WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
"Skyler is one of the most knowledgeable university counseling consultants I have had the pleasure to work with. When our school went short one counselor at the beginning of the year, Skyler stepped in and exceeded every expectation. Her knowledge base and understanding of world-wide college and university systems makes her an invaluable resource to secondary schools, students, and families, regardless of location, and her enthusiasm is unmatched. Her organizational skills and communication skills result in everyone understanding what needs to be done and by when. She is an expert connector and networker, making her an invaluable asset to anyone she works with. Skyler is instantly likeable, full of energy, and an absolute professional. I consider myself extremely lucky to have worked with Skyler, and I give her my highest recommendation."
Amanda Lopez, College Counsellor, Copenhagen International School
"I am so grateful for Skyler's advice on college essays and great help with working through UK and EU applications. When we first spoke in February 2021, I was only partly interested in studying in Europe, often leading towards US universities. From our many conversations via Zoom and email (and our lovely meeting in Helsinki!), Skyler showed me how perfect European college life would be for me. Skyler opened my mind to what is now the next chapter of my life in Sweden. I could never thank her enough!"
Class of 2022 Student (matriculating to Stockholm School of Economics)
"Myself, my colleagues, our parents and most of all our students are hugely grateful for Skyler's help and hard work during her time with us at CIS. We very much appreciated her stepping in to work with our grade 12 students and taking on such an important role at short notice. Skyler built trust immediately due to her deep experience and broad ranging expertise and was able to offer great advice and guidance straight away. She understood the needs of our students and took the time to build relationships with all. We would be very happy to use Skyler's services again."
Stephen McIlroy - Secondary Principal - Copenhagen International School
"I really appreciate all the work Skyler has done for me and countless other students at CIS. Skyler has been a huge help to so many in a process that can be very stressful. We are all really thankful for her dedication and guidance throughout everything!"
Class of 2022 Student, Copenhagen International School
"As a parent of a final year undergraduate university student applying to study medicine in the UK, the application process ahead looked hugely daunting and overwhelming. I knew that Skyler was the ideal person we needed to work with in order to achieve my daughter's dream. Her undisputed knowledge of the application process, coupled with her dedicated support and encouragement through every step of the journey was above and beyond anything we may have expected. Skyler was always available and there to help, advise, encourage, motivate and provide fantastic support through even the trickier times of the process. I cannot thank you enough Skyler. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
Parent of Undergraduate Applicant in the UK (student secured offers for Medical School, UEA and Manchester)
"Working with Skyler made an extremely stressful and uncertain medical school application process feel much easier and more relaxed. I was able to talk to Skyler about any of my concerns, which we would discuss and she would explore further, using her vast array of contacts. I felt confident with my application when it came to submission, and a lot of that was due to Skyler’s extensive knowledge of every stage of the application process, her encouragement and belief in my goals, as well as her passion for the job. Even following submission, Skyler and I maintained a close working relationship as we prepared for the interview process all the way through to securing a place at my dream university. I am so grateful for all of her help and support, and could not recommend her highly enough!"
BSc. University Student in the UK (matriculating to University of Manchester Medical School)
“As a U.S. international student applying to universities in both Canada and the U.K., Skyler provided wonderful expertise and support throughout the entire application process. She was very active in connecting me to representatives of each school I applied to and was a great support system in amplifying my applications. Her connections, timely communication, knowledge, and attention-to-detail was invaluable and eased much of the stress. I would highly recommend Skyler to any student looking for guidance in their higher education journey!”
Gap Year Student 2021 (secured offers at Edinburgh, Leeds, Sussex, Warwick, York)
"Skyler is a very passionate and purpose-driven individual. She always goes the extra mile in order to deliver the best possible service for her clients. We have been highly impressed with the quality of Skyler's work, and we would love to keep working with her in the future. The very best of recommendations!"
Carsten Søndergaard, CEO Mimer & StudieAkadmiet, Denmark
"Skyler was a very big help when it came to applying to universities in the Netherlands. She was always there for questions and did not hesitate to recommend very useful and practical tips to take my applications to the next step. She stayed in contact with many of the institutions that I was looking at to give me more information which was very helpful. The whole process was so much easier and relaxed with her help!"
Gap Year Student 2021, University of Groningen, Netherlands
"I am the COO at an international educational organization. In that capacity, I work with College Counsellors very closely. The effectiveness of my responsibilities depends in a large part on the effectiveness of the Counsellors. In that relationship, I worked closely with Skyler Bentley when she was the Counsellor at International School Basel. She has been a superstar to work with. Forecasting, organizing, and delivering as projected are her core competencies. Interacting with support groups like mine is exemplary. The most unusual part is she does it all with cheer, without getting flustered, making the support groups at ease and the total system working stress free."
Z. Mustafa, Academic Services International, New York
"The role Mrs. Bentley Hall played in the entirety of the process of selecting universities, applying to them, and staying informed was fundamental. I like to see her help as a whole support system because of the versatility of the aid she offers. Mrs. Bentley Hall is extremely informed on all of the universities and the programs they offer around the world. She would take my academic and personal interests into account when recommending me where to study and how to make the best out of my application. Mrs. Bentley Hall also helped me see my application realistically. She always highlighted how competitive the application process is, and always offered me the best advice in making my personal strengths standout in my application. She also took her time to get to know me through my parents and myself to provide me with the most suitable recommendations. She is truly amazing!"
Class of 2020 Student (matriculated to King's College London, UK)
"Skyler is the most expert, energetic, and professional College & Career Counselor with whom I've worked. She develops strong relationships with students in order to know their strengths and interests and guide towards their future goals. Skyler is expert and timely in the college admissions process, encouraging students to reach high and produce top level essays and applications. Skyler has ample contacts in both the international school world and universities in Europe, the UK, and the United States. Simply put - any student working with Skyler has a better chance of getting into their priority choice universities."
D.Sacks, Director of Student Support Services, International School of Beijing
"As a college counseling professional for 15 years, I was equal parts excited and nervous about moving to a school with an IB curriculum. However, during my meetings with Skyler, along with the incredible wealth of resources she shared, I was able to put my worries aside and focus on extending my knowledge in order to best prepare for my next community. I also know that my future colleagues will benefit from the time I spent with Skyler since I'll definitely be asking just a few less questions. I would highly recommend working with Skyler if you find yourself in a similar position - such a help!"
M.Takacs, College Counsellor, Singapore American School
“Skyler’s knowledge of the options available at further education institutions around the world seems virtually encyclopedic and we were always confident that she would have the answers to our questions about the most suitable locations and courses to consider.”
S.C., Class of 2020 Parent (student matriculating, Imperial College London, UK)
“Skyler has the aptitude to build long-lasting relationships with her superior networking skills and is able to provide unique opportunities for students through her contacts. Furthermore, her ability to make genuine connections with her students is truly extraordinary and my daughters have been incredibly fortunate to benefit from this.”
P.B., Class of 2020 Parent (students matriculating, Geneva School of Diplomacy, CH & Drew University, US)
“Mrs. Bentley Hall was transformational in the development of my son as he was transitioning from his last years of high school at the International School of Basel, towards applying to college in the US. She was always positive, available and a constructive discussion partner to my son, as well as myself. She contributed to making my son feel valuable and trust he would find the right fit university for his next stage of studies.”
S.K. Class of 2018 Parent (student matriculated to Brown University, US)
"Skyler combines exceptional university application knowledge and contacts with an unmatched energy. She has deep empathy for students and their parents going through college applications. She supports families with boundless enthusiasm. She gives encouraging and practical advice at every stage of the process. Her outstanding record makes a stressful journey instead an exciting and always successful one for every student."
N. O'Connell, HOD College & Career Counselling, International School Basel
"Skyler's genuine enthusiasm for her students to succeed in a process riddled with much complexity and competition is a rarity to be admired. Her enthusiasm was matched by hard work and great charisma, making her always approachable, and meetings enjoyable and constructive. She was also brilliantly networked, also introducing me to key figures and experts in the field, and all the above helped me succeed in my applications!"
Class of 2020 Student, International School Basel, CH (matriculated to University of Warwick, UK)