Traditional College Placement

For parents and students, finding the most appropriate college match is a critical life decision. We are here to help you navigate through this often-complex and cumbersome process. Our goal is to streamline the procedure with one focus: the right decision for you and your teen. Our time is spent helping you to understand your very best options and accompanying you from the time you start considering college through to the college admittance decision.

The College List: Using multiple perspectives, we provide direction and advice for the best college match list. Our personal client meetings help us understand your teen’s needs from an academic, social, and emotional perspective. They help us create a profile targeting a college list appropriate to your teen’s goals, assets, and educational abilities. That targeted list reduces senior year stress, quells anxiety, and focuses time and energy in a highly directed and fulfilling way.

Campus Visits: We spend 30% of our time visiting schools across the country. Every school is unique, and it is important to understand their educational options, curricula, campus culture and special programs. Time is spent searching for the “hidden gems” that may not be readily known, but can make a student’s college education unforgettable.

How Admissions Works: Every school has its own educational priorities and its own admission practices. We are intimately familiar with the admissions process and will help you understand the possibilities. A large university’s admissions practices may differ from those of small, liberal arts colleges. Each school’s institutional priorities differ from one another. Some schools will look for students who can benefit from research facilities while others may be looking for students who will likely contribute to the value of service that the university espouses. As an applicant you want a mutually beneficial college list: you need to do your best to make sure your application appeals to the schools on your list and ensure the school’s offering and philosophy appeal to you.

Our College Consulting Process:

  • Meet with student and family to learn about student’s history, goals and objectives; review student’s academic transcript and personal credentials.

  • Assess high school course selection and evaluate rigor; help with future course selection to enhance candidacy.

  • Determine elements influential to creating a list of best fit colleges and universities.

  • Generate a preliminary list for student to explore and visit; includes detailed information on special programs and offerings to help maximize student success.

  • Provide student with resources to help investigate.

  • Deteremine test readiness. Plan an effective schedule for taking appropriate standardized tests.

  • Evaluate extracurricular activities, leadership roles, and special interests.

  • Discuss opportunities that showcase students’ interests, talents and preparation for college.

  • Encourage students to explore appropriate summer programs, internships, employment, community service learning, and educational travel.

  • Move to finalize a list of well-matched schools, including an appropriate distribution of colleges which are likely “safety, target and reach” schools.

  • Explain the different application platforms and application options: early decision (1 and 2), early action, regular admission and rolling admission.

  • Organize milestone timelines for application completion and discuss components and requirements of the application process.

  • Guide families in planning productive and informative school visits.

  • Prepare students for college interviews (admissions & alumni interviews, evaluative & non-evaluative).

  • Brainstorm essay and supplement topics.  Provide detailed feedback, revisions and editing to strengthen each writing piece and ensure that the student’s unique character, abilities and interests are demonstrated.

  • Advise student on how to approach data entry for application platforms; help select activities and order of activities for those sections of the application.

  • Provide guidance on selecting and obtaining teacher recommendations.

  • Devise appropriate method of “follow-up” with colleges to determine that all components of the application have been received.

  • Advise students regarding proper communication with admissions office.

  • Advise on “next steps” with deferral and waitlist decisions.

  • Discuss final college selection after all acceptances are received.

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