Step Ahead Idaho

College advising company based in Boise, Idaho We are a 6-person not-for-profit company dedicated to advising students on academics and activities, researching colleges, and assisting with preparing their applications to arrive at a best-fit college match.

We're closed for summer but are hosting essay writing Boot Camps in August, and meet by appointment all summer!

Operating as usual


IdahoSTARS is offering Higher Education Grants! Up to $10,000 for fulltime ECE students and up to $7,000 for part-time. Apply by August 1st via our updates page on

#idahogrants #earlyeducationgrants #Earlychildhoodeducation #idahoECE

Step Ahead Idaho - Home 07/12/2021

Step Ahead Idaho - Home

Our next Essay Camp for seniors is open for registration! Monday August 2 from 9 am to noon! Find more information and the link to sign up on our website.

Step Ahead Idaho - Home Step Ahead Idaho provides tailored further education and training counseling to meet the needs of each individual client. We provide honest, supportive and experienced perspective to each student’s school search.

[04/07/21]   Sign up for College Essay Camps June 8, 10, and 11!

[04/04/21]   Time to sign up for Summer Essay Boot Camps!

Photos from One Refugee's post 02/24/2021

We are so honored by this recognition from One Refugee for our work with their students.

Can you imagine applying to college and for financial aid in a language you're not completely fluent in yet? Every student we work with is so driven to have the chance to continue their education beyond high school, and we love the chance to partner with One Refugee, as well as Idaho teachers and counselors, to help them reach that goal.

SAT/ACT Test Prep Sign Up 01/29/2021

SAT/ACT Test Prep Sign Up

Zoom Test Prep is here!
Are you taking the ACT or SAT in February or March?
Join local test prep providers for critical tips and strategies to improve your score.
There is a fee for these sessions, but we have sliding-scale pricing.
Click here to see dates and to register:

SAT/ACT Test Prep Sign Up 08/18/2020

Step Ahead Idaho - Home

Looking for help with college applications? Usually we'd be opening our Drop-In Centers at the Y and Hillcrest this week.
Not this year, though!
But you can join us Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-6 PM in our Zoom Drop-In Center this fall.
Check our website for the link to today's session! 07/02/2020

Outer Coast

Looking for a completely radical way to spend a gap year? 20 students will be selected to spend the year living and learning in Sitka, Alaska. Let me know if you want to hear more! For 2020 high school grads only. A new two-year institution of higher education in Sitka, Alaska, inspired by Deep Springs College, focused on student self-governance, labor & service, and academics.


Important!!! AP Exam retake deadline to register is soon!!! 05/20/2020

May Virtual College Fair — Coalition for College

On May 28, attend a free, online college fair. The event features 100 colleges and universities ready to share information about their schools and answer your questions. Learn more and register online:

Hosted by the Coalition for College, this fair features schools that meet the organization's affordability and student success criteria, making them smart college choices. Our free, virtual college fair is recommended for all students in grades 9-11. At this online event, you’ll choose from “rooms” where representatives from 100 colleges will share an overview of their schools and answer your questions. Register for up to four sessions to hear from and connect w... 05/08/2020

Pre-College Programs

Interested in trying out a virtual college class this summer? Washington University in St. Louis has some great choices. They have a fee, and also offer need-based scholarships. Lots of colleges are offering programs like this over the summer-we can help you find more, if this is your dream :) About Our Programs Washington University is counted among the worlds' leaders in teaching, research, and public service, and draws students and faculty from all 50 states and more than 100 nations. Our mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge, and protect the freedom of inquiry through resea...


SGN Graduation with Oprah, Steven Spielberg, Jon Stewart, and Malala

If you’re graduating this month and want some encouraging words, watch this!

John Krasinski highlights some good news around the world (including weather from Ryan Reynolds) and sends the class of 2020 off with advice from Oprah Winfr... 04/17/2020

Coalition for College

Trying to figure out the difference between Harvard, Harvey Mudd, and Johns Hopkins? Sit in on some virtual panel discussions to figure it out! Register to connect with more than 40 colleges. Choose the time that works best for you on April 23. Note: times are listed in Eastern Daylight Savings. 04/17/2020

Step Ahead Idaho - Home

Our Drop-in Centers are still closed, but we meet daily with students by phone! Contact us via to set up a call! Step Ahead Idaho provides tailored further education and training counseling to meet the needs of each individual client. We provide honest, supportive and experienced perspective to each student’s school search. 03/17/2020

Class of 2024 Regular Decision Notification Dates

College Admissions Decisions are happening NOW! 2020 regular decision notification dates for the class of 2024 are here and will be updated regularly through the end of March and early April. 03/16/2020

Step Ahead Idaho - Home

We care about the health of our community, so we're closing our Drop-In Centers until the end of March. At that point, we'll re-evaluate meeting students in person.

In the meantime, we know many of you are at critical phases of your college process.

Seniors, you will be weighing financial aid packages and choosing your college.

Juniors, you're trying to figure out when and if ACT, SAT, and AP testing will take place, and how to prepare, in a time of uncertainty.

Please know, just because our door is locked doesn't mean we aren't available. Reach out to us by email through our website, and let's set up a phone call or virtual meeting (like Zoom!) We're also practicing "social distancing" but now is the time to embrace the technologies we have!

Take care of yourselves!
The Step Ahead Idaho Team 03/10/2020

Coronavirus Impact on Campus Visits - College Kickstart

Update to Campus Visit advice!

I'm sharing a link to a list of colleges that may be limiting visits, canceling tours and info sessions, or actually closing for the rest of the academic year.

If you have travel plans to campuses over Spring Break, please check this list before you go! College Kickstart empowers students to craft sensible college plans that maximize odds and minimize wasted motion.

[03/09/20]   Should you cancel your Spring Break college visit trip?

It's true: some colleges are asking students not to visit, in light of the COVID19 virus.

However, if you've signed up for tours and information sessions, keep any eye on your email for further instructions.

Some colleges are going ahead with tours as usual, some are consolidating sessions, and others haven't quite made up their minds yet.

Do consider your own health and that of those traveling with you, and those you will come home to.

And wash your hands!

[02/14/20]   Closed Monday, February 17 for Presidents' Day!


City of Boise

If you're 16-18 years old, we have the summer job for you! Use exhibits, art and programs to teach people of all ages how to protect and conserve resources. Apply today to be a Boise WaterShed education assistant: 02/10/2020

Step Ahead Idaho - Home

April 14th is Idaho SAT Day! Are you ready? Register for test prep here! Step Ahead Idaho provides tailored further education and training counseling to meet the needs of each individual client. We provide honest, supportive and experienced perspective to each student’s school search.


Juntos Podemos event in West Ada County; Judge Gutierrez welcoming families and telling the compelling story of his own education as an immigrant in Idaho.

[01/15/20]   SAT/ACT Test Prep available for sign-up NOW! Join us, and be ready for spring test dates!

[01/07/20]   Happy New Year! Drop-in Centers are open during our usual hours!

[12/08/19]   Hillcrest Drop in OPEN today, Sunday, Noon to 4! Applications! Essays! Pizza!


Need help getting your U of I application sent? Come see us!

December 1 is almost here! To be considered for all the scholarships and financial aid available to you at University of Idaho, submit your application for admission and completed FAFSA by December 1 — our early consideration date.

[11/22/19]   Thanksgiving Week hours! Monday and Tuesday 2-5 PM
Closed the rest of the week!


Boise State University

If you're looking for a reason to take another look at Boise State, I'd like to introduce you to the new university President, Dr. Marlene Tromp. She's bringing A LOT of new energy to BSU!

Dr. Marlene Tromp, President of Boise State University, is living her best Bronco life and inspiring momentous spirit and pride on campus and beyond!
Go Broncos!
Boise State Spirit Squad
#bleedblue #boisestate #wearebroncos

[10/30/19]   Closed for Halloween! 10/25/2019

Step Ahead Idaho - Home

Early Application Panic? We're open Sunday, October 27, noon to 4 PM to help! Step Ahead Idaho provides tailored further education and training counseling to meet the needs of each individual client. We provide honest, supportive and experienced perspective to each student’s school search.


We were so pleased to host IWCF and give an update on summer college camps for high achieving students from around SW Idaho, looking for information and encouragement!

We loved seeing members and meeting new guests at the Fall Member Event last night! Thank you 2019 grantee, Step Ahead Idaho, for sharing the impact of the College Readiness Summer Program and your future plans for expanding the program to help reach students who may have barriers against attending college. 10/17/2019

Freshmen | Admissions

University of Utah Honors College Critical Update!!

Utah has joined the Common Application (great news!); unfortunately the Honors College tab is broken right now. I just spoke with admissions, and they're aware, but for now, don't try to submit this application, until the Honors College tab reappears.

Deadline: November 1 is the Utah Honors College Deadline, and they require an essay, but it can simply be your CA Personal Statement. No extra essay this year! Also great news!

What kind of scores and grades do you need for the Utah Honors College? In recent years, a 29/1300 and a 3.9ish seemed to get the job done. NMF students get a full tuition scholarship. Honors College dorms are nice, classes are small and tailored for your interests and abilities.

Stop in at our Drop-In Center if you need help finalizing this application. Admissions


It’s FAFSA time! Stop by our drop-in center if you need help getting started!

PARENTS OF SENIORS -- Oct. 1: The 2020–2021 FAFSA opens. Remind your students to create their FSA ID prior to starting the FAFSA. Families will use their 2018 tax information.

[10/01/19]   The Early Action/Early Decision deadline is one month from today. Are you ready?

Our Story

We’re now open at our new location on the Boise Bench! Come visit us starting Wednesday, September 12, 2018! Our address is 5248 West Overland Road, next to the Hillcrest Library!

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We provide individual and group advising about college preparation and selection process for students in junior high and high school and their parents.


5248 West Overland Road
Boise, ID

Opening Hours

Monday 3pm - 6pm
Tuesday 3pm - 6pm
Wednesday 3pm - 8pm
Thursday 3pm - 6pm
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