How We Help

Initial Consultation

  • Analyze high school transcript & standardized test scores
  • Make suggestions for course selections, testing dates, and target grades
  • Assist in planning outside activities (including athletics, clubs, volunteer, research, jobs, etc.) that enhance the student’s strengths or fill-in for weaknesses

Course Selection

  • Review transcripts from previous years and standardized test scores
  • Analyze course options at the student’s high school
  • Consult with teachers / guidance counselors regarding course options
  • Ensure student selects the best courses to highlight strengths

Timeline and Organization

  • Develop a timeline for the application process
  • Set up organizational systems to keep student on track
  • Create calendar for applying to schools and taking standardize tests
  • Develop specific plan of action to meet deadlines

Standardized Test Planning

  • Conduct an assessment to determine which test(s) to take (ACT/SAT)
  • Discuss additional SAT Subject Tests that are needed for admission into the top schools
  • Suggest testing dates & study schedule to maximize a student’s score

College Matching

  • Interview student to identify preferences on geography, size, & setting
  • Develop initial list of schools based on academic qualifications & preferences
  • Narrow list to 8-12 schools, including reach, range, and foundational
  • Suggest schools that are generous with financial aid

College Visits

  • Help families develop plans for visiting schools
  • Suggest activities to do at each campus
  • Coach student on questions to ask and things to see
  • Debrief visit with the student to learn more about his/her preferences

Extracurricular Activities

  • Advise student on how to try different activities
  • Work with student to develop areas of interest
  • Assist in finding local and abroad opportunities to nurture areas of interest
  • Develop a plan to increase leadership and visibility in activities
  • Help students launch new initiatives

Application Strategy

  • Discover themes within a student’s profile
  • Plan decision timeline to maximize outcomes (early decision, early action, regular decision, etc.)
  • Assist student in communicating with college officials
  • Work with student to increase “Demonstrated Interest” in a school
  • Decide which school or program to pursue within a college/university

Common App & School Apps

  • Decide which application(s) to use
  • Assist with strategically completing the demographic information
  • Discuss the selection of a school or major within the college
  • Develop a theme for the application

Interview Prep

  • Assist in setting up interviews, either on campus or remote
  • Coach student on interviewing skills using real interview questions
  • Discuss proper interview etiquette
  • Provide language to thank interviewer after the interview is conducted
  • Set up mock interviews with professionals in the area
  • Record, analyze, and review mock interviews with the student

Personal Statement Essay

  • Brainstorm essay topics, avoiding topics that are overdone, too extreme, or off-topic
  • Assist in outlining the essay
  • Coach student on using descriptive language and making the essay read like a story
  • Review multiple drafts providing suggestions and feedback
  • Edit for grammar and spelling errors

Supplemental Essays

  • Select topic that contributes the most to the application and theme
  • Assist in outlining the essay
  • Coach student on using descriptive language and making the essay read like a story
  • Review multiple drafts providing suggestions and feedback
  • Edit for grammar and spelling errors

Why University X? Essay

  • Develop research plan for student to learn about the school
  • Discuss reasons for attending that are genuine and unique to the school
  • Assist in outlining the essay
  • Review multiple drafts providing suggestions and feedback
  • Edit for grammar and spelling errors

Letters of Recommendation

  • Strategize about which teachers to ask for recommendations
  • Create an informational sheet to give to teachers to use in their recs
  • Discuss strategies for when and how to approach teachers for the rec
  • Provide language to thank teachers after the letter has been sent

Activities Sheet

  • Review all activities a student has participated in
  • Develop activity descriptions that are succinct and effective
  • Format the activities chart to include name of activity, time spent, positions held, etc.
  • Edit for grammar and spelling errors

Supplemental Materials

  • Discuss the inclusion of supplemental materials for students with specific talents (dance, art, math, science, programming, etc.)
  • Seek professional assistance in packaging supplemental materials (CD, DVD, research paper, portfolio, etc.)

Wait-List and Deferral Management

  • Develop strategy for managing wait lists and deferrals
  • Assist in drafting follow-up letters to schools to show interest in moving off a wait list or being accepted after deferral

Financial Aid / Negotiating Offers

  • Suggest timing on when to complete relevant forms
  • Seek professional assistance to completing financial aid documents including the FAFSA and CSS Profile
  • Work with parents to follow up with schools after receiving financial aid packages
  • Assist in negotiating with schools more generous packages

Making a Final Decision

  • Discuss with student and family the + ‘s & -‘s of attending each school
  • Discuss the financial implications of attending one school over another
  • Discuss the potential career or graduate school benefits of attending one school over another

Scholarship Applications

  • Search and identify potential scholarship opportunities
  • Assist with the completion of the application
  • Brainstorm essay topics, avoiding topics that are overdone, too extreme, or off-topic and assist in outlining the essay
  • Review multiple drafts providing suggestions and feedback
  • Edit for grammar and spelling errors