Comprehensive College Admissions Package

 
 
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Good for: students and families Seeking a less stressful, more productive and effective college process from start to finish.

Most students of college advising services begin working with us in a more comprehensive way during the 10th and 11th grade years. We work with students to initially understand their strengths and aspirations for college, and to help students consider which priorities will matter most throughout the college process. This is a comprehensive offering in which we assist students and families through each step to navigate the process from preparing standardized test timelines to final enrollment decisions.

For parents, we also include an ongoing teaching and learning process with webinars and resources offered in a timely manner to help make the college process more manageable and less stressful.

Comprehensive college counseling services may include:

INITIAL INTAKE & CONSULTATIONS

  • Provide personal student binder for college search and application organizer
  • Meet for in-depth interviews to better understand student's goals, strengths, passions, and address concerns up front
  • Discuss with parents about expectations, understanding of student, college process, and financial goals
  • Review strength of transcripts and school profile, course selection, available test scores, extracurricular activities, summer/unique experiences
  • Strong Interest Inventory, YouScience assessments and guided personality and college preference selection activities
  • Develop student resume through guided assessments, intake and worksheets
  • Maintain regular communication with the student and parent throughout the application process

ACADEMIC, STANDARDIZED TESTS & EXTRA-CURRICULAR PLANNING

  • If student needs to select courses for 11th and/or 12th grade, help to finalize a plan for high school coursework to ensure students are taking full advantage of course offerings at their high school
  • Recommend a timeline for standardized tests including SAT/ACT, SAT Subject tests and if needed TOEFL/iELTS
  • In-house limited offering of standardized test preparation. In the event we cannot meet a student's test preparation needs, we recommend tutoring providers 
  • Brainstorm with students ways to explore or deepen extracurricular and academic interests in creative and novel ways
  • Offer support identifying internships and other outside of school programs that align with student interests 

SCHOOL SELECTION

  • Develop an initial list of colleges based on priorities and characteristics identified by the family and student during initial consultations
  • Establish a timeline and goals for the student to meet the anticipated requirements of identified initial schools
  • Hone in to evaluate and finalize a list of schools based on student achievement, standardized test scores, prioritized preferences and interests 

APPLICATION PREPARATION & PROCESS

  • Guide students and families through the application process, including understanding school admission requirements, explain Common App format and process
  • Discuss application options and guidelines and requirements at different schools including ED, EA, EDII, regular, rolling
  • Guide selection of recommenders, instruct on best way to approach teachers and have them write recommendations that will yield stronger support
  • Identify opportunities throughout the application- in the activities list, personal statement, and supplemental essays to add texture and authenticity
  • Review and edit student-completed applications, ensure meeting of deadlines, and proofreading of all application material
  • Assist with student communication with college admissions offices and relevant professors

ESSAY ADVISING

  • Work closely with the student to choose essay topics and guide process to overcome writer's block
  • Help to brainstorm, outline and proof-read student-written essays
  • Help bring student's unique talents and identity to life through their authentic voice

EXPLORATION OF FINANCIAL AID AND MERIT AID

  • Discuss financial aid goals with families and strategize on how to achieve them
  • Offer resources to research merit aid options that match student's particular background or criteria

VISITS & INTERVIEW PREPARATION

  • Advise on campus visit itineraries and appropriate means to communicate with colleges
  • Offer alternative methods for a student to better understand university options and show "demonstrated interest" if they cannot travel to a school
  • Prepare students for on-campus and off-campus interviews and meetings with admissions officers 
  • Conduct mock interviews with students to practice interview questions and cultivate confidence

MAKE A DECISION

  • Review admission offers and provide assistance with the decision-making process
  • Follow-through if waitlisted, and advise on negotiation of offer packages
  • Advise students and families on how to prepare for the transition to college