Mission & History

Our Mission

Application Navigation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization committed to offering a fresh approach to the college admissions process and navigating life after high school for students of every background and ability.

After many years working in the college advising field, Bob Dannenhold and Robyn Campbell are acutely aware of how many capable and committed students never achieve their dream of attending college.  Publicly-funded resources for helping these students, always minimal, have now shrunk even more with the current economy. At Collegeology®, we have always made room for deserving pro-bono students – it’s part of who we are. But with the numbers growing exponentially in the last five years, especially with the addition of hundreds of returning vets, there is a stronger need to do more.

Application Navigation is a team of individuals who are bound by the common belief that finding your path to future success after high school should be a fun and exciting time in a student’s life.

What we do for returning veterans . . .

Entering the academic environment after serving in the military can be a culture shock entirely of its own.  We understand there are multiple facets of life that go into your decision about going to college for the first time, completing your degree or pursuing graduate studies.  Our number one goal is to work with you to find a place that meets all of your needs with supportive students and faculty.

What we do for students on the more traditional path to college . . .

Balancing the college application process with homework and studying, sports, extracurricular activities and socializing can be a challenge and has been known to add up to create a last-minute, high-stress rush decreasing the quality of the finished application while also turning the average household into a war zone.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Using an approach based on 35 years experience helping over 1,000 students and families, Application Navigation puts the fun back into the process by keeping students focused, empowered and smiling.

What we do for students on an alternative path . . .

The Application Navigation team recognizes that not every student is on the straight and narrow path to college for a variety of reasons.  That is why as part of our mission we are also dedicated to mentoring students, helping them identify their strengths and opening their eyes to opportunities in the world of vocational programs, Gap Years, post-graduate years, two-year colleges and work.  We aim to give students of all ages insights into themselves, encourage them to follow their passions, and provide support for them to find the most appropriate path for themselves as individuals.

A message about our president

Robert (Bob) Dannenhold shaped his highly individualized approach to college counseling through 20 years’ experience as director of a non-profit learning center in Southern California offering diagnostic and educational services, speech and language therapy, and family and child counseling. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his leadership roles on behalf of children and was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics team responsible for making recommendations for the Educational for All Act, which later became PL 94-142. After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1988, Bob began advising families on choices after high school and eventually founded Collegeology®, LLC based on his belief that there is a college or other educational option for every student with a desire to learn. In 2012, Bob decided to turn his attention to the needs of veterans who are seeking to further their education.  He served as president of the Higher Education Counselors Association for three years and is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling, where he received the Distinguished Service to Youth Award in 2004.  He is also a member of the Advisory Board for ACT.  Bob also serves on several educational advisory boards in the greater Seattle Area.