bigger opportunities in the future. Whatever career I end up having, I will owe Dr. Pat a lot of credit for helping me get to that point.

— Jhaney. H


My daughter was accepted to all five colleges to which she applied and basically received a full ride to the college of her choice. Thank you for your guidance.

— Chris. D



Dr. Pat was a godsend. She worked side by side with my daughter and was a wonderful mentor to her while applying for scholarships and deciding on a college. Dr. Pat went above and beyond for my daughter, and it felt like I didn't have to do anything. Dr. Pat gave her the encouragement and the resources to find a full scholarship to pay for her education. It would have been a blessing to receive anything at all, and she's gotten other additional scholarships, but when we got the news that her entire schooling would be paid for, including tuition, room and board, and even her books and school supplies, I knew it was a blessing we couldn't have received without Dr. Pat. Dr. Pat is amazing and I will forever be grateful to her for what she's done for my daughter.

— Joeli. D



Dr. Smith has spent three decades becoming the authority on college counseling for students and families from a variety of financial and academic backgrounds. Utilizing a holistic, personal approach, she applies her expertise toward the achievement of academic and career goals, relying on her passion, experience, and qualifications, which include:


  • Doctor of Education
  • Master OF Education (Counselor Education)
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Certified MMTIC Facilitator (Assessment Tool for Psychological type in children /young people)


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As CEO and owner, Dr. Patricia H. Smith utilizes her 30-plus years of experience in academic, career, and college counseling to help the next generation of students meet their academic and financial goals through admittance to colleges and universities nationwide. A certified MMTIC Facilitator, Dr. Smith holds a Master of Education (Counselor Education), a Master of Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Education. 

In addition to having established several programs and conferences, Dr. Smith serves as President of the annual Parents and Guardians College Planning Conference, Inc., and is heavily involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. She is a frequent contributor to The New Castle County Women’s Journal, and is the author of “The Power of Parent Involvement in the College Planning Process.”



We can also meet using video conferencing.


As an authority on college and career planning, Dr. Smith has shared her insights and philosophies in print. To review these resources, please click on the links below. 


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Our Offices

6 Larch Avenue, Suite 399

Wilmington, DE 19804


1201 N. Orange Street, Suite 7192

Wilmington, DE 19801

Hours of Operation

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Phone Numbers

(302) 884-6748 until 5 p.m.

(302) 502-3698 after 5 p.m.