upcoming Free WebinarS


As long as COVID-19 is disrupting access to school college counselors, I’m offering free 30-minute one-to-one Zoom conferences with students and families to chat about, well, just about anything!  Click on the link to the left to register for a time to chat.  


In this webinar you’ll learn how to examine your preferences – likes, dislikes, needs and wants – with the goal of defining the ideal college environment for you. This webinar will help you apply your own personal best-fit criteria to the college search process and help you build (or finalize!) your college list. 

College search, Virtual visits, & Demonstrating Interest during covid-19


In this webinar you’ll learn how to use our favorite college search resources (including virtual tour tools!) to start building a college list that aligns with your best-fit criteria. You’ll also learn about how to demonstrate interest to schools while traditional methods are disrupted by COVID-19.  Both students and parents are encouraged to attend!  

About the presenter: Karl Lenss, M.Ed.

Karl's career in education began as a public school teacher, where he worked for over a decade with thousands of students and families. From this experience, he found his true calling was counseling students, one-on-one, through the college preparation and admission process. Karl founded Academic Angle in 2014 and is the is the Managing Director & Director of College Counseling.

Karl is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Education. He also earned a College Counseling Certificate from the University of California, San Diego. Karl is a fully licensed educator and school administrator in the state of Illinois, a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

Karl invests a lot of time visiting colleges and meeting with their admissions directors to personally understand their culture and selection criteria. His expertise has helped students gain admission to dozens of highly selective colleges and universities in the USA. In addition to working with domestic applicants, Karl specializes in working with international students from Europe and Asia.

about academic angle

Academic Angle is based in Skokie, Illinois and provides College Counseling and ACT/SAT Test Prep services to students all over Chicagoland and the world. We specialize in providing an all-inclusive suite of services, covering every aspect of the college preparation, search, and admissions process from start to finish. Academic Angle students routinely gain admission to reach schools on their college list and most earn sizable scholarship offers to attend college.