Cathy Lueers is a leader in Pittsburgh college planning. Passionate about connecting with students and identifying the core values that matter to them, she develops a plan for success in college and beyond.  Utilizing her success as a career and internship professional at the college level, Cathy sees the big picture and creates a customized roadmap to help students maximize their possibilities.  She integrates her Master’s degree in marketing and additional graduate coursework in counseling as a bedrock for thoughtful planning, targeted research, and effective student portfolio development.  Students enjoy the process because she creates an atmosphere that is relaxed yet empowering, thorough yet personalized.  By staying on top of trends through ongoing learning and college visits, you can be sure you are getting the most beneficial and important guidance.

Why Families Love My 4-Year Plan

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From the minute she meets with students, Cathy Lueers connects with them in an engaging way.  She listens to their dreams and plans. She encourages them.  She challenges them to think beyond what they might have imagined.

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Every student deserves a completely unique college plan that gives attention to the holistic picture of their academic interests, extracurricular motivation, lifestyle attributes, and life goals.  When My 4-Year Plan completes a plan, you receive a product that reflects those important qualities. 


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Thinking outside the box when it comes to your student’s future helps unearth new possibilities that can take on a life through a study abroad, a living-learning community, or at an institution’s innovative labs.  My 4-Year Plan goes behind the scenes to not just find the right college, right major, and right price, but the specific right opportunities that will bring out the best in your student. 

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With every student, My 4-Year Plan factors in the most important personal components into the equation, and then develops a plan methodology.  Where some professionals might start with the same methodology, My 4-Year Plan is driven by what drives your student.  For example, when your student says they want to study environmental science, we get to the heartbeat—do you want to specialize in Restorative Ecology, live on a Fair Trade campus, or study the geology of the mountains in New Zealand?  It’s that level of specificity that gets your student closer to fulfilling their dreams and it’s just the beginning of what makes My 4-Year Plan so unique.


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How do I know whether I should use a college planner? A college education is now the second-largest expense an individual is likely to make in a lifetime — right after purchasing a home. Not only is the cost rising to $200,000 and above for 4 years, most students do not have a concrete plan.
Using a college planner is more important than ever, and My 4-Year Plan will deliver thousands of dollars in savings and a personalized, concrete plan. How can you help my student determine what he/she should major in?

Because Cathy Lueers worked first in career services at the collegiate level, she understands how to help your son or daughter make meaningful connections between their passions and interests, and the paths that will serve them best in pursuit of their future goals.

What all can you do for my student?

My 4-Year Plan Helps them discover their strengths, interests, dreams and goals, and develop specific college majors, minors, study abroad opportunities, and corresponding vocational paths. And enhance their candidacy at selective colleges by coaching them in a proprietary method of essay writing and interview preparation.

How can you make the college planning process less overwhelming?

By creating a master plan that is completely unique to your student, you’ll come away with a comprehensive plan and a clear understanding of the step-by-step college process.

We are terrified of how much college costs. How can you help?

There are a multitude of ways not only to afford college, but to help your student “right-size” their choice so they are not exiting college with a lifetime of debt. My 4-Year Plan tailors the comprehensive plan with every resource in mind.

When do we begin?

Many families begin in 9th grade so we can tactically plan best steps for high school success through leveraging their strengths in leadership, community service, and pre-college opportunities.