Education and opportunity. We believe education and opportunity are the foundation for a good life and every student should have access to both. I built my company on this principle and strive to ensure that every student has the best shot at a solid and valuable education and the opportunities that come with it. The greatest testament to our work is not actually the wonderful schools that our students have worked so hard to attend, but rather the fact that the vast majority of our client families come by way of referral.

As an Education Consultant, I help students discover something they love and then support them with every resource I have.  It is a blessing and a privilege to be part of the exciting dreams and aspirations of my students. I continually develop my skill set and and as a Certified Educational Planner (CEP), have achieved the highest “standard” available in my field.

As an Independent Education Consultant, my job is two-fold. One, to coach the student in finding fantastic fit college options based on a comprehensive list of thoroughly researched choices and two, to assist each student in discovering who they are and then translating their awesome self to a clean, authentic and compelling application. As many of my families have commented, I have a knack for quickly establishing rapport with my students (it helps that I’m not their mom).


To guide, coach and advise high school students and families through the entire college search and application process with expertise, experience and a sense of humor. We create a custom plan of action for each student and drastically reduce the stress that students and families experience during this time. The end result is a prepared, happy and well-adjusted student that graduates in 4 years (or less) and ultimately finds wonderful and fulfilling work.


Shelly Humbach, Humbach Education Consulting
  • Certified Educational Planner
  • Adjunct Professor at Arapahoe Community College
  • Current Member and Past President of College Consultants of Colorado
  • Member of National Association of College Admissions Counselors
  • Member of Higher Education Consultants Association
  • Graduate of UCLA College Counseling Certificate Course, with distinction
  • University of Colorado-Boulder, BA-Sociology
  • Denver Paralegal Institute
Each year I travel to a variety of college campuses, from the large State Flagship to the small, Liberal Arts school. This affords me the opportunity to roam the campuses, meet admissions and financial aid staff and professors, and truly put myself in the shoes of the students who attend. It is because of these visits, that I am able to bring home to my students, a genuine description and in-depth details about these amazing schools. I typically visit 20-30 schools per year.

Shelly is married to the man of her dreams and they have three daughters. Chelsea (25) is a graduate of DU, studied a semester at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and after a year working in Korea is now happily employed in Denver. Oh, and she’s off her parent’s payroll. By the way, she graduated early (yes, it can be done). Madeline (22) is a recent CU Boulder grad, with a major in Psychology, pre-med track and a business minor. She spent a semester studying at the University of Botswana and will soon be applying to Occupational Therapy schools throughout the US. Abigail (18) is a recent high school grad. She is the kindest person on the planet, a beautiful writer, a hard worker and in the fall will begin studying International Business at the American College of Dublin, Ireland. Shelly enjoys spending time with her husband and girls, and doing anything outdoors; from skiing, golf and hiking, to making s'mores. She also enjoys reading, travel, cooking, exercising, and attending concerts at Red Rocks.

Your Voice. My Passion.

I am intuitive and listen compassionately. My life experiences enable me to be an advocate and encourage finding one’s voice. I exhibit self-love, self-confidence and self-trust and ask the same from others. I want every soul to know acceptance and worth.

...My Pinnacle Gift
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